Thanks for Commenting

Thank You by nateOne, on Flickr

I’ve been a fan of Lisa Barone (@lisabarone) and her work for some time now.  If you’ve ever read her posts on the Outspoken Media blog, you’ll already know why.  She’s a prolific writer, and provides posts that are easy to understand and tips that are easy to implement.  While her depth of knowledge of all things online seems to know no limits, her most interesting and useful posts to me are about blogging, branding, online marketing, small business marketing, and social media.  Plus, she cracks me the hell up.

I’m an RSS subscriber to the Outspoken Media blog, as well as the Small Business Trends blog which she also writes for.  Basically, I hope to write like her when I grow up (never mind that I’m older than her).  She has a “no BS” style and a sense of humor that makes me laugh out loud in my cube farm at work.  She’s engaging and makes me want to keep reading.

I’ve chatted with her casually on Twitter a few times, regularly retweet her, and she kindly let me re-post one of her articles in a newsletter I write for work.  But in all the time I’ve been reading her blog, I’ve never left a comment.  Until a few weeks ago.

One day I finally felt like I could contribute to the conversation and not look like a dork.  I don’t remember now the sage comment I left, but I do remember thanking her for inspiring me to get off my ass and buy the domain for this blog.  Lisa responded and I was on Cloud 9.  But that wasn’t even the best part.  The best part was what happened after I hit “submit”.

What popped up on my screen was a “thank you” message.  It was so simple and yet so well done that I felt like I needed to share it.

Thank you message

This stuck with me for four reasons:

  1. She gets it.  Lisa makes it clear she understands that leaving comments on someone’s blog post can be difficult for some of us, and leaves us feeling encouraged to do it again.
  2. She says thank you.  And means it.
  3. Lisa welcomes us into her community as an active participant.
  4. She makes it easy to get more information by posting links to Outspoken Media’s various social sites.
Simple.  Honest.  Effective.  Thanks, Lisa, for being so awesome. :)
Have you seen other good examples like this?  Do you do this on your blog?

 

Update – October 13, 2011
My friend Betsy Decillis also has a cool “thanks for commenting” feature on her blog.  What I absolutely LOVE about the thank you from Betsy is that it really shows her personality (as does Lisa’s).  Which, if you’ve read any of Betsy’s tweets, will make total sense to you.  Betsy is dead funny and will say pretty much anything.  Her “thank you” response reflects the joie de vivre that Betsy puts out there every day.  Enjoy!

 

7 Responses

  1. I am traditionally a lurker. I had not seen that on a blog before but I really like it! Thank you for pointing it out!

    • Hey Karen,
      I’m more of a lurker too. But I love it when I get comments on this blog, so I’m going to try to be more of a community member and do less lurking. So glad you’re here! :)
      — Sarah

  2. This made my morning! :) Because you’re right, it IS so simple but it’s such a great gesture to say thank you and to welcome someone into your community. I hope it helps people feel like they have a voice at Outspoken Media. And if not, maybe it at least creates a smile. :)

    Thanks again for leaving your first comment at Outspoken. Hurry back. ;)

    • Okay … Cloud 9 again. :) I’m so glad you enjoyed the post, Lisa. I meant every word. I know we’re all just people and we shouldn’t get into such a kerfuffle about commenting, but it can be intimidating sometimes. I promise to do better from now on. Oh, and if I ever get to Troy or you’re ever in Austin, beers are on me. :)
      — Sarah

  3. Oh, silly me! And in case you’re wondering what plugin we use for that it’s called Comment Redirect. :)

    http://yoast.com/wordpress/comment-redirect/

    • Thanks for sharing that! I imagine it’s for a self-hosted blog, though, right? If so, that will be my next goal.

  4. Thanks for including me, Sarah! I was inspired by Lisa, but tried to put my own spin on it since it was a personal blog. This is actually the second incarnation of this page. I’m trying to change it every few months to keep it fresh. The first one included my nephew, unicorns & rainbows and the song “Come on Eileen”. I loved it. I feel like this latest one is a little darker, but my niece is a whole lot darker than my nephew so it works. It’ll be interesting what I come up with when I put my oldest nephew up there… Oh and don’t tell them that I use them on my blog. They don’t need to know that I use their cuteness for evil. ;)

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