This is a relatively new element in my writing DNA, but now I absolutely thrive on comments. Not just those on my own blog, but on others' too. They are a big part of what makes this community so active and vibrant. Many times I have read a post that has inspired me, but I have taken just as much from some of the comments.
With my own blog, I really feel encouraged by the comments to keep plugging away at the WIP. I've been overwhelmed by the positive feeling among writers and how much we want each other to succeed - because we are in the club that knows how tough it is. We're strangers when we first follow each other, just little faces in a grid. It's through comments that we start to build friendships and connections.
Just think how different the blogosphere would be if we didn't have this. We'd all just be standing on our own soapboxes, shouting into an abyss, and I don't particularly like the sound of my own voice. There are so many great types of comment: useful feedback if we share some of our work; alternative perspectives if we're stuck or need advice on something; or if we offer our own advice in a post, it's great to know that it may have helped someone, even if it's just a little bit.
What do you love about comments?
NB: This is a prescheduled post, as I am away from April 2-6. I will respond to all comments on my return.