Thoughts on Quilting Blogs

There have been several blog posts and discussions online lately about the state and value of having and reading quilting blogs. I believe that the conversation has actually been going on for some time, and recently I realized that I have some thoughts and insights that were finally worth writing down. So, forgive me for not linking to some of the earlier discussions, but I think that what I have to say here is slightly different.

In one way or another, I have been a part of the New Quilt Bloggers blog hop for the past 3 years (2014-2016). There were significantly fewer “new bloggers” this year compared to the two previous years, but participation was still great among those who signed up. Suggestions as to the timing of the hop have been noted (although time will tell if schedule adjustments will be possible and improve participation in the future). (Note: The number of participants this year was still more than in many years prior to my involvement.)

I have also noticed a decline in the number of blog posts in my reader feed each morning. Now, that is carefully worded: I tend to wake up and go through my feed first thing in the morning, but I do also check in several times during the day. Overall, some bloggers that I follow have definitely had some life circumstances arise which have lead to them blogging less, but in general I think the biggest trend I see is that there is less consistency on when blogs are being published. If I take a break for a day or two, it is still overwhelming how fast I can get to 99+ unread blog posts in my feed.

I will also say that over the years I have unfollowed blogs. Content changes (I am fine with blog posts about other topics, but I am primarily a quilter and interested in reading about quilts. If a blog becomes more about bag making or garment sewing, I will eventually lose interest.) and lack of responsiveness from the blogger (if I leave comments but never hear back, I will stop commenting, then stop reading, and then unfollow) are the biggest two reasons I will unfollow a blog.

Also, I am an active blogger and I continue to add blogs to follow. Clearly the new quilt bloggers blog hop is one great way for me to find and follow blogs, and as some of the older blogs I follow become less active (life happens!), I still have plenty of blog reading to do because I am continuing to add new blogs to read.

Which leads me to another observation: some of the weekly link parties that used to be active social interactions have been discontinued and/or are being posted less consistently. When I started blogging, I had a weekly goal to post for WIP Wednesday, or a post to share a finish for one on the Friday finish link ups, or linking up new purchases with Sunday Stash. I completely understand the amount of hard work that Lee @Freshly Pieced put into running WIP Wednesday for 5 years, but there are other active and thriving link ups like Let’s Bee Social by Lorna @Sew Fresh Quilts, the Friday link ups are still going strong, and so is Molli Sparkles’ Sunday Stash.

Linking up to link up parties does not seem to generate more comments on my blog posts, though. Honestly, it never really did. I almost always seem to get a bump in traffic to my blog, but what I am interested in is the interaction, which comes from comments. Which brings me to the heart of what I want to talk about today: blog comments.

I think that the heart and soul of a blog is the community that is found, formed, and cultivated in a blog’s comments. It is what keeps me blogging, and interacting with other bloggers is what keeps me visiting their blogs. I know that when first starting out it can seem confusing, overwhelming, and lonely. Will anyone ever read my blog? Will anyone ever leave a comment? So here are my thoughts on how to have good blog comment etiquette which will help cultivate your own community.

  1. If you enjoy a blog post, leave a comment. Learning to leave comments is hard, but even just acknowledging that you think their quilt is pretty or that you like the fabric they used is a place to start. The more you practice leaving comments, the easier it becomes. If you value a blog and want to see it continue, your best support will be leaving a comment. You don’t have to comment on every post, but occasionally checking in means a lot. You don’t have to have a blog to leave a comment, either.
  2. When you receive a comment on your blog, reply via email. Yes, email. I am never going to go back to your blog to see if you respond to my comment on your blog post. There is nothing that will cause readership to stop leaving comments and then stop visiting a blog faster than never getting a reply. Yes, email the response even if you just say thank you. (And yes, send an email to just say thank you.)
  3. To level up your email comment reply (aka to earn bonus points or gold stars or whatever motivates you), use the person’s name in the reply. Most comment forms require that they leave their name anyway: “Thank you, Sue!” You never know when a touch of personalization will make a connection or spark a deeper response.
  4. Be nice. This should be fairly self-evident, but there are definitely ways of approaching topics (like this post) respectfully while offering a counter point. I do not want to discourage free speech and different view points; in fact, I think it is important to have that! But my motto and suggestion is still: be nice; be respectful.
  5. If you join a link up party, visit and comment on others who have linked up, and don’t forget to comment on the blog post of the host. They are doing work providing a forum for connection. Again, you don’t have to comment every time you link up, but letting the host know you appreciate them is a good idea if you like the link party and want to see it continued! (And if you host or want to host a link party: visit and comment on those who link up and check out my Tips for Hosting a Successful Link Party post.)
  6. If someone visits your blog and leaves a comment, consider visiting them back and leaving a comment on their blog.
  7. It is OK to choose a core group of blogs that you comment and interact with. Don’t take on more than you can follow through with, and the amount of time you have for online activities will fluctuate over time. That is completely normal. You can and will find your “tribe” by following this process, and they will understand and help you when you come across the inevitable life/quilting hurdle. You can’t say yes to everything, still have time for yourself, your quilting, your family, and sleep.
  8. Have grace for yourself and others: these are suggestions and not laws or things to be used to berate yourself. Vacations, social media breaks, and general life happenings can (and will) disrupt your best intentions at times.

