For the first few years that I was blogging, I always responded personally to everyone's comment on my blog. But in recent months I have stopped doing that, because I was never sure if anyone checked back to read my responses to them. It seems to be sort of a mixture of folks who respond, and those who don't. I prefer an interactive sort of exchange, and I miss doing that. So, I will probably resume the practice of responding to those wonderful folks who do take the time to post a comment on my boring-little-blog.
Having said that, there is one thing I would like to know. "What is your name?" I would prefer to address people by their names, rather than -- say -- "Lollipops and Roses", or "Fear of Clowns", or "Terrific in Timbuktu", or whatever your blog title might be.
If you scroll down my blog -- way down there on my sidebar -- you will see I have added as many names as I know to all of your blog titles. Maybe you don't want folks to know your real name, and I understand that. But if you don't have a problem with it, I would love to know your name -- first names only. I have found over the course of blogging that I have gotten to know some of you very well. Your "voices" are all definitely very different. Blogging can be very personal and at the same time it can be almost detached. It's a strange dichotomy. We become close friends with people whom we may not recognize if we were to pass them on the street. We see people come and go, we watch new bloggers blossom, while others die on the vine -- sometimes literally -- and we always feel a sense of connection. We find ourselves caring about the things that happen in their lives, with their jobs, their families, their hobbies, their health -- all the while not knowing most of their names. So, if you feel comfortable telling me your name, I would love to able to address you by your name when I respond to your comments. It doesn't have to be your real name.
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
... William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet