Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Intervention Under a Stamp


Or, the USMC saves the day again! Too many of my fellow bloggers are falling along the wayside. It makes me sad. I often ask why they want to fold, and the answers are almost always the same. They feel they're fighting an uphill battle with few or no rewards. Now, I'm no strategist but common sense does not require rose colored glasses to read the writing on the wall. We are losing too many mail bloggers. We are losing them due to indifference and thoughtlessness. I know, I know. We like a good read about correspondence, tools of the trade; we want to make new pen friends, but all too often we take the blog authors for granted. We devour their offerings and move on. In silence.

I am guilty. I am often a silent, invisible reader-follower. I don't mean to be. I want to leave comments on every blog I follow or visit. But this is what happens. I read. I become a little hypnotized. I sit. I think about what I've read. I might laugh, smile or nod my head in agreement with the author. Then. Then I think of the next post that awaits me. Lordy, but there are so many. Let me tell you this. I decided to comment on each post that I listed as favorites. Sisters and brothers. It took two evenings! For real. My arms and my butt ached; discomfort forced me to stop before I was halfway through. I was ecstatic when I came across the few that refused to cooperate. I skipped them with relish and delight. Sorry. 'Tis true.

The good bloggers I interviewed informally admitted that low to zero feedback fueled their decisions to cut back or flat out quit. I think that's a shame. I have eight blogs and I follow so many that I lose count, but I follow those authors because they are good. They capture my interest, my imagination, they educate me, they entertain, the get my dander up, they get my goat . . . They serve a broad purpose in my life. I am an introverted loner. By choice. But. And it's another big butt but. I follow some of the best writers. It's just that simple. So I want them to know just how much I appreciate what they do with the time they devote to readers,  for free. You hear me? For free! Y'all can't beat that with a stick. Oh. And I am learning etegami for free. I have learned a lot for that same price. How about you? What have you learned lately? Gratis?

I know how they feel. Indeed I do. When that flag goes up and my enthusiasm lags I ask myself, "Girl, who are you writing for?" My answer is righteous. "Girl, why do you host giveaways?" That's easy. I have too much stuff; too many goodies. I refuse to bribe someone to read what I write. I get to offend, have my say, cuss a little, and move on. This is therapy for me, but you know what? The people who post for us could be doing other things with their time. Right? 

So. See the three letters up there? Nephew II is back from learning special things involved with becoming a Marine. Thought he'd gone AWOL after weeks of silence, but he was away for special training. He writes, y'all. I trained him well while he was here with us. He writes lovely letters. Who knew? He is the only other person in our huge family who writes real letters. Two are addressed solely to me, and the third is addressed to JC and me. Gosh, but I'm good. Oh. Remember the people who entertain and inform us. Don't just try to save snail mail, save the bloggers who write about it, and write to us. 



Ahem. A new box of stationery waited on the front porch this afternoon after my return from another head-shrinking session. It was one of two big deliveries this day. The first one was made before I left. 



Watercolor has to be the medium used to create these.


I like the muted colors, yet they seem to be understated. An oxymoron? Aha! They are too close in value


The designs are what got me. I love Moroccan tiles. These designs remind me of the Middle East. The colors are very pretty--much prettier than artificial light lets on. 


I like the instructions that came with the labels. They make me laugh. I wish I'd ordered a box to give away as a gift. Since I didn't, I plan to use a single sheet per letter. That way I can spread the rainbow. The goodness. Spread the goodness. Hannibal is on in the background and that throbbing tone does something to my head space. Sorry. 




Today was a cold, blustery, rainy one. I caught a chill. A warm quilt and a mug of hot tea saved the day. I intend to write on later. Nothing compares to breaking in a new box of stationery, does it? See you in the mail. Until then . . .

Be well. 
Write on.

Limner



70 comments:

  1. I am also guilty of not letting bloggers know how much I enjoy what they write. I just want you to know I thoroughly enjoy your writing AND your art. Thank you for being here! Aloha!

