Silence of the Lam(E)s? (5 Reasons Readers Should Leave Blog Comments)
Frankly I donâ€™t get it.
Folks requesting organ donations have had greater success than todayâ€™s blogger seeking comments on their blog posts.
And I say this with affection: Iâ€™m amused but confused.
In my mind, reading an enjoyable (or minimally interesting) blog and not leaving a comment is like dining at a restaurant and not leaving a tip. And isnâ€™t â€œfood for thoughtâ€ just as gratifying?
Ask any blogger and theyâ€™ll tell you that comments left on a blog by visiting readers are the equivalent of finding a 20 dollar bill in a back pocket of some old jeans, or receiving extra chicken nuggets in your value meal package that you didnâ€™t have to pay for.
Or getting a date with Keanu Reeves.
Okay, well maybe thatâ€™s just me.
Consider this a public service message: We wanna hear from you.
Or it kind of defeats the point of taking our â€œjournalsâ€ public.
I donâ€™t say this to be crass or crazy.Â Really…
We know youâ€™re out there.
The electronic â€œclick countersâ€ confirm it.
Whether youâ€™re reading our blogs because you accidentally landed on our spot, were referred, got bored, or actually dig our style and our platform, we welcome you!
Now stand up and be counted. Your ‘two cents’ is valuable.
I admit that until I started on a regular basis, I too didnâ€™t realize all the work that goes into building and sustaining a blog. Thereâ€™s the design and set up, the content, formatting, the marketing, and many hours of solitude sitting in front of a computer until your back and your eyes hurt.
Now, of course Iâ€™m not suggesting that we donâ€™t get something out of it too. But, Iâ€™ve always believed that successful communication is a two-way street. Bloggers donâ€™t want to always talk “at youâ€ we want to â€œtalk with youâ€.
And although I think itâ€™s neat when I get a â€œtweet,â€ I dig a little intellectual online exchange every now and then. Then again, maybe itâ€™s a chick thing; women hate the â€œsilent treatmentâ€, unless weâ€™re giving it.
I kid you not, on some days itâ€™s so quiet, weâ€™d welcome hecklers!
Let’s Look At The Problem And Solutions
If perhaps youâ€™re not shy, but instead time constraints are a factor, I can certainly understand. Everybody is hugely busy these days. Consider this.
A comment doesnâ€™t have to be of epic proportions. A simple, â€œI enjoyed your postâ€ would suffice and potentially qualify you for B.F.F. status. Or even something likeÂ “I give this post 4 grunts.”
Also adding insult to injury are fellow bloggers who refrain from giving comments on your post for fear that youâ€™ll have more responses than them in what they perceive to be an online popularity contest. Go figure.
If you still need some gentle convincing, here are 5 reasons to leave comments on your favorite Blogs.
- Because itâ€™s free. Thatâ€™s right; it wonâ€™t cost a dime and just a few minutes of your time. And think about it, how often is your opinion really sought? Probably not as much as youâ€™d like.
- Because it helps us decide the future direction of our blogs.
- Because it helps to build a cohesive community in the Blogosphere.
- Because it leaves a â€œvirtual paper trailâ€ that leads readers to your joint, and potentially increases your Blog traffic.
- Because it promotes good karma. You donâ€™t owe us anything, but it sure would be nice.
Well, Iâ€™m off my â€œsoap boxâ€ for now. Itâ€™s Tuesday ni and I anxiously await the â€œcommentsâ€ of Simon Cowell on American Idol. Cheerio!