Bits and Bobs: On Comments and What’s in Store for 2018

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I meant to write a post on the 31st wishing you all “Buona fine e buon principio” ( which is the kind of thing we say in Italy to wish people a happy celebration of the end of the year and a promising beginning of the new one ), but then LIFE HAPPENED and maybe I had to recover since I partied way too hard for a lady of my age.

How was your 2017? As far as this blog is concerned I have to say that, even if I opened it in 2016, 2017 has been the year I have started to take it a little bit more seriously, I have decided to focus it on Italy, I’ve blogged more consistently and I got the opportunity to know many of you, readers and fellow bloggers. It has been an enriching experience and I want to thank every single one of you who dedicated some of his/her time to read what I wrote in here, and left comments and replied to mine.

On Blogs’ Comment Sections

I will never tire to say it: comments and exchange of perspectives are the true power of blogs and the so-called Internet 2.0 and enjoy them immensely. From my humble position of new blogger, even if it’s hard sometimes because of LIFE, YOU KNOW, I encourage all those people who blog to dedicate a little bit of time once in a while to comment on other people’s blogs or tweets and posts, not only with the mere purpose of engaging in “comment marketing”, as the gurus of the SEO call it, but also as a means to enrich yourself, since hearing what other people have to say with an open mind, always helps approaching a topic in a more objective way and pushes you to overcome false beliefs and the cage of your own prejudices.

I think that lately we give the Internet for granted and we always tend to focus on the downsides like cyberbulling and all the negative stuff connected with it. Just think about it, until few decades ago it was unimaginable to get to know and keep in touch with people of different cultures and being inspired by them, both as persons and as content creators. I have lost count of how many times I have been inspired to write new things thanks to comments or other people’s blog posts. This doesn’t mean copying others’ ideas OF COURSE, it’s just being inspired by their point of view and their particular take on a subject.

The other day there was a “discussion” on twitter about lack of comments and how frustrating is for creators to see how much click-bait content has the upper hand over quality content. Concerning the lack of comments I have to say that, as a reader, I often find myself in the position of having nothing “to add” to a post even if I enjoyed it. As bloggers we have to admit that certain times our posts do not spark a conversation and we should probably get better in involving people and opening a communication channel. Concerning the fact that dull stuff always wins over quality, I think it’s not news as this is a problem creators have always faced even before the Internet.

What do you think? Did you write blog posts that deserved better views and comments in your opinion during this last year?

What’s in store for this blog in 2018

  • Dolcevitabloggers linkup

If you’re passionate about Italy and you don’t know the Dolcevitabloggers linkup yet, this is the right time to discover it. This is a linkup that takes place every 7th of the month and every participant is required to submit an Italy-related entry. The topic is decided by our lovely hosts Jasmine, Kelly and Kristie. I’m going to keep writing for this project, check their blogs to learn more about the requirements if you want to join too;

  • 12 Weeks In Italy

Those who have been following me here on WordPress, are aware that I used to carry on a campaign called 100ItalyFacts on Instagram and that I shared my weekly entries also in here. Well, now the project is back with a new form and I’m going to bring it on WordPress every Sunday again. Every week I’m going to post 7 facts related to a particular topic and then on Sunday I will embed all the Instagram posts of the week and talk more extensively about the related topic. Stay tuned, this week’s topic is Rome!

  • Other posts

As promised last year, I’m going to post more about the arts and the customs and I’m also working on a couple of pillar articles/guides that will help you understanding the so-called Italian Regionalism, the language and the mentality of Italian people. Feel free to ask for specific topics if you want to learn about something in particular.


Well, what to add? Thank you for sticking by, consider to follow me on the various social media and to follow my blog through email (check the sidebar on the right). I wish you all a wonderful 2018!

A presto!

 

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9 thoughts on “Bits and Bobs: On Comments and What’s in Store for 2018

  1. Well done, Sara, you touch on a variety of issues that bug all of us who blog. Personally, I hate posts that end with one or two questions to spur comments. It’s such a guidebook thing to do. If people don’t have anything to add, so be it.

    I will gladly follow you this year as well because you always give food for thought and I wish to comment under your posts regardless of questions or no questions at the end. 😀

    And I’m glad to hear you partied hard. 😀 You did it for me too. I drank Slovenian booze with amore and his father and watched terrible Italian TV. But at least there was no noise pollution here in Italian countryside. 🙂

    Have a great year all around!

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    1. fkasara

      Eh, I must admit that I do put a question at the end of my posts most of the times…out of habit, probably.

      Thank you very much, I love your blog(s) as well and, even if I comment in delay, I always read you!

      Have a great 2018 as well and I wish you a great year of blogging on Manja The Third (I will miss The Second though 😦 )

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      1. Ahhh, but on the third it will go on in the same style! I’m not getting a lobotomy! What will you miss, the little squares? 😮 Anyway… it is what it is. Thank you so much for good wishes and for reading me!

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    1. fkasara

      Thank you very much, I’m very grateful we were able to connect through the linkup as well!! The ladies truly had a great idea!

      Happy 2018! ❤

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  2. Well, you made me chuckle with your partying too hard for a “lady of my age” introduction. I have no idea how old you are and I’m certain you’re younger than I am, but what I like about you is your fresh, shall I say youthful, approach.
    As for SEO and blogposts, my most visited post is about the ‘Ndrangheta, the Calabrian mafia. It’s just a short, explanatory piece. Tons visit, but only one person has ever commented. I sort of hope it interests readers to look around at other posts to learn more about the region, but my gut feeling is that isn’t the case.
    As for commenting, I must say that I was surprised that from when I started commenting on blogs, there have been a few people I’ve felt as though I’ve gotten to know, you being one of them, as you’re what I’d describe as a serious commenter.
    All the best in your 2018 endeavors!

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    1. fkasara

      Hehe, I was just joking as I’m in my early thirdies, but sometimes my pals and I complain that we are starting to suffer of the years passing by 😂 This was one of the instances as I don’t feel like my body is still able to deal with lack of sleep 😴
      Thanks for “the youthful approach”, I like that! 🙏❤

      Eh, I honestly think that nowadays we are overloaded by info all the day long, and we have probably started to flip through the content rather than interact…that’s kind of sad. Personally, I love to use Internet and blogs in particular to learn new things and meet interesting people, so I like to find some time to read and comment!

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