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Today is Friday and there are no weddings to blog and no portrait sessions to be edited and so I was wondering what to blog about and it hit me! COMMENTS! I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a while now but this little thing called “graduation and the end of college” keeps distracting me!

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I wanted to explain about “comments” and why I adore them. It is a common, yet legitimate misunderstanding that photographers and really any other type of blogger just love to have personal praise.  Bloggers ask for comments and sometimes beg for them! It’s so unattractive! However! There is so much more behind a comment.

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I remember receiving my first real comments and I was just beside myself! I called Michael and emailed my Mom! (dramatic, I know) The fact that individuals would take time to look at my blog just blew me away! I couldn’t believe that my images and words were worthy of anyone’s time! I was thrilled!! The more I blogged, the more comments came pouring in.  I really cherish them and I read them all!! Jasmine Star said it all to well she explained that if  people are kind enough to leave encouraging words and personal feedback, of course she’s going to read them! (and she reads them ALL… she’s wonderwoman, I’m convinced)  Comments are the number one way I connect with my viewers and clients. When someone comments, it isn’t just a pat on the back, it’s showing me what I’m doing right and also what I’m doing wrong. There have been some posts with absolutely no activity and no comments. … and while I normally pout for about 10 seconds, I get over it and I learn from those days!  My comments have taught me what my viewers like and dislike and this has had an INCREDIBLE impact on my business!

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So if you have ever left a comment, please know that I truly appreciate them and I thank you! I thank you because YOU are the reason Inspired Designs is growing! You get full credit! I am constantly humbled and encouraged by emails, comments and amazing feedback from all of you amazing blog readers. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

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And because this post would be super boring without a picture, here’s a quick shot that has Summer written all over it! Enjoy this beautiful day!!!

30 Comments Personal
  1. Jessica reply

    I super love that summery picture and wish school was over. Congrats on all of your successes, upcoming graduation!, and upcoming wedding.

    …and I do ask for comments on my blog. I like feedback about books. Nerd, yes. But, like you, I LOVE when people to take time to read my blog (and listen to my ramble b/c I don’t always have fun pictures).
    :) Happy Friday!

  2. Laura reply

    Great post. And I’m glad that you like comments, now I don’t feel like a stalker. haha And the bokeh in that picture is to die for!

  3. Lisa Figs reply

    Awe! That deserves a comment! LOL! We always enjoy your blog. Keep up the great work!!! And, I love the depth in that pic!

  4. Lora Ayers reply

    It is so true! I learn from the comments that I get also. Sometimes I will try something new, and have an image that I think is great, and then when someone else likes it I get so excited and start trusting myself and my ideas even more. Katelyn, you are a sweetheart! Did you add more images to your header? I thought I noticed some! :) happy weekend.

  5. Brittany reply

    Pretty picture! I was at Mosaic yesterday and when she asked who our photographer was I said your name, and she said “Hey! We’re doing her wedding!” Congrats on graduation! Such a HUGE accomplishment!!

  6. Catie reply

    Haha, :D. Love you too KK. And if you don’t have anything else to do (im sure you do) you could always put up those pictures from the last IV!!!! Youre doing an awesome job, <3!

  7. Tira J reply

    Awe…. Sweet Katelyn!!! You are just so great and this was a perfect entry. Comments are awesome!!! Love that picture! Oh, and congratulations on graduating! Well done!

  8. Erika Brewer reply

    Hi Katelyn, just stopping by to comment & let you know I regularly blog stalk the Inspired Designs blog while @ work ;) Keep up the ever-improving good work!

  9. erin reply

    I LOVE your blog. I read it everyday and your pictures are amazing and really inspire me! In the words of j*- stay fabulous!!

  10. Steph reply

    hmm..10 seconds?..

  11. Allison reply

    I just want to tell you that you and Jasmine’s blogs are by far the best blogs that I follow (stalk). You do amazing things and I know you will do more fabulous things in the future!

  12. laetitia reply

    Here I am too… I leave a comment because it is the comments theme… but I am a regular reader… ;-)

  13. Girish reply

    Always good to see comments welcomed so much. Little praise and a little criticism :) for true valuable replies.

  14. Lynn reply

    I love your work!

  15. Greg reply

    I want you to know that reading your blog (an almost daily event) usually accompanies my second cup of coffee and I have a hard time deciding which I enjoy the most; albeit not to be confused with drinking the first cup. But the blog is only a reflection of you, the sweet woman that Christ has brought you to be and your Inspired Design is only a reflection of His divine plan for your life. Katelyn, you have the gift of inspiring others to see the world through a lens and mind that we otherwise wouldn’t – and He will use these gifts for His glory. We love you, sweet girl!

  16. Brooke Snow reply

    I’m so glad that you blogged about comments! I have been thinking about this as a blog topic for a few weeks now, but have been trying to “practice what I’m going to preach” before drawing up a post :) There are so many reasons that I love comments. Yes, I like to have some accreditation for my work, but its wonderful for stimulating some conversation, for SEO, for networking and forming relationships, and to know that its not all in vain (because seriously, it takes TIME TIME TIME to do a quality blog post!) Its hard when I see the analytics on my site so drastically different from what the comments are :) What do you find helps solicit comments the most? I’m just curious :) Great post!

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