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    1. Hey Tammy. Thank you for coming clean along with me. Confession truly is good for the soul. :)

      And thanks for the compliments. You are so welcome. With me it is a win-win situation. I get to share my view of the writing world, make good friends and acquaintances who share my love for mail, art, pens and other little perks that connect me and feed my brain. It really is great therapy. So, thank YOU. :)

      I like "aloha." We need something similar in the US. Oh. Wait. We have a word in Texas. It's Hey. :) Well, maybe.

      Two stars for commenting! Yea, Tammy!

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  2. I like to think that my blog is a chance for me to be myself, carry on a conversation with the voices in my head and have some fun. I have never thought of myself as a writer. Others have told me different at times. We are our own worst critics.

    Giveaways are kind of the same thing for me. I enjoy doing them. It's a fun way to interact with the folks that do read my blog. (find out how well they actually read the instructions. They are catching on).

    I comment on the blogs I find entertaining and informative. Again I like the interaction.

    I started my little hole in the Internet on Christmas 2011 and just hit over 20000 hits this week. So I must be doing something right. Either that or they are just waiting to ounce :)

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    1. I'm not saying we have to leave a comment every time we visit, just do it once in a while but especially if you like the post. That way the blogger will know what appeals to their viewers. Me? I just talk. :)

      I think give-aways are more like rewards, don't you? Or a means of sharing, especially if you like something and want someone else to try a thing. Then who am I to say . . .

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  3. I don't comment as often as I should, but I try to. I love reading mail blogs, even if there isn't much written. The photos are eye candy and inspiration. I value the posts very much. Some people drink coffee and read the newspaper to start their day. I drink iced tea and read blogs to begin mine. Also, I mostly write for myself, but I do appreciate when someone lets me know they've stopped by. Oh by the way, I received your lovely postcard today. Thank you. :)

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    1. That's what I tried to say. Thank you, JarieLyn. I write about what's on my mind, a new find, mail in, mail out. The universe has no limitations.

      And thank you! Glad you like it. :)

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  4. Congratulations, Dodson. I miss people like Misty, Elle, and a small platoon of others, yet knowing some bloggers quit or are considering quitting because they feel like they're just thumping their gums on empty air makes me sad.

    I won a giveaway the other day and it was my first time visiting. I also lost because I didn't see the qualifier. I am not an Aussie. No matter. I won a lovely new book because I left an honest comment. Here's an excerpt from the e-mail exchange: Hi Limner,

    Thanks so much for sending me your email address so quickly.

    Delighted you are such a happy winner! :-)

    See? That's all I'm saying. :) I'm always happy when I lose and someone else wins. Gifts don't come cheap. :D

    No one said you were doing anything wrong. Everyone likes to win. I seldom enter your contests because I have too much stuff anyway, but I read your posts. I'm guilty too, so I plan to practice what I speak.

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  5. On second thought, I must be doing something wrong 'cause I can't give stuff away. Oh, okay. I get it. This will be my last post on OWM.

    It's been real.

    Thanks for the good times. :)

    Sincerely sincere,

    Limner

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    1. I really miss Misty as well.. She just dropped off the radar. I need to send her something soon.
      Patty, Elle, Lucas (sometimes but still around) to many to list. Then there are the blogs I find and get to them and nothing posted for over a year.

      I'm not going anywhere. Kaylee alone is easy posting fodder.

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  6. Hello! See me raising my good hand? Oh, wait! I can't type with my hand in the air.

    I, too, am guilty and I know better. I have my blog preferences set so that I'm notified by email when anyone leaves a comment on Just Letter Rip. I get the email and then go tearing off to JLR to read the comment there. Then, I go back and read it in the email. Of course, the comment is the same. So, why the extra steps? You know why, because comments are special and that important. It is my ritual way of acknowledging and thanking the one who paused to write.

    It stands to reason that other bloggers may feel the same way. So, I'm sorry, Limner. I've taken so much and left so little. I will do better by you.