So, what happens if you are doing all these things and you still are not getting comments on your blog or new blog followers?

  1. Consider how long you have been blogging. Be consistent and stick with it. It took bigger blogs years to cultivate their communities. It does not happen over night.
  2. Be timely in your email comment responses. Sometimes I will not publish a particular blog post until I know I will be able to respond in a timely fashion. You get to set the rule for what timely means to you and your blog, but the internet and social media move quickly these days: I would suggest a time period closer to a day or two and not a week.
  3. Cultivate your photography and thumbnail pictures you use for link up parties. The better the image, the more enticing it will be for someone to click through to see what you are doing.
  4. Look at your blog posts: which type of posts get the most comments? Think about how to write or schedule more posts like them.
  5. Have you written any tutorials? Personally, when I focused on writing tutorials for a year, that is when I saw the largest growth in my comments and community.
  6. Consider sharing your ups and downs, lessons learned, behind the scenes, and process. I don’t even like writing a “ta da” finished post without sharing details. How long did it take you? Do you know how much thread you used for quilting (1 large spool of 50wt Aurifil thread is equivalent to 0.89 miles!)?
  7. Tag manufacturers and designers if you used their thread / fabric / quilt pattern and share your posts on other social media platforms. I would love to share finishes of people who make quilts using my patterns, which can be a great way for you to get exposure to other readership (be sure to comment and interact in return to engage that readership! The same comment etiquette goes for Instagram and Facebook and…).

All this being said: I have a wonderful community here, and I am thankful to be continuing to find my tribe, my voice, and my quilting style. Thanks for coming along with me on the journey.

So what do you think? Is this total hogwash? Does something else work even better for you? Leave a comment and let’s have a discussion!

103 thoughts on “Thoughts on Quilting Blogs

  1. Lace Faerie says:

    Yvonne, great tips! I think you hit the nail on the head in what causes people to withdraw from a blog. I used to blog ears ago a a way of sharing my life with my distant family. I am contemplating starting a new blog mostly about my quoting and sewing adventures. If I do, I’ll be thanking you for the inspiration and direction!

  2. vanni says:

    Hi Yvonne,
    thanks for your insights on this topic! You have once again given me great tips and things to think about. E.g., only publishing a post, if you know you have time to reply to comments.
    It has been a great surprise to me at the beginning, that it is common/better to reply to comments via e-mail. But it makes perfect sense to do so….so it is good, that you noted that one 🙂
    Have a wonderful rest of the week!

  3. Teje says:

    Hi Yvonne! What a great post! I agree with you about everything! There are some blogs that I really wonder why they never answered. From the beginning I have wrote lots of comments – I enjoy writing and getting connected with other quilters. This surely takes very much time but it’s also very rewarding. My favourite linky parties are Lorna’s, Sew Cute Tuesday, Fabric Tuesday and My Quilt Infatuation (Thursdays) and Finished or not Friday. I have all the buttons on my sidelist, it looks a little bit mess, but I think my part of the job is to share these parties I join. Instagram is fun but it takes a lot of time and that time is away from blogs. Lets keep going strong! Greetings from Greece! x Teje

  4. JulieAnn says:

    Great post and I agree! Blogging is changing, but that is not a bad thing. Everything needs to change and grow to survive. The modern quilt movement is changing. It has to. If it did not grow and change, it would no longer be “modern”. The quilt world is constantly changing and I love it.

