If you’ve ever started a blog or posted something to facebook, you no doubt understand the feeling when someone responds or leaves a comment. I often tell the story of the first person to ever comment on my blog over 7 years ago. His name was Casey Hales and he’s a special educator from Texas. Casey’s early words of encouragement helped me to realize the world could be much smaller and community, real community was possible. In many respects that simple act of kindness took me to places and connected me to people and ideas that could never have imagined.
Every time I leave a restaurant, store or an airplane, I’m careful to say thank you. It’s such an easy thing to do. I used to be much better at commenting on other’s work and I need to get back to that. When I introduce blogging to my undergrads, I always talk to them about the importance of commenting but I think I need to emphasize it even more. My most recent course ended over 2 weeks ago but a few of them are still posting. Today I watched as that student received a short but wonderful comment from a stranger. I know how pleased and encouraging that was for me, I know it meant a lot to my student as well.
So this little rant and rambling is simply to encourage you to make a little more effort to leave a comment. There are some great people here on the DEN blogs writing some great stuff. Send a note of encouragement, ask a question, challenge one another respectfully but leaving a comment is actually pretty easy. It’s hard to quantify what that means to people but even though I’ve written hundreds of posts I can tell you it’s a wonderful thing to know someone reads your work and thinks it’s useful. So I’m challenging you to make it a priority to leave a few words of encouragement both here and elsewhere on the web. It makes us all better.