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 isnít ‚Äúfood for thought‚ÄĚ just as gratifying?
Ask any blogger and theyíll 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 didnít have to pay for.
Or getting a date with Keanu Reeves.
Okay, well maybe thatís just me.
Consider this a public service message: We wanna hear from you.
Or it kind of defeats the point of taking our ‚Äújournals‚ÄĚ public.
I donít say this to be crass or crazy.† Really…
We know youíre out there.
The electronic ‚Äúclick counters‚ÄĚ confirm it.
Whether youíre 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 didnít realize all the work that goes into building and sustaining a blog. Thereís 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 Iím not suggesting that we donít get something out of it too. But, Iíve always believed that successful communication is a two-way street. Bloggers donít want to always talk “at you‚ÄĚ we want to ‚Äútalk with you‚ÄĚ.
And although I think itís neat when I get a ‚Äútweet,‚ÄĚ I dig a little intellectual online exchange every now and then. Then again, maybe itís a chick thing; women hate the ‚Äúsilent treatment‚ÄĚ, unless weíre giving it.
I kid you not, on some days itís so quiet, weíd welcome hecklers!
Let’s Look At The Problem And Solutions
If perhaps youíre not shy, but instead time constraints are a factor, I can certainly understand. Everybody is hugely busy these days. Consider this.
A comment doesnít have to be of epic proportions. A simple, ‚ÄúI enjoyed your post‚ÄĚ would suffice and potentially qualify you for B.F.F. status. Or even something like†”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 youíll 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 itís free. Thatís right; it wonít 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 youíd 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 ‚Äúvirtual paper trail‚ÄĚ that leads readers to your joint, and potentially increases your Blog traffic.
- Because it promotes good karma. You donít owe us anything, but it sure would be nice.
Well, Iím off my ‚Äúsoap box‚ÄĚ for now. Itís Tuesday ni and I anxiously await the ‚Äúcomments‚ÄĚ of Simon Cowell on American Idol. Cheerio!