I’ve been meaning to let this out, and I found the timing. The Daily WordPress Post shared a very helpful blogging comment-discussion guidelines, or etiquette if you will. I think bloggers really need to peruse on it.

1.) Returning the favor. I know it “sounds” awfully twisted to respond to a blog just because it responded to yours. But what blog would you rather go back to? The one who responds back or the one who keeps shutting you out and is being a snob? There are tons of blogs out there, great blogs. It’s not hard to crack the code of making a decent blog post. The thing that will separate all these great blogs are relationships and making a connection. Don’t be such an egoistic oh-I-have-a-great-blog elitist. Who doesn’t? The link advises you not to just post an entry. It does not stop there.

2.) If you are going to reply, write something with substance; or at least, make an effort to do so. One-liner is better than “Thank you for liking my post…”.

3.) I’m sorry. I have a good number of visitors, likers, commentators and followers. I always, always try my best, but I just can’t attend to all of it. I also visit and follow a ton of blogs out there. I’m very sorry to say this. I’ve done it. I had un-follow a chunk-load of blogs in two occasions. It’s just too much for me to handle. There’s a lot more newcomers to my blog. I gotta make room for them too. I’m just one man with ten fingers just like everyone else.

And if you followed my blog and later felt like you don’t belong here, with mutual respects, please do un-follow as well.

4.) I am no expert. So don’t even listen to me. Just head to that link. I said my peace so I will stop here. I have no position on making these statements anyway because I’m a horrible follower myself. Plus, I hate advices…. Do what you want.

I know a blogger who have spoken his mind about this. Russel Ray once posted something similar and was successful on keeping genuine relationships. I wish to do just that.

I apologize for great bloggers whose blogs I haven’t visited. I’ve been busy lately. My Weekly Photo Challenge is way behind. My post schedule is cut down to twice a week. I plan to catch up with my blog and to the blogs I follow.


I would like to address some of my blog recognitions and accomplishments that really puts a smile on face from ear to ear, fattens my heart and pushes me violently to keep me going.

The Soloist posted a linkage post where he annotated that I inspired him to go out to his area and take pictures. His testimonial means so much for my blog. This is not just a recognition but a clear-cut accomplishment. I was very, very flattered. Here is his awesome attempt to capture Minneapolis.

Mezza of melonpopzdropz was so thoughtful to remember me when she submitted her entry on the Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary. She dedicated a picture for me as she assured that I would like it. I didn’t. I admired the sweet gesture and appreciate it so much more than any living things and wandering ghosts could ever imagine.

A Gracious Life compiled a list of great blogs she follows On The Reasons I Read Blogs. I’m greatly honored to be one of them. She really hand-picked the blogs she follows so that’s extra flaterring. This really solidifies all the blog recognitions and accomplishments I had last month.
I’ve been Freshly Pressed. I had a post that was used as a traveling advertising tool. I’ve been visited by the company of something I post about. I’ve been asked to have my pictures printed to put as a display. I’ve collected many tagged nominations. While these are great accomplishents I’m happy to receive…
These truly are blogging moments that matter most – when you inspire and get inspired, when you relate yourself to a post or when you see something that is out of reach, when you make a connection and acknowledgement.

Blogging is way-better-than-Facebook social networking medium. I get to meet a ton of personalities and characters, with all kinds of professions, from different parts of the world. Thank you for all the visits, likes, comments and views. Short or continuous, it’s nice meeting you all.


The Ligo Circle of Appreciation is something new and unique. It claims not to be an award but an appreciation.

Marsha Lee was kind enough to pass it on to me together with great blogs I happen to highly recognize as well.

One of the requirements is to finish this phrase – A great blog is. Please refer to #1 on top.

Another requirements upon receiving the award…

For duration of 22 days, starting on 1st October 2012, we will be inviting
2 bloggers per day
to join the LΔ«go Circle of Appreciation.

… is tormenting yourself, picking blogs which just gives you a dilemma of favoring one from others. Just awful.