    Your too silent, too often follower,
    Patty

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    1. {{{Patty}}} I hugged your neck too. Thank you. I see you waving, sister. You said it so well. :) Teachers do it better.

      Hope you're mending well. You're excused from commenting. We want you to read our posts because we want to entertain you while you convalesce. :D

      Be well.

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  7. Very interesting to read. Eh ... I am new here :-)

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    1. Hello, Aritha. Welkom! Thanks for stopping by. Your comment is appreciated. You come back now, you hear? :)

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  8. I too am guilty of reading blogs without commenting. But I'm trying to better my life since a couple of weeks! Because although my blog is just a small one in the middle of many, I like comments and don't get much of them either.

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    1. Good for you TomoyoHime. Trying is better than doing nothing. I hope you get more visitors and heaps of comments.

      Thanks for commenting.

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    2. I just added you to my blogs of interest list. You have one more admirer who will leave comments on your posts that I enjoy/like. :)

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  9. I don't comment as much as I should; I'm guilty too. I go away and think about things and don't seem to get back before the next topic is up. I usually have a look at a few blogs in the morning when I get up and don't often get back to the computer.

    I don't enter many giveaways because I live so far and I know postage is high, but it doesn't mean I don't appreciate the effort everyone puts into their contests. I guess I should have left a comment saying just that, rather than remaining silent.

    Thank you for the nudge Limner. I'll try to be more diligent. Don't give up on us just yet.

    Hugs, Anna

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    1. My Anna! I understand. I'm guilty of the same. :)

      Hurt feelings don't last long with me, but I thought maybe it was time for me to walk away. People comment on posts they enjoy. The writing on my wall said I wasn't doing a good job. Not everyone who blogs is good at communicating. It's like singing. I KNOW I cannot sing. :) I'm here until I get a pink slip. :D

      {{{Anna}}} Thank you.

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  10. lots of times I read a blog post, think of a comment in my head, scroll down and see that someone has left almost the exact same comment, and now I can't think of anything different to say, so I move on. which is kind of lame. plus the most frequent response that pops into my mind is "awesome!", which makes me feel like some kind of middle aged valley girl, or "dude!", echoing the pre-adolescent boys that populate my living room. I've run out of astute things to say.
    but really, dude - your blog is awesome.

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    1. Awesome response!

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    2. Karen, I must be odd since I rarely read other people's comments first. When I do and then comment, I do it because they've said something that I want to second, or I even comment on their comment. LOL.

      Thanks for the feedback.

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  11. What a wonderful and eye-opening post, Limner. I am guilty of everything you mentioned. And I plan to do better (hope springs eternal, you know). And I sincerely hope this is NOT your last post on OWM!

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    1. Dear Randall, you are in good company. Not only do GMTA but they also become lax alike. :)

      Thanks for commenting. I'm thankful for my thick skin. I'm back. I think I will post less frequently. That will make it easier on everyone, but I am so long winded that it's going to be hard. :)

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  12. Super nice post. I'm guilty on both counts ... not commenting and lacking on my posting. I've had a dry spell of ideas. My last post was inspired by a comment another blogger left. Love that!!

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    1. Susan, you post about your life. You never run out of topics. :)

      Thank you for commenting. I like you blog, and I don't always comment either. I can blame my arm, and so I shall. :) From now on I will read fewer posts in a day, and comment on those. It might take longer but it'll be better.

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  13. What? No more blogs? What am I going to read every morning? OK I will write you more letters. I don't understand but I wish you well and see you in the mail.

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    1. Cynthia, thanks. I think I'll see you in the mail first! ;)

      Be well.

