Thoughts About Commenting

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Heather of MaternalSpark recently made an excellent point tab about commenting that I hadn't thought about for quite a while.  She says:

Every blog has a different readership.  If your readers are other bloggers they will be more apt to comment because they know how much the blogger will appreciate it.  If your readers are not bloggers (like in my case) they might not know how much it rocks our socks off and just quietly appreciate your work.

And she goes on to list reasons why people don't comment on posts (this is just a portion of the list -- please click the link to see the rest).

  • I have a kid on my lap and can’t type around her
  • I’m reading from Google reader and didn’t click through
  • I’m short on time (what else is new)

I can honestly say that I'm a terrible commenter - even though I know that I love comments. Many of the reasons above pertain to me, but probably the most common would be that I don't want to add to the pile of comments a blogger has already received - which is really silly, since I know that I read every single comment and try to respond to as many as possible.  So I'm going to make more of an effort to leave a comment everywhere that I read.

But I was also curious to know what you guys prefer - a reply to your comment directly emailed to you, or posted in the comment section?

What’s the #1 reason you don’t comment on blogs you read?  Let me know! (Which, you know, is really asking you to leave a comment, but let's pretend that it doesn't read that way, ok?  Just between us.)


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