“Thank Your First Commenter Day”


Many years ago the Pilgrims came to these Shores, and couldn’t figure out what the hell to eat.  They were unfamiliar with the weird-looking animals and crops of this New World, the winter was coming, and frankly, these future Mayflower WASPS just weren’t that bright. 

(This was years before the Africans, the Chinese, the Germans, the Irish, the Jews, and the Italians came and actually built this country for them.)

But, back to the story of Thanksgiving.

The Pilgrims were saved by the kind Native Americans, who showed them how to eat corn, potatoes, wild turkey, and canned Ocean Spray cranberry sauce.   Because of these kind Indians, today we celebrate Thanksgiving.

(The fact that we later killed these Native Americans, took their land, and forced them to run casino operations is something we can deal with on another day.)

Today, it is all about GIVING THANKS.

How can we thank our fellow BLOGGERS? 

We read each other, we help each other with our designs and templates, and we cry on each other’s shoulder when a “blog crush” goes sour.

On Thanskgiving, we should THANK our fellow bloggers.

When I first started blogging, I was like a Pilgrim who just landed on Plymouth Rock.  I was isolated and alone.   For weeks, I wrote this blog without any direction or confidence in my ability.  And then he appeared — like the Native American with his corn — my first commenter!

Although I appreciate all of my lovely readers, today I want to give a special shout-out to TERRY FINLEY.   He wrote the first comment on “Citizen of the Month” back in April:

Nice blog. Thank you.

Our health is really important.

Check out my blog.

Terry Finley

It may not be poetry, but it touched my heart.   Afterwards, I commented on his site, and then we lost touch, which so frequently happens in our busy blogging lives.  I tried to click on his link today, but he seems to have stopped blogging.  I sincerely hope my comment wasn’t the cause of him losing interest in blogging.

Terry, if you’re out there, I’d like to thank you and say hello.  I hope that you are happy, healthy, and having a lot of sex! 

If YOU would like to participate in this first ever “THANKSGIVING DAY THANK YOUR FIRST COMMENTER DAY,” it is simple:


Go into your archives and find the first person who ever commented on your blog. 


Copy the URL and a special thank-you message — and post it either in my comments OR on your own site.


If you don’t have any comments yet, don’t feel like a loser.  Did the Pilgrims give up?  Of course not.  They just stole from the Indians.   Just write a comment here at “Citizen of the Month” about how much of a loser you are and pretty soon, everyone will come to you, showing pity.    In this competitive blogging world, you have to use whatever works.


Happy “Thank Your First Commenter Day!”

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132 Responses to “Thank Your First Commenter Day”

  1. Tatyana says:

    I was waiting to be the 100th to say: unbelievable propensity for collective actions! Neil, I think you should try Dr.Phil career; it’s a gift!

    I thanked my first reader immediately after the event; too much repetition and I’ll look Woody Allenish.

    Happy Turkey day to all of you!

  2. Brooke says:

    Dammit! I missed the 100 mark. Have a great Thanksgiving, Neil. ;)

  3. mernitman says:

    My first commentress was a sweet lady named Caroline who did one of these :-) right after she said hello and made me feel all warm and fuzzy, so thank you Caroline and bless your blogging heart.

    BTW, Neil, I believe the Pilgrims used real ocean spray in their cranberry sauce. (I also believe that Martians have been borrowing my jogging shorts.)
    Happy Turkey Day!

  4. Jack says:

    Anyone having Turducken?

  5. Prairie Girl says:

    Happy Thanksgiving my friend. Peace out, Prairie Girl

  6. Fun Joel says:

    WAY too many comments for me to read through. But Happy Thanksgiving! I took your lead on my blog, and thanked commenter #1!

  7. Danny says:

    Woo-hoo, I haven’t seen this many comments on a blog since Brad and Jen split up. You have touched a cultural nerve, Neil. You should have asked each of us to sign up on PayPal and submit $10.00 with our comments.

    My first comment was from my sister on Christmas Eve last year. She bemoaned the fact that she’d now have to tear herself away from the infertility blogs that she was addicted to in order to read my ramblings.

  8. […] Thanks to all of you who have commented on the blog, and/or asked me questions here or via email. Taking a page from Neil’s book, I’ll also thank my very first commenter. Back on my very first post: Tamara. I don’t believe she’s posted a comment since, and probably doesn’t even read the blog much. Which would make complete sense, since she has absolutely nothing to do with the screenwriting world. So I don’t blame her, and would actually be surprised if she were in fact reading […]

  9. […] By the way, Citizen of the Month (the only foreign blog I read nowadays) had come up with “Thank Your First Commenter Day!” In other words, to show appreciation to the very first commenter who left a comment on your blog.