    I gave my daughter a quilt that she loved and cherished. One day she suddenly said that she still loved it and always will, however, she wishes it was made with different fabrics. I told her I didn’t like the fabrics any more either and promised her a new, updated version with new fabrics and a more current design. Change can be fun.

    Thanks for the post. I love your blog.

  5. Barbara says:

    I always enjoy reading your blog. You are extremely talented. I recently started quulting. Learning through reading blogs and pintest. Each quilt gets better then the last one. Hopefully obe day ny quilts will look like yours. Thank you for the inspiration. Have a wonderful day.

  6. patty says:

    This is a great post. I blog to document my journey and to connect with people. The most fun is when you get a comment, and then you reply by email and then they reply but email and you get this fun discussion going and make a new friend. I used to always visit the commenter’s blog but have gotten away from that .. good reminder to start doing this again!

  7. Fantastic post and very relevant. Your etiquette tips are spot on. In fact, as I read them, I realized I need to do a better job of leaving comments on the hosts’ linky party posts. 🙂 I also found your tips under the Don’t Quit header encouraging! Thank you for taking the time to write this post.

  8. Cindy says:

    Another thought provoking post Yvonne. I have a core group of blogs that I comment on, but I also comment on other blogs when I read or see something I like.

  9. Cindy says:

    Good ideas to think about! Although I say I don’t blog for comments, I do miss the interaction from my earlier blogging days when comments were more plentiful. I always answer questions left in the comments via email, but have found that so many people are “no reply commenters”. Thanks for the reminder that we all need – to make an effort to interact more!

  10. I found your post thought provoking and it resonated with me as I have been noticing the same things. Like many others, I find myself using instagram more just because it’s fast and easy. I spent many years wanting to quilt, but only started after retirement and threw myself into it with such joy–the colours, the textures, everything was possible. Then I discovered blogs and I started the dreaded comparisons and began to feel that my efforts were somehow second rate. I started my own little blog with the idea of having a record of what I had made, but after a couple of years that seemed more of a burden and I resented the pressure of having to produce new work. All of that spiralled into a period of doing no sewing, with the attendant guilt of having a stash sitting there waiting. Flash forward and now I have started sewing again, usually for new babies it seems, but a larger project is sitting on my design wall and I’m desperately trying to stop second guessing myself along the way. I’m looking for my joy again and hoping that it will sneak up on me. Keep us thinking Yvonne–I appreciate the effort you put into making a community.

  11. Carole says:

    Thanks for the tips — I will immediately start to reply to my commenters by email. I never thought of that!

  12. Sherry VF says:

    Your insights on the blog community are spot on. Personally, I feel that many ‘iconic’ bloggers have stopped blogging because they used social media to garner a host of followers. Then, when success struck, they were either too busy with trade shows, Crafty video making, designing new fabric lines, etc. to continue to blog or they simply no longer cared about the followers who continue to support them by purchasing their fabrics, subscribing to their Crafty classes,etc.. As a follower, I feel somewhat used as a means to an end by these bloggers.
    I don’t know that there is a single answer to the decreased quilt blog phenomena but it is a real trend that I hope turns around soon.

  13. Trish says:

    Very good article. I admit that I usually check my emails/blogs first thing in the morning at my desk. I get to work 1 whole hour before I have to just to check out blogs. But I am negligent in posting because frankly, I have a lot to cover in 1 hour but I will make sure I make more comments because I would be sad to say for example if your blog went away because you always seem to have interesting content. So thank you.

  14. Alison says:

    I agree with EVERYTHING here! I have been bad at posting myself lately but your comments about comments and responding to comments really resonates with me. I don’t like following some of the “big” bloggers because they never respond to comments.

  15. As always, your thoughtful post has given me a lot to reflect on! I certainly don’t think there’s any hogwash here! I am not a prolific blogger, and I’m in a period with very little sewing going on (back to school, craft room re do taking precedence), so there’s not much to blog about. That being said, I am still going through my feed each day, and commenting on five blogs (minimun) each day. For me, it’s about creating a habit. So I treat that five as a goal. I will say, I get a response from 90% of the blogs on which I comment. If the reply asks a question, or needs a further comment, I will try to respond, but, usually, that’s where the interaction ends.

