Dinner last night was yet another fantastic recipe we found on Pinterest, Tempeh Scramble, Jalapeño Popper Dip & Broccoli Wraps. They were incredible!
Sophie & Hazel have become snuggle & play buddies in the four weeks since we adopted Hazel. We’re also happy to say that Hazel has lost 1.5 pounds already! She runs around the house and plays so much that the little bit she has to lose yet should come off in no time.
Sophie & Hazel having some lazy play on the bed.
We keep all the kitty toys on the stairs that lead down to our basement. Sophie usually brings at least one of them up and leaves it in our bedroom doorway for us while we sleep, which is always a sweet surprise to wake up to. Hazel spends quite a bit of time on the stairs playing with all the toys. Whenever they bring one up and are done playing with it, we throw it back on the stairs so they can start the fun all over again. They love it!
Why We Turned Off Comments
There comes those times when a lightbulb goes on and you just know that you need to do something. Turning off comments was one of those moments for us. We debated about it for quite some time but in the end, we pulled the plug. We were very thorough in looking at both sides of the coin and are convinced that this is what’s right for us. That being said, we’re not trying to convince anyone else to do the same. Do what you want with your own blog. Do what feels right to you. This post is simply us explaining why we made this decision.
We keep Rambling Vegans first and foremost for ourselves. Sure, some of our friends & family follow us online and we always welcome anyone who wants to follow us, but the main reason we keep this blog (as well as our other sites) is for our own pleasure and expression. Rambling Vegans is our online home and as such, we’re going to do with it as we want. This was the main driving force in our decision and is behind a lot of the reasons why we decided to turn comments off.
Anyway, here are our reasons-
- We don’t need comments to validate ourselves. I have heard so many bloggers put value on their blog depending on the amount of comments they receive and find this very sad. Your blog is someplace that should be yours and like your personal style, you shouldn’t have to look for approval from others to feel that it’s worthwhile or okay. We enjoy our blog regardless of comments. We find worth in all our posts because they are ours.
- Most visitors don’t comment on blog posts. Out of the ones that do, a lot of them are hit & run type comments. The main (and really, only) reason I kept comments on is because Mike and I wanted to make connections with others. I replied to almost all of the comments people left and I can’t tell you how many times I asked the commenter a question or tried to engage them in a conversation only to never hear a reply back. After a while the time I spent replying to comments just started to feel wasted.
- There are far too many bloggers who use comments to advertise their blog. After all, that’s one of the things you usually hear when trying to find out how to get more traffic to your blog, is to comment on other blogs. We had quite a few people do this to us, leaving comments like “Nice!” Follow me at www.mysiteisoverhere.com”. We really, really don’t appreciate that at all and think it’s a pretty shady thing to do. Again, it became time consuming having to delete those comments, not to mention a bit disheartening. Combined with all of the spam comments that come through, it just gets downright tiresome. We want people to come to our blog because it’s something that interests them, not to help drive traffic to their site.
- We don’t need criticism or negativity. Like I said above, Rambling Vegans is our online home. There’s enough negativity and criticism in life as there is. We want our blog to be a haven from that because it’s our online happy place.
- We want this to be a place to express ourselves freely. This is our place where we can be creative, express ourselves and share some things about our life. I fully believe that comments damper this for a lot of bloggers, myself included. Some blogs cater to their readers, which is fine because a lot of those blogs serve that very purpose. Our blog does not.
So there you have it. I’m sure some will take offense to this post, but it’s not meant to be offensive. We’re simply trying to explain our reasons so our readers will understand. Also, we’re not saying that everyone who has ever left comments on our posts have done any of the above. There have been plenty of people who we enjoyed seeing comments from over the years.
We still welcome communication from our readers, so if there’s something you really want to say to us or ask us, please feel free to. There are several ways of contacting us, including the Contact Us option at the top of the page, but keep in mind that if you ask anonymously we’ll be posting the answer on the blog unless if you leave a way for us to contact you. Other ways are through any of our other sites (listed below) and you’re always welcome to Email Us.
If you’re on Tumblr, we still have our “reply” option available if you’ve been following us on the site for at least 2 weeks but just in case you didn’t know this already, that feature does not allow us to reply to you.
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