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My Comment Authors in August 2014

In the middle of August I produced a blog post about the My Comment Authors plugin, created by Enstine Muki. In those two posts you can read more about how the free WordPress plugin can help YOUR blog.

At the bottom of this post is the output generated by the plugin – and I will be emailing those who kindly commented on my blog to thank them for their engagement – and hope they’ll be returning 🙂

August Written Off

I’m producing this post and emailing my comment authors a little before the end of August because – to be honest – I need a quick post for this week as August has for me been a bit of a write-off work-wise, online AND offline!

I had a lovely couple of weeks holiday in the early part of the month, and pre-scheduled a few short posts to “hold the fort” while I was away, then I was back for about a fortnight and playing catch-up, hoping for “normal service” to be resumed to ALL clients – only to receive a rather worrying phone call from my 90+ year-old parents which sent me into a panic, dropped everything and made the 5+ hour trip to spend a few days with them and check on their health.

The most important thing is that “medicines have been adjusted” and TLC administered so they’re feeling brighter now and after a few days stay I drove back yesterday (another 5+ hours) to try and go into catch-up phase two.

The less important thing is that I am behind with everything else – paid and unpaid, including blogging.

Mum and Dad have no Internet in the house, but I was able to connect my laptop to my phone Mum_n_Dadand approve/reply to a few comments but it was so slow I could have cried. Furthermore, I managed to use up my entire month’s phone allowance in about two hours of blog-commenting PLUS a Skype call to my son Russ in Spain so that my parents could see his family – especially the babies who they haven’t seen for four months now.

To see Mum and Dad’s faces when they saw the little ones was well-worth the Internet usage, but obviously another thing to add to my ever expanding “to-do-list” is looking at better off-site Internet access.

What I have is normally perfectly adequate, but then it’s fair to say I don’t stray far from my home wi-fi.

Is “Everyone” Online Yet?

Brief aside… We tend to take for granted that “everyone” is online these days, but it is NOT so.

My 90+ year old parents are actually still running their own business and get very frustrated by being told to look things up on “www” all the time. Obviously any business – even my parents’ business – really SHOULD have Internet access, and I have offered to set them up a laptop, but at their age they can’t be bothered with the hassle of it. And there are days when I understand exactly what they mean 🙂

I showed my Dad my holiday photos on my laptop and he said he could see the value of it – it kept his lap nice and warm! He’s a very astute business man and can haggle with the best of his off-line network of local suppliers and tradespeople but “www – you can keep it”!

Less understandable is a friend of mine in her 40s, also with no PC / Internet / email. Again, offers to help have been politely ignored.

My offline work, which earns me far more than my online work, is for clients some of whom have no, or a very limited Internet presence, and the work I do for them has no relation to the Internet. They do business face-to-face and are happy that way. These small businesses have full order books just from word-of-mouth and no plans to change it.

So NO – many people and business are still NOT online – yet. Those who do want to make the change (not everyone!) can become our customers! No doubt many readers here can help out those people who want to start a small business online.

Apologies for my brief musing, and back to the point of this post which is…

Thanks to My Comment Authors

Total Comments on this blog in August 2014

23 comment authors with 98 comments in the month of August 2014


Enstine Muki
6 comments

Edward Thorpe
5 comments

Jan Kearney
4 comments

Adrienne
4 comments

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Emebu - August 30, 2014

Thank you very much Joy. I appreciate the mention, sooner i will come up with an idea to will benefit us.

    Joy Healey - August 30, 2014

    Hi Emebu

    Gosh that was fast – my first return visitor after emailing via My Comment Authors. Hoe you have grabbed the plugin for yourself

    Joy

Enstine Muki - August 30, 2014

Now this is strong enough to take my head off what I’m doing. who won’t love this?

I can’t believe I made it to the top of the list Joy

I have to thank you for many things – for using and promoting this plugin, for mentioning me on the list, for being a special friend, etc

It’s being great having you around Joy and better days lie ahead

Do have a wonderful weekend 😉

    Joy Healey - August 30, 2014

    Hi Enstine

    You certainly deserve to be at the top of the list – there wouldn’t have BEEN a list without your brilliant plugin! LOL

    Thanks for all your support, and I certainly hope for a more productive September.

    You have a good weekend too. Joy

Harleena Singh - August 30, 2014

Hi Joy,

Thanks for the kind mention, and though we’ve just connected and started visiting each others blogs, it’s great to be here 🙂

Love this plugin by Enstine, he’s a genius to come up with such creative plugins, isn’t it?