My TWO Bloggers are…

Gilly Gee of Lucid Gypsy – Wordless Wednesday

Angelia Sims of Living, Loving, Laughing, Snapping – Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

LuAnn of Paint Your Landscape – Sparkling Sapphire Gem – Crater Lake National Park

Marianne of East of Malaga – Cheeky Monkey – Now you see him, Now you don’t

Jo Bryantz of Chronicle of Illusions – Sunday Post: People

happysherlock of bullfrogs symposium – Celebrating Tradition

themofman of Modes of Flight – The Unrepentant FlΓ’neur’s Guide to Street Photography Part 7

Rona Black Photography – Lines and Light

The Island Traveler of this man’s journey – Weekly Image of Life: Love and Family

Madhu of The Urge To Wonder – The Barrio of Kitsch

Being Arindam – Just trying to be the Change I want to see in the world

The above is list of Featured Bloggers and Blogs and their post-featured posts (in exception with Marianne’s) justifying the many reasons why I featured them in the first place.

Adinparadise, Amy and Russel Ray have been tagged by Marsha Lee already.

Sorry, I fell down the stairs and suddenly forgot how to count.

No picture? That would be outrageous. An earthquake made by a butterfly has to happen first before I post something without a picture.

By the way, Marsha Lee has been having problems. Her comments always go to spam. I do advise every blogger to check their spam comments to see if there’s false positives or hams.

I also want to reiterate that if you haven’t put your webpage link to your gravatar, I highly recommend you to do so. It helps for you to gain followers and connect with your viewers.

I’ve been asked what camera I use plenty of times before. I have Canon T2i and Sony Cybershot. I have four lenses for my Canon – a macro, telephoto lens, wide angle and the one that comes with it when I bought it.


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  1. I really liked that article about comments as well, so I’ll try to say something substantial. I love your bluntness. “I know it β€œsounds” awfully twisted to respond to a blog just because it responded to yours. But what blog would you rather go back to?” Totally! I hate to say it, but ultimately the ones who write back are the ones I like best! I go out of my way to visit their site often because they make the effort to write because I only have 10 fingers, too. Thanks for being a blog friend! πŸ™‚ OK, I’m going to go jump in the Spam tank now!!! πŸ™‚

    • The comment post is “quilted” with the Ligo Circle of Appreciation and A great blog is… That’s why I made this post. Perfect timing for me to say my peace too.
      That’s how I read blogs now. There’s just too many I need some sort of filtering system. I’m such a shallow blogger to be doing that. *sticks tongue out* When I do visit a blog, I make the best effort to actually read. Sometimes, I fail but most of the time I keep my focus. Every post is made from effort and consumed time.

      • That is exactly how I feel. I try to read 1-2 posts from every new person, and leave a comment. Most of them find their way into spam, but if they visited me, they read my warning. Then the ones that come back and visit I revisit, and spend more time reading. Sometimes I branch out from a favorite website to other great commenters, but most of the time I don’t have the time to do that. Then, of course, there are my regulars like you, and I make sure I visit them pretty close to daily – or connect like we are right now, and go read as I’m reading in the mornings. OK enough for now. Have a nice evening. πŸ™‚

          • I do with some of them. I can spend an hour on some sites. With over 100 it’s hard to do with everyone! One person wrote that he managed over 400. I sure don’t know how!!!

  2. Wah-wah-wah Wowwwww! I am blown away, flattered, not worthy. You are greatness and deserving. I bow to you. Thank-you and THANK you for being such an inspiration to connect. It really is astounding this wonderful community.

    • Not worthy? Who you foolin’? Hehe. I see you’ve been all over the place lately, eh? I would list more than one post if I should to tell every blogger how outstanding of a blogger you are.

      • I’ve been trying to visit every like that comes my way. Luckily, I use my iPhone while watching TV. Multi-tasker extraordinaire. What do you think of Survivor? I’m ready for a merge!

  3. I always love a visit to your blog, Rommel – and today was particularly sweet as you have honoured me with The Ligo Circle of Appreciation. I particularly like finding ways of linking to other blogs and introducing others to blogs I enjoy (which was why I introduduced my monthly CBBH Photo Challenge – which also encourages others to link to two other blogs they particularly enjoy).

    I shall spend some time now visiting your featured blogs. Thank you πŸ™‚

  4. You are one kind soul Rommel. You never ever fail to impress all of us your readers with your kind words. I just loved all you have shared in this post. Thanks buddy for making our day special with your words. May god bless you with lots more happiness and success.

