At one time there were 3 or 4 of us that did features for the blog on anyone that was a member of the forum - no shop yet - that was the only requirement to be featured. a lot of people joined, but never posted a comment - not even one - and yes, they got featured! I got a bit frustrated about it, but Andrew said - yes do a feature on them - and so we did! For the most part, I really enjoyed doing those features.
So, it really isn't anything personal - and sometimes, life just gets in the way!
I have probably failed to comment on a few that I'm in, and I apologize for that, hopefully I'll be back on a more regular basis soon and also get my shops out of vacation mode soon!
but, remember, even if people don't comment, you are still doing a good thing!
Pam, with the way you are posting, you won't be a newbie much longer - you've been posting on a pretty regular basis - so in some ways you're already not a newbie! anymore.