Nice to see your parents too – God Bless them, and I can understand how overwhelming it can become, especially when they are not staying close and you need to shunt up and down, as they age – such problems we’ve to deal with. Glad all is well now.

Yes, there are many who are not online and it’s tough for us too to explain how we earn and work online…lol…takes ages at times 🙂

Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend 🙂

    Joy Healey - August 30, 2014

    Hi Harleena

    Thanks for visiting my blog and sharing your experiences.

    Enstine’s plugin is wonderful. It just worked right out of the “box” – such a clever idea.

    I do so wish Mum and Dad had moved closer to my sister and I a few years ago. She and I live within 10 minutes of each other, which is great for us but a double whammy blow for them as all the family is down south here. It won’t happen now, so it’s always a worry, but at least being self-employed I can be there for them whenever possible – and in theory take my “office” with me.

    Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for visiting – I look forward to logging into your community.

    Joy

Bren Lee - August 30, 2014

Hi Joy!

Love the plugin and they way it looks! Your parents are adorable! For me, it’s not hard to believe that the older generation still has not gone online. There is a lot to learn about computers and googling imo. It might be nice for them if they could take a class or someone could teach them, but as you know, that all takes time.

Thanks for sharing with us!

    Joy Healey - August 31, 2014

    Hi Bren and welcome to my blog.
    Well, I can only agree about my lovely Mum and Dad – although I think they and computers are a complete no-no.
    But certainly my younger friend and some of the off-line businesses I know would be well advised to take a class and get themselves up to date.
    Have a good weekend – and do download that plugin if you haven’t already got it.
    Joy

Tim Bonner - August 30, 2014

Thank you for the mention Joy!

Speaking of not being online, whenever we go across to Ireland to see my inlaws I get so frustrated because they don’t have internet access.

I can’t use my phone for internet either because it would cost a fortune so I generally have to get everything prepared a week in advance online and go quiet on social media for a week or so.

    Joy Healey - August 31, 2014

    Hi Tim,

    When I went on holiday I prepared everything in advance and used some of the automatic scheduling tools for social media (see linked post). I know that’s not ideal, but I like to have something going on.

    Glad it’s not just me who can’t make regular use of the Internet by phone! Goodness knows what some people’s bills must be like.

    Have a good weekend. Joy

Angela McCall - August 31, 2014

Hi Joy,

Thanks for the mention. I made it to 3 comments. Yay!!! 😀

Anyway, I tried to send something to my commenters and I believe I made a booboo on mine. I dunno how to do this yet. Enstine said he’ll create a tutorial video on MyCommentAuthors. And so I’m waiting for this. But yeah…this is an awesome plugin. Enstine is definitely a genius for creating such plugin.

I know what you’re saying on those “hotspots” on your cellphone. I have done that before but to no avail, Internet at mom’s is sooooooooo slow. I could have taken a nap in between when stuff are retrieving. So forget it. I’d rather go to Starbucks or to any restaurant that has a wifi. A little drive to the restaurant won’t hurt.

I hope your parents are doing okay. They look like wonderful & beautiful couple! They are so lucky to have you as a daughter. A very caring daughter that you are. I hope my daughters will be as caring like this when I can no longer take care for myself. But I hope to take care of me until I die. It’s really hard to rely on others.

Yeah. Old folks sometimes don’t like to use computers. My mom don’t know how. Even when my dad was alive, they used to have a computer and they never used it. It just collected dust. I have a sister who is younger than me, who is petrified of computers. Unbelievably amazing. And so now one of my client leads asked me to Guest Post to their blog and she wants me to write about “Fear of their Computers” hahaha…this is gonna be a very interesting post. *big smile*

Again, I’m with you on doing business face-to-face. NOTHING BEATS FACE-TO-FACE!!!!! it is still the best method. But we must learn how to deal with clients via online too, right? I haven’t got a client online that really paid me. I’ve got one a few months ago and I was ready to do her website but she went on halt, since she is dealing with cancer now and no time for blogging, the internet, and the whole bit. Anyhoo, majority of my clients are face-to-face!!

I’ll see you around girlfriend. xoxo

Angela

    Joy Healey - August 31, 2014

    Hi Angela

    Thanks for this and all your previous comments. Enstine’s plugin is brilliant. It’s even brought me new visitors. Whatever the problem/booboo was I’m sure he’ll sort it super fast.

    I could have gone to the library for free Internet, but somehow the days with my parents just WENT! They thought they were “working me to death” but in truth I had a relaxing time up there and read a whole book!

