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I May Seem a Bit Odd

After visiting a few other blogs, I feel I have to either apologize or explain myself.

It seems that other bloggers respond to each and every comment from their readers. I admire and applaud them for doing so. As you can see, that’s not the case here on NJFM.

Comment Response

I read each comment, decide whether or not to approve them, and if there is a question, comment or exclamation that requires a response, I try my best to respond. Other comments require an “Um humm.” You know, sometimes when you’re having a conversation with a person, a nod and “um, humm,” is all that is required.

Even though I’m a writer, I’m a person of few words at times. There are times when I can’t shut up and other times when a nod and an “um, humm,” is the extent of the conversation. I’m sure you all understand.


I truly appreciate each and every comment I receive on this blog (except for spam). I also appreciate some comments that I don’t approve, but feel necessary to respond to personally via email. This is a community of great people; it’s just that I’m a bit odd. By nature I’m a loner. I guess that’s why I like writing so much. It’s a solitary sport.

So, if you don’t see a response to every comment written here on the blog, it’s not that I don’t appreciate the comments. It’s just that I’m quietly nodding and giving the approving “um, humm.” When comments are a nod, an “um humm” and a hardy guffaw or a chuckle or just a plain old laugh, I try to convey that response in some way.

Like Popeye Says: “I Am What I Am”

I guess you guys have figured out that my writing style and speaking style are one in the same. What you see is what you get. My posts generally are not long, my comments are sometimes brief and I might not belabor a point as I see some folks tend to do. It’s just a quirk in my personality. Thanks for coming back to my blog in spite of it.

You guys are the lucky ones, it’s my family that doesn’t get a chance to ‘click away’ if they’ve had enough of me.

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  • Grandma January 10, 2010, 9:26 am

    No apology necessary Felicia…everyone here knows how busy writers are (supposed to be) and that you have many irons in the fire.

    Truthfully I had not noticed, but I don’t do a lot of blogs. The last one I totally participated in was for an afternoon reality show called “Starting Over” blog on realityworldtv or something like that. I got acquainted with one of the “stars”, Jill Tracey, and helped her with her website; we still communicate.

    I see this blog as a nice conversation between writers and do not expect you to respond to each post. Or as I put on my website link to here, “where writers gather”. Don’t worry!

  • Ruth - Web Career Girl January 10, 2010, 10:34 am

    Everyone’s different and I can definitely see why every comment doesn’t need a written response, doesn’t mean they’re not important. I guess when I respond to all my comments it’s a bit like just saying ‘hi!’ but often the response isn’t 100% needed at all.
    .-= Ruth – Web Career Girl´s last blog ..10 Ways to Measure Your Past and Future Success =-.

  • Crystal January 10, 2010, 10:58 am

    Hey Felicia –

    I appreciate your brevity and that you do not respond to each and every comment, allowing the conversation to unfold naturally. In fact, I thought that was the norm. Why respond when no response is necessary? See how little I know?

    Anyway, one of the things I especially like about NJFM is that the comments are relevant to the subject and tend to add valuable information. No wasted time on the reader’s part trying to glean a few pearls of wisdom from millions of words.
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..NearVision Conductive Keratoplasty (CK) – A New Near Vision Correction Procedure =-.

  • DeAnna January 10, 2010, 12:17 pm

    Hi Felicia,

    I was actually quite surprised by this post because I have always been amazed at how often you answer comments. Considering how busy you are with your other writing projects, you still take the time to answer the many comments you receive. I don’t think you need to apologize or explain – you do an excellent job of moderating your comments.
    .-= DeAnna´s last blog ..My Top Earning Articles at eHow, Associated Content and Triond =-.

  • Ignatius January 10, 2010, 10:02 pm

    I would echo Grandma’s comment. I don’t expect you to respond to every comment. To my mind, you are hosting sort of a writers’ water cooler here for those of us who have our “offices” online.

    People kind of gather in little clumps at the office water cooler and then another group comes around and discusses another topic. You offer your very valuable perspective on the online writing business and hang around the “water cooler” portion of the site when you have time. We all know you have to get back to your office and get some work done, too :).

  • prerna January 11, 2010, 5:45 am

    Hi Felicia,
    I have to agree with DeAnna on this. I’m surprised and yes, touched that you take out the time to respond. And it is only natural not to respond to comments that require an “uh-umm”.. 🙂
    So, no need to apologize/explain!
    Blessings always.
    .-= prerna´s last blog ..Book Review: Make Money From Your Blogging in New Ways eBook =-.

  • Andrea January 11, 2010, 8:55 pm

    I don’t comment on every blog post either. I don’t think it is that big of a deal. Some comments definitely require comments, but not all.

  • Wendy January 14, 2010, 10:21 pm

    Hi Felicia!

    Just to chime in — I agree, and in some ways, it’s one of the things I like about this blog. You do an excellent job of setting the tone, and then you seem to have the confidence (or, at least this is how I have interpreted it) to step back and let your readers keep talking…

    It’s like the perfect cocktail party : ) — well, without the drinks and food and well…
    .-= Wendy´s last blog ..The Mindful Editor =-.

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