    Without much to write about, my August posts are down. I knew that would happen. Its just life. I have been trying to join in with the Five Things To Be Happy About life know up, even though it’s not strictly sewing related, because I knew it would at least keep me in the habit of posting. Not surprisingly, based on your reasoning for unfollowing as noted here, I have lost a few bloggers lovin followers. (Not that you couldmreally tell. I’ve never had many to start with!) I was surprised at how much that notification that I’d lost followers hurt my feelings! Why should I even care? Lol!

    Blogging, for me, is a low priority in my life. It’s a way to document what I do get to make, even if that’s only a few items a year. It’s a way to write, which I enjoy, and to some extent it’s a way to interact with others. I’m not a blogging star. I will never have a thousand followers. I will never get more than 30 or so views on a post, and I’m excited if I get 6 comments! Blogging is not a source of income for me, I don’t have fabric or patterns to sell, and I don’t have the skills to provide tutorials.

    It seems to me that while there are some blogger’s “like me”, there are many more “professional” bloggers out there who are all the things I’m not. I comment more frequently, and receive more comments from, those who are “like me”. This is human nature, I suppose, but I’ll admit that it kind of feels like 6th grade, when the popular girls wouldn’t play with the rest of us. And come to think of it, maybe those memories of 6th grade are what caused me to be bothered by those follower drops.

    As for comments left on my posts, yes, they are a highlight of the day! It feels great to be ackowledged even by a few people. (Wow! There’s my 6th grade self again! What the heck?) When I do get comments, I make sure to respond. However the time I’ve set aside for that is Sunday morning. If I’ve posted and received comments on Tuesday, that’s quite a gap, unfortunately. But again, it’s what fits into my life.

    I look forward to coming back here tonight after school and rehearsal to see what everyone else has had to say. I’ll definitely be pondering the connection (which I feel like I just made) between my blogging habits and my adolescent feelings of inadequacy. Hmmm. There’s something to think about there, for sure!

    Thanks for starting the conversation, Yvonne!

  16. Helen says:

    Not hogwash at all but some thoughts that had been going through my own mind . I’m not structured enough to monitor peak visit times and act accordingly though I do try to join more linky parties.
    I have noticed that some bloggers always reply below a comment , I hate that . I may revisit a post but I never check comments I have written .
    I notice that a lot of the blogs I originally followed through Google blogger are discontinued , mostly uk blogs . The blogs I follow through blogger are all vibrant , funnily mostly US based .
    I think the immediacy of Instagram has damaged blogging (although it’s loads of fun too)
    I quickly lose interest in blogs that I feel are too “professional” and trying to sell me something rather than forge mutual interests . Though of course they have their place too .

    1. Helen says:

      Replying to my own comment – I meant blogs I follow through bloglovin are all vibrant

  17. Jan Altomare says:

    Yvonne this is a great post. I just coming up on having quilted for 1 year, yes that’s right 1 year and I just turned 60. Kind of a late bloomer. But I love it.

    I have family across the country and started a blog when we built our house in 2011 to keep everyone up on what was happening. The house was done and we moved in, but when I started to quilt, I started to capture each quilt I made on that blog.

    I love this article. I have it pinned for future re-reading to help me with my blog. I followed the New Quilt Bloggers and started following many of them.

  18. Thanks for the thoughts, Yvonne. I couldn’t agree more with everything you said. I really enjoy the blogging community – it’s fun, supportive, and inspiring – all good good things.

  19. DeborahGun says:

    This is great advice Yvonne. I used to be so good at reading blogs and commenting on them, and feeling like I was part of a community. But life circumstances changed for a while and I had to stop reading blogs and writing my own. It is a struggle to get back into it again. I think it is a lot easier to comment on blogs when you read them on your computer. But when i use Bloglovin on my iPad I can’t comment directly, and then have to go to the ‘original post’ and read through it all again to get to the comment section. But it is much nicer to sit down with an iPad and a cup of coffee and start browsing! Anyway, those are just my thoughts 🙂

  20. aquilterstable says:

    This is a really terrific post, Yvonne – many good reminders even though I’ve been an active blogger for several years. Appreciate your comprehensive look at the topic.