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  14. Thank you for writing on this subject Limner!I hope that the above comment about this being your last post on OWM was a joke. I would miss you very much if you stopped blogging... I am sure many others would as well, so if it was a serious statement, I hope you will reconsider.
    I love to write. It is a way for me to reach out and become a part of a much bigger world, to meet new people and get to know them... I would never have had the pleasure of meeting you if it hadn't been for blogging :) But it is hard to write for hours, putting my heart into what I write post after post and save for a few faithful followers who almost always leave me the gift of a comment...(Limner,)I face silence as a response to my posts. My traffic says people are visiting, but I hear very little from those who visit, so one of my main objectives isn't being met, I am not meeting people with like interests. They read what I have to say and move on, I seldom get the pleasure of their company. It is sometimes disheartening.
    I have had to make some hard choices, I love my blog Art of a Letter, I love the people I have met and the blogs that I follow due to the mailart/blog community I have become a part of, but I have had to choose where to spend my time blogging.
    I have two blogs, Art of a Letter, which is about letter writing and Mail Art. I have blogged there since 2010, when I was living in an isolated area in Costa Rica and craved the company of like minded people. It also helped me to bear the transition from life on my beloved mountain top in Costa Rica, back into the rat race here in the States. I love this blog and the friends I have made through it, but my second blog, A View from the Cottage was being sadly neglected, since I spent most of my free time blogging on Art of a Letter. On A View from the Cottage I blog about the things closest to my heart, our dedication to living a "simple" life, homesteading and healthy living. I love to teach, and after 17 years as a home school teacher, writing the tutorials I write weekly on my blog helps to relive my feelings of loss from my now empty nest,(and classroom). So I have been spending my free time blogging at the Cottage. Life is very full, and I have limited time for personal pursuits, so I have had to choose which blog I spend my time on. I haven't given up on Art of a Letter, as a matter of fact, once I catch up on the back log of tutorials I have in the que for the Cottage, I plan to have a mail art mail call, themed "Space the Final Frontier", a nod to my nearly 40 years as a Trekkie. I have been searching for space related postage and found a really fun set of rubber stamps that I can't wait to use, so I am eager to finish my main course so I can enjoy some dessert! But for the present, my main focus is going to be on A View from the Cottage. If you haven't been there Limner, I do hope you will stop by. I love you girl, I hope that you don't get discouraged and give up on blogging... you would be greatly missed. Hugs!
    In case you don't have the addy: www.aviewfromthecottage.blogspot.com

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    1. {{{Elle}}} One more neck hug! Well said Elle. "Art of a Letter" is one of the first blogs I followed. Now I have "A View from the Cottage" to add to my growing lists and feeds. Most of my reading is done when I cannot sleep, so y'all are great company.

      I visited AVC several times yesterday and bookmarked it. If I lived where you live, I'd go raw too! :) See you in the mail sooner than you think. Keep an eye open for the evening's post. You're one of the best souls. Thank you.

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    2. Thanks for coming to visit AVC! I will be checking the POB tomorrow! I can't wait to see if I have something from my good friend Limner :)

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    3. It was my pleasure. I've visited several times. I plan to try the recipe for the smoothie but I'm not sure if it will elevate JC's blood sugars. Bananas are on the top of next week's shopping list. We're getting a Sprouts in Katy that's closer than WFM. Yea!

      You have a wonderful place. If I could I'd move to a place in the country so fast you couldn't see me for the dust. :)

      Mail went out today and there's already more for Monday. I cannot top or come close to what you've done, but my intentions are good. ;) Thank you, Elle.

      Have a good rest of the weekend. Love and hugs.

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  15. I, too, am guilty of reading and appreciating while not being so great about leaving comments. Seems odd when I know how much I appreciate comments on my posts, so I resolve to do better. Moving forward with resolution!

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    1. You have no ideas how often I visit, unless you check stats. LOL. Maya keeps me coming back. :) I promise to do better. Too often I'm commenting so late that I don't want anyone to know I'm awake so late. :( I will do better.

      Thank you.

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  16. When I look at the stats for my blogs and see how many visitors compared to the 2 or 3 (if I'm lucky) comments, I realize that I am not the only one who reads but fails to leave feedback. Every New Years I vow to do better, and I do for a few weeks, maybe a month. But then, like with most New Years resolutions, I slip back into my old ways of reading and moving on without saying so much as hello, how are you?, love your [insert topic here].

