We talk quite a bit sometimes about Link Love – linking to other people’s blogs – and it’s something I think should be encouraged. Don’t we all just love getting linked?
But I’ve been thinking a bit about comments lately and comment love. Some people care about comments more, some care about it less. It’s like number of views – it’s nice to see high numbers, but it’s not the reason we write.
That being said, I doubt there’s anyone out there who doesn’t enjoy getting comments. I know I do, and I’m not ashamed to say so. I imagine you do too.
I’m bad with commenting though. I really am. Sometimes it’s just lack of time, but other times it’s more than that. At times it feels daunting to comment on a blog. Especially if it’s a serious, well-thought out post. Some theories and opinions out there are just so smart and great that I feel like I couldn’t possibly have anything to add to the topic.
And maybe I don’t have anything to add, I may just want to write that “you know what, that’s a really great idea/post/theory and I really enjoyed reading it”. But I don’t. Because I feel that it’s pointless, why would the writer care if I just comment to say that I enjoyed their post?
I’m sitting here now though, and I’m thinking a step further. Hang on, if I’ve written a post – about anything – don’t I always enjoy comments? Even the ones that just say “Nice! I agree!” Heck, even the ones saying “I don’t agree!” I love all comments; long, short, conversational, wanting to discuss, disagreeing, agreeing… You name it – if you’re commenting, I’m liking it.
I’d like to believe that every writer is the same. Don’t we all like to get some kind of comment? We can see the page views, but it’s somehow more fun to see people commenting. Discussions are awesome, and I love it if I can have a discussion about a topic – but just getting a general comment is great as well. Surely others feel this way too?
Every week I must read a couple hundred blog posts or so, and yet I don’t comment on even half, maybe not even a quarter. I’m trying to set myself a goal to get better at that – because I’d like to believe that others appreciate comments as well – and I like to comment.
What about you? Do you comment as much on posts as you’d like to? Do you enjoy receiving comments on your blog or are you happier without them? Does it matter what kind of comment it is?