Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Discussion Topic: Comments on Blogs

So the other day I was talking with one of my favorite people, and we were discussing blog comments. Everyone I know loves to have comments on their blogs. Everyone I know wishes that they had MORE comments on their blogs. But we delved in DEEPER into this topic. I will divide this into several sub-categories

1-HOW my friends, do you get people to comment on your blog?

2-How do you know if a person really cares about your opinion and is glad you commented on their blog, opposed to the opposite (them wondering why you think that you know them well enough to be commenting on their personal--YET PUBLIC--blog).

3-perhaps if you stuck strictly to the mini-saga

In response to category one:
My dear favorite and I threw out the possiblity that perhaps if you cease your comments on someones blog for a few posts, they will then realize that perhaps they should be commenting on your blog in order to show that they care about what you think, and the effort you put into your blogs, too.

However, I then had to take into consideration, that perhaps there are a lot of selfish bloggers out there, who want want want, but dont want to give anything back. It is at this point when one must decide if reading that person's blog creates some sort of joy or satisfaction in their life even if unrequieted. If the answer is yes, then you just continue to read, and comment, and contribute, and if you ever visit their blog to find that they have DELETED one of your comments, or responded to you telling you not to comment on their blog ever again (which do in deed mean the same thing in my assumption) you will get the subtle, or not so subtle hint of unwelcomehood.

I guess I somehow happened into talking about category two within my address of category one.

I do however find that having a hit counter on your site at least helps to see that the number of visits are increasing even if the comments arent. Of course then you have to wonder if the people just didnt like what they saw, so they fled your site as quickly as possible--though that is probably unlikely.

Category three:
In my search for decent images on google, I came across this point posted on www.converstations.com/blog_comments/. I have pasted the short excerp below.
{ & } indicate start and stop of quote:

Mini-Saga of a Blogger: Ambiguity Breeds Comments

She wrote great blog posts. They were complete in thought and one point per post. She took pride that her points were inarguable. Still, comments were lacking.

One writing day, she got interrupted by a call. In haste, she published prior to completing her editing. Comments flooded in. Good ones!

Note: 1. A mini saga is a story told in exactly 50 words. Not 49 or 51 but exactly 50. }

I don't think I have the patience or energy to make sure my stories are exactly 50 words.. but it is food for thought anyway.

(I hand out a lot of food for thought, my thoughts must be hungry ones)

Please give me your input and opinions on the matter. I am always welcoming to enlightenment.


Cara Fish said...

you're funny. i struck a nerve with some people...i'm glad you discussed it. :) i apologize...i haven't been on your blog in a while. I will be better. And when I read, I comment. It is a rule with me. ;)

ZippityDoDaw said...

Cute comment graphic!! I do think it is nice when people comment. It is hard to know how your blog was received if no one ever comments. Also, it can be a great opportunity to interact on a topic at a time convenient for each person. A nice social opportunity for busy people!

Camille said...

I always TRY to comment on people's blogs who comment on mine.

That said, it's a never-ending battle for me to get more comments. If you ever figure out how to get more, please pass on the secret!!

Nikki said...

I am not always the best at commenting, I usually look at blogs at night. So I am either to tired (in which I tell myself I will come back and comment later) also another reason, which is kind of a lame excuse but my keyboard is a little loud and Karsyn is a light sleeper most of the time and I am always afraid of her waking up. I am trying to be quiet now. I do read most of my blogs on a regular basis. Know that I love your blog and you of course too!