Then please, please feel free to say it. :)
Image by Studio Rhoad taken from here.
Last night in a casual conversation about blogs, I asked Niamh, one of my best friends, why she didn't comment on my blog effort. It's not that I mind at all, I was just curious.
This morning she sent me and Darren an email which reads
'Just thought of another reason why I never comment on blogs. I was thinking about it this morning! Up until very recently, I thought it was only fellow bloggers who commented on each other's blogs like a little circle of friends/bloggers/ nerds whatever :P And that if I commented people would be thinking 'Who's yer one? She doesn't have a blog...'Andrew, a recent newcomer to the blogosphere has said:
Ireland has a small but lively blogging community at the moment, where a lot of the same names appear as links on different pages, and also as commenters.which seems to echo Niamh's belief that it's only bloggers commenting on blogs. Is it?
I think it's fairly natural that when writing a blog you'll read others, create personal connections, become a fan or share the same taste in what to post.
As huge as the internet is, there's also just a finite amount of things that we can see, we can post and most of us aren't the "finders" or the stumblers... I tend to see things now only from the newsletters I receive (props to Innocent News for this) and from other people's blogs.
So, for bloggers, what to do? What would make you comment? What would it take? There are certain obstacles to blog comments - the word verification (yes, anti-spam but also a bit offputting, especially if you're sure what you've typed is correct) but also that scary empty box that has your site URL in it - do I have to fill that out? What if I don't? Like Niamh said, will people think Who's yer wan?
Non-commenters - one of my fondest memories of the Blog Awards was when Grannymar thanked the commenters on blogs, highlighting that you are the life-blood of blogs. And it's true - even if you feel you have nothing to contribute to the point, there's no harm in saying good post or great read.
Blogs are written to be read, and I'm sure we're all interested in everyone's feedback, positive, negative, constructive or just bizarre - it gives us a nice feeling when we read that someone's reading our stuff. Because as much as you're just reading things on a screen, we're also just typing into a box on the other side.
And we'd like to get to know you :) As I keep on saying, feel free to say hello :)