This morning while getting caught up on my blog reading, I came to the conclusion that I am quite the chatterbox when it comes to commenting. I have a tendency to leave rather lengthy comments.
Many of the blogs I frequent are so inspiring. I'm always so amazed by the cleverness and the creativity, I can't help but express my admiration. It's just that my expressions habitually turn into blah, blah, blah, blah.
I'm sure you all know at least one person who leaves long messages on your voicemail, well that's very similar to how my comments are.
I absolutely despise leaving voice messages! I get so nervous, I never know what to say, and then as soon as I get the beep I tend to babble on and on. I'm much better at writing messages than I am speaking them. Too bad I don't have texting.
I've left a few books on some voice mails. It's kind of pointless for them to call back, considering I basically already told them the whole story, there would be no chapters left.
The funny thing is, if you were to meet me in real life, you would be so surprised to find out that I'm not that talkative. I can be very shy and very quiet. If I'm out with friends and there are strangers present, I barely say a word. It can give people the impression that I am bored or unhappy. That's not the case though. Sometimes I just don't feel like talking.
(via Like a Butterfly)
See, I'm more of an observer. I like to look at what's going on around me and listen to the conversation. I scope people out and try to figure out what kind of people they are. I pay very close attention to facial expressions and body language.
Other times, I just want to kick back, mellow out to the music, and just enjoy being out with the girls sometimes too, you know?
Plus, I'm very soft spoken. I often feel ignored even though I'm really not. When I do open my mouth, people tend to talk over me and it's not because they aren't interested, they just can't hear me and sometimes it takes me a while to get to the point. Some do ignore or talk over me intentionally, some people are rude like that. If I feel that what I have to say isn't important, I'll just keep my thoughts to myself.
When I'm in a loud environment, where I can hardly hear myself think, it's hard for me to talk over the noise and when I strain my voice, the next morning my throat is always sore.
(via Things She Loves)
It's not that I'm always mute, I can get loud.
If I get liquored up enough, I can talk a persons ear off and I do tend to speak a lot louder when I'm tipsy. One minute I'm Silent Sarah, then after consuming a few adult beverages I turn into Chatty Cathy.
I keep things bottled up and Pinterest, Facebook and blogging allow me to express my thoughts and feelings. It's an easier way for me to communicate with others, they are more likely going to want to listen when I write what's on my mind. They may still ignore me, we may fight over a topic, but the cool thing is, they can't talk over me.
It's just that when I leave a comment, I don't know how to make a long story short. I will get on a subject and go on and on about it. The word brief does not exist in my vocabulary.
I need to remember this...
Short, sweet and to the point when commenting, sometimes a little more if necessary. And, save the long stories for my posts.
The truth is, I love to write and when I do, I write from the heart.
We've all gotten messages from commentators who you know are just there to get a follow back or to spam, they aren't always honest. We have also received comments that have nothing to do with the subject and that can be frustrating after you just put your heart and soul into the post. I would like to think most commentators are good, honest people though.
When I comment, I am always sincere. I'm not going to sugarcoat, I'm not going to be a booty kisser, I'm not going to give false praise. If I say I love your blouse, shoes or hair, if I tell you I think your child is adorable, or you did an awesome job on that project, please know that my words are true.
I love giving feedback, just as much as I love recieving it. We all do, that's what keeps us going, right? That's why we always ask our readers to leave us comments, we want to know how we are doing. We all know how frustrating it is when you leave a comment on a blog, but they won't even give you the time of day.
You can't expect everyone to comment back and that's not why most of us leave comments. We just know from our own experience, how much time and thought goes into this bogging stuff and how it feels to not be acknowledged.
So, I try to comment on most of the blogs I read, to let them know I love the content and to let them know they are doing a great job.
I can't guarantee that all of my comments will be short and sweet. I guess it just depends on what I am commenting on. It's not so much the length, I think the issue is that the message isn't always clear. I'm a little more laidback about grammar and typos with commenting.
I need to do a better job of proofreading and I need to be able to go from one subject to the other without going off topic so that it doesn't get so confusing. My comments can be kind of choppy.
Personally, I love long comments, I don't mind them at all, that's just me though*
How about you? Do you mind long comments, or would you prefer your readers keep it short and sweet?