It’s so easy to make someone’s day. Grace them with a smile, a word of praise, or a comment on their blog.
If you happened to read my last post, “Do blog stats rule your world?” you might remember I was asking for comments. I wanted some tiny little indication that someone out in the blogosphere was reading my posts. I’m happy to report the “asking” served it’s purpose. Within 5 minutes of posting, I received two comments! I was so happy, thrilled to no measure, a Cheshire cat grin was pasted on my face. People commented, they liked me! They made my day. Or so I thought.
I had convinced myself that I was being heard, people were finding my blog and taking the time to comment. I had proven my son, Sean, wrong. He who said, I probably wouldn’t get any comments. He who said, not to be discouraged. He who had actually tweeted his followers, “Please post a comment on my Mom’s blog.” Busted. I don’t subscribe to twitter, so I’m sure he thought his secret was safe. I can hear him saying to himself, “She won’t find out that I actually asked my followers to comment…”
Somehow, I was deflated. But then I thought, what’s the difference if I ask or he asks? Well, he has followers. But what I came to realize, and now in my fourth paragraph I’m finally making my point, is that he was trying to make my day. It took him less than 5 minutes. It didn’t cost him anything. The small effort that he put forth, gave me two days of pleasure. The short-lived disappointment I had from his tweet, melted away when I realized that this person, my son, was just trying to make his mom happy from halfway across the world. And he did. And so did his followers that commented.
I want to add, that I also had comments from people who didn’t know my son. People who took less than 5 minutes out of their day, to read my words and reach out to me and put that Cheshire grin back on my face.
Have you got a spare 5 minutes? Go ahead, make someone’s day. The simplest of things can often be the best, a smile, a hug, a word of encouragement, or a comment on their blog. 🙂