Please Answer This Blog Commenting Question ~ My trip & Pics Inside!

NB: Question about blog commenting below!

I have been home since last Thursday. It’s about 400 km away from Douala where I blog. It was an interesting journey driving along with my family. I love driving a lot so the journey was actually a huge dose of awesomeness.

We left Douala quite early at about 5:30am (CAT) and arrived home before sun set. We had a lot of stops on the way. I had my wife, and 2 children (5 and 1 yr old) so we had multiple stop points for the kids to relax.

Getting home was celebration. Everyone was waiting! My mom, dad and everyone else in the compound were waiting to receive the new born baby (their grand child).

And yes:

I had to spend some money made from this blog so if you ever spent directly or indirectly here, thank you πŸ˜‰

I got almost completely disconnected!

For 4 days, I was completely away from my PC. No posts, no blog hopping, no comment moderation, etc.

But I went along with my Android Phone. It only helped me in 3 ways

  1. Make phone calls
  2. Take pictures
  3. Read mails
travel home
On the way home. We stopped to relax and dad was the cameraman πŸ˜‰

Life in the village is fun!

We had a wonderful time with parents and other family members. My brother too came home with his wife and 2 kids. He is a prison officer at the Douala central prison. One other cousin, Mathias came in from the town known as Limbe the following day.

My father fabricates local hunting guns. The man is in his eighties now and doesn’t have that energy to heat the hot iron (as aΒ blacksmith).

So I got into one of his chambers and came out with an old hunting gun. I had a burning desire to go hunting for him. I wanted to see him savor some fresh bush meat but he had no gunpowder πŸ˜‰

Just Relaxing – surrounded by nature!

village

No guys! that’s not “pami” I’m sipping πŸ˜‰

The kids too had fun!

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Now, there was even more fun with Dad and Mom!

village mixingThere in that pic you can spot dad and mom. Those are 2 different pics I mixed up.

Ok I mentioned above that my brother also came home with wife and kids. Here is the fun in the pic below:

vally

That’s my brother, his 2 kids and my 2 kids. I was the cameraman. Our wives were busy somewhere! Women!

That’s a bit of what village here in Cameroon is:Β Living far from city pollution but deep in nature…

Do you reply to all comments on your blog?

A few days in the village, I came back to Douala and was overwhelmed: Tons of comments on this blog and guest posts on different blogs.

Right now, most of these comments are still un-replied.

To be quite frank, I’m feeling lazy to go replying to over 30 comments. Here is the point;

  • Some comments are so exciting.
  • Some are from my loyal readers and friends I feel obliged to reply
  • Some are from new visitors
  • Some are from link-hungry commentators.

What would you do in my place?

  • Reply to all comments?
  • Reply to comments from friends and loyal readers?
  • Reply to comments from new visitors?

While I’m currently trying to overcome lack of motivation and answer comments that deserve a reply, let me hear what you think about having to reply to all comments.

I know Adrienne Smith will not leave a comment unanswered πŸ˜‰

– > Thank you to my friend!

Don Purdum gave me a shout out in his last round up post while I was away. Check it out hereΒ and discover some more exceptional bloggers to connect with.

Thanks buddy Don!

So over to you! Drop a comment!

83 thoughts on “Please Answer This Blog Commenting Question ~ My trip & Pics Inside!”

  1. Hi Enstine,
    I always answer to comments I know it’s time consuming, but I see it as a sense of respect towards readers.
    Still have to answer to your comment at my latest post.
    Thanks
    Akhilesh Kumar

  2. It’s an interesting news hearing that you traveled with own family to the villa.Watching those natural pics is awesome.About the various comments,I suggest you reply all.Cos,whoever visits your site and left comment,wants to be part of it-he or she is willing to become a follower irrespective of primary purpose.

  3. hi,
    Glad to see that you are enjoying with your dear ones. You are sharing these pics to us it means that you think all your users as your friend. I am very pleased to know this.
    Thanks!!!