  21. Great post Yvonne. for me your points are spot on. I’ve been noticing on IG more posts with “I Blogged” and use that as a new way to read posts, discover new blogger and connect who is who from one virtual word to another. (I’m still trying to do that from Flickr to IG) I know that a no-reply blogger comments was a big topic within the discussion thread on the New Quilters blog hop and I wish so much that it would resolve itself. I’ve found lately that I reply via email to someone I “know” only to realize despite their name showing they aren’t actually going to get it.

  22. SuzyMcQ says:

    This post must have taken you a lot of time and much, much more thought. Your observations are valid to someone like me, who is a follower, but has never been a blogger. I am still drawn to the same quilting bloggers I’ve followed for years, some have fallen by the wayside, as they become more about product placement, but i find that I’m not really finding new to me bloggers to add to my list. I have also evolved as a quilter and am no longer as interested in “cute” or historically patterned quilts, but more to modern quilt design and a switch in aesthetic, so I have stopped following those bloggers and continue my search for quilters that I feel I can learn from and whose creativity is novel and exciting

  23. I agree with you completely. I only wish I was more motivated in my quilting to be able to post more, I certainly want my blog to be interesting. The inspiration I get from reading all the blogs I follow is one reason I am inspired. I don’t comment much – but I will certainly try to comment more often – actually I didn’t consider writing comments too much – with this post I will do it more often – like you said to show support.
    I tell myself I blog for myself (I think you are the only actual follower of my blog – LOL) but you know I do totally enjoy it when someone leaves a comment – I find it hard to believe – and I am thankful that someone is actually reading my blog and maybe getting some inspiration too.
    Thank you – BTW your quilts are just the cutest things on earth.

  24. Jan O says:

    You’ve always been so generous and thoughtful with the comments you leave on my blog, Yvonne. Thanks for putting into words for all of us how important comments are for connecting with each other.
    One question: When I read blogs on my phone, from Bloglovin, there doesn’t seem to be a place to click on to be able to comment. Do you think phone use rather than computer use might be impacting the number of comments we’re seeing?

    1. davemelvanolan says:

      I think you are soot on, Jan. I find as I scroll through bloglovin’ I am “lazy” and avoid commenting because you have to go to the original post to comment. I really should be more willing to do so.

    2. Sarah Goer says:

      Hi Jan. Yvonne is THE BEST at comments. She’s always so thoughtful when she comments on my blog (and on others’ blogs, as I have seen). I share your frustration about blog reading by phone. It is particularly difficult when a login (to google, or whatever) is required to comment. If there’s a field to type my name and email then I can more easily comment. As for commenting from Bloglovin’, I think you need to click on “view original post” at the bottom of the Bloglovin’ view of the post to comment at the actual blog URL.

  25. I enjoyed your post today!

  26. Thank you for this thoughtful post. I love your blog and don’t comment often enough, but I know how excited I am when someone comments on mine. I need to start scheduling blogs and even mapping out when I might do a tutorial. I too have unfollowed blogs when the content has changed or just too repetitive. I haven’t yet done much of the linking to other blogs, but am thinking of it.

  27. Sue says:

    This is a great post Yvonne! I totally agree with you on replying to comments via email. In my own experience I have a greater loyalty to bloggers who reply to my comments, I guess because it gives a greater sense of being drawn into the on-line quilting community in however small a way that may be. If I have a small personal connection with them I will go out of my way to visit, read and comment on their posts more frequently.

  28. composchoreo says:

    Thank you, Yvonne. I’m a new quilter and a new blog reader and have been shy about leaving comments with any regularity, but I do read your blog regularly and always enjoy seeing the projects you work on.

  29. Ruth says:

    I agree with Deborah, Its relaxing to flick on the ipad or phone but not conducive to leaving comments. I try to leave the blogger friends I have til I am on my macbook so I can comment but it can build up with over 100 posts to read pretty fast if I have a busy life week!

  30. Jayne Willis says:

    I appreciate every thing in this post, and agree 100%! Commenting and responding to comments is so important! While I do respond to some comments on my blog, especially if there is a specific question asked, I answer because maybe someone else is reading and wondered the same thing. However…I always respond via email to every comment.

