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Quid pro quo Clarice, yes or no?

It has been a great ride so far in DGI community since I joined you all last february in the blogosphere.

I’m not really new to blogging or maintaining a website for that matter. I see a lot of parallels to previous websites or communities that I have maintained. The primary being the interaction with my audience, that means you people reading this right now!

I really believe that connecting with you via this blog or commenting on your blogs is something valuable and energizing for me. I truly feel I get to know you all by visiting your sites and interacting with you. During the good times, bad times and everything in between.

Quid pro quo is a Latin phrase that literally means “something for something,” or “this for that.” We use the phrase to signify an exchange of goods, services, favors, or any other kind of value. When we’re talking about multiple exchanges, we can say quid pro quos (source).

Other then the movie from which I derived the title of this blog (bonus points if you get it!) I think this also applies to blogging. I find it only natural to visit the blogs of all people who comment on my blog. If you take the time to read my words and interact with me, it makes sense to invest (pun intended) some time on your blog as well. It’s a great way to get to know each other and has helped me tremendously in learning more about dividend growth investing.

I find it sometimes hard (or maybe weird) that it isn’t natural behaviour for other bloggers. A few blogs I visit frequently and post regularly do not return the favor. No quid pro quo if you will. Ofcourse it’s not something obligatory and no rights can be claimed, heck I’m not even forced to write my comments. I still do ofcourse because I love the interaction it brings. As time goes I do however feel less motivated to comment on blogs that think of it as a one way street.

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Thankfully there are a lot of great people and accompanying blogs out there. You know who you are! Tom from DividendsDiversify for example or ED from Engineering Dividends. The same goes for Bert and Lanny from DividendDiplomats or DivvyDad. Jordan comes to mind, just like DutchIndepence and Dividend Portfolio and BrokeInvestor. I shouldn’t forget DividendDaze or Reverse The Crush, RoadRunner or TallInvesting and I probably forgot a few others. I really miss Mr. ATM’s comments, he has taken an hiatus from blogging altogether.

So far I haven’t reached my saturation point and I’ll continue to reply to each and everyone of you AND keep commenting away on your blogs. If that (ever) changes I’ll let you know. If you are a regular visitor here and you don’t comment, now is the time to start! Let me know what you think or if you have other ideas on what I should write about please let me know as well.

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15 thoughts on “Quid pro quo Clarice, yes or no?

  1. Thanks for the mention Mr. R. I have cut down on commenting on many blogs, but still like to keep up with yours and a few others. Following so many blogs and leaving comments was kind of burning me out, so I thought it best to emphasize quality comments over quantity. And I have found exactly what you say. Once I stop commenting on a blog, that blogger usually stops commenting on mine. Tom

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  2. Thanks much for the mention!
    I appreciate the effort you put into commenting, Mr.Robot, whether that be on my site or others that I visit. The enthusiasm in your comments is infectious. You always have kinds words and wisdom to share, and I hope that continues for many years to come.

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  3. My first comment on your blog!
    I agree I have spent lots of time leaving comments on other blogs and sometimes they never bother commenting, even once, on mine. I know it’s not a requirement but it would be nice once in a while.
    I have a few BBB (Best blogging buddies) and I try to always leave a comment on their blog regardless and I believe they do the same. The only time I don’t is if the topic is totally irrelevant to me and then I may skip that post, and I would expect them to do the same.
    With regular comments back and forth, you get to know the other blogger better and it makes it more fun to blog.
    For all the others, I no longer leave comments on a regular basis, only when the topic makes me want to. Lot more fun and less disappointment:)
    I also try to leave a comment when I don’t see any others, I remember how it feels:(
    I find the same is true of sharing posts. I share everything I read and like but not all bloggers do.

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  4. Appreciate the mention as well. I started my first blog back in 2006 and this is a theme that I’ve seen consistently over the years—and as Tom notes, I can understand it because at some point it can become difficult to keep up with a large number of blogs. The one that really gets me is when the blog owner doesn’t reply to comments on their own site.

    I’ve always viewed the comments as an opportunity to extend the dialog and connect with readers, or the blog owner if I’m leaving a comment. One of my paid blogging gigs was a direct result of the owner appreciating how I regularly commented and did my best to help other readers with my comments.

    Over the years, I have done my best to comment and/or link to other blogs with no expectation of any return acknowledgement. But it is nice to form that digital bond with people that do reach out and comment back, and hopefully there are opportunities like FinCon to meet some in person (which can be tricky when maintaining some level of anonymity).

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  5. I appreciate the mention, Mr. Robot! Since I’m more of an introvert, I didn’t naturally start blogging for engagement with other bloggers. But it’s been one of the best outcomes of blogging. It seems difficult to find people that are interested in finance and investing in real life. It’s so cool to have the DGI community to connect with.

    As for the way I view it, I think my philosophy is similar to Caroline. I do have a few blogs that I always try to read – both because I find the content interesting, and because I have built a relationship with that person. And I also share your perspective on giving back. I always try to return a comment or share if someone takes the time to comment on my blog. I don’t always remember but I try. I also do it without expecting anything back. If I think the post is good or helpful, if the person took the time to visit my blog before, or if they are a blogger I’ve known for a long time, I will try to comment back even if they don’t.

    In addition, there are a whole list of bloggers that I try to visit and comment on their blog at least once per month. I just feel bad if I don’t lol. I do sometimes find it hard to keep up with and need breaks, but I try to make my rounds every month.

    Sorry for the long comment. I appreciate the shout-out again! And thanks for continuing to share your thoughts on my blog. Always appreciated! Have a great weekend!

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  6. My fist comment on blog (ever) and your title triggered it! I follow many blogs but never commented. I thougt that my comment would not bring any added value to its owner. Some bloggers are still like celebrities for me. So I am starting on your smaller site (no offence :)).
    Another wise quote of Dr.Lecter :
    “People don’t always say what they’re thinking… they just see to it that you don’t advance in life.”
    I think it is not the case of DGI community.
    Good luck.

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    1. Don’t ever think that your comment or opinion doesn’t matter. You bring your own unique experiences to the table and that can benefit anyone either online or offline. I hope to see your comments throughout the DGI community from now on.

      I’m honored that you chose my blog to express yourself for the first time!

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  7. I try and keep up with my favorite blogs every month, but just as the others stated, sometimes ‘life happens’ and you end up having no time. I like following your progress and so I visit your blog maybe more often than others, and it’s a nice reminder to go and check your website when I see you left a comment on my blog. Thanks for the mention and I’m looking forward to your September income report already!

    DI

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    1. Thanks DI, your visits on my blog are always a treat. I love seeing people from my own country making important steps towards freedom.

      My September report will be posted next week!

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