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#50commentchallenge and five favourites

When I started blogging, it was to create an outlet for my writing and photography.  I wanted to find a way to capture the little details of my everyday life and have a little creative corner of the internet just for myself.  I had no idea that there was a blogging community, that there were whole reams of fashion blogs and lifestyle blogs out there and that there were people who I would form friendships with that I would come to truly value.  It's those elements that were undiscovered until a month or so into blogging that have made it evolve into the huge part of my life that it is today.  It makes me sound like a lonely heart but it really is the interaction, and friendship, that is the foundation of blogging for me.  I love chatting to other bloggers and blog readers on Twitter and I get excited by every new comment or email I receive.  I routinely read back through old posts and comments and it struck me the other day that although my readers and followers have increased, my blog comments haven't especially.  Of course I don't mind this but it did make me wonder if leaving comments is starting to decline, and when I look at my own blog reading habits I know I sometimes have a lot to answer for in that department too.  Apart from my marathon blog reading sessions on Sunday evenings, my blog reading is usually done on lunchbreaks, or in a few moments whilst dinner is cooking or before I go to bed.  I find myself reading and enjoying a post, and then sometimes moving on to another blog without commenting, especially if I'm reading on my phone or Kindle Fire.

Knowing how much pleasure receiving comments gives me, I decided to set myself a challenge of commenting on 50 blogs every week, probably via a little blitz of comments in an evening or afternoon.  I won't be leaving generic or short comments just for the sake of it, I want to take the time to leave some thoughtful words after a post I've particularly enjoyed, to spread a little comment joy.  

As well as the #50commentchallenge (yeah, I hashtagged it, in a blog post - #loser) I'll be sharing my five favourite blog posts I've read and commented on that week (or day).  I've ticked off my 50 since last Thursday when I started my challenge and here are five posts that have made me smile this week.



I always get excited when I see a post from Becca pop up on my feed.  Immaculately styled, beautifully photographed and pretty as a peach, Becca's blog and outfits are always a huge inspiration to me.  I loved the light in this post, so crisp and clear and the little details of her outfit are perfection.



I love Franky's blog and her account of a wet and windy seaside walk with her children, complete with salty chips and a trip to the arcade really made me smile.  She captures things so wonderfully I almost felt like I was there too.



Lotts' blog was a new find for me this week and just discovering her blog alone has made my meandering around the internet in my project to leave some comment love worthwhile.  Her beautiful review of her current favourite interior design reads had me furiously adding them all to my Amazon wishlist and I'm excited to have found such a lovely new blog to read - her mix of jewellery and home-y DIYs and wonderful photography and interiors inspiration feels so unique and the blogosphere and I can't wait to read more.


Charlotte's blog is one of my favourites; I love the little insights into her life, her weekly snapshots and her SEO tips for bloggers have been incredibly useful.  Her post about a trip to a nearby farm had me laughing out loud, she has such a talent for capturing the amusing little details of life.



Jennie's blog has been one of my absolute favourites since I first started blogging.  Her blog is a constant source of inspiration for me and she puts so much effort and care into blogging that I get excited every time a post pops up in my feed as I know it's going to be a beautifully photographed, thoughtful read.  Jennie took a little break from blogging and her post about coming back and feeling excited and inspired to blog again really resonated with me.

So those were my five favourite posts this week.  I hope you enjoyed this new little feature and please do join in with my #50commentchallenge and featuring the favourites you've stumbled across on your blog (only if you'd like, of course!)  On a final note, I've discovered that if you try and follow me on GFC via my custom domain (www.arosieoutlook.com) it doesn't work, so if you've been missing my posts lately you might want to delete and re-add my Blogger address: arosieoutlook.blogspot.com.  Thanks lovelies <3

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42 comments

  1. It's such a lovely idea, plus I've now found a few more blogs to follow x

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  2. Oh Rosie, this has made my day! Thank you!

    I have loved seeing your comments pop up on my blog posts in the last few weeks so I will definitely be trying to join in with your challenge. I used to comment a lot on blogs, but like you reading on my phone and kindle has impacted on how much I interact with fellow bloggers in this way. It's so important though, as it makes people feel valued and encourages them to blog more, which is exactly what you want if you love what they're doing anyway!

    Franky xx

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  3. Rosie, I love your blog and appreciate how genuine and honest you are. It is such a cute place that I have stumbled upon and I will definitely be back. I am not even sure how I wound up here BUT i am so glad i did! I too adore Taza and Bear blog after finding it last night. I think your personal challenge is a fabulous idea and I may just adopt it myself!

    xo, Kelsey Belle

    www.happiereading.blogspot.com

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  4. ohhh thats a great idea! i have to say I am quite bad at replying to posts as well, like you I often read quickly and on the move. I shall make more of an effort this week :)

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  5. I did not expect to see myself when I started reading this post, thank you so much for mentioning me. I love your blog :D xxx

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  6. Becca from Taz & Bear is adorable, I'm really glad you highlighted her here and she is a greay find. You're right, I read so much on my ipad or phone but it's difficult to comment so I dont bother and I forget to go back. I'm going to try and comment more too :)
    Poppy | lets drive far away

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  7. Such a good idea :) I am like you with commenting, I go through spurts of doing it depending on what else I'm doing!

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  8. This is a great wee challenge! Def will have to try it out. Also looking forward to having new reads! xx

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  9. I try to comment on the blogs in my Blog Lovin list, but it can be hard to keep up with everything and I prefer to at least write a sentence rather than 'nice outfit!' I think it's great that you're taking up this challenge and I know it can feel like a chore sometimes but you can bet that every comment you leave will make a blogger smile, plus your readers win because we get to visit some new blogs : ) *logs on to Taz and Bear*

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  10. I think this is a great idea! I've noticed my comments have declined too. Sometimes I read things with the intention to go back and forget to! I also read a lot via bloglovin on my phone and its sometimes so awkward it's sometime snot worth the hassle! I find I comment more via my ipad though - although it's often full of typos and spelling errors!

