May I Say Something?


There are some blog posts that come my way which demand to be put aside and read and re-read at times of peace and quiet.

These are little masterpieces that touch my mind, heart, soul and humour. I invariably have a little stash of them waiting patiently.

I would hate to think that delayed response to any of these gems might be perceived in a negative way and I would really like to thank you, my friends, for sharing them with me.

I’m not sure if other people have this ‘delayed response’ issue or what I like to call ‘a great blogging problem?’

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and I love to write both non-fiction and poetry.

41 thoughts on “May I Say Something?”

  1. I certainly have the same problem Jean …. and I often hope people can be patient too. Especially when I am stretched this way and that! I do love reading and commenting but I am only human!! πŸ˜‰

    1. Hi Willow, I don’t see it as a negative thing. More that some posts require time to process and an instant response on one reading wouldn’t do them justice.
      I think you’re one of the best responders out there.

  2. This happens only when there are other pressing things in my life that demand my full attention. I do try to deal with things on a daily basis, but sometimes that’s not possible.

  3. I’m a disgrace at the moment, almost totally neglecting my fellow bloggers and all their wonderful posts. Need to undertake some active penance! Hope you are well and happy, Jean, finding time to take lots of walks along those lovely beaches of yours. πŸ™‚

  4. Personally, I don’t care if my followers read a post today, tomorrow, or next year – so long as they read it! I think we all understand that life can interfere with blogging, and we’re mostly ok with that.

    (Actually, I get a little flush of pleasure when I receive notice that someone has read one of the older posts – makes me feel very special.)

    1. Thanks for writing.
      I agree wholeheartedly about the joy of older posts being read.
      Actually, my main point wasn’t so much about not keeping up as needing to take time to reflect on some of the deep, more challenging posts.

    1. Robin, I think my point was missed! It was about how I hold back on commenting on some posts for a while as I need to process them. Others, I hold onto as treats ‘cos I know they will touch a chord. ( Yours often go into the latter category.)

  5. I am always glad anyone is willing to look at my posts at all whether it is soon or later. Commenting now or later is only icing on the cake. If people enjoy my blog I hope they enjoy it in any way that makes them happy. I am always grateful when you stop by and when you comment so keep doing what you are doing! πŸ™‚

  6. I get what you mean, and this sort of thing happens to me too. I do get behind especially now with all sort of work starting to take my attention. Some blog entries are just jewels and I want to treasure them and yes put them aside for reading when I have more time. So yes delayed response. πŸ™‚

  7. On blogs to which I subscribe, I always read them, but I don’t always respond, and that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate what’s being said, just that no inspiration came to me. Still, I’m glad the blogs keep coming. I get to feel connected to some really wonderful people I’ve never met, but feel like I know.

    1. Sandy, yes I know that feeling of no inspiration coming but I often find that a particular post comes back to me much later on when some experience or other makes it resonate. By then, I mightn’t even remember who wrote it.

    1. Interesting, Tara!
      I think a length and type of posts are more significant than frequency. For example, some of my favs are daily haiku or photo and I would miss them terribly if they went to weekly!

      1. I also realised after I read through the comments PROPERLY (see, how’s that for mindlessness) that I completely missed your point about mindfully savouring posts later!

        But yes, it’s all down to how you read blogs, I think… I’m not in a position to read them every day because I can’t with my job, and then sometimes it just feels like they’re stacking up, up and up – because I don’t want my favourite bloggers to think I’m not reading. Anyway, human foibles, eh?

  8. I know that many bloggers are not happy with a mere ‘like’ – they demand comments πŸ™‚ Sure, SEO values comments the most, but for me, the most important is that someone has read the post, even if they haven’t left any evidence πŸ™‚ I understand that commenting takes time, and I value other people’s time the same as my own – it is why I always answer the comments as soon as I can.
    I blog once a week, and usually visit other blogs once- twice a week (or in response to a visit). It is the best I can do. My wordpress account has glitches – sometimes my ‘likes’ disappear. It is why I always go back and ‘re-like’ if necessary πŸ™‚ Then I sometimes re-read a post that caught my interest before. I am very thankful for the effort and time the other bloggers sacrifice to entertain me πŸ™‚

  9. I used to wait for a reply or for a new post but not anymore, my internet connection here is proper for mails rather than blogging. On this occasion, may i say: I am so sorry for my delayed feedback. Great point, Jean.
    Love the yellow rose, one of my favourite flower and colour.

  10. Hi Inese, oh I agree that having been read is great.
    Time is precious and has to be used wisely.
    I’m still not convinced that people are as busy as we are led to believe. Sure, some are mega busy but it seems like it’s a crime these days not to be.

    1. Hi Nancy, glad to oblige.
      I always like the way you pose questions at the end of your posts. Sometimes they spin around in my mind for a few days or more before I feel I have an answer.

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