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Friday, December 12, 2008

Operation: Comment!

I know many of you have been wondering what to get me for Christmas. I have a suggestion that is easy, free and way better than a virtual tchotchke on my Facebook page. It wasn't my idea. It actually came from Dad Gone Mad, a guy whose been on my blogroll almost since my first leap into the 4th Frog Blog.

He calls it "Operation: Comment!" Ok, well he actually calls it "Operation: Comment Your B***s/B***s off!" But you know I don't blog quite like that. Nevertheless, Dad's idea is that between now and January 1, we all embark on a bit of a blog love fest, leaving short comments on blogs that we frequent.

I've got about 20 blogs that I try to keep up with, at least once or twice a week. Is it any wonder I don't sleep much?! Visiting and commenting on each one every day would be crazy, even for me. But I could visit three each night.

Why is Operation: Comment so important? Well, it's not. Not important in terms of world security or a solution to end homelessness or even the answer to "what's for dinner?" -- though actually, you can find that information. Especially when Sharon is on top of Menu Plan Monday.

But Operation: Comment is important because it gets at what blogging is really all about -- making connections with people. It's pretty amazing how quickly the world can become smaller when I reach out and connect with someone over something we have in common -- or even something where we have differing opinions. I found Shannon (Gabi's World) through a Wordless Wednesday post. Now I feel like it would be cool to meet her someday, even though I don't have a clue where she actually lives.

Operation: Comment is also a good idea because it strokes the ego of bloggers like me who just want to know that when I hit "publish post," I'm not talking to the digital hand. Helloooo??? Is anybody out there?

I've been pretty lucky that many of the folks who find their way to this blog have been nice enough to leave a note. But you know how sometimes when you eat a potato chip, you can't just stop at one? I'm that way with comments. So I'd love it if you'd keep it up!

But don't just share the love with me. Leave comments on other blogs too. Not sure where to start? Check out the links in my blog roll. Or visit one of these folks:
  • Rest Stops and Diversions -- She's a brand spankin' new blogger. Let's give her some encouragement.

  • Lynn's Addiction -- This blog will make you go hmmm...and that's a good thing.

  • Eternal Lizdom -- This blogger and I have different opinions on lots of stuff. But I like her. Or at least who she is on her blog, which seems pretty genuine to me.
There are plenty of others (I can't list them all here). Click my "Follow Me" faces. Or google something your interested in plus blog, like "Scrabble + Blog." (You'll find this among others.)

Just be sure to let somebody know you're there.


Eternal Lizdom said...

Thanks for the Bloggy love, Amy!! I posted the comment thing too but not nearly as well as you did!! I love this post!

Lynette3boys said...

What a grand idea. Comments are a wonderful thing - and why keep them to ourselves? Spread the love!

birrrd said...

I love comments too! I'm a fairly new blogger but I still check it a million times a day to see if anyone has dropped by to say anything :)

Amy said...

@Birrrd -- Do you know you can set your preferences so that whenever a comment appears on your blog, an e-mail will be sent to you?

Annie said...

I'm here! :) Sending you some comment love!

Anonymous said...

I just started reading your blog about 3 weeks ago -- it's very funny and well-written. Got to it through "not quite what I had planned" blog, which I've been following for over a year. Keep those posts coming, we're out here lurking and enjoying them!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the support, Amy. Also the words are Boobs/Balls, in case anyone doesn't speak asterisk. :)

CookinsForMe said...

Do you know about Chuck Westbrook and his project to help drive readers to great, underappreciated blogs? If not, you might want to read about it since you like Operation:Comment. You can find Chuck here:

Amy said...

@cookins -- Thanks! I'll check it out.

Ryan R. said...
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Ryan R. said...

Looking forward to seeing you all over the holidays!

~ April ~ EnchantedDandelions said...

Fantastic idea!! I absolutely *love* getting comments on my blog.

*smooches Amy*

Shannon @ Gabi's World said...

LOL! You totally caught me by surprise when I seen my name there! I am in Jeffersonville, Indiana (It's right across the river from Louisville, Kentucky) and yeah it would be so awesome to meet you in person too!

And did I read that right? You have a Facebook account! That is my other obsession! Look me up on there girl! I was gonna leave my full name, but decided to have you click over to my blog and look for the "Join Me On Facebook" badge in my left sidebar!