One thing about me is that if I like a blog and stay there for more than 10 seconds, I will leave a comment. My husband commented (no pun intended) that he thought it was strange when strangers commented on my blog. I confessed that I comment on strangers blogs all the time. And he thought I was strange. I comment because I want the person to know that what they are doing means something to me. If I laughed or if I cried, or if I was encouraged, I think the author should know that little ol' me enjoyed it. I hope people would do the same for me, although many don't. (I see you Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Grand Prairie, Alberta and I am anxiously waiting for you to comment some day.)
I love getting comments and I've developed a little bit of a following of commenters I know I can depend on. They are with me through long mommy ramblings and funny posts with pictures -- everybody loves pictures. Sometime people come out of the wood work, so to speak, and specific post got tons and tons of comments. I'm no pioneer woman, but I think 13 comments is tons and tons. Okay. Call be desperate, but I take what I can get. I did a little research and thought I would share what topics in 2008 got the most comments on Paradise.
I knew in 2008 that I was going to have to show some humility; let you see the real me. You loved hearing about Alaythia (my life guarding alter ego), my saggy skin post pregnancy, frightening hair trials, my insurance issues, and I let you all know I don't have perfect grammar (you were deceived for so long).
Apparently thought provoking surveys are also popular because I received many comments on what to do with my books, what I should do when I have to go the bathroom really, really bad, what my children should call adults, and whether or not I should delve into the world of leggings. Thanks for all your help. What would I do without you? I'd be over loaded with books, my kids would be calling you all by your first names (gasp!), and I would never wear leggings again. I don't want to live in that world.
If only I could be really funny every day, I think I could be PW and get 3, 000+ comments a day. My 2 funny posts for the year were a big hit. Read this one and this one and you'll never look at barley or butt cracks the same way again. I'm setting my sights higher for 2009 and I will attempt to do 3 hilarious posts. Stay tuned and keep the comments coming.
In reviewing other sites and doing extensive research, I've discovered what I am lacking. What will take the commenters to the next level (more than 13)? That's right. A. HUGE. GIVE. AWAY. Hold on to your mouse because I am doing my first give away! Since my idea of tons of comments is 13, then you can expect my idea of a HUGE give away may not be that huge. It is a $10 gift certificate to Amazon.com. It could be yours for a comment here on this post (maybe also check out my last post about marriage -- it is feeling lonely and just a bit self-conscious). Comment about your favorite post from the 2008 and you could be the winner.
* One entry per person (let's here from you Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Alberta).
* Deadline for commenting to win the prize on this post is Sunday afternoon-ish-sometime.
* Winner to be selected Sunday night (1/4/09) by asking my husband to randomly pick a number. He may not be a blogger, but you can trust him with this weighty responsibility.
* The gift certificate will be awarded electronically, so go ahead and comment even if you are on the other side of the world (if you Amazon can get to you, so can I). I love hearing from my international blogging friends.