    Jenni x

    Bows Bangles & Bakes

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  11. This is a brilliant idea! I've noticed that my comments haven't really increased with my readership and I'm guilty of not leaving comments - usually because I'm reading on my ipad and it doesn't seem to want to play the game, it either freezes or deletes my comment!

    I'll be making an effort to comment more, I love reading comments on my posts so I want to share the love too :)

    rachael @ madeupoflittlethings.com xx

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  12. This is such a lovely idea Rosie. I'm terrible for not commenting when I read posts on my iPad, I have started making more of an effort to comment lately. x

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  13. Ahhh thanks so much for the feature Rosie, I'm absolutely thrilled to be here. Your kind comments have really made my week :-).

    I love this idea too, I have become so bad at leaving comments lately that I need to get back into the habit.
    Lotts x

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  14. marvelour idea Rosie.finding the time to blog can be hard enough and finding the time to comment can be harder. but you have inspired me to leave a comment from my phone ;)

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  15. So many lovely blogs! Brilliant idea to link up x x

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  16. P.S. the combination of autocorrect and those Captcha things on my phone is a total nightmare so I definitely comment less when I'm on my phone.

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  17. i've recently been looking for some new blogs to read so I will definitely check these out and will look forward to future features!

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  18. I really need to comment more, I read a ton a posts everyday & enjoy them but hardly ever comment. Thought this was a good place to start!
    www.cariadity.co.uk

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  19. great idea, i might have to follow in your footsteps... and, good picks - i love charlotte, she's one of my faves x

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  20. Such a nice idea - I love that you've featured your five favourites, love finding new blogs to read! (Yet more procrastination...)

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  21. What a wonderful idea! I read so many great blog posts and was just saying to my blog partner a couple of days ago that I should make more effort to comment more! I know how great it is for us when someone takes the effort to share the love x

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  22. This is a wonderful idea :) It's so wonderful to see people making an effort for others :) <3 xxx

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  23. Lovely idea! I read a multitude of blog post daily, but don't always comment. It's a good way to show appreciation of content!
    Rosie |elephants never 4get

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  24. This is an amazing idea. I am commenting on every blog post I find interesting instead of 50 though. I love receiving comments so most other people must too so I find this is a great way to connect with other bloggers xxx

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  25. lovely idea, sometimes weeks can go by where I don't leave any comments so I've been trying to make the effort to comment more as well. It's nice to let people know you enjoyed their posts! xx

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  26. What a great idea, good luck with it. Writing more comments is something I always strive to do but sadly Bloglovin and reading blogs on your phone isn't always conducive to such efforts! But I do try and your post has inspired me to try harder! Thanks also for sharing your five favourite blogs I always love discovering new blogs, so this is fab! xx

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  27. This is such a wonderful idea Rosie, I so often find myself thoroughly enjoying a blog post but failing to leave a comment describing how great it is due to laziness or me already reading another blog post. This post of yours has definitely inspired me to conment more often and is also enabling me to find new, inspiring blogs - thanks very much sweet! Xxx

    http://reasoningmysoul.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. This is so sparkly and lovely and inspiring. I am totally guilty of reading and thinking nice thoughts, but never actually jotting them down. I also love your recommendations and these 5 are going straight on my bloglovin'! All adorable!

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  29. I love Taz and Bear and Charlotte's blogs, but you've introduced me to some others that I'd yet to discover....so thank you!

    - Tabitha at scaredtoast.com x

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    1. Oh, and Jennie's blog as well! I didn't realise her's was the final one you listed :) x

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  30. What a great idea! I try really hard to comment on blogs when I read new posts, but I am definitely guilty of just clicking "close" when I'm finished. And thanks for the links to the great blogs!! x

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  31. This is such a lovely idea for a challenge, I try to comment on blogs as much as I can when I have something to say as I know how good it feels when you recieve one yourself! It's nice to share the love, makes the blog community a wonderful place to be.

    http://www.rafflesbizarre.blogspot.com

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  32. This is a great idea. Love it. Will definitely be checking back to see which other blogs you recommend. I love it when you find a new blog and it's just what you have been looking for.

    Lauren xoxo

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  33. I like posts like this that introduce me to new blogs to read. I am an awful commenter, as I read a lot of blogs on my phone so commenting is difficult and I never manage to remember which posts I need to go and find! I think I also follow too many blogs, so should try and make an effort to only follow the ones that I feel like I want to regularly comment on, harsh tho it may be!

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  34. I found your blog via Twitter, and I'm so glad I did now. This is a really good idea, and one I'm guilty of doing myself. With my old blog, I would comment on every post I read... Not just something generic though mind! While between blogs, and even since I set up my new one, I haven't commented much, if at all. I'm definitely going to remind myself to take the extra minute or two to comment :)

    xo

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  35. I absolutely LOVE this idea, and will be joining in with the challenge! I am also guilty of reading, and enjoying, a post and then not leaving a comment. It's always so lovely to receive them, it's the least I could do to give them out! :-)

    Also love that you will be sharing your five favourites every week- great way for us all to discover each other!

    So here's to comment 1 of 50!

    Love Rosie x

    www.everythingsrosieblog.com

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  36. This is a great idea! I am going to take part in the #50commentchallenge myself. Too often do I read blogs, often on my kindle or phone and am guilty of running off without comment - this will change from now! :)

    Lyndsay ♡
    Fizzy Peaches

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  37. Love Love Love this Idea. Now to peak at those blogs

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