Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Um, help?

Guys, I have a very important question.

You know how you read a blog for a long time but never comment because I dunno, you are lazy or shy or a natural born lurker, but then one day you feel the drive to actually comment because you realize that is sorta how the internet community works? 

Um. How do you start commenting without coming off like a weirdo? My go-to is to just to write a comment like I would write to a friend, which feels all "super confident and funny and sassy!" when I type it...but then later I realize it probably comes off to the blogger as "overly familiar weirdo who may or may not have been quietly stalking me on the internet for months." This is particularly problematic when something that felt sassy! turns out to read sort of accidentally mean.

Needless to say, I have a complex about this. I'm hoping I'm not the only one. What do you dooooo?

Please. Please help me keep from being such a weirdo on the internet.


  1. I say just go for it. Most people are stoked to get a comment no matter what. Even if they are sassy or stalkerish. :)

    Do it up!

  2. Well, hey. I'm one of those people you describe in the first paragraph.
    I say go for it too. I think that most bloggers realize that they have lots of readers who are not commenting, but who are clearly reading.

    and yeah, people are stoked to get comments.

  3. Just tell them you are a long time reader and then be sassy and fun. No big deal. It's better for all readers to comment eventually, I think. :)

  4. I agree with the lovely ladies above -- there's no need for an introduction or any disclaimers. Make the comment, be super confident and funny and sassy, and it'll all be good. Keep in mind too . . . I think many of us know that there are readers who don't comment.

  5. Thanks ladies. I don't know why I'm so weird about it! Caring too much what other people think is definitely one of my worst qualities.

  6. I'm going with "what she said" for all the comments above. For the record, I like your brand of sassy!

  7. blogging is such a weird overly-personal thing anyway, that i don't think anyone ever reads a comment and thinks, "wait, who is THIS? you don't know me!"

  8. agreed! i love it when people pipe up!