    I started blogging for myself, as a way to express and document. It didn’t take long before I became hooked on the community!!

    Thank you for the reminders, tips and thoughts Yvonne…always thought provoking!

  31. I started blogging for connections and have never really cared if I had a big following or not. I’m glad you mentioned that it is okay to have a core group you follow and comment on the most. It is those friends from my core group which keep me blogging.

  32. Little Black Cat Quilting says:

    It seems like common sense, but I never thought about replying to comments via email rather than with another comment. Thanks for the tip!

  33. Tiffany says:

    This is great! I love your suggestion to take designers/manufacturers. I once got a content from Kate Spain on my blog when I linked up a quilt made with her Fandango line. Coolest thing ever!

  34. Great post Yvonne! Your thoughts are spot on 🙂

  35. Becca says:

    I love the points you make. I think they’re all really true. I’m going to throw one more idea into the mix that I think is a stumbling block to comments. Commenting is becoming increasingly difficult. I use Feedly on my phone to keep up with blogs, and it’s cumbersome for me to leave comments from there; I have to go to a physical computer, so it takes a lot more effort. That’s obviously on me, but I bet there are a lot of people out there who are reading blogs on devices and it’s just not as easy to comment. And, I understand that spam is super annoying and a very real problem, but a lot of the comment widgets that bloggers use are buggy and/or require accounts (I’m looking at you, Disqus!). So, if I try to leave a comment and it’s rejected for any reason or I need to have an account with yet another platform, I’ll give up. I think there’s a difficult balance between efficiently dealing spam and discouraging comments, and it’s really up to the blogger to determine how they’ll handle it, but bloggers who are interested in interaction or who value comments need to realize that they need to make it easy to comment.

    1. Sarah Goer says:

      Yes, yes, yes! I think some of that is driven by platform. I don’t know what the options are on other blogging platforms, but I’m on a self-hosted wordpress blog and like that I can have a name, email, and optional website form for comments. I like the Akismet plugin for handling spam and I use comment moderation, both as a secondary spam filter (occasionally something gets through Akismet) and also so I can be sure to reply to every comment posted.

  36. Hilary says:

    These are some really great tips! I have been blogging on and off (mostly off recently) for the past few years, and it is always more invigorating when readers take the time to comment.

    I definitely agree about responding to comments. As a reader, it can be disheartening to comment and never receive a response, especially if you ask a question.

    Also I love that you used the term hogwash 😀

  37. Stephanie says:

    This is a great post Yvonne. This year I’ve really worked on having good photos and replying to those who are kind enough to comment. I notice that I have built up some repeat visitors because of this. I found your comment about the year you focused on tutorials very interesting because that is what I have been thinking about doing for next year. You and your blog are an excellent example of how to build a community and you do it so gracefully.

  38. Amista Baker says:

    These are really great suggestions! I find the people who comment on my blog are “regulars” and although I also get bumps in traffic from link parties or blog hops, it fades after only a couple days and many do not leave comments. I think social media is such an instant gratification thing that many have strayed from blogging because of the time and effort it takes. I do my best to leave a comment on every post I read, although sometimes I get distracted by the kids (or housework) and simply forget. I’m going to try to do better and commenting on every post from now on. 🙂 Again, awesome post! Very thought provoking.

  39. You have put a lot of thought and careful wording into today’s post, , and it is all so true. The one thing I haven’t been doing is an email reply, and that is what blog courtesy should include. One thing I will make sure to do.I am not regular in posting, , illness, hospital visits, a husband not well, and I guess in part my age all mean I have less time or it just plainly takes longer to compose a post than a few years ago.So maybe I need to re-schedule, and set a regular day for my blogpost, and allow myself time to read the blogs I so enjoy, add or subtract some, and make sure my comments are cheery and personal. Thank you so much for your words today.

  40. Carrie says:

    I very much appreciated your thoughts and tips on this subject. Thank you for sharing!

  41. Audrey says:

    Yep, yep, yep. Some of my favorite quilty people relationships have come from interacting with people via comments, and I am so thankful for those relationships!

  42. Lara B. says:

    This is all so “spot on” Yvonne! Really great advice, not just for new bloggers, but for all of us. I’ve always tried to blog like this, though not always succeeded. It very hard sometimes to keep up.