  4. Sometimes you need to take time off from blogging and go offline. I feel being addicted to the internet kills one power to mingle in the real world. Moreover, by giving time to your family, you are handsomely rewarded with love and affection that paves the way for some serious blogging.

  5. Hey Enstine,

    Firstly, though the post is non-blogging type, I did liked it a lot. The pictures are really great, the joy in the eyes of everyone’s eyes is just amazing.

    I would try to reply to each and every comment irrespective of positive or negative (unless it’s a spam).

  6. Hey Enstine,

    I’ve come from Adrienne’s blog and am so happy that I did. Sounds like you had a great time and that you have a tight family unit. I love reading about families who are close to each other.

    As to the commenting question. That all depends on how well you want to become known. When I first started I replied to every comment. Not only that but I would follow that commenter to their blog and leave a comment on their blog as well. It helped to build my presence on the net. There were times when I had well over 100 comments on my posts.

    I’ve scaled back now. I still reply to every comment on all 11 or so blogs but I no longer follow them back to their blog to leave a comment. Results in a lot less comments but gives me time to do other things. Like spend more time with the family πŸ˜‰

    • Hey Peter,
      So good to see you here ;). I’m glad you followed up from Adrienne’s blog.
      Yes it was good time with family and I hope to have many of such moments within a year.

      Thanks for sharing your experience with us! Wow! 11 blogs? That’s huge. Are you full time blogger?

      It will be good to see you around again. Of course, I will be visiting your blog as well πŸ˜‰

      • I wish I was a full time blogger, that would be a dream come true. While I am making money online it’s nowhere near enough to pay expenses and support the family.

        I think I have too many blogs. πŸ˜‰ The problem is keeping them all up to date. If I was a full time blogger that wouldn’t be an issue.

  7. Hey Enstine,

    Glad you enjoyed yourself and had a great time with your family. Family time is something that a lot of people, not just bloggers, need to do more of.

    On to your question. I try to answer and reply to all comments, but there have been times where I’m 3 – 5 days behind comments, next thing I know I have to work on a guest post or a post for my blog, then I have to promote that post. Then I have things to do offline, places to go, etc.

    So when it comes back around to commenting, I just don’t get the time. But, if I’m behind on comments, I try to make up for some of it Sunday morning. I’ll devote maybe an hour or so there just responding to as many comments as I can.

    It’ll be interesting to see what happens at the end of May when I go away on vacation for a week.

    – Andrew

    • Hahaha I understand this. So you have a vacation ahead of you? While that is awesome, you’re going to come back and feel same with comments everywhere.

      BTW, thanks for your words of encouragement. I hope to be able to get those comments replied with time πŸ˜‰

  8. Hi Enstine,

    It’s so nice to just get away from it all for a while. Good for you!!! It looks like you had a great time with your beautiful family!!!

    Yes, I respond to each and every comment. It’s funny though, of late my traffic is going up but my comments are going down as I’m reaching new and different target audiences and many bloggers are now in search of just getting links as you said.

    Since I use DISQUS, I suppose I’m engaging with those who are really interested in conversing instead of just getting links. I’m actually way okay with that!!!!

    I hope you have a great finish to your week Enstine!

    ~ Don Purdum

    • Hahaha! You know Don I’m thinking seriously of getting your way with DISQUS. I’ll be excited to just deal with real friends who want to comment for it’s real value of relationship building that links.

      What do you think?

  9. Hello estine sir,
    If I was at your place, I would reply to all of the comments whether they be my loyal readers, friends, new visitors or ling hungry bloggers..
    Moreover I really loved the post, besides it was an non blogging about nature, family, village and relaxing…Also the pics were amazing….
    Checkout my recent post Perfect Strategies to make a Blog Successful

  10. Hi Enstine, I really like the way presentation of your post.The images of happy family is quite captivating. It is impossible to reply all the comments for me, although, I know it should be done. But, from your post, I got the inspiration.

