I've been trying to comment more on actual blogs lately, and not just liking or tweeting, as seemingly easier as that is, but wow, these days you have to do a song and dance number, then show your bra size and whistle the secret code before you can.
There's a benefit to that, I suppose, because unlike here on my blog, the author can easily respond to the commenter, and show his or her deep appreciation for the comment.
Or more easily tell them to shut the fuck up.
Not that I would ever do that to you specifically, of course, but it's a nice benefit nonetheless.
Here on my old Typepad blog, which has had that Friends with Kids ad in the sidebar forever now because I can't figure out how to get it down, I'm still rockin' the old system where you just have to decipher the silly captcha that I use to help prevent some of the spam.
Even then, it still doesn't stop Christian Dior Handbags.
You cannot subscribe to comments, which THANK GOD almighty because I accidentally did that once and holy emails. And if you want to tweet my post, you must manually copy and paste the URL. Same goes for Facebook or Stumbleupon (which, are we still using that?). Even Pinterest (though seriously, what you would pin from this blog I do not know).
There are no buttons. No fancy counters to show you that I have been liked by 1800 people.
If I was The Bloggess.
But this also makes interacting with you a bit challenging.
I've grown lazy in my commenting back, which is truly much easier on Facebook or Twitter because I don't have to enter my own personal information and complete a captcha ON MY OWN BLOG in order to tell you "Yes!" or "Thanks for saying that!" or "Leave me the fuck alone, already!"
Then I read Liz's post about inspiring people and saw all the lovely shout-outs to inspiring bloggers and commenters (and Sara, gee whiz you made my entire year!) and I realized, maybe people don't know that I read every single comment on my posts. All of them. Sometimes twice and three times. I laugh, smile, and nod right with you.
I really really appreciate the time you take to spell out HD8IK9, and say "hello."
So lest you think I'm a total snotty asshole who is just too good to respond, mostly I'm just too freaking lazy to fill out my own personal information and do the captcha.