What do YOU have to say?

Just to be clear, this blog isn’t my journal. You may have noticed that the posts don’t start with “Dear Diary.” There’s no picture of Hello Kitty on the homepage. And my mother actually is allowed to read it.

Now, think back to Every. Single. Post where at the end I pose a question for you to answer in the comments. The answers aren’t all that forthcoming, people, and we need to change it.

Why Commenting on Posts is Important

  1. It makes me feel good.
  2. It helps with search engine rankings, which I won’t explain because you don’t really care and no one really understands.
  3. It helps with garnering sponsorships and items for me to review. Those items are free. And no, it’s not all about the stuff (which I don’t have room for), but sometimes it’s for things I need, so I ask the company for them in exchange for a review. Seeing an active community is compelling.
  4. It helps me land writing gigs. It’s not solely a meritocracy out there. “They” want to know that people like what I write and engage with it. So if there’s not evidence of interaction on my own blog, they have low expectations among their audience, who doesn’t love me the way that you do.
  5. It’s a chance to get to know you. Some of you, beloved readers, are strangers, and some are dear friends. When you post, I learn about you and get to know you better.
  6. Comments let me know which posts are compelling to you, and then I can write more in that style, which makes us both happy–you get what you like and I get good metrics.
  7. It makes me feel good.

Easy Ways You Can Comment – and Boost My Writing Career

Simply comment on a post when the mood strikes you. And I know some of you have things to say because you email me, my mother or father. That’s nice – but put it in the blog comments instead.

  • Did the photo remind you of somewhere you’ve been?
  • Have you been there before?
  • Do you now want to go to this place? Why? (Tourism Bureaus love this!)
  • Did you think something was funny? Say so. Not (just) for my ego, but because it lets editors for future writing gigs know that the audience connects with my style and humor.
  • Did you learn something? Say so. Because it shows that I can bring new light to a story that you already know something about.
  • Did I miss context or facts or get something wrong? Let me know. It educates me (I love that), and shows that you’re engaged, which publishers want. They want to know that I can draw an audience, hold them, get them thinking, and get them talking. Talking boosts their search engine rankings, too.
  • Answer the question I pose. Think the question is irrelevant or you have a better one? Great! Pose it!

Are You Afraid that Commenting Will Make You Vulnerable to Identity Theft?

It won’t. (At least I don’t think it will) All good?

You DO have to give a legitimate email address to comment–that’s so I can reply to you, and to know that you’re not spam.

Now, if you’re on Facebook and you don’t like being notified every time someone comments after you do, don’t fret. That doesn’t happen here…unless you click the box saying you want it.

All Clear?

Alright. Does everyone get it? Commenting is good. Silence is bad. It takes a few seconds and has long-lasting impact.

And really, don’t feel obligated to respond every day. But if you want to, no one’s complaining.


What has kept you from commenting in the past?

16 Responses


I’ve been intrigued by the travels, the places that I have yet to see first-hand (it is fun living vicariously) and I have been quite comfortable being an observer versus engaging and commenting. That said…I’ll change that now. I am engaged!
You are a talented witty writer and i’m hooked on this blog!

Regina – as one of my favorite travel-buddies, it’s greta to know that these places capture your imagination!


Agree with Regina. Though I have commented periodically, most of the time I’m just (selfishly?) enjoying! Because of your humor and style, reading your blog is an energy boost, a smile for the day and then on to other things. The flip side is you’ve highlighted multiple places and events I’d now like to pursue (Niagara Falls, for example) . Like you, I enjoy seeing how things are made. And while I relish your descriptions of Moon Pies and watermelon seed spitting contests, I’m still going to pass on the festivals! But keep writing about them…living vicariously also works!


I was never sure if your questions were rhetorical. Now I know. I see your familiar wit and sass in every post and line. I’m alternately amused, envious, exhausted, excited and sometimes feel the need to be your on-the-road mentor. I love how you reveal so much of yourself in your likes (Yipee!) and dislikes (YuK) while describing your adventures–be they industrial and interesting, rural and dirty, food-focused or deal with the peculiarities of your four-wheel behemoth. Your exuberance is only exceeded by your writing style and pure love of journey. Drive on, I’ll be following!

Meemalah – good point about whether the questions are rhetorical or not. I’ll make that clear moving forward. And thanks for your sweet words – it means a lot from a woman who make technology not only make sense, but witty.

We’re here, we’re here! I loved the crayon factory. Oooh, and that crazy park in Philly. Learned about two new places right there, alone.

Jeannine – thanks for the affirmation and confirmation of your (collective) presence. I had no doubts – just need evidence for the money people!


Thanks for your posts. They open my eyes to how much there is to see in our own backyard. Your blogs are like a game of “Marco Polo” telling me I am getting closer to somewhere in the US that is interesting.

Jef – so clever and so adventurous!


Guilty as well of the whole “read and enjoy only” thing. I promise to be better.


Your parents are going to miss those emails.

AM – they will miss those emails, but hopefully both will happen time to time, and they can read the comments…;)

Lurkers of the world,comment! I really enjoy Paula’s blog posts AND the comments. As a fellow blogger, I agree with everything she said in this post, so I’m not shy about commenting when I have something to say. When I started blogging, it occurred to me that some people (including a good number of my relatives and friends) did not know what a blog is. So, of course, I tried to explain—in a blog post. When you’re finished reading Americana the Beautiful, you can check it out at http://www.boomeresque.com/what-the-6-is-a-blog/
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I notice thatt you left out your dad when you said that even your mother could read it. That was a very clever exclusion. Some years ago I opted for a king sized bed, air conditiing, and 3 really good meals a day. I trust that you have managed to achieve those items without great difficulty:)!

Dick – I have a bed btwn full and queen, but otherwise, you and I are on par.


When I do not post it is just me being lazy- I love your blog and read it often!

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