    They seemed to brighten up on my visit, so hopefully did the trick.

    For my old age…. I’m cultivating friends who are younger than I am LOL!

    Sorry about your client’s illness and hope she’ll recover quickly and come back to you.

    Have a good week, Joy xxx

Siddharth Sharma - September 1, 2014

Hey Joy,

I’m really Surprised to see mostly all my favorite blogger are your Commenters of August Month.

I wish you all the best and dear now this month i will try to take position in your list.

Thanks 🙂

    Joy Healey - August 31, 2014

    Hello Siddarth

    Welcome to my blog.

    It will be an unexpected but pleasant side-effect of Enstine’s plug-in for me to find new visitors as well as returning visitors.

    I’ll pop over to your blog too and hope to gain a position in your list next month!

    Thanks for visiting, Joy

Siraj Wahid - September 1, 2014

Hey Joy,

I just arrived at your blog through Enstine’s My Comment Authors post for August 2014. I congratulate you on your August comment success rate. To be honest, struggle really pays off. If you make efforts to network with people then your efforts will pay off.

I’d be looking forward to read more stuff by you.

-Siraj

    Joy Healey - September 2, 2014

    Hi Siraj

    Welcome to my blog. It’s great to see that Enstine’s excellent plugin is finding me NEW visitors as well as return visitors.

    I hope you will find more posts on my blog that interest you.

    Joy

Ann Moore - September 1, 2014

Joy,

Thank you so much for the mention. I loved the email, made me feel special 🙂 It was so cool and it got me to click right away.

I enjoyed the personal touch on your post and I had a good laugh where you shared that the laptop kept your Dad’s lap nice and warm. I suppose that is one practical use for it especially in colder climates.

You are right there are still many people who have not jumped online but this gap is quickly closing. Even in Nicaragua where I am currently living it is not unusual to see tablets, laptops and IPhones.

I do see an increasing need where people can get involved to help bridge the gap between online and offline worlds.

Again, thank you so much for sharing this plugin. I have been checking your other recommendations too. I can see you have some really good one.

Have a wonderful day,
~Ann Moore (Mom Internet)

    Joy Healey - September 2, 2014

    Hi Ann

    Thanks for your kind comments about the plugin and the email – yes it’s certainly working well and I hope you’ll install it on your own blog.

    In a way it’s reassuring that there are people out there who will need our help. Sometimes it’s easy to feel that everyone knows so much more than I do – but if I think objectively, I have learned a lot over these years – as have we all, and keen to pass it on.

    Have a good week.

    Joy

Sandy - September 2, 2014

Wow Joy, your parents look really good at their age in the picture.

Yes, not everyone is online and many still doing well without. Sometimes I do wish I was not ‘connected’ so I have less distractions ;p On the other hand, it has become a necessity to be connected for we all live in a global city now.

Glad to hear that your offline biz is doing great. Awesome!

    Joy Healey - September 2, 2014

    Hi Sandy

    Oh dear, I have to confess it’s an old pic of my Mum and Dad – one that I just really like and I know they wouldn’t mind me sharing.
    Although Daddy looks pretty much the same, sadly Mum looks fairly frail now so we prefer to remember her as she was.

    Know what you mean about sometime wishing you weren’t connected, but…. I’m just renewing my car insurance – and thank goodness for the Internet!

    Thanks for your visit, Joy

Adrienne - September 2, 2014

Hi Joy,

I’m playing catch up this week too and it just seems like as soon as you see the light of day then it starts all over again. Don’t feel bad, it happens to us all.

This is one of the reasons I refused to live far from my parents. I’ve always been the caregiver so if something happened I had to get there quick. Of course over the years my Dad couldn’t talk very loud so our visit was much better in person which I did monthly for sure.

Anyway I’m glad to hear that your parents are okay. Want to hear something funny? My 89 year old mother is online. She looks things up on Google, she checks the newspapers, emails and checks her bank statement. I’m so proud of her. She’s really enjoyed emailing her friends and family, it’s just really convenient so maybe your parents will come around eventually.

Thank you for letting me know I made that list. I’m tied with Jan so I’m happy about that. Glad you’re enjoying your plugin and I’m sure everyone else enjoys being recognized!

I appreciate your share and you enjoy your week. Don’t worry about being behind, so am I! 😉

~Adrienne

    Joy Healey - September 4, 2014

    Hi Adrienne,

    Well, I finally made it here – so the catch-up is under-way. Hope yours is too.