    One thing that has always puzzled me is that some of the older quilting blogs, with huge followings, get very few comments anymore. Could it be because they grew so big they couldn’t keep up with replies and reciprocation? It’s such a balancing act!

  43. Tish says:

    This is an excellent post! I try to more often than not to use people’s names when I comment or respond to their comments on my blog, especially if it is someone new to me. I find it helpful because it helps me to remember people and their emails or blog names. I love when a simple comment can turn into a conversation between me and another blogger/commenter. I definitely view you as my blogging mentor and I’ve always been impressed by how quickly you comment on other blogs, how many and the content of your comments. I LOVE this. You have always inspired me to keep reading blogs and commenting. It’s how we connect with others and get to know them. And a completely side note…I did not know that little factoid about a large spool of Aurifil. Next time someone gets on to me for being at my machine for too long, I’ll tell them to be quiet, I’ve almost gone a mile 🙂

    1. Paige says:

      Well said Tish, I couldn’t agree more! Yvonne is the best!

  44. I am certainly with you on this post, and totally agree with responding via email to comments. Although I recognize that the really big bloggers with hundreds of comments cannot respond to all of those. I always visit other links when I link up and comment, sometimes on all of them if it is a smaller party. The conversation is always fun.

  45. Kathie L says:

    I’m not a blogger, only a blog reader. I’ll try to be better about leaving comments. You’ve made a lot of good points for both sides of the fence.

  46. Jen R says:

    Thanks for this post Yvonne. I am a fairly new blogger. Both to writing and following/reading. I try to make a conscious effort to make comments (even if it is just “pretty fabrics”). I know that I LOVE getting comments. It is hard for me to remember or make note of what comments I make on what blogs. A photo with the comments is always helpful, as is a signature on the comment. It helps me connect the name with the voice (or writing style in this case).

    I find myself trying to convince friends how important it is to respond to blog posts, to let the blogger know you appreciate them taking the time to share their knowledge and world with you.

    I am lucky so far and have not come across any bad manners so far. Here’s to hoping I never do.

  47. Maga says:

    I have been a blogger in the past but only used my blog as a tracker for my creativity. I like to follow blogs and use a reader. I will go to the blog like I am doing now to comment but like others who have commented here am finding it increasingly difficult to comment. When I come across a blog where I cannot comment I try to e-mail the blogger if an e-mail is available. I have only had a few replying and most say they cannot do anything about people not being able to comment. That indicates to me that they don’t really care so I stop e-mailing and often just delete the blog from my reader. The very commercial blogs also go that way because I get frustrated if I have to click umpteen times to get rid of boxes for signing up to a newsletter, share via this, that and the other. Reading your post has made me realise I need to tidy my reader, get rid of blogs I don’t feel like commenting on and those where I can’t and then make an effort to comment on the ones I really enjoy reading so make the bloggers feel wanted. Sorry I have been such a bad commenter in the past.
    Here’s to many more posts and comments 😀

  48. sgrancio says:

    Great post, Yvonne. I don’t have a blog but do follow quite a few of them. I have spent a lot more time having virtual quilting adventures online in the past several years, as my husband was very ill and my ability to be out and about was limited. I have written many a comment that has just vanished into the ether – even though I did sign up for WordPress, I can only get comments posted sometimes…. Several bloggers that I can actually reach do actually respond by email, which I very much appreciate. Now, if there is a complicated list of platforms through which I need to sign in, I do not even try to post.

  49. Yes, you definitely added to the conversation here, Yvonne. The one thing I could do better is responding to posts in a timely matter (but I’ve also not been doing other things in a timely manner — like dealing with the mountain of dirty dishes in my sink) — ack!

    And the one item I would elaborate on is your first point. Yes, comment on blogs you like because it fosters conversation, shows the writer that you’re reading and appreciating what you read, etc. I spent many years in the shadows of craft blogs before I started commenting. And once I started commenting, I got way, way more out of the experience. So comment for the blogger, but comment for yourself, too!

  50. Lynn says:

    Yvonne, I really enjoyed this post. I am not a blogger, although I read a lot of blogs. Thanks for taking the time to write this and share it. It encourages me to comment more!! Thank you

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)