    I think this is kinda nice because the first comment is always special…. like your first kiss. I am not getting hundreds and thousands of hits per day, but, I am somehow happy nowadays a few fellow bloggers do drop by occasionally and never fail to leave a word or two. […]

  10. […] It’s Thanksgiving in the U.S. and the holiday provides some good blogging ideas:

    1) Neil Kramer over at Citizen of the Month encourages other bloggers to dedicate Thanksgiving as a Thank Your First Commenter Day. […]

  11. […] In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Citizen of the Month blog has called for a Thank Your First Commenter Day. Blogging without comments would be dull to say the least, so I would like to give a big shout out to both of the lovely ladies who commented on my first day: Pillowcase and Annieytown. Annie started her own blog, the fabulous Blogdorf Goodman, soon after. […]

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  13. Tanisha says:

    I think this is a wonderful idea Neil and I will post a thank you to my first commentor here and at my site. I want to thank you to LisaB
    for being my first commentor. If it wasn’t for you I would have stopped blogging…

  14. Sanora says:

    Thank you Nicole for being my first comment and for your continued support.

    Neil, you weren’t far behind her so thank you too and also thank you for continuing to put out a stellar blog each and every day.

    Oh, and a special nod to Martin Brady as well since he was in my top 5 and writes a tres cool sports blog.

  15. La Dauphine says:

    OK – I did as I was told and thanked my 4 first commenters. Now do I get a cookie??

  16. bella says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you Neil, and congrats on the links you got from this post. :)

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  18. […] Közben Duncan Riley azt írja, hogy Hálaadása napján minden blogger mondjon köszönetet az első kommentezőjének, haha. Ez eredeti poszt itt van, és most már értem is a dolgot, mert a Hálaadás az indiánoknak szól, akik megmentették az első amerikába érkező zarándokok életét, és hogy ez milyen analóg a kommentezőkkel, akik meg a bloggerek lelkét mentik meg. (Az indiánok később csúnyán jártak.)[…]

  19. Rabbit says:

    My first comment was “Oh man, that’s awesome!” which it would have been had the comment pertained to a witty and articulate post. Alas, it was not to be. My first comment was in response to the bad pick-up line of the day: “Hi. You’ll do.”

  20. Following a meme started by Neil (Citizen of the Month), and mentioned on Chantel’s blog, I am thanking officially today Q, a.k.a. Susan from Belfast, who was the first commenter on my blog. She commented on my third entry, written on the second day of its existence. Susan is a very special friend to me. She is the one student I have had who has become a true friend since her graduation from the school where I teach. Although she now lives near Belfast, we keep in touch, and I hope that she will be able to visit the U.S. (and me) sometime next summer.

  21. Every morning I start my day with the blog Now Smell This. Robin is the person who encouraged me to start my own blog. Today she posted about Thank Your First Commenter day.

    I also would like to thank my first visitors dear Robin http://nowsmellthis.blogharbor.com/
    and my ytown buddy Patti aka Cavewoman on MUA.

  22. Megan says:

    Did you end up unbuttoning your pants after eating tonight? Yea, me neither.

    Happy Thanksgiving Neil!

  23. Neil says:

    Megan, are you propositioning me? Happy Thanksgiving.

  24. Needra says:

    EEEEeeewwwww canned cranberries

  25. zoozan says:

    Well I’ve only been around for a week and I’m slack jawed at the fact that you have 124 !!!! messages on here

    My first comment looks as though it comes from me because my friend wdky (http://www.whatdoesntkillyou.blogspot.com/) set up my page for me then didn’t log in again as himself

    enjoyable blog, thanks.

  26. Broker says:

    Still waiting for the comment, but can I thank the many lurkers?? Thank you lurkers. At least that’s a beginning.


  27. Karla says:

    DAMNIT! The last thing I need is one more blog to have to read on a semi-daily basis. I have a life. I have things to do. So stop being so goddamn funny. Now I have to add you to my blogroll. Asshole.

    But you can make it up to me by adding me to yours. If you choose not to, though, no biggie. But I will figure out where you live and come trim your shrubs into penis shapes, complete with those two dreadful big round thingies at the base of them.

    Up to you.

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