In the book of Luke, Christ Jesus said "Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. ... said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is not a Prophet who is received in his town.”
Now granted I am not actually a prophet. And I'm certainly not Jesus. And what I do here on this blog is nothing of life changing importance. But I can somewhat commiserate with our Savior in my blogging experience.
Let me elaborate. In my own household, my family seldom if ever reads my blog entries unless I point them out to them or leave them up on the computer and they happen to sit down and get to reading before they knew what bit them. Usually, they seem to like what they do read, but it's seldom a big deal. They don't leave comments and they rarely comment in person to me.
Then there is my extended circle of family and close friends. Most of them have knowledge that I blog. Some don't understand it at all. Some occasionally come by and read but never comment on the web or in person. A couple have come here just to be nosey or try to stir up trouble between me and Pete. And of course they don't comment.
I have a small core that adore what I write here and try to read every post. They even print posts out to show to others or to pass to my sister who doesn't have Internet. Although they may applaud my efforts in person, they never comment on my blog.
There have been a few posts I really wanted a select number of my work colleagues to read and I have emailed them links to the appropriate entry. Some commented in person enough to let me know they read that post. But they never left a comment.
I have even ran into a person or two that know my blog and have read it and when they realize I am that Barbara they are tickled to tell me they have read L & F, yet they have not commented.
Why is it that other bloggers and virtual strangers will comment, but not anyone I can point to and say I know IRL? Is it that you are that shy? Do you think if you comment the world will suddenly know your full name, where you live and what you had for breakfast? Do you think you have to belong to Blogger or sign up for some unwanted service to leave a comment?
Let me put your mind at ease. If you click on the spot that says "comment" at the end of a post, the page will expand. You'll be able to see any comments that are already there. Under that will be a blank box for you to type your comment in. Directly under that box is a drop down menu labeled "comment as".
Now you can see that you can sign in and comment under several blogging associations, with an AIM screen name or an Open ID account. This is great if you want to generate traffic and create back links to your own blog or profile. If you have a web page you'd like to promote or maybe have me visit, you can sign in with your name (first name, whole name, nickname - it's up to you) with the link to your site included.
And then too, you can choose anonymous, which won't link to anything. You can reveal your identity in your comment or stay completely incognito. It's all up to you!
You just don't want to comment on Blogger for some reason or another? Comment on my Twitter feed by the appropriate post. Or on the Life & Faith in Caneyhead page on Facebook.
The point is, if you read and especially if you enjoy, then join in the fun of it all and comment!