Yesterday was a big day here at Battling On.

I wasn’t surprised by the response to I am Six because I am fast realising what a bloody lovely group of people bloggers are, but as I sit here at 1.24am, unable to shift myself until I have dumped the contents of my jelly head here, I realise that I am overwhelmed by the numbers of people who are prepared to make that uncomfortable leap to comment on a really tough post.

I used to read posts and be unable to leave comments, either because I felt ill equipped to, or because I was a little bit intimidated by the author and didn’t want to look, or rather read, stupid.  Recently I feel that I’ve turned a corner, grown in bloggy confidence and realised that just the act of leaving a comment is meaningful and if that comment makes someone smile, or gives them a little extra strength then it’s a really good thing. So now I comment, sometimes too much, occasionally in a really “Oh my god, get down off your soapbox woman” way, but I’m thinking (hoping) that that’s ok.

This is all getting a little rambly in my head so I’ll cut it short.  What I REALLY wanted to say is, if you took the time to leave a comment yesterday I salute you.  If I could I’d jump on you and give you a big, slobbery, bloggy kiss, because you did something really good.  If you read and couldn’t comment, I understand completely; it was a heartbreakingly beautiful post, so touching and so incredibly brave and to formulate a response seems like an impossible task.  But I thank you for reading, just by being here you’ve helped.

That’s it really.  It was not my story but I felt very protective of its owner.  As I prepped it for publishing I hoped that you would all come and say the things you said, and you exceeded all of my expectations. So, wow, just WOW…. you’re ace #thatsall



11 thoughts on “Wow!

  • April 29, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Ahh, what a lovely blogging world we live in. 😀

  • April 29, 2010 at 7:50 am

    I think if you have read a post then it is good that the writer knows you’ve been there so although deep constructive comments are good, sometimes it is fine to just say I was here & shared!
    So glad the post was a ‘success’. That is in terms of engagement because hopefully that will help with understanding which is so badly needed in situations like ‘I am six’.

    *hands back soap box*!

  • April 29, 2010 at 8:08 am

    I sometimes never know what to put, so just sometimes say that I have read something. I like to comment, I like to let people know I have been reading if that makes any sence!

  • April 29, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Paula, I think the idea of giving a forum to allow people to blog about something they feel they cannot do on their own site is an excellent idea. That it is on your blog makes it more reliable than just being on the tinternet where one may not always read what is true.
    I commend you for doing this, keep it going it is such a good idea.
    Don’t ever feel that these posts will take over because your writing is excellent and your posts are always good to read.They can be funny,dry and/or honest and are probably one of the first 2-3 that I read when I open up the computer.

  • April 29, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    I’ve just gone back & read all the comments and they literally made me tear up. It made me remember the world is full of a lot of amazingly generous people (emotionally that is). Something we can never be reminded of too much.

  • April 29, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    I am one that read but didn’t comment yesterday, I tried and kept coming back but failed to get it together. I am still thinking about it *sigh*

    The ‘Your Story’ slot is inspired and you are the perfect person for it. I hope it is successful for you and the writers that take part. I look forward to reading more:)


  • April 30, 2010 at 8:00 am

    Coming from a “forum background” and knowing that even the vaguest or smallest of comments means something, I always try to comment if something touches me or if I enjoy it.

    Words are so powerful – trigger so many emotions just in the way they are put together.

  • May 3, 2010 at 3:24 am

    I’m late to all this because I had forgotten to update me Google Reader with your Battling On blog. I’ve just commented on the I am Six post. You’re right, what a fabulous blogging community this is. And you are lovely.

  • May 3, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    We need more ‘get off your soapbox’ people, people who tell it as it is

    Putting up that post was an incredible thing – I’m still haunted by it, I love things in this blogging community that make me think and remind me of how darn lucky I am

  • May 10, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Thank you all – it’s taken me ages to come back to this post, but I really do appreciate everything you’ve all said. Not quite sure what I did with myself before blogging, but being part of this has made me realise just how many wonderful people there are out there – and you are all included in that. xxxx

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