    • Hey Gurvi,
      Thanks for the comment πŸ˜‰ I try to make things look good!
      Well, actually it is not easy but I’ll try to rely to them

      Hope you are having a wonderful day

  11. Hi Enstine,

    Glad to see you have fun with your family. I love your photos as well. Indeed, one with nature is an appropriate title, I guess. πŸ˜€

    And about replying comment, to be honest, I also experienced what you feel. Sometimes I feel too lazy to reply every comment that is enough to make me overwhelmed when replying to all of them.

    But, I will reply those comments, all of them! I’m not going to let all the comments left behind unanswered. πŸ™‚

    I agree with Ikechi. I think, you should try to reply one comment first. I am sure, your motivation will appear after doing that. πŸ˜‰

    Have a great week ahead for you, Enstine!

    ~Nanda

  12. Hi Enstine sir,

    I guess what happened with you the same happens with every blogger. Comments must be replied as soon as they start coming. Talking about myself, If I delay in replying soon I just get too lazy in replying later.

    I was juggling with my exams and I was overwhelmed with the comments on my blog posts and the interviews. Luckily, I did 3 interviews altogether and all three of them had many comments which are still not replied by me.

    I think that is rude but I can’t help it. The numbers/comments are too much for me to reply. So I asked the owner of the blog to reply on my behalf. Definitely if people wrote comments for me they would not appreciate someone else on my behalf but I am absolutely clueless what to do.

    Let me know if you decided to reply to all of them or your are being selective?

    Thanks for sharing. I landed here by following a link you shared in a LinkedIn group. Have a great day!

    – Rohan.

    • Hey Rohan,
      Thanks for following up from LinkedIn and finally dropping a comment.
      I can understand your point. However, for someone else to reply to comments directed to you, it doesn’t really create the impact πŸ˜‰ But giving the prevailing condition, it can be understood.

      Yes I’ll be replying to those comments bro and thanks for being part of the conversation πŸ˜‰

  13. Hi Enstine,

    I must confess how inspired I always am, whenever I visit your blog. Your contents are always above the normal standard, and you are always coming up with new ways every blogger (even newbies like me) can succeed in the internet world.

    It will be very ungrateful of me, not to thank you for all the FREE coupons you’ve been giving me. I really appreciate them, as they’ve always been of help to me, in terms of traffic.

    Thank you, thank you, and thank you Enstine.

    God bless you.

  14. Hi Einstine,

    It is indeed a great joy to be with our loved ones, if that includes our parents the joy will be doubled. I appreciate your time to find time to spend with your parents. Nice to know a bit more about your lovely family members, Pics are lovely too! The cute little ones enjoyed a lot right? Yes, they need change, of course we too need that very badly, leaving all the regular activities for a few days is really a difficult task for people like you and me LOL but you found it! Good. Keep it up!

    Coming to the subject giving feedback to our commentators are a must do thing! Though sometimes it may be a bit difficult task in the routine activities, but we must make note that when our readers find time to post their constructive comments on our pages, we must and should find time for them for feedback. I used to give though after a bit delay.
    Of course, there are some who visit our pages just for the purpose getting some backlinks!
    But i think we should not discourage them, instead give them a proper well explained comment, they will surely think and will come again with a constructive one.
    Thanks Enstine for asking this wonderful question, i think all bloggers should find an answer. And ha, thank you so much for telling a bit more about your family members too. πŸ™‚
    Keep sharing.
    Have a great week ahead.
    ~ Phil

    • Hey Phil,
      So good to see you here and thanks for the beautiful and encouraging comment. It’s not easy to break off and spend time with family but that should be done. I’m glad I did it this time and hope to continue πŸ˜‰

      Well, you are right so I’ll have to make time to answer those comments. It may be late for some but definitely, I’ll cover all πŸ˜‰

      Thanks foe being part of the party man. Hope you are having a wonderful week πŸ˜‰

  15. Hi, Enstine,

    Wonderful of you to share your personal life with us, that’s what I like to see, glad you’re doing that too. πŸ™‚

    Lovely family photos, you are a blessed man. Your brother has two boys and you two girls? So cute!

    Glad you had time to switch off!

