Say It Forward — Carnival of Loyal Commenters

by Janice

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There are not many things more beautiful and appreciated to a blogger than a good comment. We bloggers live for them.

When we open up our site in the morning and see a new comment sitting there waiting to greet us, well it makes our day – one sparkling gift handed to little ol’ us in the middle of the big, big blogosphere.

Yes, comments are the jewels of the blogosphere.

But how can we thank our loyal friends and readers for giving us these treasures?

First and foremost, we can return the favour!

We can visit their blogs and leave them comments. The golden rule of blogging – do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. It makes the blogosphere go round.

For my first year or so as a blogger, I tried to visit every commenter every time they commented. I spent at least two hours a day blog visiting. But when my Wordless Wednesday Mr. Linky started to hit 60 bloggers a week, I could no longer keep up. Meanwhile, my inbox began to overflow with review requests, etc AND I had a baby!

I lost the battle. I had to admit I could no longer visit all my commenters. I do try to visit as many as I can. But I hate to not return the favor to everyone. I appreciate my commenters so much and I DO want to visit their blogs and get to know them!

Blog visiting and commenting are how I have made my best friends online.

Leaving a comment is like walking up to a new friend in the playground and introducing yourself. It is how we make friends in the blogosphere.

What if we want to do EVEN MORE???

Because we want to do even more to recognize and thank our commenters, we have created a new weekly carnival…

Say It Forward – Carnival of Loyal Commenters

Mom BlogsSay it Forward is a new weekly carnival where bloggers feature their loyal commenters!

Each blogger will write a post featuring one, two or three of their loyal commenters and then add that link to the carnival Mr. Linky at 5 Minutes for Mom.

In the posts, bloggers can include photos, bios, interview questions or even quotes from their comments – whatever works best to turn the spotlight on commenters and show them how much we appreciate them taking the time to read and comment on our blogs.

What if the commenter we want to thank isn’t a blogger? No worries! Shine that spotlight anyway! Share their comment(s), their name – anything you can to say THANKS!

Link Up and Get New Readers

To get your commenters even MORE attention, come back here every Friday and add the permalink of your weekly Say It Forward post to the Mr. Linky so that others can find these fabulous commenters!

And then start visiting the other links in the Mr. Linky. I mean come on — these people are the kind of readers YOU want reading YOUR blog.

These are the FUN blogging folks YOU want to be friends with.

Go to THEIR sites. Read THEIR blogs. And of course, leave COMMENTS.

Oh – I can just see all the friendships forming already…
It is a beautiful thing!

Button Code

If you want to include a button or banner in your post, here are the codes:

Just pick a button and copy the code below it.

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If you are selected as a Loyal Commenter, either by our site or another blog, please display this Loyal Commenter badge with pride. Also feel free to give the badge to the commenters that you select each week.

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Summary

So, to recap — How to Participate in Say It Forward

  1. On Fridays, choose a commenter, (or two, or three) to feature in a Say It Forward post.
  2. Come back to www.5minutesformom.com to add your permalink to the Mr. Linky.
  3. Visit other Say It Forward posts and discover FABULOUS bloggers who are fun, friendly and loyal commenters.
  4. And don’t forget to let your readers know that you are participating in Say It Forward so they can go find all these wonderful commenters and read their blogs.

P.S. Thanks to Steph from Adventures in BabyWearing and Managing Editor of 5 Minutes for Parenting for the name idea, “Say It Forward.” (As you may know, Steph is famous for her comments.)



Email Author    |    Website About Janice

Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 Lori Downs January 23, 2009 at 6:06 am

I love this idea!!

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2 Adventures In Babywearing January 23, 2009 at 9:13 am

I love it!!!!!!!

Steph

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3 Grasping for Objectivity in my Subjective Life January 23, 2009 at 10:20 am

What an AWESOME Idea!!! I am always trying to find new and creative ways to thank my commenters, especially contests. But this is too cool!
I will definitely be participating!

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4 Cat January 23, 2009 at 12:58 pm

What a great idea! I always try to post about my top 10 commenters at the end of each month but this is a great way to remember them weekly.

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5 Heidi January 23, 2009 at 5:37 pm

This is a great idea!! I will definitely be participating!

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6 aimee k. January 23, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Oh, this is a terrific idea! I’m definitely playing along. I love comments and my commentors.

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7 Kristen of La Dolce Vita January 23, 2009 at 6:18 pm

what a great idea!

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8 BrandyEllen January 23, 2009 at 6:52 pm

What a terrific idea and I am SO going to do this next Friday!!! Thanks tons!!!!

((HUGS))

@brandyellen

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9 Tamara Hancock January 23, 2009 at 7:01 pm

This is a fabulous idea! Good comments are like warm fuzzy blankets – or here in AZ they are like a nice glass of iced soda! I’m definately looking forward to next Friday!

