Ok, great. You made it. Thanks for coming. I really appreciate it.
Unfortunately I will never know you were here unless you tell me. I will never know that you took the time to open my blog post and take a read. I will never know if you passionately made it through the entire post or if you couldn’t get through the crap I write. I will never know if you wholeheartedly agreed with my words or have a different spin on it.
The only way I will know is if you tell me. And no: That text you sent to tell me you read my post? Not what I mean. That private Facebook message you sent telling me your deep thoughts on the topic? Not what I mean.
The truest way to tell me that you are here right now and to tell me what you think of my piece is to submit a comment.
It’s what I’m here for.
That is, after all, what bloggers live for. It’s what we write for. It’s what we are here for.
To know that our words have been read. To know that our passion has been felt. To know that our opinion has been understood or disagreed with. To know that our ideas have been shared. To know that our advice has helped.
I’m here to hear your thoughts and opinions and to have an open conversation around whatever topic it is I’m writing abou today.
Without it, what am I really writing for? What am I really doing here?
What are you here for?
So, next time you click on a blog post, not just mine, and read even a few paragraphs, leave a comment for the author and other readers to ponder. Start a discussion or join in one that’s already taking place.
Scratch that. Why not start now?
One final note about commenting on blog posts (I really hope you’ve read this far because this is very important).
Leaving a comment on Facebook under the shared post is not what I’m taking about. While leaving comments on social media great, it limits the conversation around the topic to only those who are friends with you (or follow you or have you in their connections or circles).
That is why a comment directly on the blog is so important!
So, let’s start a discussion amongst this LinkedIn community. Let’s talk about the value of engagement and comments on your blog posts or whatever thoughts came to find while reading this post.