July 4, 2013

Summertime Progress and a Question...

This is what I've been working on for most of this past week. It's taken a little longer
to write than I thought, but when I finish it, there will actually be two options for 
creating the Summertime Quilt. You'll be able to use either a traditional pieced method 
(cutting your own templates) or you can use paper foundations. It's coming along 
nicely and I'll be ready to upload everything to Craftsy in the next day or so.
Now, my title said that I wanted to ask you a question, so first let me explain.
Recently, I've learned that a number of bloggers have disabled their "comment"
feature. They said that it "frees them up", "saves them time" and allows them to" post
 without pressure". They've also said "no one likes to comment anymore anyway".

Here's my thinking...I like, no LOVE, reading your comments to my posts.
I understand when you read and don't comment, just like I think you understand if
I don't always have the chance to reply to what you've written to me. I always try,
but sometimes the time just gets away from me. You may not hear from me for a
while, but if you're not a "no reply commenter", I really, really try to write back.

I do think your feedback helps motivate me to be a better blogger, finish what I
begin and then actually create more interesting and inspirational projects to share.

So, I'm wondering what you think. 
Do you like that some blogs have disabled their comment feature?
Would you rather be able to leave a comment for the author of a blog?
How do you feel about those "word verification" requirements?
(Personally, I dislike them like crazy. I can never figure out what they say
and I find myself not leaving comments rather than dealing with them.)

I know that I'm soliciting replies for this post. Let me say "thanks" in advance.
I'll also write back to each of you that have open reply capabilities.
I just really want to know what you think about the "comment" thing.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend.
I'll be back tomorrow to show you what I else I've been working on.

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Pondside said...

Hi Donna - I saw your comment on Sharon's Wildflower House blog and was intrigued by your blog name.
I'm happy to answer your questions. When people disable comments I don't re-visit them. I like the back and forth of commenting. In answer to your second question - I really dislike word verification and would only use it if I were to be inundated with terrible spam. As long as it's just a couple of comments I don't mind going in and removing them. I rather do that than subject people to the annoyance of the word verification.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I am actually de-lurking to comment! First off, I so enjoy your blog. I like being able to leave comments. If the blogger cannot reply to me , it is ok. I often learn from other comments, too- just an added plus! I don't even mind word verification. Or even comment moderation. Anything that keeps the snarky commenters out is fine by me!
Please know your blog has been a great source of inspiration to me....thanks!

Angela Richardson said...

Hi Donna,
Like you I love comments and through them have made some like minded blog friends.
I want comments to be thought provoking and inspirational so maybe we need to post in such a way that invites an answer!!
You have made me think this morning and I will be posting with comments in mind next time.
Lets have a 'we love to comment campaign' Angela.x

Buttons said...

Hi Donna,
Well, I would comment more often but I get hung up in the "google system" for some reason. Get frustrated and then just send you a PM.
I very much dislike the verification part on anything and everything. I really only follow you and 1 other blog and never comment on that one. I just like the reading and idea sharing. For me, I really don't mind "comment less" blogs.
I can imagine how much "administrative time" there is to blogland. I don't know how you do all that you do, in a day...and so beautiful too! G'night :)

Minimiss said...

I like being able to comment although admittedly I don't follow a great many blogs. It's nice to hear back from you but I don't mind if you don't reply as I know you are just as busy as the rest of us. In fact one blogger I follow chooses not to reply to any comments left. I find those word verification thingies a bit of a bear as I seem to spend more time trying to figure them out than entering the code.

Lesley UK said...

Hi Donna, I know I don't comment often, but I read your blog every day, and I can't believe how much work you get through. I'm still in the process of getting a sewing room set up. (It's only taken 6 years) I have MS and have many days when I can't walk and if my hands decide to strike in sympathy with my legs I can't stitch, but I've found I can knit, which has been a life (mental) saver. I don't particularly like the verifications, but I do understand that some bloggers feel the need to use them. Please give Tag a big hug from his 'Auntie' in the UK. luv and Blessings

Mandy said...

Hello Donna,
I really don't mind the word verification requirements, especially if it stops the occasional nasty comment getting through.
However, it does make me feel rather sad that some people are not permitting the reader to comment. It is important to be able to pass on thoughts, reactions, and be able to say that a piece of work is stunning. What a missed opportunity for the blogger to learn, as well as the reader to learn specific things from the blogger. I don't always comment, I must admit. I regularly read your blog and post a comment when there is something I wish to say....... or ask.
Thanks o much for your blog, I do enjoy reading it.

Marydon Ford said...

G'morn sweet friend ~
I agree with everything you said about comments. I dislike vehemently verification, one step longer than necessary to being close, too sterile.

Hope you enjoyed the 4th.
Big hugs,

Paula said...

Donna, I too am a lurker on your gorgeous blog. Word verification drives me nuts. Like you, I sometimes don't feel like deciphering the words. I don't blog myself, but love visiting blogs. More times than not, I don't comment but sometimes I really want to if a story, picture, handwork has touched me. Like someone else said I sometimes learn something from the comments.
I don't expect people to respond to my comments. I'm sure if I decided to blog I would be thrilled beyond to have someone leave a comment. My 2 cents.
Have a great day!

Laurie said...

Hi Donna,
I myself prefer to have the option to comment. I love giving them, and receiving them. I also do NOT like word verification, they're getting harder and harder to read, and there are times I just give up. Blog approval is enough.
I enjoy your blog, and being able to leave you a comment!