    So, yes, guilty as charged, but no less fond of your writing - or any of the other wonderful blogs I read. So please don't stop posting. And I can't speak for your other reader, but I don't care of you give away stuff or not, I just enjoy your posts. The end.

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    1. Jackie, you're a gem. I just discovered your blogs. I've added one of them to my little family. :) Your cards look like they're from Hallmark. Great job ma'am. I do the free demos at Archiver's. :) Do you have a Cricut?

      I have to hug your neck too. {{{Jackie}}} Thank you!

      To new beginnings!

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  17. Quit if you want but I sent 2 or 3 notes after your sister died and never heard a word. So the blog is a great way to make new friends and have some fun. I think the choice to blog is yours and has to be inherently fun in the creating. Also I have entered some giveaways too and never heard another word so maybe the comment post is broken sometimes.

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    1. Cynthia, I'm sorry. I don't remember much from that time. She was my youngest sister so all my pistons weren't firing properly. Thank you for reaching out to me then. I try to publish every comment, but some break away and float in cyberspace. You're not the only one whose words get lost. I still cannot post to Mrs. Duffy's blog.

      I have problems posting and commenting when I use my iPad. I do most of my blogging and comments on my MacBook. Thanks for telling me about the problem. I pull give-aways because no one enters. I've mentioned this before.

      We use satellite and when it rains I lose posts and even e-mails. Some show up days later. Things can only get better, so if you have problems with OWM, shoot me an e-mail. I'd appreciate it. :)

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  18. Limner--Thoughtful post -- and I agree. Comments on a blog post really help keep a blogger going. It is a lot of work to write a post and do the photographs and if you get 600 views and only a handful of comments you really don't know if people are interested, enjoying, etc I have been ready to hang my hat up a few times myself...And when I've hosted a give-away I have had people coming out of the walls to comment and I wonder where where they all those other times?

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    1. You stated your position quite well, Pamela. I know how you feel. Imagine having eight blogs and having the problem. You have a lovely blog and you share so much. I hope things improve because I don't want to lose you too. I am trying to get Misty to come back. Some people are too busy, but we cannot help missing them.

      I feel like a leper when I can't give things away. LOL. Here I was, thinking I gave too much. None of the previous winners ever complained. Hmm. Maybe I'm really not doing it right. LOL.

      Keep up the good job Pamela. You're one the best.

      Thank you.

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  19. I do enjoy your blog and many others that I don't comment on. Thanks for the reminder to encourage those who encourage me so much.

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. We need each other, right? What would the post office do without mail bloggers? :)

      Hope you have a lovely weekend.

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  20. OH my I would like to think that my blog is therapy for me cause I have been known to get intense oh yes intense indeed and I imagine I will have my opp to get really intense this monday when i get a 2nd opinion on this horribly painful knee of mine who the other dr did not think was important enough to get a closer look so Im going to insist that this dr yes the bone man as I like to call them, get a much deep and more intense look you cannot tell me that there is nothing wrong with my knee when everytime I walk on it I get pain oh the pain I wish I could describe it in words I cant so moving on here . Yes my blog is therapy and a chance for all of my readers to try and get to know me .

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    1. Good for you! Blogs connect us in ways I never expected. I have good friends because of bloggers who write, create, and care.

      Keep up the good work. Hope you feel better soon.

      Write on!

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  21. I read your musings every few days and enjoy....but am guilty of not leaving comments. Keep up the great work

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    1. Oh, thank you, Wanda. What a lovely thing to say. Maybe I should cut back to once or twice a week? That way I can spend more time answering mail, drawing, painting, and gardening. Every few days is a good schedule. Thanks for the light bulb. :)

      I appreciate your feedback.

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  22. I read your blog regularly but am guilty of not commenting. Often it is a tech issue as this is comment #2 because last attempt somehow didn't publish from my iPhone. Keep up the wonderful work

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    1. Thanks for giving me an example to prove that problems aren't always on the bloggers end. :) I often lose posts when I try to publish. Nothing is perfect though, but I had to post both of your comments. :)

      Enjoy your day.