    No worries about getting back into it, just go as you can. You’ll find your rhythm again.

    Sometimes I get behind. I keep very good records and catch up by and by. People do understand. I would definitely reply to each and every one, but slowly easing back into so as to not kill yourself.

    Why?

    Because that’s how I would like to be treated, so that’s what I would do for someone else.

    Hope to encourage you!

    ˜Carol

    P.S. No need to reply to my comment, Enstine, our friendship is strong, and you can take the time to reply to newer bloggers or those that you want to encourage. πŸ™‚

    • Hahaha! I can’t leave this comment unreplied even if I try to πŸ˜‰
      quickly, I have a girl (first) and then a boy while my brother has a boy (first) and then a girl. I love that πŸ˜‰

      Yes, I’m encouraged and thanks for coming in to add some more fuel πŸ˜‰

      I hope you are doing great this week my dear friend. Yes, we’ve gone so far that even some silence cannot break the link. I’m excited about that πŸ˜‰

  16. Looks like you had a great time with your family. We must spend time with our family and specially with our mom and dad.

    I’m really glad to read this post.

  17. Hey bro,

    This is indeed a wonderful outing with your family. What’s the purpose of living if you cannot spend some quality time away from struggles with your loved ones? It was again a great move you made!

    I love the pictures and men you have a wonderful family that I really admire bro πŸ™‚ Your boy Zoe is just looking like our next Enstine Muki πŸ™‚

    Ok now to the comments, I know how time consuming it can be especially when they have piled up but my advice is to take your time and reply all starting from the ones left by your loyal readers and close blogging friends. Then you can graduate from there.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful family outing with us bro!

    Do have a wonderful week ahead and welcome back to the blogsophere!

    ~ Jackson

    • Hehehe! thanks man for the wonderful comment and words of encouragement πŸ˜‰

      Yes it will be a shame to leave family completely out. Life will be meaningless. While it may not be easy to cut off time for them, it’s a required move.

      I definitely will be responding to those comments one by one and thanks for your input on this bro.

      I know you too have gone through some tough times. I hope and pray you soon pick up and let’s continue from where we ended.

      The week is going great! God be praised

  18. This is nice to read that you enjoyed your day with your family, especially with lovely kids. But I am not agree with one sentence that some are just link builders who commented on your post. I am a regular visitor of your posts and I comment too but still I don’t know in which category you put me. and I don’t care about these cheap things. I just know that this post irritated me. I don’t know why

  19. You really had a great time with your family back at the village, you’re welcome back to Blogging in Douala.
    Replying comments IMO, if I were you, I’d reply Only
    >> Some comments that are so exciting.
    >> Comments from loyal readers and friends and
    >> Quality Comments from new visitors.
    Link-Hungry commentators are not really part of the list as they are there to Only drop their Links and BOUNCE OFF, instead of Supporting or Engaging your blog πŸ˜€

  20. You really had a great time with your family back at the village, you’re welcome back to Blogging in Douala.
    Replying comments IMO, if I were you, I’d reply Only
    Some comments are so exciting.
    Some are from my loyal readers and friends I feel obliged to reply
    and Some are from new visitors.
    Link-Hungry commentators are not really part of the list as they are there to Only drop their Links and BOUNCE OFF, instead of Supporting or Engaging your blog. πŸ˜€

  21. Enstine, what a beautiful wife and children you have. Thanks for sharing your world with us and nice to see photos from another part of the world. I answer all comments but do get behind on them. I believe its better late than never, so don’t rush it. Keep on plugging along and you’ll get caught up. Welcome back!

  22. Hi Enstine,

    Wonderful trip and lovely photos.

    In recent times, I was very busy scheheulde and I couldn’t reply to comments but Now I am replying most of my honest readers comment except those persons who comment to only for backlink purpose.

