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4 Benefits Of Commenting

October 22, 2013 | By Dee Ann Rice

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I hear about bloggers all of the time who read a lot of posts but fail to make a single comment.

Most of these bloggers are in niches other than mine but it does not matter what niche you are in making blog comments is benificial to your blog.

If you go to a blog post and read it why not make a comment at the bottom of the page. Most bloggers love getting comments and many will come back and comment on your blog. I do not understand the people who actually take the time to read posts but never make a comment.

In the following graphic you can see how many comments were left and how many views there were of each of my more recent posts. Now I am sure some of the views are very quick and the person actually left the page without even reading the title. That may even be true of alot of the views but if you look at the diffence in number of views and number of comments, that difference is huge. So, given that quite a few may be very quick views and not someone actually reading the post, there are still alot of views where the person actually read the post. If the person who read the post is a blogger and did not leave a comment they are losing out on important traffic.

Why Do People Not Leave Comments?

There are lots of reasons for not leaving comments.

The reasons I hear most often are “I am afraid” or “They are not going to want to hear what I have to say” or something similar.

These are not true and if you start leaving comments it will get easier. I was terrified the first time I left a comment.

If you are writing posts you can leave comments.

4 Benifits Of Commenting

1. Networking with other bloggers.

No one knows who you are if you do not get out there and introduce yourself. Commenting on blogs does just this. You get the chance to say what you think and let other people start to get to know you.

The more you comment the more people will know you and the more people you will bring into your circle of friends.

2. People will come to your blog and comment.

When you leave a comment on another bloggers blog many times that blogger will reciprocate by leaving a comment on your blog.

This will increase the number of comments you are getting on your blog.

With every comment that is made on your blog, more content is added to your post. Google likes content and when the content keeps increasing they love it.

As the same people consistently come and comment you will make new friends and there is nothing better than blogging friends.

3. Your blog will improve and increase in rankings on both search engines and alexa.

The more activity there is on your blog the more attention you will get from search engines and alexa.

Increased rankings will bring more people to look at your blog which will result in your rankings increasing more.

This will all lead to having a very successful blog that people will follow.

4. You will have a successful blog that can lead to earning money through blogging.

Making money is what most of us want to do. This will only happen is you have a successful blog.

Traffic is very important to making a blog successful and traffic it greatly increased though commenting.

In Conclusion

This is a very brief summary of why you should be commenting. 

If you are commenting then that is great. 

If you are not and especially if you are a blogger, I would like to invite you to start commenting today. 

There are great benifits for you in commenting. I think the greatest benifits ever are all of the people out there just awaiting to be your friend. 

I do know there is a lot more to search engine algorithms than traffic. I just wanted to make this simple and without traffic the search engines will never even look at you. 

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1 Adrienne
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October 22, 2013 at 8:53 am

That’s a great topic Dee Ann and I hear that a lot as well. I’ll even have people email me their thoughts on my post but will never leave a darn comment. When I ask them to a lot of times they’ll say “well I just didn’t have time”. Really! You just emailed me the comment you could have left on the post.

I guess in their minds they’re either not interested in getting in front of people or like you said just afraid. I know for a lot of people I’ve met they are very shy and not quite sure how people will view them. Now I’m very outgoing as you know but I actually thought that same thing. I just didn’t think I knew enough and that I would be viewed as kind of a loser you know. I eventually made myself do it anyway and look at me now. Glad I didn’t continue to hide behind those lies.

Thanks for sharing this and I hope this will help others understand that they just need to put themselves out there. I think they’ll really enjoy the ride.

Have a great week and talk to you soon.

~Adrienne
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2 Dee Ann Rice
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October 24, 2013 at 9:25 am

Adrienne,

As I said in the post I was terrified. I can not believe you were afraid. You were a huge encouragement for me when I started because you were so outgoing and bold.

I think what people don’t understand is if they just make one comment most of those fears will go away. That is what happened to me. That one comment on Barry’s blog and he was so nice and understanding and I was on my way.

Thanks for sharing your experience. I think it helps for people to know that they are not the only ones that have fears. They are really in a crowd.

Have a great day.

Dee Ann
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3 Adrienne
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October 24, 2013 at 9:52 am

Yeah Dee Ann, although I’m very outgoing and friendly I was very intimidated by a lot of these bloggers and I didn’t think I really had anything good to contribute. I didn’t feel I knew enough to comment on what they shared and they wouldn’t want to hear from me. I had no idea really what commenting was all about so I just didn’t do it for the longest time. I’m glad though, like you, I did it and got past that so now I love helping others realize I was once in their shoes too!
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4 Tim Bonner
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October 22, 2013 at 9:47 am

Hi Dee Ann

I must admit, I sometimes go to a blog to reciprocate a comment they’ve left on mine but find I can’t.