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  23. One thing I like about having my blog on wordpress is that there is a like button. I normally don't get many comments, but I usually get several "likes". At least then I know someone is reading and they like what I say.

    Love you blog. Thank you for a great post. ;)

    Sharon

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    1. I would like to talk to you about Wordpress sometime... I have made a sister blog for aviewfromthecottage on Wordpress but I am afraid to make it live for fear my followers won't make the switch. I also feel less certain about my ability to work in Wordpress, Blogger seems easier. It would be really nice to have a like button. I wonder if there is a widget for one that can be used in Blogger? Anyway, If you have the time sometime lets chat about Wordpress... We can do it by e-mail or snail mail whichever you prefer :) BTW It is good to see you online. It has been awhile!

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    2. Sharon! I have your letter but couldn't find the envelope. LOL. I sent a shout out request for it. Thanks for commenting. I like that feature in WP. WordPress users are something else. They're on a new post like nail polish on a teen girl's nails! WP has a steeper learning curve though. I am a little lazy but have plans to mend my ways.

      Thanks for liking OWM. I've bookmarked your blog again. I discovered you on someone else's blog. :)

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  24. Where did you find the lovely stationary?

    It's beautiful!

    I stopped doing my blog for a number of reasons, one of which was the lack of response. :(

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    1. Hey, Sandra. I ordered it online. I'll look up the name if you want me to. The stationery is very pretty up close. My images don't do it justice. The envelopes are not the usual envelopes we use without thinking.

      I just visited your blog. Your last post was a little over a year ago. How sad. Don't give up, okay? I did, and you see what happened. Give us another chance, okay?

      This is your blog home:
      http://sandrasvintageheart.blogspot.com.

      Thanks for stopping by and chatting.

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  25. I too am guilty of not commenting enough, and also not replying to comments left on my own blog. I've been blogging much less frequently recently but that's just because I have a new job and the transitioning is hard for me. I'm really going to try to comment more.

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    1. You're in good company, dear Emilie. We understand, and we will do better by you.

      Thank you. :)

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  26. PS. I was just reminded of one of the reasons I don't comment very frequently. Those things that you have to type out the letters to prove you aren't a robot... I am TERRIBLE at deciphering what they say. For the previous comment I had to try 3 times. :)

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    1. I hear you! I have problems reading those things even when I wear my glasses. Such an annoyance. Shame on Blogger. Surely they can do better. On the other hand, I don't care for spammers. What a waste of energy. :)

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  27. Okay y'all. I am close to hyper-ventilating here. I had my say and left, not expecting a return visit. And guess what. Here I am. My mouth is all dry and I am at a loss for words. For once, huh? :)

    Well, shucks. I feel like Sally Fields now. Y'all really do read comments. You hear me. You feel me. Thank you all so sincerely, and very, very much. We are more alike than we are different, yes?

    Some of you can turn the tables and accuse me of doing the same thing with your letters, but in my defense, I get so many that it's hard to keep up. But I do answer. I will always answer.

    I don't even recognize some of you. I think it's because you're lurkers. :) That's okay, it's a pleasure to meet you. I'm glad you're willing to rally around the great mail bloggers because they do need our support. It's not about numbers and stats, it's about knowing they're doing what they hope they're doing. We need to tell that when they achieve their goals. I promise not to ever read a post and leave without writing a comment.

    I promise to reply to each comment posted here today. Sometimes the truth hurts, but it also heals. I'd write better posts if I knew how. I know my blog is different, but that's because I am different. I'm wired a little abstractly, but I'd bet you already know that. I tend to be long winded and opinionated. That's just me.

    I appreciate everything you have said today. So, if I could, I would treat you to a moon pie and a Coke, just to show you how proud I am of us, the letter-writing, letter-reading, mail art-creating, blog-posting community. Since I can't, I won't have a moon pie or a Coke either. I don't even drink Coke, but I would if we could drink one together.