    Regards,
    Jyoti

    • I can understand your point Jyoti
      There are some comments from bloggers you can’t just walk over. those good friends must be taken care of πŸ˜‰
      Thanks for your encouragement πŸ˜‰

  23. Hi Enstine
    Welcome back. Missed your posts and was wondering why you stopped writing. Now I know.
    About commenting: I recommend responding to all comments. I understand how difficult this can be especially after a break. But one of the reasons I am attracted to your blog is because I feel special here. How? Because you always respond to my comments. Makes me look forward to reading and engaging on your website. (Aside from the fact that you write articles loaded with value that hit the nail on the head)
    Since you are overwhelmed with the amount of comments you need to respond to, I suggest you keep your responses short and sweet. An acknowledgment of a person’s comment and a simple thank you can go a long way.

    • Excellent piece of advise!
      I’m really impressed and fueled.

      Of course I know you so well that I can’t walk over your comment. I know there are some that are unreplied to right now but definitely I’ll get back to them πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for being such a wonderful friend Chioma

      BTW what’s the meaning of “Chioma”? I ‘m fun of Nigerian movies and hear that name quite often πŸ˜‰

      • Awww. Thanks for such kind words Enstine. You positively absolutely made my day. You are a wonderful friend too, though most times I see you as a mentor.

        Yeah my name must be pretty common in Nigerian movies. Chioma is an ibo name that means “Good God”. Its a fairly common name where I come from but I still think it is a mighty special name πŸ˜‰

        Thanks for replying Enstine. Really glad you are back now. And lest I forget, you have a perfect family with a pretty wife and really cute kids. Wish them the best in life too and pray they will continue to enjoy more vacations like this one.

  24. Hi Enstine,
    good to see you took some time off.
    Great to recharge your battery with your family.

    I always answer to comments, I know it’s time consuming, but I see it as a sense of respect towards readers.

    Still have to answer to your comment at my latest post, tough.
    I’ll do it right now, mate. πŸ™‚

    • Hey Erik,
      Thanks man for the encouragement πŸ˜‰
      Yes you just answered the comment on your blog. When I saw the article posted on broaded, I had to rush to your blog as usual.

      Thanks for making time to answer it. I surely will be answering mine too πŸ˜‰

      Have a blessed week buddy

  25. The best place to ever be is in the mist of those that valued you and long missed you. I quite believed that Dad and Mum must have missed a heal out of you, and bringing the way home back to online is another interesting fact gained from blogging. More than enough can be said when it comes to having fun but having what to spend is another key factor, and there you go with blogging… Android really did the job, mehn…. Sharp picture contrast…

    • Hey Ade,
      Thanks for adding your voice and boosting my courage πŸ˜‰
      It was real fun and yes, that pics are clean. I love that small phone for still and motion picture quality.

      Hope you are doing great buddy

  26. Hello Enstine,

    It feels good having you back online again. I must say after reading your trip, I feel like taking some time off my pc so as to spend time with family πŸ™‚ . I am happy you had such a happy moment with your family. The pictures above can prove how happy everyone was.

    Regarding blog commenting, actually I think replying to all the comments is something good. I am lazy most of the time to reply to comments but I personally think the comment section is where you get to talk more with your visitors and loyal readers.
    It is where you get to answer all their questions so it really shouldn’t be ignored no matter how many there are.

    To wrap things up, just grab a cup of coffee, sit on your desk, relax and drop replies to the awesome comments on your blog.

    Have a great week and happy having you back.

  27. Hi Enstine

    After a long time I got such an informal post on your blog as I firmly believe professional things beyond a limit sometimes get irksome. So a pleasant break is must as you got and also made me plan to do that in upcoming summer vacations here.

    To me, not replying comments is just like not talking to a person who visits your office and talks to you. So professionally we need to reply at least in one line to acknowledge we have read each and every comment.

    Thanks a lot for sharing a post on such debatable topic

    • lol I imaging you enter someone’s office and talk and talk and then leave without the person saying a word. Ridiculous isn’t it?
      Thanks for the wise words so I’ll be replying to them as time goes on.

