This is a first for 'project me' and completely out of my comfort zone, but that's what makes it so 'project me' appropriate. On the other hand, it's been a long time coming and the fact that I can't hold back anymore is purely out of all the love and support I am surrounded by. I don't know how many bloggers get the love, encouragement and support that I get and that's what's frustrating the hell out of me.
Shoo ... it was good to get that load off my chest ... the frustrated part ... and no I get to tell you why!
Unless you are in the social media or blogging world you just won't get the power of a comment. You won't get what it means to have the smallest comment on your blog and what it does for the esteem of the blogger, never mind the reputation and thumbs up from the blogging community.
If you think I'm begging for comments, I'm certainly not ... I'm just stretching out the teacher in me and kinda sorta redirecting all the love that I receive on a daily basis.
Greggie says that maybe people don't know how to comment on the blog and I do know that I have to make my blog friendlier from the mobile platform, but I'm going on the theory that YOU don't think your one word or repeated gesture of love counts for much. You are so ... so ... wrong!
In a day I will get a whole lot of thumbs up on my Facebook post. I will get Tweets on how fab my blog was. I get direct mails, BBM's, sms's and even phone calls ... but I don't get the comments. I wish I had it in me to say "Okay, now that that little message and go repeat it on the blog, please!" but somehow I just don't do that enough.
Do you realise that your 'another great post, Jo' or 'I totally agree, Jodene', would make the biggest difference in my life, for two reasons.
1 ... as a blogger, every comment does something to the momentum of writing on a day that I can't believe I was ever dumb enough to get this started. Your comments are my fuel and my reminder that I'm not writing to an audience of three (my mother, my Greggie and me). You can never say 'hi' enough or 'I've been here' too many times. Not because I'm begging you to ... but because you do it on so many other platforms anyway!
2 ... It doesn't matter if I blog for 2000 days, if the world doesn't see my blog as interactive with my readers then I don't have the proof that anyone has been here to read and left their mark. I kid you not, I read some blogs that get 50 comments a day and sometimes all they say is "I agree" or "Good one today" or "you are funny" ... but that blog has 50 comments, I have 2 ... and I've most probably had more beautiful people pass by my day!
'Project me' is about speaking my truth and then doing something about it and I have been carrying this around for me for so long now. It's a tough one to write because it's like the "say you love me" story. Now you say it and now I say: "You are only saying it because I told you to say it!"
However I try phrase it ... I'm a blogger and you're a reader and a blogger desires nothing more that to know they are being heard!
I am so grateful to each of you for every Tweet, like, smiley sms, praise over dinner and comment to my mother on my beautiful way of writing! Don't stop ... it's my inspiration! But do me a favour ... give yourself the gift of making you important enough to know that your little comment inspires me more than I could possibly inspire myself. I live by the philosophy that all we need is one person to believe in us ... and to me, that person is you!