Comments are sort of the life blood of a blog. They aren't necessary....but they are nice to receive. It lets you know if people are even reading your blog, but also, it lets you know what they may think of it. I have my comments held until they are approved by me for publishing. Some bloggers do this and some have the comments inserted immediately.
The reason I have my comments held until I read them is not because I won't publish criticism. I have published every comment I've received with the exception of one on my Healthy Living Blog which was a request for me to advertise a product and I would not do that. My main reason is that I don't want to miss a single comment in the event it needs an answer or a follow-up comment from me.
This is what happened this morning. When I opened my e-mail, there was a comment regarding a post the reader found from September 10, 2009. He took issue with a fact I had written and took me to task for it. I immediately posted his comment. Then I went and looked up the post and realized that I had, indeed, made this error. I corrected that post's information. Had he been incorrect, I would have posted my own reply about that. The poster (he/she?) was "Anonymous" but that's OK with me. If I had not utilized the "comment holding for approval" detail, I may have missed his comment.
I Follow so many blogs that I cannot always post a comment on every single one, every single day. I try to make comments on as many as possible, so the blogger will know I'm enjoying their topic, photography, or general opinions. I don't have to agree completely with everything written, just as I would not expect a reader to agree with everything I write all the time, but I can still appreciate the content and the effort that goes into putting it out there for us to read.
So...I appreciate Mr. or Mrs. "Anonymous" from this morning. I know that somebody out there has been paying attention.
FYI: If you haven't seen a large plastic cow lately, just look in this yard of a home in the Historic Capital District in Olympia, Washington. These folks saw the need to decorate their home with Bossy the Cow!
Until next time.....so long for now!