      Yeah it will be great to take off some time and spend with family πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for the comment and words of encouragement buddy πŸ˜‰

  28. Hey Enstine,

    Welcome home and so glad you had a great time. I think unplugging, especially when you’re off spending time with your family, is important. I’ll be doing that myself in another few months and I’m taking no computer with me.

    Love the pictures and you have a wonderful family Enstine. Thank you so much for sharing those with us.

    You pegged me right, I will respond to them all. I know though once you’re back from vacation that the motivation isn’t quite there. I mean you just spent some time off the grid, having fun and then knowing you have to jump back into things and spend a good bit of your time replying to comments. I think you have to do what’s best for you but I know for me I’ll catch up on them, eventually. You don’t have to do them all in one sitting of course and I’m sure they appreciate it even if it’s a week later. Don’t beat yourself up though, people will understand if you just don’t respond.

    I hope you have a great week and you’re ready to jump back in now that you’re all rested! Have a great week my friend.

    ~Adrienne

    • Hey Adrienne,
      Thanks for the beautiful comment πŸ˜‰
      GASP is messing me up so I’m loosing some comments. Looks like I’ll take it down for an alternative solution.

      Yeah we work for the family so it makes big sense to take off time and be with them. Once you bounce back from a short break, it often comes with some slowness. But with passion and love for ones activity, you will soon pick up.

      Thanks for answering the question. I’ll be replying as time goes on. Yes, it will be burning to try to do all in one sitting. In any case, I’m sure to go through them

      Thanks for the words of encouragement. Hope your week is going on well

  29. Hello Sir Muki,

    That was an awesome family over there, it’s really nice

    seeing your family and you have a very cute

    kids…waiting patiently for for the time i become a dad

    too.

    Back to your question about replying comments, if am to

    start replying the comments here…..hmmmm, i think am

    going to start with the friends and loyal readers then i

    move on to the new visitors (to create a bond! :D) then i

    can head over to the LinkHunters

    Have a nice day Sir.

  30. Hello Enstine, Really Great Tips indeed and Good to hear about your Journey. Nice family man πŸ™‚ It’s great to see your family members! And Take times to reply the comments. This is not a big problem Bro .

    wish you a Good Weak

    Cheers

  31. Hi Enstine,

    Loved this post, and you know why – because it was more about you and your loved ones πŸ™‚

    I am SO-SO glad you finally took some time off to connect with your family, which was after long I know. It’s not easy to stay off your laptop and work for workaholics, ask me! But when we do, it’s the best way to unwind, isn’t it?

    Your kid’s have grown! Seems just like yesterday when you shared the good news of becoming a Dad again, and we saw the little one in your arms, and here ….running away! Awesome indeed! They must’ve had such a lot of fun with their cousins, and your parents would have loved having the whole family together again. This just goes to show that time stops for no one – we just need to create the time to be with our precious lots too.

    Comments…hmmm…how could I not reply to this post! Yes, one should ideally answer all, and I have done that myself always. But lately, thanks to the ABC (Aha!NOW Blog Community), I just don’t find enough time in hand because I need to comment on many posts shared there and welcome the newbies, to encourage them. If not us, who else would…so my time’s take up there mostly. However, I do come up to the older posts over the weekend and whenever I find time, and I am glad my readers understand that as they are seeing my activities at the forums.

    So, take your time to reply to the comments, without overwhelming yourself, and don’t worry – I won’t mind if you don’t reply to my comment here, as I understand. Being a mom, homemaker, and having to write and blog, it’s not easy to be all over, all the time! Yet we manage what we can, in the best possible way and people are kind enough to realize that.

    Thanks for sharing a part of yourself with us. Have a nice week ahead πŸ™‚

    • lol how can’t I reply to this comment?
      I may feel lazy to reply to some comments but those from friends and real readers, I must do πŸ˜‰

      True – time stops for no one. It’s just like yesterday when the little boy arrived. Now, he’s jumping here and there πŸ˜‰
      We work for our families so it makes sense to create time for them. It will be wrong to completely keep off. I made up my mind to drive one at least once in every 12 months.