I read their latest post and either struggle to understand their message or don’t find it interesting enough to comment.

That’s not usually the norm though. I wholeheartedly agree with you that there are many benefits to blog commenting and the one I’ve found especially rewarding and important is networking.
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5 Dee Ann Rice
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October 25, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Tim,

I am with you I have many times gone to a post in order to reciporcate because the blogger commented on my post and I knew nothing about what that post was about.

I think it is hard for bloggers in the blogging or internet marketing niche because may bloggers from other niches come to our blogs to learn about blogging. Our posts are of interest to them and they understand what we are saying but when we go to theirs we may know nothing about what they are saying.

May times I will leave a comment like “I do not really have an interest in this topic or this is way over my head but I want to come and let you know I am supporting you.” They can not approve the comment if they do not want it showing on their blog but they will know I have tried.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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6 maxwell ivey October 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm

Hi Dee Ann; I couldn’t agree more with this post. Thanks to encouragement from my good friend Adrienne Smith, who is also a blogger, I have been putting myself out there. I’ve been visiting more blogs, subscribing to them, leaving comments, and sharing their posts. As a result my site traffic has increased significantly and my alexa ranking has risen to just outside of the top one million sites. And thanks to meeting other bloggers my most recent post already has three comments. That’s three more than I usually get. Thanks for the great post. Keep up the good work, max
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7 Dee Ann Rice
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October 25, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Max,

You have done a great job commenting on blogs. You are a great example of a person in niche other than “blogging” or “internet marketing” who is learning to comment the proper way and is benefiting from it greatly.

I will have to say that I enjoy reading your posts also as it is very interesting to me just what happens in the carnival business.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

Dee Ann
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8 maxwell ivey October 25, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Hi Dee Ann; Thanks for the warm reply. I’m glad that you enjoy reading about the amusement industry. And you made a good point there, blog commenting isn’t just for people in the internet marketing or personal development fields. But I did used to hesitate on leaving comments because some of the experts say the best sites to comment on are those in a similar niche to your own. I’ve been blessed to have people like robin hallett`, farnoosh brock, adrienne smith, and yourself encouraging me to read more blogs, post more comments, and build relationships through sending emails and sharing other people’s post. The bottom line is it really doesn’t matter what the subject of a blog is as long as you read the post and make a sincere effort to contribute to the conversation with your own thoughts or personal experiences. Bloggers are generally friendly people who love to help others on their journey, so don’t be afraid to jump in. and my site has now moved into the top 1 million sites worldwide according to alexa. The progress from about 3 million to its current place took about six weeks and the only real change I can point to as being responsible for this is an increased effort to leave comments especially on those blogs that have comment love or comment love premium enabled. Also, thanks to my new friends my last post had five comments and several shares both records for my blog. Thanks so much for the help and encouragement. Take care, Max
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9 Pramod October 22, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Hi Dee Ann !
To be honest , i started commenting on other blogs with the main intention of gaining backlinks to my my . Now i have built enough backlinks and i comment on other blogs only if i like the post and find it useful .Thanks for sharing the information .

-Pramod
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10 Dee Ann Rice
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October 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Pramod,

Getting backlinks is important but I think getting additional content to your blog is important also. I know my alexa ranking has dropped greatly just from the commenting that has gone on on my blog.

I greatly appreciate you commenting on my blog if you are only commenting on those blogs that you like and find useful. That makes me feel good as I know you have been commenting on most of my posts.

Thank you very much for your comment.

Dee Ann
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11 Ashley Faulkes October 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Spread the word Dee Ann!
I am slowly getting more comments, but it is certainly nothing like the number of visitors. I think also a lot of people, like search engine traffic, are just there for some quick info and will never comment. But people in the “niche” so to speak, should certainly learn to do that. My post next week is in a similar yet different vein, and I hope it will give people a push to do more for others :>
take care
ashley
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12 Dee Ann Rice
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October 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Ashley,

I look forward to your post next week. We need to encourage these newer bloggers in our niche to start commenting. They do not need to be afraid to comment everyones voice is welcome.

I agree with you that there are those who are just surfing the internet and not interested in commenting. It is nice to have their views but the people in the niche should be commenting.

Thank you for stopping by and for your comment.

Dee Ann
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13 Peter Kanayo October 23, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Dee, got to your blog through Adrienne tweet and am glad I stopped by. Must have seen some of your beautiful comment on Adrienne blog. That why I said I should pay a visit to your nice blog.

Concerning the topic you wrote on I must sincerely say am happy because you shared your story about the fears you faced when you started commenting.

Hopefully your story will go all the way out hence inspiring those who feel they can’t do this.

As per networking commenting is a great tool as it places you infront of multitude of people, especially if you write a comment that inspires or provide values to people. Dee wish you the best as the week sails by

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14 Dee Ann Rice
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October 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Peter,

Welcome to my blog and thank you for stopping by.

