There's the opening scene from the Meg Ryan/ Tom Hanks movie that gets to me every time because its so true to life. Meg Ryan is sitting at her computer, "What will NY152 say today I wonder. I turn on my computer. I wait impatiently as it connects. I go online, and my breath catches in my chest until I hear three little words: You've got mail. I hear nothing. Not even a sound on the streets of New York, just the beating of my own heart. I have mail. From you." Those magic words - You've Got Mail. Tom Hanks says a similar thing. What will Shopgirl say today. I love that movie. I think because it's me.
When I open up the computer and get things started up I check email if I have a little number listed by my Inbox I know someone out there is thinking of me. True, sometimes its junk email or someone letting me know my statement is available to view on line but still - I'm being thought about. I'm not alone.
After email I open up Ravelry. If its a good day when I log in the first thing I see is that little message sign wiggling at me. Someone in the knitting world wants to tell me something. I've got Mail! If that doesn't happen I open the forum tab and hopefully there will be the little envelope saying I have some replies to comments I've written.
I hurry over to the forum with the comments and now have to decide. Do I read the other topics first and catch up on those and save the topic with my reply for last - savor the moment or - do I hurry to the topic with the envelope to see who is leaving me a message and which of my messages was "important" enough for someone to reply. Such decisions!
The other side of this is when I write what I think is a cute, funny comment and I get no replies. Don't they like it? Was it really stupid and I shouldn't have added that message to the topic? What if no one likes me? Good thing I'm not paranoid or this could get ugly!
This blog is the same. When I get comments I get all excited and know people are reading and taking the time to let me know - they are connecting with me on some level.
The whole purpose of writing this isn't to get more comments (but they are ALWAYS welcome!) but its to say I need to listen to myself. I get terribly lazy at commenting on other people's blogs. I read them, enjoy them and click on to the next blog to read. BAD Jill. I need to take the time to let people know I read and enjoy their blog. I like comments and I know other people like comments on their blogs. So - here's the deal. Starting this weekend I'm going to be better about leaving comments on the blogs I read. They may not be exiting comments but I will let people know I read and enjoy what they take the time to write.
If you read my blog and don't get a comment on yours in the next few weeks - let me know about your blog cause I'd like to know who reads mine and get to know you through your blog.
See you around......