  5. Totally agree with you on 1.), 2.) and 3) in #1.
    I sometimes find it dfifficult to keep up with all the comments and blogs, it’s very time-consuming and I often forget to visit blogs. Then, when they write a comment in mine, I remember again and I pop over to their blog to see what they’ve been up to lately.
    I have a semi-system where I get email alerts of new posts in a specific folder, but it fills up quickly and there’s no chance to visit/read them all.
    My blog visits and commenting in other blogs is based on randomness and it’s very close to a chaos theory πŸ™‚

  6. I like, really like this post!
    …because it’s frank, it’s direct, it’s sensible (!) and it’s charming all at the same time. I think your blog is reflective of who you truly are. Continue to celebrate life ! …and I’ll be reading. => Happy weekend.

    • I feel icky now that I’ve posted it. I think I scare people with this. I might lose readership with this, but I really am hoping to gain real connections than mere numbers. πŸ˜‰

  7. Good post, and thanks for the link.

    This past summer I found myself appologizing to all the readers whose e-mails I had to delete due to being overwhelmed by the flow of responses and notification of their new posts. I got so far behind. I’m already getting behind again but working really hard to keep it from getting to a point where I may have to delete messages again. Even though so many showed that they were quite forgiving, I still felt very bad because I do appreciate the responses, and don’t want to miss their writings and imagery.

    • E-mails!? Yikes! I’d be running like a chicken with its head cut off seeing a flood of emails for each posts of the blogs I follow. I just scroll down the list of “Blogs I Follow”. You can also turn-off email notifications.

    • OoooH. Yikes! Let’s just say you misspoke. I’m sorry. Blogging is NOT ALL ABOUT reciprocity. There’s the content, the share, the connection with the topic and connection with the blog, big or small.

      • But sharing is about reciprocity – otherwise it is not sharing but just putting something out there into a void. Anyway, just my thought – which I decided to share;)

        • I see what you mean now. Sorry, I guess I was leaning more about the comment when I hear reprocity. I guess now blogging in general can also pertain to it.

          Thanks for the input, Colline

  8. Hope you didn’t hurt yourself too badly in that fall…
    You were the very first person to comment on my first blog post in June and you’ve been nothing but extraordinarily gracious and generous to me ever since. As I’m still learning the ins and outs of blogging, your blog is most helpful. And YOU are an inspiration to me. Thank you for connecting with me when I started here; I’m sure there are quite a few others who feel the same.

    • πŸ˜€ Visitors and recognitions give you a drive and motivation and sense of doing it better every time. For new bloggers, that’s a big thing. Glad, I help. You deserve every bit of what you get in your blog.

  9. I too have trouble counting, :-). I try to post on every blog that I read that inspires me, which are a lot. And I tend to be wordy. I don’t like just hitting the LIKE button, it seems so impersonal. I always love to see comments in my inbox from fellow bloggers, but mostly I just have likes. It is hard to know what someone really thinks when they just hit the like button. Oh well, I am truly happy for the likes as well.
    Thanks for posting the proper rules to engaging in posting. As always, you have inspired my day.

    • I like “Likes”! I’ve collected so many I do not want to completely go against it. I do agree that it’s impersonal, but it also means a lot of things. Though, with the larger audience I get, then work, travel, and life, I can only get back to commentators nowadays. 😦 Responding to “Likes” would be an overload for me.

    • IT’s the CHAINLINK icon on the Add New Post template. Just highlight the words, then the Chainlink and then it will show a box where you can enter the URL address.
      If you’re doing it with Text codes. It will actually say “link” and not just the icon.

  10. What was that you mentioned to me about not being the best of writers? Rommel, you write beautifully, from the heart and you are one of the most gracious bloggers I have come across. With your stunning photography, combined with your writing, you take us along with you on your journey. Not everyone can do that and you seem to do it with ease. Thank you for the kind mention my blogger friend. Have a fabulous weekend! πŸ™‚

  11. Thanks so much for the mention, rommel. Love your blog, my friend. I would NEVER un-follow you for any reason. πŸ˜€ Have a wonderful weekend, and I’m so glad you only have ten fingers like most of the rest of us. πŸ˜†

  12. I like your post. Period. haha I will say that when I check to see if anyone has even read one of my posts, let alone comment on one, I am over the moon! I am always shocked that with everything going on in people’s lives, someone has taken the time to check out my little blog. There are a handleful of blogs I read regularly – I wish I had more time!!! But I always check yours out! Great comments and awesome photos! Thanks for sharing!