I truly was terrified when I started commenting and if my story can help even one person I will keep telling it.

Networking is really where it is at and commenting is a great way to network.

Thank you for your comment and have a great day.

Dee Ann
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15 Jeevan Jacob John October 23, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Hey Dee Ann,

I never thought of comparing the number of comments and the number of views. It is interesting (thanks for that. I am sure I can perform some experimentation in the future :D).

As I don’t necessarily comment on all the blog posts I read (well, I filter out – first on my feed reader, then after I open it. Second one is most effective since most feeds have blog post summaries/short versions instead of the whole post). I do this to preserve time. I check the headlines, and if I find it interesting, I read the content. Well, skim. Don’t have time to read word for word (who does?) :D

But, you are right about the benefits of commenting. Can’t beat that. Commenting is too powerful of a tool to ignore.

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16 Dee Ann Rice
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October 25, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Jeevan,

Time is my constraint. I just do not have enough time to comment on as many posts as I would like to.

I try to comment of posts of people who comment on my posts after that I do what I can. I just have so little time.

I will say that commenting is what has made my blog increase in Alexa and the search engines.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

Dee Ann
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17 Dee Ann Rice
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November 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Jeevan,

Commenting is a powerful tool and a great tool to increase the traffic to our blogs.

I do not comment on every blog post. Like you I weed them out but I comment on most posts I read. Time is always a constraint and I do not have enough time to do everything.

I appreciate you commenting on my blog.

Thank you for stopping by.

Dee Ann

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18 Andrew October 23, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Good post, Dee Ann. I suggest that most people don’t comments because it actually takes quite a lot of effort. After all, there is no point in commenting if you can’t add something worthwhile to the conversation. I try to leave a comment as often as I can, but only if I think I can add some value.

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19 Dee Ann Rice
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October 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Andrew,

Adding value is important and that is one of the basic rules of commenting is to only leave a comment that adds value but I usually can find something of value to add. If I can’t I sometimes leave a note so the person knows I have tried to comment and they can not approve it if they want to.

It is sometimes hared for me to leave a comment that adds value in a niche I know nothing about. I may have only gone to the post because the person left a comment on one of my posts. Then I will just leave a comment that is more of a note to the blogger just so they know I was there.

Thanks for your thoughts and for stopping by.

Dee Ann
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20 Huzaima Khan October 24, 2013 at 12:33 am

This happened with me when I read posts in start.. And yes it’s true that the day I starting commenting on blogs, I build relationships and the comments on my site increased.
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21 Dee Ann Rice
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October 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Huzaima,

Good for you starting to comment. It really is rewarding and your comments will start to increase. Your rankings will also increase and your blog will grow.

It just takes making that first comment.

Thank you for stopping by and for your comment.

Dee Ann
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22 Shaanvi Singh October 24, 2013 at 1:56 am

Hi Dee Ann Rice,
Basically Blog commenting is great strategy to make quality back link from another strong website & Blog. I do see many people & webmaster use this strategy of Blog commenting. Blog commenting is really useful & it give benefit.

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23 Dee Ann Rice
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October 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Shaanvi,

It is a great way to get backlinks and build up your blog. The search engines also love all of the content comments add to your blog.

Thank you for your comment and for stopping by.

Dee Ann
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24 Arbaz Khan October 25, 2013 at 7:41 am

Blog commenting is a great way to build new relationships with other bloggers in your niche. With blog commenting, you can not only share your views but also start new conversations which could end up giving great results.
Blog commenting is something not utilized by many and that’s the sad part.
Thanks for this wonderful post :)

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25 Ray October 26, 2013 at 12:55 am

I don’t always comment on something that I have read. For example a site that hasn’t published anything new in several months. When an article is 6+ months old. I avoid news sites for sure because there are just too many comments, and I don’t think very many people would read my comment anyway. Also, they tend to argue and fight a lot on those kinds of sites.

I guess I prefer smaller sites, and ones that I would more likely receive a response. Preferably something I am familiar with, and that I can relate to. I certainly could comment more often than what I do though.
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26 Dee Ann Rice
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November 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Ray,

I would not comment on news sites either.

I also do not comment on sites that I know nothing about. I do however try to comment on everyone’s site that leaves a comment on mine. Sometimes I find it hard to comment on sites that are not in my niche.

I would suggest commenting on sites you are comfortable on. You will become more comfortable commenting and then you may feel more like you can comment on other sites as well.

Thanks for commenting and for stopping by.

Dee Ann

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27 Leslie October 28, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I should comment more. Sometimes I am hesitant because of past issues with spam and argumentative commenters. But, I shouldn’t let that stop me.

