I always love to read the comments people leave on my blog, and it comes naturally that I always want to reply to what they say. Often (but not always) when I leave a comment on someone else's blog I go back a week or so later and always enjoy their replies, even if they are not specific to my comments (some people get dozens of comments!), it's kind of an extended dialogue.
A lot of my blog posts, the rambling ones where I am talking about anything other than doll making... that's kind of me thinking out loud if you like. Maybe no-one in my immediate circle has any thoughts on that subject, so I come here to sound it out, comments are particularly cool on those posts!
Just before Christmas I read quite a long post by a fellow UK doll maker who sounded as though she felt quite down and isolated. Questioning why she feels the need to keep making and filling up her shop with dolls that don't sell. I was moved to make what I hoped was a reassuring comment, or one that showed she was not alone anyway. She has never replied and this intrigued me, I have read a lot of her posts now, almost all very long and wordy, very much about her intense working process and if she gets replies she never answers, never enters any kind of dialogue. So for her I guess the blog is just a sounding post, an online notebook for her to write down her thoughts, but she is not interested in making connections through it.
It has made me think about my own blog and the conclusion I came to is that I am so thankful for those of you who read my often incoherent doodlings and very, very grateful for those precious replies. I live alone (don't pity me, after 2 decades of very fun filled house sharing I finally decided it was time to go it alone and am loving every minute of it!) but never feel isolated because even on those days where I stay here and don't do any real-world socialising, I get lots of emails and Skype and the lovely surprise of snippets and comments and simple Hellos from people across the globe. It feels like a privilege to be honest! So thanks for your support and keep them coming please... :o)
And if anyone is still feeling the January Blues, I have found spending a little on-line time with those adorable Bahamian Swimming Pigs does the trick! ;o)