Createology said...

Donna Dear this post is very important to understanding why we blog. I thrive on comments as they are such a wealth of friendship and ideas and sharing of inspirations. I do not like verifications and get frustrated after two trys. I don't always respond to comments but feel guilty that I don't...time is only so long. I feel sad when I read a blog and cannot comment. Then there are some days I don't comment on a blog I read because I may not have something to add.
Your blog is refreshing and I am always amazed at how much you accomplish and the beautiful detail you put into your work. Tag's Tuesday blogs are a bright spot in my week and show another side to the clever muse you have.
I completely agree with your "feedback" statement!
May we continue to enjoy this wonderful medium that is called blogging...

Cynthia Gilbreth said...

Hi Donna,
I read your blog on occasion but have never commented. I do love reading comments, and absolutely hate word verification. On my blog I only get a bit of spam so I don't mind removing them. I don't expect replies to comments, but on occasion, they are nice, especially when embedded in the comment itself. I hope you had a wonderful 4th!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Donna, I don't see the point in blogging if you aren't getting comments. It's the reaching out and making connections and knowing that someone has something to say about what you're doing that makes it fun and fulfilling. Word verification can be a pain, but I'll do it if I have something I really want to say and I totally understand why people have to do it. We were getting so many awful comments which were just links to people's sales pitch that we decided to no longer allow annonymous comments. Made me sad to have to do it, but I didn't want my precious readers to be exposed to some of the things we were getting. Twyla

Danice said...

I like being able to comment. This offers the chance to interact with blogging friends. Not allowing Anonymous Comments is understandable, though. Comment Moderation is also helpful to regulate what gets posted to our blogs and to help avoid spam. Turning off Comments seems kinda unwelcoming even though that may not be the intent of the blog author. Word Verification, yes it can be a real pain. It does help reduce spam, but is kinda difficult. I opted to just not allow Anonymous comments and to Moderate Comments. By the way, I found your blog recently and really enjoy your posts :)

laurajane said...

I'm with you on this one Donna,I love reading and leaving comments.I hate hate hate word verification ,very often after trying several times I give up.I have mentioned it to a few friends ,and they had no idea they had it on their blog,so it's a good idea to check.Keep blogging dear Donna ,you Handsome and Tag are one (or should I say three) of my faves.xx

Queenie Believe said...

I think being able to leave a comment is a good thing. I guess it depends on the type of blog you have if you want comments or not. Regarding word verification, I understand why but yes it can be frustrating. When I run into them I try and think of them as a puzzle, opposed to a pain in the *beep*. :o)
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

Beedeebabee said...

Hi Donna! I hope you're enjoying your holiday weekend and feeling stronger with each passing day. :) In response to your questions, I love to leave and to get comments, and I hate word verification also. It drives me a little nuts trying to figure out those jumbled up letters and numbers, and Luckily, I haven't yet come across a blog that's not allowing me to leave a comment. :) xo

Sewing In CT said...

Hi Donna - I'm back after a bit of a break - I like to comment and I don't like the verification process stuff. I do like the interaction and tend not to comment on blogs where there isn't any, like Pioneer Woman although I am a big fan.
I also wanted to say that I'm back on the Farmer's Wife path - it took me awhile to figure out what I wanted to do - I wasn't happy with the scrappy way it was going.
Anyway, glad to see you are well!

gsm Martin said...

Hi Donna, I thoroughly enjoy your blog. I look forward to it every day. I do not comment every time, but I am like another one of your commenters, Google gives me fits sometimes, just can't get it done. Please keep up the good work and know that we do really, really, appreciate all your hard work and dedication to your blog. Hugs, Gloria

Sherry said...

I used to try to comment whenever I visit and read a blog post but find that sometimes that doesn't work out. I do enjoy the opportunity to make a comment and have also found new blogs to visit when I read others comments made before me. The word verification is sometimes hard for me to see. I used it for a short time but like it better when it is off. I enjoy visiting your blog.

Jennifer M. said...

I LOVE leaving comments when I can and I LOVE receiving comments in return. Its motivating to know people are reading my ramblings and I know I make people feel good when I leave them a comment. Its nice to know there are people out there who listen even if they are strangers.

I hate the word verification thing. I have found that disabling the Anonymous Comments option was the better option. The word verification option is irritating. :-)

Debbie B said...

Donna I enjoy checking in on your blog! I may not read every day but when I do I usually go back a few posts to 'catch up'. I don't always leave comments but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy visiting. If I do leave a comment I don't always expect a reply. But if I ask a question of the blogger I would like to receive a reply. And like others I have been frustrated at times by the verification feature, but not to the point where I stop reading a blog. I just don't try to comment.
Thanks for. Letting us check in now & then. And I love your posts about Tag, he is so cute!

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Good gracious. I wanted to comment on this the other day and you now see that IT DIDN'T HAPPEN!

Anway, love to comment when I can (we see how that's been lately). Word verification annoys me, but also entertains me at times when I think about leaving a strange comment using the word in the verification just to see if anyone is paying attention. hee,hee,hee.

Cathy said...

What would blogging be without comments! I also enjoy reading comments if someone has shared a recipe or tutorial, because more tips can be picked up. I'm not crazy about word verification, but I don't mind it, since I understand its purpose.


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