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10 toni jensen January 23, 2009 at 7:05 pm

great idea i dont have any commentors yet but i love to comment on others blog and i know when i get comments ill love and appreciate them cant wait
http://beautifulangelzz.blogspot.com/

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11 Organizing Mommy January 23, 2009 at 8:06 pm

Nice idea!! I’ll do it.

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12 angela January 23, 2009 at 9:39 pm

this sounds great and fun and may even make me want to write great post

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13 Lisa January 24, 2009 at 1:07 am

I like this idea! Sounds like fun!

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14 Petula January 24, 2009 at 3:36 pm

You gals always have great ideas!

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15 oh amanda January 24, 2009 at 4:13 pm

What a great idea! I LOVE THIS.

a

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16 Karen January 24, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Oh My! What a awesome idea. I’m totally game. Thank You http://mytrendytykes.blogspot.com for telling me about this! Girl you know I’m “crazy 4 comments!” lol

Karen @ Lil Momma’s Haven

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17 Run DMT January 24, 2009 at 6:07 pm

What a great idea! I missed it this week, but I will definitely participate next Friday! Thanks, ladies!

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18 Shannon Lea Fowler January 24, 2009 at 9:54 pm

What a neat idea!! I’m in!! :) Thanks Karen. :D

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19 Stacy January 24, 2009 at 10:24 pm

What a GREAT idea! Count me in! ;)

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20 Jennifer January 24, 2009 at 10:39 pm

How fun! I didn’t realize it was going to be a carnival, so I didn’t plan to participate this week. It’s a great idea, though!

I’ll do it next week on my blog and on 5 Minutes for Books.

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21 Stephanie January 25, 2009 at 12:31 am

Cool idea! Comments really do mean so much to bloggers.

I strive to reply to as many commenters on my blog as I can, but it’s tough when you reach the 100+ comments/day category…then, you have to be “choosy” about who you reply to. Otherwise, time just slips away…

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22 Ms. M January 25, 2009 at 2:35 am

This is a great meeting place! I look forward to my next visit.

Blessings,
Ms.M

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23 Storm January 25, 2009 at 2:47 pm

What an AWESOME idea.

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24 Marie {Make and Takes} January 25, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Love this idea. I have fabulous loyal readers. I’m totally going to feature them. Thanks for this.

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25 Angela S. January 30, 2009 at 1:22 pm

I subscribed as a Google Reader

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26 Lydia January 30, 2009 at 8:50 pm

What a great idea. I just put my post up.

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27 MamaCat January 30, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Excellent idea! I’ve just started building my blog network and have yet to garner lots of comments but I look forward to getting more in the future and will certainly do this!

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28 The Gang's All Here! February 6, 2009 at 11:07 am

I’m IN! Thanks for doing this – what a great opportunity to use our blogs to encourage and inspire and honor others.

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29 Courtney B February 6, 2009 at 1:15 pm

What an awesome idea!

I will definitely be participating!

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30 Kathryn February 7, 2009 at 9:46 am

This is a great idea and connecting to one another is the best way for all of us to grow and expand our blogging communities!

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31 pamela February 21, 2009 at 11:38 am

great idea I already have your button on my blog as a reminder….

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32 Ellie February 23, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Love it!! I have you on my blog now

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33 BusyJulie March 27, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Great idea!!!

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34 Peggy March 27, 2009 at 9:32 pm

This is such a great idea! I just learned about it and you’re already in your 10th week! I am currently on a 40 day BLOG FAST but can’t wait to do this one…already know my top ones! I am so glad that you came up with this great way to honor the faithful commenters!! FABULOUS IDEA!

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35 Felicia - I Complete Me April 3, 2009 at 1:57 pm

This is great! I think I’m going to be apart of this.

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36 Seiko April 24, 2009 at 10:48 am

I am new in the what we so-called Blog.I think I’m going to be a part of this.Thank you so much

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37 Rick April 24, 2009 at 5:46 pm

I love the community that a program like this brings together, great idea!

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38 Mommy Jac May 8, 2009 at 9:47 am

What a wonderful Idea…I really love this community..

Keep it up!!

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39 Nan (Playful Decor) May 23, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Sounds like fun! I just started so don’t have regular commenters, but I love to check out new blogs and leave comments for others!

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40 Sarah May 29, 2009 at 2:31 am

It’s fun,I just started and hope to keep it going. Thanks for the meme.

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41 Melissa September 25, 2009 at 12:41 pm

awesome! Except I have no regular commenters to feature. :( I’m working on becoming more faithful at commenting myself though, so hopefully that will change SOON!

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42 mandy February 1, 2010 at 9:54 pm

What an awesome idea! I am SO doing this!

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