Being Brave Enough To Comment And Respond


With the possible exception of finding spare change under your sofa cushion, and a pair of socks in your sock drawer—without holes in the heels…

Nothing puts a smile on a bloggers face more than finding comments at the end of one of our posts. Unless you don’t own a computer or a blog—in which case you probably could care less.

But, as for the rest of us, comments at the end of any post are almost always guaranteed to bring a smile to our face.

Even when that comment comes from one, Angus (The Big Mouth Troll) MaGillicutty, who it seems regularly leaves me nothing but negative comments.

That’s right, Angus, I’ve got your number—until it becomes unlisted.

Yes, it’s nice to know that something as simple as a comment at the bottom of a post can actually bring a smile to your face.

In fact, the smiles your comments bring to my face are even bigger than the smile that crossed my face when my wife first announced that she was gonna continue to let me take out the trash—even after the kids move out.

Yay! Less to take out then.

Anyway, I’ve always felt comments were the real bread and butter of any blogs—especially mine. Apparently Mrs. Mildred Hogbottom of Terre Haute, Indiana agrees.

She writes: “Paul, thank god for the comment section of your blog. Otherwise, I would have left your blog years ago.”

You see folks, comments are what make doing a blog so much fun. For example: Try to imagine my blog without your comments? What blog you ask?


If it weren’t for all your comments, I’d have no blog. It’s sort of like saying it’s the clothes that make the man—unless you happen to be a woman. That’s what its like when you comment—they make my blog.

And that’s why I can’t wait to see who’s gonna try and ring my bell next. Uh, the bell up in the right hand corner of the screen—’cause that tells me someone was brave enough to comment.

And Viola! A real post is born.

No wonder visitors to my blog always say, “Paul, the best thing about your blog is your comments section.”

And that’s why I say with full confidence, that it’s the comments, yours, mine, and even non-bloggers that make yours and my blog the best blogs … in this price range.






70 comments on “Being Brave Enough To Comment And Respond

    • Clever scheme? Why, Carmel… whatever do you mean? I merely was fishing for…uh…I mean, writing about, readers who might be kind enough to take the time to comment on my blog—making my blog the greatest in all the land! Of course, should I (innocently) become the recipient of a few (million) comments, resulting in my becoming world famous—WELL. 😀

  1. Nice Mr. Paul, I told you I wouldn’t be a stranger. You should do the atozchallenge. It’s fun and you meet a lot of new bloggers. Maybe next year. Going to sleep 😴 because if I have my days right tomorrow is Monday morning and I’m done watching Die Hard/Die Hard 2. There’s just a couple of hours out of my life I won’t get back. Blessings on your week, Scarlett79

  2. Angus leaves everyone negative comments. I take it with a grain of salt. We’re all entitled to our own opinions, but we don’t have to agree with it all because we’re fellow bloggers. Life is too short (yes, that same old line), to obsess with the negative.

  3. I agree that the comment section of all good blogs is where it’s at. I learn so much from other people, often how wrong I am– but that’s not my point here. My point is that I enjoy your comment section and anyone who only “likes” what you write is missing the whole point of blogging. Obviously.

    • I do too. Like you, Ally, I feel the whole point of blogging is to experience the joy of writing and interacting with other bloggers. To escape the daily grind, while free in the knowledge that poor Angus just isn’t happy unless he’s miserable—which may help to explain why WordPress made his blog the only invisible blog on their platform. 😀

    • Thank you, Ronnie,—the checks in the mail by the way (making that our best-kept secret), as the wife has just finished loading the monthly “WordPress Followers” bribery account. And let me just say how delighted I am that you’ve decided to join a deliriously happy (as far as you know) list (all 3 of them) of commentators to my blog. I was thrilled to find that you felt I had style (ANY STYLE FOR THAT MATTER) in light of my recently being caught wearing mismatched socks! Unfortunately, I fear any idea that I might be a man of style may now be gone—given that I went off to work wearing my pants inside out. However, I like to think of it as being, dare I say it…DARING! It was the only way to save face. 😀

  4. Clearly I am not writing good enough blogs! I have not heard of this Angus person before. I did used to get some real interesting spam comments, though. I almost miss them.