      Oh yes, as your business and community grows, you become more busy and less available. All we want is that our friends should experience growth so there is no complain when growth comes. Not being around everywhere and everyday to comment and blog hop is growth sign. what’s even more exciting is the fact that you are busy creating something awesome for your community. We understand if we see you less often my dear friend. Just keep working hard so that at the end, we will be swimming in awesomeness.

      Ok, I’ll try to reply those comments πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for fueling me with courage and motivation.

  32. Hi Enstine Sir,
    Hope it was a great visit to your village. Village life is full of joy and happiness and more thing it is totally stressless. I can feel this happiness as I am also from a village.
    Now the thing reply to the comment. I think you should reply them all because they may be your very loyal and regular reader and would like to hear a word from you in responding to their replies.
    Thanks

    Naveen

    • Wow! why don’t you tell us how it went in the village too? It will be exciting to read your story πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for answering the question. I’ll be replying to those comments.

      Have a wonderful week

  33. I think those moments was wonderful for you and it shows the pictures how you were happy with you family. I saw these pics in fb you shared there. However Enjoy yourself with passionately.

  34. I try to reply to each one, even a short thanks just to show my appreciation to them for taking time out of their schedule to leave their thoughts.

    I have a schedule in my week to reply to comments and it can be hard sometimes but we just need to push through. The community is the most important part of our blogs after all.

    It’s great of you to share your personal pictures. Very awesome! Hope the family had a BLAST! It looks like the kids were really happy to hang out with the grandparents! πŸ™‚

    • Hey Dennis,
      Thanks for the answer buddy πŸ˜‰

      Yes they were! The elder child busted into cries when we kicked off to return. I had no option but to take her along πŸ˜‰

      Hope you are having a wonderful week too

  35. Hi Enstine,

    What a beautiful family! Those children are so precious! I am so glad you took pictures and shared them with us. When we do take time off and spend it with our loved ones, our mindset shifts. But it is important to spend that time and allow yourself that pleasure.

    As for commenting, I would take it slow because people do understand. I would answer the comments on my blog at a slow pace and then just pick up where you left off on other blogs, meaning don’t try to comment on those you missed.

    We all take time off and have to get back in the groove again. It will happen slowly, so take your time while doing it. We all understand you were away and are happy for you. You just need to know that my friend.

    -Donna

  36. if you informed your loyal followers before going away, then they’ll understand your long silence so it will be okay to take time with them otherwise you have yourself to blame for the mount up of pressure. all the same, we all feel de-motivated sometimes. answer the ones you consider urgent or important first.

  37. Everybody in your photos are so happy. Here is how I feel. Reply to ones that are exciting. Never do it because you feel obligated. Very few bloggers respond to my post. The ones do make me great.

  38. Hey Enstine! Looks like you’ve been having a lot of fun.

    I’m going to admit, sometimes I get caught up on blog comments and take a few days to get back to them. I do eventually get around to them but sometimes I feel bad when it takes me more than a few days to reply to people’s comments.

    Occasionally I come back to an old post months later and realize that I missed somebody’s comment by accident. At that point, I really wonder if they’ve realized that I forgot to get to them, and feel bad.

    Anyway it’s good to talk to you again Enstine, I’ve been meaning to get back over here but I’ve been so busy with an upcoming product launch that I just haven’t had the time.

    Talk soon!
    – James

    • Hey James,
      Thanks for finally stopping here and dropping an answer to the question πŸ˜‰
      Yes it’s been fun with loved ones.

      Oh I know you are working on something tough. Someone mentioned it to me and we are waiting for it.

      Thanks again for visiting and do have a wonderful week bro

  39. Hi Enstine

    Welcome back – what a wonderful trip you have had, and so lovely to “meet” your family.

    Oh it’s so tough to get back after a holiday and start up again isn’t it.

    I try to reply to (almost) all comments – although I don’t get anywhere near as many as you do. The “almost” is because I’m getting tougher with the “link-hungry” comment droppers. I’m hoping to DIS-courage them rather than EN-courage them.