    My sister and I moved away from our parents about 40 years ago and by accident she and I live 10 minutes away from each other, so we’d vaguely assumed they would follow us. But they don’t like it down here (NW London,UK). Not sure I blame them, with hindsight. Sadly it’s too late for them to move now, and all my friends and one son are down here.

    Wonderful that your Mum is online. I’m sure my Dad, in particular, would love it. I’ll tell him about your Mum and see if he can be persuaded.

    I have a great response to the plugin, it’s generated a lot of return visitors and some new too.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, Joy

Edward Thorpe - September 2, 2014

Hi Joy,

Truly loved you sharing your parents with us. Great picture of them BTW.

I’ve yet to use Enstine’s plug in. Guess I’ll surrender to overwhelming support.
Edward

    Joy Healey - September 2, 2014

    Hi Edward,

    Glad you liked “meeting” my Mum and Dad online. To be honest it’s not an up-to-date pic, just one I have a great affection for.

    Do try Enstine’s plugin 🙂 Nothing to lose and everything to gain!

    Thanks for dropping by, Joy

Jan Kearney - September 2, 2014

Deary me… there’s my face beaming out. I did click on your email Joy, but events overtook me and I’ve just arrived back here again to say thanks for the email and the mention 🙂

I’m loving your Dad – the laptop keeping his lap warm made me chuckle. I totally get it and agree sometimes!

Not everyone is online and often older business owners really struggle with the whole thing even when they have access.

I’m currently working with an older lady who still runs her own business and the conversations between us are very similar to laptops warming laps! We had an interesting copy and paste the password lesson over the phone earlier to authorise a local business listing change of email address. Interesting because she has a Mac and I don’t – trying to explain what buttons to press when I don’t have a clue where they are was an experience (thank Google for a pic of a Mac keyboard).

I digress! Really need to try to test (read break) that comment plugin – not had time yet!

    Joy Healey - September 3, 2014

    Hi Jan

    Your experience with the older lady reminds me of my Dad (again) who kept the notorious “Windows key & R” scam caller on the line for about 20 minutes, until he told the guy he had no computer. http://joyhealey.com/best-way-handle-windows-key-r-scam/

    The funny thing is that he has one massive sheet of cardboard, with all his contact numbers listed in black felt-tip pen – and he can probably find a contact faster than I can. My son calls it “Granddad’s Tablet”.

    > Really need to try to test (read break) that comment plugin
    Haha – I break most things computer-wise, but this plugin has held up just fine!

    Thanks for your visit (and well done on the Mac buttons).

    Joy

Swapnadip Chakraborty - September 4, 2014

Hello Joy,

Thank you so much for mentioning my name on your comment list. Credit fully goes to Enstine for creating this awesome plug-in. Wait for few more days to get updates of this plug-in.

I will do more quality comment on your post to get the top of your comment list in the next month.

All the best to you and Wish you have a lovely day ahead.

Regards,
Swapnadip

    Joy Healey - September 5, 2014

    My pleasure Swapnadil and thanks for your visits.

    I look forward to your comments and opinions – there are many old posts you may find interesting too.

    Enstine has done the whole blogging community a big service with his plugin.

    Have a good weekend. Joy

Mike Gardner - September 7, 2014

August is always a downtime for me as I take it off every year, well you have to recharge the batteries, good blog and hope the folks are ok

    Joy Healey - September 8, 2014

    Hi Mike

    We’ve never been much of a holiday family (because of my parents’ business) so it’s pretty foreign to me – but perhaps it’s time I became more normal 🙂

    Thanks for dropping by. Yes, Mum and Dad are rallying after the TLC.

    Have a good week, Joy

Carol Amato - September 10, 2014

Hi Joy,

Wow, I’m a little late to the party, but how awesome that you’re using Enstine’s fabulous creation! 🙂

Awesome picture of your parents – glad they’re fine – thought it was a picture of the Queen of England for a sec!

I really like his plugin, and think it’s really neat to show appreciation for commenters. I’ll have to make the list next month for sure! Thanks for sharing, and I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week.

Talk soon,
– Carol

    Joy Healey - September 10, 2014

    Hi Carol

    Better late than never, and great to “see” you again.

    Enstine’s plugin has really made a difference to my blog, it’s great.

    LOL about my Mum and the Queen, to be honest it’s an old photo but it’s one that’s special to me and how I think of them, even though they look quite a bit less chirpy these days. But at least they’re still with me, which is a lot more than can be said for many people.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, and thanks for visiting.

    Joy

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