Not long ago, Marianne Arkins mentioned that she didn't like to post a comment if there were already 20+ comments ahead of her.
I get that way too sometimes, but I'll comment even on blogs that have a lot of activity, like Jennifer Shirk's blog or Joanne DeMaio.
My reasons for commenting are varied, but these are the top six.
• I like the blogger and I want to show support. What does it take me? 2-3 minutes to read the post and reply? I can afford that if it's someone who has entertained or informed me regularly.
• I feel I can add something to the conversation. Ironically, this is also the main reason why I don't comment on heavily trafficked blogs. After 50 or more comments, I probably don't have anything original to add. And since I usually read the comments too, it would take too much time if there were that many replies.
• The blogger makes it easy for me to comment. I don't mind typing in security codes or having my comment moderated, but there are a few Wordpress blogs out there that run you through the ringers if you want to see any future comments. I'll comment on a few of them, but it is a bit more of a hassle than other blogs, so I don't bother unless I know I have the time to go through the extra steps.
• The blogger makes me feel at home on their blog. This is a biggie for me. I always feel welcomed and appreciated at places like Broken Biro, Marian Perera and Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories. They always respond to my comments and they visit here regularly. I feel loved.
• The blog is well written and non-ranty. My teeth hurt when I read a blog full of typos, or the blogger rants like a big baby who lost her rattle. Get over it. No one wants to hear that. (That's not to say you can't have the occasional rant. I'm talking about people who whine all the time.)
A blog that is clean, to the point, and positive makes me want to comment. I enjoy being there and I want to show my appreciation.
• I like it when the blogger asks me a question. It makes me feel like they're interested in my opinion.
Reasons not to comment run the gamut too. Negativity, poor writing and bad manners are my biggest reasons for not commenting.
Also, do you ever notice when there is a back and forth conversation with just one or two other people? Sometimes they talk in code (or maybe tongues) to keep other visitors from knowing the back story or inside joke. It makes me wonder why the blogger made the post public. Go private and don't make your visitors feel so unwelcomed.
There are a few wildly popular blogs where I never leave a comment. The number one reason: The blogger treats his readers like minions. I won't list them, but I'm sure you know who they are. Why do people cater to those alligators? I have never figured that out.
So how about you? What's your number one reason for leaving a comment? What kind of blogs don't deserve a comment in your book?
I read and respond to every comment (usually here) but sometimes at your place or through email. If you take the trouble to comment, the least I can do is respond.
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