    In your case I would definitely reply to ALL new visitors, however some comments don’t really “need” a reply, and I’m sure your loyal visitors and friends will understand if you don’t acknowledge every comment this time – especially having read this post.

    Like Ikechi said…. getting started on just one may help the motivation return. I read somewhere that our brain is programmed such that once you have STARTED a task, you’re wired to keep going. That often happens to me (but never on house-cleaning).

    Ease back into it gently, and enjoy your happy memories.

    Joy

    • Hey Joy,
      Thanks for commenting and pumping strength into me πŸ˜‰

      I’ll be replying to them one after the other. This morning, this post had 18 comments waiting to be replied to. I have to finish with this first then I’ll tackle the others πŸ˜‰

      Hope you are having a wonderful week

  40. Looks like you had a great trip! Must have been awesome to be home and see everyone. I am currently in the planning phase of making a trip home.

    As for comments, I say reply to them all! Even if they are just link hungry it shows to everyone else that you will respond no matter what and may entice them to leave a comment.

    I know you are busy so that might be hard, but it might be worth it! If you make even 1 worthwhile connection from it, it was worth your time!

    Chris

    • Hey Chris,
      Everything about the trip was exciting πŸ˜‰ I’m sure yours too will be fun. Just make sure you do the planning well and join the ends properly.

      Thanks for the answer buddy. I’ll be replying to those comments gradually

  41. Hi Enstine, cool and nice family pictures you have shared so what did dad and mum say you should give me? lol πŸ™‚
    As for the comment, I would just look into them and reply to those that needs reply more than others.

    • Hehehe! I have a package for you from mom but you have to come here to pick it up. Make it snappy because it’s perishable πŸ˜‰
      Thanks for your answer bro

  42. Hi Enstine,

    Wonderful trip and photos.

    I do reply to all comments, even though at times it’s hard because I’m so busy. Then they are those late comments at times and I may feel less motivated to reply to those, but I still do my best to reply to everything that comes πŸ™‚

    ~Sylviane

    • Hey Sylviane,
      I think the point about late comments is real. Sometimes I don’t except they are from real readers and make a lot of sense. As we go ahead, it’s often difficult to look back πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for the answer

  43. Hi Enstine

    I also wanted to add that what a lovely family that you have and it is wonderful that you had a great time.

    Your wife and kids are so adorable and I can see that your family had a great time. Nature is cool too. Thank you for sharing.

  44. Hi Enstine

    πŸ™‚ lol. I can see what you mean and I understand why there is no motivation.

    I think I would do the last two potions. Having to reply to so many comments can be overwhelming and like you have mentioned, there are some comments that are not wotth the read.

    However, I do believe that when it comes to commenting everyone should be giving fair hearing. We really should not judge comments but productivity is also sometime to think about. πŸ™‚

    Sorry you have to face this issue. Just try replying one comment and maybe your motivation will return.

    • “Just try replying one comment and maybe your motivation will return” I’m replying to more than one and hope to gain back the motivation. This post has just added 18 more comments to the list πŸ˜‰ But I’m sure to treat all

      Thanks for the answer buddy

  45. Hi Enstine, glad you had a wonderful time with family, great photos too. I took last week off away from the online world to do the same with my family. I didn’t travel though I just took a holiday away from my office lol.

    As for the comments it’s hard, because I’ve found it hard sometimes to motivate myself to reply to all comments after coming back from a short break. I always reply to all comments but when I’m feeling lazy sometimes or I feel it’s too time consuming, I don’t comment.

    If I was in your place I would probably reply to all comments, because your loyal readers deserve a response and you have to welcome your first time commenters too, the connection is important as you know anyway. It will take time, but some comments don’t have to be long at all, sometimes just an acknowledgement will do. Hope this helps.

    Have an awesome week mate.

    • Hey Fabrizio,
      It’s good to take off time and spend with family isn’t it? I’m sure you too had a wonderful time.

      Thanks for answering the question. This post has added 18 more comments in a very short time. I sure will answer them all before hopping.

      Hope you are having a wonderful week ahead

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