Friday, 2 October 2015

300 blog comments in 30 days

I’ve decided to take up the challenge set by Julie of Notes on Paper to write 300 blog comments in 30 days.  Here’s why:

* I’d like to get back into blogging regularly. My blogging has lapsed this year for several reasons: not having anything interesting to blog about, not having time at the computer because of having a puppy to look after, and having 2 blogs, I often can’t decide which one to write!Linda 008

*I am everso guilty of reading blogs and not commenting.  I would hate to think that people read my blogs and don’t comment.  I simply don’t know if people read my blogs or what they think about my posts if they don’t comment.  I aim to rectify this and aim to comment on every blog entry I read from now on.DSC_6097

*Like Julie I want to write considered comments, so this will make me think deeper about the blog entry.  I’m hoping to get some new ideas from the blogs I read, both new things to do and ideas on how to improve my blogs


*I’d love some new readers!  I’d love to connect with more people in the blogosphere, and the only way to do that is to leave comments!

*With all the other ways of connecting with others, ie facebook, instagram, twitter, there is often talk that blogging will disappear.  I hope not!  Blogging is more in-depth, and I love it!  I’m going to do my own little tiny bit to keep blogging going.

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Like Julie I am going to keep a record of the blogs I visit, and the ideas I would like to come back to.  I’m not sure whether I will read 300 different blogs, or whether I will leave several comments on some blogs.  We’ll see how it goes.

I’ve been thinking about how to find new-to-me blogs.  I recently started dressmaking again, and decided I’d like to read sewing blogs.  I simply googled ‘sewing blogs’, and soon worked out which were the leading sewing blogs.  I did the same for gardening blogs, and found a lovely blog that I regularly visit (but don’t always comment!) When I first started blogging 10 years ago(!!) I had recently started scrapbooking, and had soon linked up with other scrapbookers, writers and photographers.  Over the years the bloggers I have connected with have changed.  I’ve dallied with art appreciation (a painting a day), family history, organisation (Simplify) and health issues such as my recently diagnosed diabetes. 

Other ways I use to find new blogs:

*Other people’s side bars (I used A Stitching Odyssey’s side bar for sewing blog reading for ages before I started SewLindyLou)

*Comment-a-thon.  Start on one blog, choose a comment, then visit that blog and so on.  This way you get to visit blogs on entirely different subjects.

Linky’s.  For example, Rinda’s Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt

Swaps.  I’ve found several new scrapbooking blogs this way.

I like to keep my favourite blogs in a list on my side bar.  I don’t use blog readers.

I’ll keep you up to date with my progress, and what I learn.  Are you going to take up the challenge?  How do you find new blogs?


  1. Hello... I am also guilty of not commenting so decided to make more effort but couldn't manage 300!
    I often find new blogs from comments on my favourite blogs or instagram. I don't have an account but its a quick way to connect.
    Good luck with the challenge, it's good to see blogland getting shook up! Do call in if your passing.xx

  2. It's an interesting project. I try to comment on what I read as I know I love feedback, so I am guessing everyone else does. I have only been blogging for around 18 months, but I have made friends through it. Instagramming is fun too, and I tweet about work issues. But overall it can be a time consuming hobby.

  3. It's an interesting project. I try to comment on what I read as I know I love feedback, so I am guessing everyone else does. I have only been blogging for around 18 months, but I have made friends through it. Instagramming is fun too, and I tweet about work issues. But overall it can be a time consuming hobby.

  4. Hi Linda,
    Actually, I'm here because you took the time to stop by and comment on my blog! I'm adding you to my list--- I do use a blog reader and highly recommend that. It's just so much easier to read the new posts that your favorite bloggers write rather than having to physically check them on your own. I don't always comment on each and every post---just when I feel like I have something to say. I do not get a lot of comments either, but satisfy myself by periodically checking the stats. I figure if 100-150 people a day are checking my blog, then that's a good way to know people are reading whether they comment or not. My blog is pretty eclectic. Count me as your first reader from Nashville, TN!!

  5. Linda, thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving the nice comment. It's a pleasure to meet you. I've added your blog to my Bloglovin' reader and look forward to what you share. Through my blog I've met so many wonderful people from all over the world. That's the joy of blogging for me. I used to have several blogs and then came to the realization that I needed to choose one and do it to the best of my ability. That was a great decision for me, as it's eliminated a lot of stress and helped me focus on what I really love most. All the best to you! ~ Nancy

  6. This is a great idea, and thank you for seeing my blog too. You are right, I have no idea if anyone is really reading it at all! Nice to see participation, I will be trying to make more of an effort myself too :-)

  7. Hey :-) I was one of the lucky recipients of one of your 300 comments ~ thank you :-) (that is a LOT of comments, are you staying on track?)
    I wanted to let you know that you are a no reply blogger :-( It makes responding via e-mail impossible, which is how lots of people seem to do it these days, so you might want to change that (sadly I am too technically illiterate to suggest how to go about doing that, other than asking google...) I can't tell you how many times I've typed up a reply only to realize afterwards that I have no where to send it... I've finally learned to look first ~ you CAN teach an old dog new tricks after all :-)
    Nice that you also sew quilts AND clothes! Seems like most people sew one or the other. I'll have to poke around a bit when I get the chance.
    Thanks for popping by my blog, and taking the time to leave a note :-) Have a wonderful week ~ Tracy

  8. Good luck! I hope your challenge is providing you with lots of fun, inspiration and new visitors. May I suggest that you get Google Analytics for your blogs? Through that you can see how many people read your blogs and even what countries they are in! I used to find that fascinating when I first discovered it. These days I sadly don't have time to try and find new blogs to read, but people's sidebars and Burdastyle used to be the way I found new-to-me blogs when I did have time. All the best, Zoe xxx

  9. Hi Linda ~ Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a lovely comment. :o) Made my morning! Wishing you all the best on your quest for 300 comments in 30 days! I hope you get 300 comments left on your blog as a result!

  10. Thanks for popping by my blog and thanks for the link to the pencil crayon artwork ... my problem is I would so wreak that so quickly when I needed the right colour to use
    Good luck on your 300 comments
    hugs Nikki