    Please know that you made me cry great big crocodile tears that ran down my cheeks, along the smile grooves around my mouth, and dripped from my chin, onto my gray clad bosom. The spot above my heart is the wettest.

    I have to go for now, but I will be back.

    Thank you, on behalf of all bloggers and readers.

    Sincerely sincere,

    Limner

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    1. Dear Sally...er...Limner.....well, you sure did get A LOt of comments this time around. Don't you wish we would always get so many? I hope you feel appreciated -- and stop crying.....

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    2. Feedback is good, but not everyone answers the hundreds of comments they get. I think it's a shame. I try to set aside time to respond to comments. Like now. LOL. insomnia can be a good thing once in awhile. :)

      Good tears are never wasted. :) . .

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  28. Sorry, I could not resist sharing this. http://www.soulemama.com/soulemama/2013/04/monday-morning.html. Here is one of my favorite blogs. Will you read how she feels about the relationship she has with readers who leave comments?

    Now I will leave you in peace. I'm going to finish the post.

    Thank you. :)

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  29. I have to say that comments definitely help! There is nothing like putting something out there and having people have an emotional response to it. I have thought of quitting blogging before, but usually only when I get crazy busy. Work can be draining and life especially the last few weeks can also be exhausting, but I enjoy doing it and the connection it brings me to others. I try to think that I am doing this for me and hope others come along for the ride.
    But if you are a reader, try to comment if the subject matter is of interest! It is almost like applause, and much appreciated!

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    1. Well said! And it didn't take you half as long to say it. I must take lessons in brevity. :) Thanks for visiting and for posting.

      I had to say something on my way to bed. :D

      Goodnight.

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  30. Guilty! I'm going to change my ways. Thank you for all of your AWESOME posts.

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    1. Hey, Millicent. You made me blush. LOL.

      Thank you. We're in this together, okay? :)

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  31. Yup. I'm a slacker blogger. When I saw your post I checked my own blog and see that I haven't posted since the 1st. True, I've been out of town twice but still.... The funny thing about comments is that some of them come through the mail. Only for a letter blog, right? Thanks for the encouragement to carry on.

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    1. Yes, they do Mrs. Duffy. :) Some people use public computers so I will cut back on posts and spend more time catching up on my mail backlog.

      Thanks for pointing that out. You're a gem.

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  32. Dear Everyone,
    I told Millicent something we say here, Deep in the Heart of Texas: I could just hug y'all neck! Thanks for being such standup people. I hope you can forgive me for my lapses since I'm often guilty of doing the same thing.

    Hold on to the knowledge that we help keep the mail moving! Then write on! See you in the mail real soon.

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  33. I did it! I replied to each comment. I didn't go to my cousin's funeral. Could not bring myself to do it. I chose to piddle around my house and gardens instead. Then I wanted to thank everyone who left comments. My spirits are lighter, my resolve is stronger, and my faith in mail bloggers has been bolstered. {{{Y'all}}} So, hugs to everyone!

    Much love,

    Limner

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  34. I confess I don't comment as often as I should. I try to comment periodically but there just aren't enough hours in the day to check all the blogs I follow and comment on them too, especially since my daughter gets first dibs on the computer for her homework.

    But I also have to admit that I've quit commenting on one or two blogs because the blogger would only reply to her friends and seemed to ignore everyone else - commenting there seemed pointless (& I don't visit those blogs very often anymore either). Funny how that works both ways with both bloggers and followers wanting feedback. I guess that's just human nature. =D

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    1. I totally understand Jan. Occasional comments when I like something is the norm. It takes just as much time for bloggers to respond to comments--for me anyway because I am so long winded, but validation matters. :) A single word goes a long way. I'm sorry for your negative experience; I am still timid about hosting give-aways because no one enters. Now THAT is total humiliation. :)

      I appreciate what you did here. We don't expect anyone to leave comments every time they visit, but if you give an occasional thumbs up, we glow. :D

      Okay. I just found three comments in the spam folder, and a lovely piece of spam made it to my inbox. Stuff happens. :(

      Thank you.

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