Monday, March 5, 2012

Please Leave A Comment

Why do blog readers generally not leave comments?
Do you read blogs and not comment?
When you do comment, what induces you to do so?

I LOVE to read comments.  
To me, it suggests that what has been planned, researched, considered, and written touched the reader in some way or made them think.  Many readers come to my blog and only a few ever comment.

I wonder why?

Hey, you don't have to comment or anything.


  1. I've visited a few times, but never commented. I don't comment on most of the blogs I visit and if I do it's usually on blogs I disagree with. Otherwise I'll just end up posting pretty bland comments like "Love your blog! Keep up the good work!".

    Anyway, love your blog, keep up the good work! :)

    1. I'm just neurotic enough to want to know that...

      Carry on!

      (thank you for the comment!)

  2. I will often comment, if only to say, "thank you." But sometimes I forget, I must admit... :/

    So, thank you! I really do appreciate and enjoy your blog.

    1. ;-)

      See above!
      And thanks so much for posting!

  3. I am so guilty of this, love reading and rarely comment anywhere. Love your blog though!

    1. SWEET! Especially since your blog has recently become one of my FAVES!

      Thanks for feeding the neurosis.


  4. I'm with you, I love reading comments on my blog, and on others as well. I often wish there was a "thumbs up" button to click at the bottom of a post, because sometimes I read something and really like or agree with it, but don't have anything else to say about it.
    Love your blog - it's always a nice treat to find someone like-minded! (I'm a homeschooling atheist momma too!)

    1. Jennifer, WELCOME!!!!!!!
      THere are some other amazing homeschool atheist moms and dads who read my blog. It's wonderful to hear from like-minded men and women!

  5. I'm past the homeschooling age, as my daughter is in her third year of college.

    But, as an atheist, I am intrigued by the atheist homeschooling movement.

    I was very familiar with homeschooling in the xtian circles when I was a pastor, but this is the first I've seen of it in the secular world. The xtians I knew who home schooled did so because they didn't want their kids "polluted" by worldly thinking, and the material and quality of education was not so good. I know a kid who didn't get her GED until she was 22-years-old, because of poor home schooling.

    I'm interested in why you homeschool, whether you feel like your kids are getting a better education, and why.

    Also, were you once a xtian, and did you start homeschooling when you were in a church?

    I love what you're doing, and please understand my questions are not critical. I think there is a wonderful world of discovery for parents who are willing to take the time to find it with their kids. I think you may be on to something that is awesome!

    1. Like most people in this country, the first I knew of the new homeschooling movement was the moms in denim, seeking to keep their children out of the majority. Seeking to keep the children's exposure limited to good, clean Christian things.
      Then my best friend started homeschooling. She was a Christian at the time, though she is not one now. From her, I was able to see what secular homeschooling could look like and I loved it!

      My own religious history came in phases. My parents were from different religious traditions (Catholic and Methodist) and enjoyed a great deal of stress from their respective families about this. I ASSume that is why our family did not go to church at all when I was a kid.
      I, however, thought that GOOD PEOPLE went to church, so I often went to churches with family and friends.
      Eventually, after my parents divorced, my dad started taking the four of us to Catholic church regularly. I was a very strong Catholic for about twenty years. But I had my doubts and, because i wasn't indoctrinated at an early age, I felt freedom to ask questions of stories and things that I thought were pretty obviously nonsense or that were conflicting. I did get enough of that good Catholic guilt to keep my struggling for a loooong time.
      I STRUGGLED with that for about ten years on my own.
      Finally, when my daughter was still a newborn, I remember the night clearly, I was reading the Bible and I realized, I don't believe any of this!!!!!!
      It was a wonderful moment for me!
      Anyway, so I was an atheist long before we began homeschooling.

      I appreciate your questions anytime! I enjoyed hearing you on "The Thinking Atheist" podcast and I'm thrilled that you came to my blog!

  6. I nearly always comment when I read blog posts, even if I don't have much to say, because I think blogging is a dialogue. I get a handful of comments consistently, but I wonder about all the "hits" I get by people who don't comment. Of course sometimes people might just land on my page by accident or take a peek, out of curiosity, and realize the topic or writing style doesn't appeal to them. Maybe they see my badge admitting that I speak fluent profanity and sarcasm and run for the door. Who knows? I do wish more people would comment, including visitors who disagree with my ideas -- I like knowing who's reading and what they're thinking.

    I see some parallels between your spiritual journey and mine. I was raised in an atheist and was a confirmed agnostic for a long time. I married a Catholic and explored my desire for a relationship with God -- I guess I'd never been fully satisfied with my agnostic path. I did the "good Catholic thing" for years, even teaching catechism. Honestly, I was working hard at convincing myself that I believed a lot of things that never made much sense to me. Now I've come full circle back to agnosticism. Shedding beliefs that aren't really *yours* is very liberating, as is figuring out your own spiritual path which -- for many people -- isn't a theistic one. :-)

    1. "Shedding beliefs that aren't really *yours* is very liberating..."

      I so agree, Stephanie! Now I look back on that journey very fondly. But, I promise you, it was a difficult thing, cutting through the guilt...

      I always enjoy hearing from you!

  7. Some awesome stuff you have shared here. I have to confess your great effort. Keep posting more blog posts like this.

  8. Hello, Karen. Although I realize this post is a couple of years old, I want to leave a comment here since I have been going though all of your posts for the last hour or so to get more information about homeschooling. This will be my first year homeschooling my 11 year old daughter and until I really dove into your site, I was extremely nervous about it. You post such great links and I really appreciate your perspective when it comes to a schedule and the time spent with your children. I cannot thank you enough for creating a structured and relaxing blog.

    1. How nice, NIKKI!!!!! Thank you so much for dropping me a line.
      I am always willing to talk privately if you could use a friend.
      Until then, WELCOME!!!!!!


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