  13. I had this same conversation with my wife this morning. Whenever I receive a like, I visit that person and “like” their post. Same goes for comments. But if someone follows me because they enjoy my blog, am I obligated to follow them if I do not like or enjoy what they write about? Sure, I want to build readership. But I really have no interest in the struggle of, let’s say, a single mom’s adventures in dating. Would a simple like or comment suffice? Sort of like RSVP’ing your regrets to a party?

    • Oh no. You are not indebted to reciprocate. I too have to scan the blog first before I actually hit the Follow button. The use of like is a great because it can mean a lot.

  14. Doesn’t it feel like sometimes blogging is a second job? It seriously does take a lot of time to read posts, comment, hop on the next site, read, comment, and all that good stuff. I have really bad shiny-object syndrome and just when I’m about to comment, I read someone else’s comment, click on that person’s link and I’m off to a new website and I’m reading and so on… I never intend not to comment or like, I simply am a very distracted person. I do like the whole connections part because I feel like I’m getting to know the person. Not in that stalker kind of way, but following certain people definitely help build connections and “bloggerships”. You alway show love to people, and you get the love right back! πŸ™‚

    • πŸ˜€ Same thing with traveling. You want the result you get from traveling, but sometimes, it feels like work. I guess the bottom line now is where your passion lies and how far it goes. I’m not saying I discredit people who don’t reciprocate because it does eat time. I guess, it’d be a mutual understanding for both parties when there’s no connection going on. I love reading blogs. I love how people create their posts. I love visiting places, hearing stories, and of course, talking to them as well by commenting.

  15. What perfecting timing…I was talking to a fellow copywriter this morning, Lauren Forest, and I was telling her how, even though I am in the process of developing online courses, I would like to keep my personal blog…I love connecting with other bloggers, not just for business purposes, but because they are awesome! Plain and simple. I think as bloggers, we have a pretty unique community — on a global level, it’s huge, yet intimate and genuine. Yes, it takes time to edit, post, respond, and visit other fellow bloggers, but everyone has their own way of approaching it. For the most part, if you keep it real, we can all be inspired and empowered by each other — even if it has been weeks or months between posts:)

    • Oh do keep your personal blog even if you get busy and couldn’t keep up, believe me. I once closed a blog before, and I was itching to share. With or without views or comments, i just wanted to release my thoughts and pictures into an article form. Hence, my second blog was born, The Sophomore Slump. WordPress community is getting bigger and bigger and bigger, congested in both positive and negative ways. With so many now, there really is now a line between just plain sharing and then connecting with your others.

  16. This post is so true Rommel! I have felt that I have not put my best effort forward in some of my replies….but I am also an overachiever in almost every area of my life. Thank you for the awareness and reminder!

    • Thank for the support as well. WP community is great. I don’t think I can return to, or find new, social network community again… Or least for a long time. blogging has became my daiy routine.

  17. I always look forward to reading your post and always wait until I β€˜m in front of my big screen iMac so I can enjoy viewing your beautiful photos. I can’t image how much time and effort you put into your blog, and you do it with passion. You keep raising the bar!
    Cool advices, Rommel! Thank God you didn’t forget to post a picture (my iMac was waiting for your “last call”…) Beautiful! πŸ™‚
    Happy weekend!

    • Ow! Thanks for the such, big kind words, Amy. And right back at yah. You are one of the most prolific out there. You compose great blogposts and support many blogs as well. kudos.

      Sorry to bother you. I’ve been meaning to ask as I see that praise a lot. I would think that other bloggers put much time and effort in composing a blog post. I really get that comment a lot…what makes you say those kind words? I mean, how is it very visible with how I blog? I’m very sorry. i’m such a thinker. I even annoy myself analyzing things. Hehe.