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28 Dee Ann Rice
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November 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Leslie,

Sometimes commenters get argumentative but you just need to ignore them. I think your comment is valuable if you are stating your ideas or thoughts about the post.

I would encourage you to comment more.

Thanks for commenting on my post and for stopping by.

Dee Ann

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29 Branko Zecevic October 29, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I was thinking about this topic during the last few days. Like in everything you do you will become better if you’re placing comments on a regular basis. Making a plan about your commenting on various blogs is a good starting point.
Also it really makes sense to leave a comment especially if you already read the post.
Thanks for the tips and insights, Dee!

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30 Dee Ann Rice
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November 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Branko,

It does make sense to leave a comment if you have already read the post. I do not really see why more people do not comment but I have heard many people say they do not think anyone would be interested in what they have to say. That is really untrue. I love all comments and find then all interesting. As long as you comment what you think and it is pertinent to the post I think the comment is good.

Thanks for your thoughts and for stopping by.

Dee Ann

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31 silviu November 5, 2013 at 3:22 am

Hi Dee Ann,

I know there are many people who read a post but never make a comment. The numbers you presented in the picture are very significant. People must constantly be encouraged in order to make some comments. This is exactly what you did in this post when you presented the benefits of commenting.

There is another benefit that I want to mention: pleasure. After a number of comments you
just feel you want to comment more. You feel you want to go to other people’s blogs to see what they have created and express your opinion. This is the pleasure of blog commenting.

Have a wonderful day
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32 Dee Ann Rice
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November 14, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Silviu,

I know the feeling of wanting to comment more and more. I have spent whole days just reading posts and commenting. It is such an education to read posts. I learn so much and love doing it.

Sometimes I have to restrict myself as to how much time I can use commenting because I end up getting nothing else done. Right now I am struggling just to keep up with my replys and hate the fact that I do not get to go comment like I want to. I have some off line distractions that I need to finish up and then I will be back commenting like mad.

Thanks for your thoughts and for stopping by.

Dee Ann

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33 Cole Wiebe November 14, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Hi Dee Ann,

Great post. Commenting is what gives us bloggers a community to engage with.

Unfortunately, I see you installed the horrid new Anti Backlinker plugin. I gave it a try and got rid of it after the comments I welcomed also quit coming over the next few days.

“Not using Root Domain
Sorry but until you have been whitelisted or pass the above criteria, you wont get any backlinks shown on your comment.”

As with many blogs, my blog is not in the “root” domain but is a secondary section “/blog” following the domain.

- Cole

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34 Dee Ann Rice
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February 22, 2014 at 1:50 pm

Cole,

I am sorry this reply is so late. I had several things that took me off line for some time.

I am also sorry you do not like the Anti-backlink plugin. I also understand that some people do not use the root domain. I look at every blog before I approve the comment and always have. For me this just makes me aware that the blog is something I need to go and look at. After I get to know you I just appove the comment and move on.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your comment.

Dee Ann
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35 Chetan Gupta November 16, 2013 at 7:23 am

Finally your blog post made my day. I really like your post. Actually I was also written a post on blog commenting benefits and later I think that why not to read what other bloggers thinks about the commenting benefits and after reading your post, I learned some extra benefits of commenting.
I also would like to share that we can also get a great commenting benefit. i.e we can make our online identity, A great blog commenter can make his or her online identity through his or her quality of commenting on other blogs. Harleena singh and Adrienne smith is my favorite blog commenters and I never read any useless comment by these two bloggers. They always leave a great and high quality comments. So this is the benefit which I like most though commenting on other blogs. ;)
Happy Blogging
Chetan Gupta ;)

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36 Dee Ann Rice
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February 22, 2014 at 1:53 pm

Chetan,

Thank you for stopping by my blog and for commenting. I am sorry my reply is so late. I have several things that took me off line for a while and am just now getting back.

I am glad that you liked my post and hope you will come back to some of my new posts as I get started again.

I love blog commenting and replying. I have missed it since I have been off line.

Thanks again.

Dee Ann
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37 Arun Kallarackal November 19, 2013 at 1:16 am

Hi Dee Ann Rice, I thoroughly enjoyed your post. Commenting is very important, it builds a connection between two bloggers. It is beneficial for both parties.

But then there are those who comment on a post without even reading the whole post. They do it for backlinks. How do you deal with them?

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38 Dee Ann Rice
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February 22, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Arun,

I am sorry this reply is so late. I had somethings that took me off line for a while.

You cannot do much about people commenting without reading the whole post. One thing I do is put in subtitles for those who do not want to read the whole post. That way they have an idea of what the post is about. I do not mind people who already know what I am talking about skimming my post and the subtitles are really for them. They are able to make intellegent comments. If someone comes along, it is obvious that they skimmed the post and their comment show that they do not have any idea about what was being said in the post, I will delete their comment.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

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