This comment made me jump for joy for many reasons. It made me happy and motivated me to write more because he reflected my own desires for my writing: I had been trying hard to make my writing clear as a bell, and to make sure that I only write about concepts that will “make sense” to parents. The other reason this was an especially yummy compliment is that this guy of mine does not often fall all over himself handing out compliments at all. Positive feedback from him, I’ve learned after several decades, is somewhat rare, but completely heartfelt. If he says it, he means it. How might I feel if he routinely said, “you’re great,” “your’re the best,” or “love the blog?” Those words would have little meaning to me because he could say them at just about any time without telling me the specifics of what he loves about the writing or of why I’m “the best” in his eyes. But since the positive comments he offered were authentic and specific, I could then see myself in a new way: as a person whose clear writing makes sense!
If you compare the effect of these honest statements to the way it feels to hear “Awesome!” many times every day, I think you’ll have to agree that the specific statements offer much more useful information and just plain feel better. We all love knowing that someone is blessing us with their presence and paying close attention to us. High-quality encouragement makes that abundantly clear.