      • I’ve never thought about what makes me say kind words, because people who know me think I am blunt and say what I mean. Much as I like to praise, I don’t praise to please people. If you sensed that I over did it, I apologize.
        “What makes you say…”– It’s because I value your passion for what you do and I admire how you strive to present the best and perfect blog to your readers; after all this is not a profit-driven stuff. Most young people that I know don’t and won’t spend this much time and effort for no-money-return purpose (I didn’t when I was young). And, if they do, probably are not close to your standard. That is very refreshing and encouraging. On top of that it’s a great blog you created (you have heard from hundreds of readers.)
        Sorry about giving a long answer to a short question. Thank you so much for making me think… BTW, My hubby is a thinker (a scientist), we get into deep, serious discussions about politics, people, places, history, movies, you name it…; we rarely agree with each other though. πŸ™‚
        Happy Sunday!

  18. I enjoyed hearing your thoughts on blogging and commenting. I read the same WordPress post on the topic and I am always wondering about the etiquette of being a respectful blogger. I, like you, really think blogging is about relationships. We may never meet our fellow bloggers in person, but we meet in some form of cyber-cocktail party where we will move about the room and find different pockets of conversation more interesting than others, but sometimes we dip into a conversation we didn’t anticipate we’d enjoy and we find we do. I don’t comment unless I really want the blogger to know I took some time reading what they had to say and enjoyed it. If blogging ever becomes just about numbers to me, I think I’ll quit. I have plenty to do! πŸ™‚ So far, I really enjoy knowing there are so many warm and interesting people out there. You have a great blog! The attention you’re receiving is well deserved! Debra

    • Hihi. I often also imagine that scene you created. What if we, wordpress bloggers, all travel together in place, eat at a restaurant, sight-see, take pictures and compare, and just talk? What a day of chaos and bliss that’d be? πŸ˜€ You better be on the bus as I am during transport. Bwahahahahaha

  19. Thank you fro stopping by my humble blog….I appreciate it and enjoyed reading your thoughts as well. I only blog on occassion when the spirit leads me so forgive me if I do not recepicate comments right a way…. I will stop by as possible. Life does get in the way at times, doesn’t it. Anyway, just wanted to say, “Hi” and that I’ll be back!

    • Sorry, I hope readers don’t think that I’m implaying that I am forcing anyone. I’m not talking you, but people in general. If you can’t, then you can’t. No grey area there. Just don’t expect beyond it.

  20. Thanks for the suggestions; I’m still so new to the blog-o-sphere, I think the old junior high shyness kicks in. Glad to share some virtual space with you. I hope you’ll let me know when you finally get a chance to read _The Agony and the Ecstasy_. ‘-) Keep on keepin’ on! ~LD

  21. Wow, okay…first, totally love your thoughts in #1 and second, *pause*….more *pause*……my only thought is this: Congratulations! πŸ™‚
    When I hit the magnitude of your readership then maybe, just maybe I can relate some…but I think I can understand how you must prioritize, I mean, seriously, Rommel you have a life outside of blogging!?!? haha….
    Thank yOu!! πŸ˜‰

  22. LOL this is why I keep reading your blog. I love this post, especially the bit on “thank you for liking my post” – hilarious! Your photos and posts are of course amazing but it’s your great personality that drives this blog. You’re genuine, funny and very kind. Also, thanks for the mention – I’m touched. πŸ™‚

  23. what a great blog! I have to go back and re- read this. I’m glad you came back to me. I have been not up to date with everyone 😦 Got to go now. The debates are starting…….

  24. hi there! thanks for the likes, sorry I just got the time to browse through your posts…. all are amazing and you well deserve the recognition/appreciations. And I do agree with blogging is better than FB ‘coz I myself is a FB snob. πŸ™‚ keep on posting great photos! Namaste.


  25. Oh Rommel, you took the words out of my mouth! I have been so overwhelmed as it is and then two weeks off and a nasty virus and I am wondering where to begin! Glad to know people understand and touched by your kindness. Hope you didn’t bump that head too hard πŸ™‚

    • WEEEBEEE!!! Just take it easy. Bloggers appreciate and love your blog like I do. I know they’re eager anyway…no matter how you going to approach your return.

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