KatieKatie Katie Parsons is the creator of Mumbling Mommy and is a freelance writer, editor and communications specialist. She works from her home office on the east coast of Florida. Most often she writes about life in a combined family of five children and what it's like being a full-time work-from- home parent. You can contact her by emailing katie@mumblingmommy.com.

By Katie


If you’ve ever read beyond the last line of a blog post or
online article, you have encountered the comment section. We actually have a
comment section on this blog here. Yessir. Right at the bottom. Of every post.
Every time we put something up.
Sometimes I play a little game right before I hit the “publish”
button on a blog post. It’s called “what is the worst thing someone can say
about this?” I started playing this game after someone anonymously commented
that I was a bad mother and would make a bad wife someday (on a different blog;
different comment section). I find that anticipating the worst makes me
pleasantly surprised when the real comments pop up.
There is only one thing that hurts writers worse than comments containing personal attacks or shots to the ego.
No comment at all.
It’s offensive, really.
Here I am, slaving away on the top ten reasons you should
care about candle wax, listening to “Unwritten” or some other completely cliché
writing song on my iPod, neglecting my screaming children who are likely
murdering each other in the next room —  and all you can do is read my witty tips,
chuckle in agreement and go back to your Facebook Newsfeed.

C’mon people. We can do better than this.
I have to assume that as a blog administrator, I have failed
you when it comes to the comment section. I let you know every time a new post
goes up and I try to get you fired up about the contests that we run. My Google
Analytics report tells me that roughly 200 of you visit this blog on any given
day, even if there is no new content. You know how to find us. You know how to
read us. Yet you do not respond to us.
I realize that the nature of online commenting is generally
negative and that the blog trolls sure have a lot of scathing advice to dish out
from their mothers’ basements. And maybe in soliciting comments I am opening
Pandora’s box for Internet interaction. Be that as it may, I want to hear what
you have to say. It makes me feel vindicated as a writer and as a mother too.
All of you have different life experiences than me and the
other ladies on this blog. I want to learn from them. This beautiful amazing
creation that the kids call the Internet has made it possible for parents to raise
their kids together in cyberspace. So let’s do that. Let’s argue issues, and
agree with others, and encourage each other down the lifelong path that is
parenthood.
And let’s do it on this blog.
Who’s with me?
For those that are on board, here is the right way to leave
a comment:
  1. Click “comments.” It is at the bottom of the post, located near a little envelope.
  2. Type your thoughtful, respectful and intelligent comment in
    the text box that appears.
  3. Click the option for “Name/URL” underneath the text box when
    you are finished.
  4. Type in your name, your screen name or the name of your dog
    for all I care. You can leave the URL section blank.
  5. Click “Publish your comment.”
  6. Return to the blog later in the day to see what other
    fantastic readers have had to say about the same post or if they have responded
    to your comment.
I hope I have inspired you to leave a comment telling me where
to stick it, at the very least. I look forward to many more insults down the
road. Now for a round of “what’s the worst that someone can say about this post?”
before I make this baby live.

Here are a few posts to revisit and leave a comment:
As always, thanks for reading! And happy commenting!
You can contact Katie by leaving a comment (hint, hint) or emailing her at katie@mumblingmommy.com.
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