Hannah started it all off with her post about why she did not leave comments on other peoples blogs:
I read it and commented (of course!!). I saw a link to it from Trey, famous garden nursery guy from Golden Gecko Nurserys:
If i like someones blog photos and words I will go through the Archives. I get an email when a comment is posted so if anyone is brave enough to go through the archives I will reply.
I agree with Hannah about technical discussions are sometimes way over my head. I read them but would not leave a comment.
I like to read comments posted on mine, and then reply to them. I figure if someone is willing to go through the hoops of name and password, and type in letters then i can respond to the comment.
The comments become a discussion often about the post topic.They can veer off at tangents but are fun.
Very few people have written derogotory or abusive comments.I try to taper mine with you may say that but i do not agree.Lets agree to disagree (ie about Gnomes).
I want the author to read the comment and feel touched, that their work has inspired someone else. The picture was great, or the planting arrangement.Maybe it reminded you of something else.Tell them that it did.
As egocentric as our blogs are, its always good to reach out, and have dialogue with fellow green thumbs.For advise, for identifying mystery plants, for recognition of good gardening, of beautiful photo's, of funny stories, or as a response to more personel posts about bereavement or the loss of a pet etc.
The blogs have evolved into a daily forum of garden stories, experiences, and exchange of knowledge. Bloggers have become an online community.I am embedded in a lot of peoples blogs in comments.My list takes me a good hour to peruse all the garden blogs i have links for.
Leaving comments is a good thing for making the community more friendly, and connecting people wherever they may garden. In Germany, Finland, Ireland, USA from California to New York, Australia, Romania, and so on. From big gardens to small humble Balcony ones.
People have taken blogging up, and the comments have turned it from a labour of love, to a interactive experience.
Comments connect people, and i love to socialise. Spreading my gardens healing vibrations to blogs all over the world. I enjoy getting the healing vibes back too.....