    • Sorry, Susan, but those spam comments you were getting were probably back when Angus was only using an alias—Ives. After he realized that his blog (Ives the Troll) was getting absolutely NO attention at all, he began trolling anew using his real name with a new blog—”The Angus (The Big Mouth Troll) Blog at” and he’s never looked back. Now profanity and derision fill his comments section daily. It’s all about marketing really. 😀

  5. I’ve had people leave comments that are much more interesting than what I’ve posted… It’s always amazing to me… (I prefer to find fifty dollar bills under the couch rather than coins!)

    • Oh, I prefer finding Ulysses S. Grant under my sofa as well, but my wife has called dibs on all bills, thus leaving me nothing but Jeffersons and Roosevelts. I tell ya, Jan, I’m being nickeled and dimed to death around here! 😀

  6. I’m not sure that a non-blogger comment truly counts as a comment, but I’ll take the risk. You are the breath of fresh air in the cluttered attic and that is no small feat in a windowless room, behind a closed door. You share your wit and wisdom, the consequences never feared. You are the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow of bloggers. Thank-you!

    • Ellen, you are a delight! And I’m not just saying that because you’ve managed to inflate my ego (which for some reason, now fills a void between my ears?), to the extent that I am now faced with a new challenge—how do I get my fat head through our front door? Which is an amusing, but also gratifying problem to be confronted with—unless it happens to be pouring rain outside? 😀

      • In the event that you may not get through the front door…could you throw my check to the mailman as he passes by your door? Thank-you!

      • I’ll try to do my best, Ellen. In spite of hours and hours of practice at tossing paper checks to a mailman (well, 2 and half minutes of practice really) I have managed to perfect a way of BOUNCING a check to the mailman. Of course, that kind of check has to be made of rubber—BUT HEY, IT’S STILL A CHECK! :O)

      • A bouncing check’s non-compensation for a non-blogger should have been anticipated. At least I have the satisfaction of a job well done, although it is difficult to live on it.

  7. Paul, for what it’s worth, I’m going to add my two cents (and my two cents is worth considerably less than two cents … though with inflation, it might be a nickel … though you can’t buy anything for a nickel these days except maybe a stale gumball that breaks your teeth when you chew it). Anyway, I feel compelled to comment, for how better to use the comments section than to add your two cents — I mean nickel … anyway, I think I had a point, but you already made it, so we’re in agreement! I appreciate the opportunity to express my opinion.

    • Alan, so glad to see ya man! Been to the “Conundrum” a few times of late just to see if you had returned home. Anyway, happy to see you’ve added your two cents worth (which is better than a penny for your thoughts), and at a nickel (appropriately adjusted for inflation) to venture an opinion on a subject WordPress will only discuss when showcasing their Discovery blogs—where I appear to be absent. No matter, though, as unsuspecting readers are occasionally sucked into this, “The Black Hole of WordPress” and fortunately feel compelled to offer an opinion on my rather overlooked twaddle. Thank you my, friend, your valuable input has been duly noted, if not by WordPress, then at least by me—which is far more important. :O)

  8. I’ve learned some very choice words and been called some very colourful names in my comments section. Where would I be without that piece of humble pie?

  9. Commenting on comments is a commentary all its own, I think. I recently read about a book that came out a couple of years back called “Reading The Comments.” It discusses the “likers, haters and manipulators at the bottom of the Web.” When interviewed, the writer said good comment systems provide ways of “filtering out the bozos.” Whenever I come across the word “bozo,” I think of a big, bright red nose. Um…never mind. (Paul, here’s to many more posts…as this is one site where the comments section always makes me smile!)

    • Bless you, Bruce! I can’t begin to tell you how concerned I was (so I’ll just start in mid-sentence) when I saw the word Bozo in the same sentence as the word filter—all kinds of red flags (and noses) went up. Censor a bozo? What kind of bozo (I mean, writer) uses good censor systems to sift out bozos—I mean, hey, I’m a good bozo! But, I’m very relieved to know that my big, bright, red nose is at least in good standing with you, who I regard as one of my most faithful followers—not that I would stoop to a little brown-nosing or anything so unsavoury—only a clown would do such a thing! As you know—I’m above such antics.

    • There’s still hope, Sarah. Rumour has it Mrs Hogbottom is the host of some obscure late night radio talk show in Terre Haute called “The Hogbottom Hour” where she invites listeners to call in and vent about some rebel WordPress blogger who has a Red Nose. I wonder if anyone has reported her to the FCC yet?

  10. I will fully admit that the comments section on many of my missives actually far surpass the quality of the actual posts themselves. I love it when the discussion veers off in wildly entertaining directions and that tennis ball bounces back and forth. In fact, I’ve actually made posts sharing the comments on previous posts, as some of the wordplay was too golden to be left languishing and unappreciated in the hinterlands… 😉

    • Brian, what a fantastic idea; a post sharing only the comments! Like you said, there are often so many and you really don’t want them to go unappreciated. I say that because, I feel many times what happens is the reader doesn’t always venture beyond our posts—not that we don’t appreciate there reading our posts—and thus they miss all the great give and take that follows. 😀

    • I couldn’t have said it better myself, Mistermuse—which might explain why I haven’t yet tried. For years I labored under the delusion that, Comments, as opposed to, comments, were likely nothing more than remarks which take the place of, Comments. Thus rendering them as only opinions and statements—like a reply at the end of a subject or discussion. However, recently I’ve discovered that, Comments, can actually start off a sentence or paragraph. This is probably due to a big C sometimes getting put in front of, omments, thus rendering it just another word. Except, perhaps, when being used by kindergartners who often inadvertently omit the bigger C in an unconscious attempt (I suspect) to keep words like, Comments, from looking even smaller—like, comments. Of course, you can see where the confusion would come in. Naturally, this has lead to the mass hysteria which now grips the blogging community and threatens even texting and twitter users as well. All we can do now is pray that it doesn’t spread to Facebook—god knows those folks have enough to worry about! 😀

  11. Quite right…. Comments lead to dialogue… And we need that… more than expected, considered who “paradoxicaly” isolated online life could be.
    Your posts always make me smile, by the way 🙂 I admire your wittiness and intelligence! … Love & best wishes!

    • LOL! Steph, my brilliance only happens to be a by-product of you, my brilliant friends and readers, and your brilliant comments. Which, in turn, gives my blog the appearance of being brilliant while I only pretend to write brilliant pieces, which aren’t really brilliant at all, but because of all your brilliant comments manage to help make my posts look brilliant. Thus, suggesting to WordPress that In My Cluttered Attic is a brilliant blog, when, in actuality, it’s nothing more than a feeble attempt to thrive off of my brilliant reader’s brilliance. Fortunately, WordPress still hasn’t figured out that my blog is all a brilliant hoax. 😀

  12. I haven’t been around for a year or so and I really want to start writing again. I know the post is light-hearted and comical but I don’t have a funny comment for you. Sorry.
    You were one of the first people to comment on my very first post. You may have even been the first. You shared the kindest words and gave me so much encouragement. I found a great deal of courage and strength from your comment. I have never forgotten how you took the time to help me. Every time I start thinking about writing again, you are the first thing I think about. I can’t thank you enough for making time for this “newbie”. You are awesome and amazing! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    • Pain, you praised me with so many kind words that I’ve decided to wave my usual “comical comment expectation” clause. Just kidding, I don’t really have such a clause, or expectation—only an inadequate thank you! I’m very touched by what you said and was delighted to hear that you are writing again. If I had anything at all to do with offering you some inspiration and encouragement I’m happy I could help. I tend to primarily focus on writing humour for a living (or as my employers say, something that passes for it), but also because I feel we’re all too often bombarded with an abundance of bad news. Having said that, I wish to take a moment here to say how much I appreciated hearing such good news from you and wanted to tell you how much your heartfelt comment means to me. Truly, it is nothing short of great news! :O)

  13. You’re right. I write all of my blogs off of readers’ emails and private message questions and comments, or life experiences with people. It really helps move the blog writing in a direction readers enjoy, even gain wisdom from. By the way, I did smile while reading your blog.

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