Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Would you like to say something?

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 :)

38 comments:

  1. Hello Darragh!

    Commenters are our life blood!

    I have at least three regular commenters and a couple who drop in now and again, who do not have blogs! They enjoy the banter without the responsibility of running a Blog.

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  2. Well what a wonderful post Darragh :D
    And thanks for fixing my spelling of 'yer wan' - I never know which one it is (wan, one, whatever)

    I shall make it my business to comment on anything worth commenting on from here on in :)
    (and I look forward to it!)

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  3. So that'll be Niamh's last comment then!

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  4. Jeeze Doylee you do go on!
    :)

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  5. @grannymar - I know :) I still count myself as a commenter more than a blogger.

    @Niamh - hmmmm.

    @Darren - ditto!

    @Lottie - ditto ditto ditto ;)

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  6. i have a couple of non-bloggers who comment, some have even gone to the trouble of creating a blogger profile for themselves and have started reading other blogs through mine (or perhaps they say these things just to flatter me?)

    i never commented on blogs before i started to keep my own, and i still hesitate before commenting on a blog until i've gotten to know it... unless something really moves me to comment. yet it frustrates me that people do the same on mine! statistically (apparently) only 5% of a blog's readership actually engage and comment on what they read. how to encourage more interaction? as you said, ditch comment moderation and word verification and reply to questions and comments. they're visitors, treat them as such!

    man, i go on as much as you do.

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  7. There's some blogs I read religiously but rarely comment because I feel...I don't know, like the people who have already left comments know the blogger and each other and I'd be butting in or something? Which is stupid, I'm just as self-conscious in internet world as I am in the real world!

    And I agree with Rosie, I wish more visitors to my blog would actually comment, according to the stats there are loads but they never make themselves known. Maybe they feel as self-conscious as I do. Anyway, nice post, Darragh, good topic. (See, I'm taking your advice :))

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  8. Sorry for the double comment here (I'm on a roll) but I just had to correct my own atrocious grammar in my last one. It should read "There are loads of blogs..." not "There's loads of blogs..."

    I made myself cringe with that one!

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  9. @rosie - hello :) Admittedly I'm one of those people who has found great blogs through yours. And sure flattery is the sincerest form of imitation, eh?

    They're visitors, treat them as such! is a wonderful statement, thank you. I'm far more used to forums and feel I have a good footing in that platform, but blogs are a different beast. Interestingly people I talk to don't know how to comment so I may address that soon.

    It is frustrating to have such a small amount posting but therefore a thrill when someone does - especially someone you read regularly and they come and post on yours. So, again, thanks.

    Nothing too wrong with going on either - shows a passion about the subject and a desire to communicate it ;-)

    @chanberry, hello there and welcome. Thanks for stopping by and for the compliments. Appreciate them.

    Re being self conscious - I have two thoughts on that. Firstly there's the natural shying away from someone you admire for fear you'll not represent yourself well - it took me ages to work up the courage to post on Mulley's blog for example - and I appreciate that it's difficult. As Rosie said, you need to get to know it, to be moved to comment or feel you have something to contribute.

    What I'd love to be able to communicate is that saying "well done, I enjoyed that, thanks" is a great contribution in itself.

    Secondly it's to help people understand that comments are welcome, no matter how much of an expert/cewebrity you're perceived to be. I communicate what I do here to get to meet new people, to find people's passions and ideas and to hopefully make someone smile once in a while. Therefore every comment is a boost, no matter who it's from!

    We suffer I think from the perception that there's and Irish blogging clique. However I honestly have to say that anyone I've met has been open, friendly and welcoming. Just like they are on their blogs, with the notable exceptions of Grandad, Twenty Major and Bock the Robber who are all gentlemen and Darren who is nowhere as nice or interesting as he makes himself out to be ;-)

    Don't be at all worried about the bad grammar or even spelling (not that you had any) Chanberry, as long as it's not on an official sign or in a shop window you're fairly safe from my correction anyways. I'm just delighted you came by! :-)

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  10. Thanks for your detailed response Darragh, lots to think about there.

    "Firstly there's the natural shying away from someone you admire for fear you'll not represent yourself well.."

    I really identify with this, it took me ages to get the guts to comment on Rosie's blog and also others like mulley, the red scrapbook, moo-dog, Catherine's blog and plenty of others. Once I did comment I found them all to be lovely, responsive and welcoming so there was really nothing to be afraid of.

    Oh and as for my grammar, I'm my own worst critic, couldn't let that one go!

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  11. Darragh, you've articulated exactly what I've been thinking. I always try to leave comments on other people's blogsbecause I figured bloggers want to know that someone out there is listening and engaging with what you have to say.
    Commenting can also set off new conversations that deviate somewhat from the original topic, but are often just as amusing and relevant.
    So I would say to any non-bloggers who regularly visit to try to comment whenever something grabs your attention, it helps us needy people to feel loved.

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  12. @chanberry - keep it up :)

    @andrew - moi? needy? However did you guess? ;-)

    This has been a very interesting topic.

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  13. i'd like to say that i want to start reading your blog. how do i add it to my wordpress blogroll like rick has done? if not, i suppose i can add your url to my links list - time is a premium for me so i like to have things easy to access and not have to click too many links to get there.

    btw, i have a blog and only one random comment in three months ;) Comments are indeed the lifeblood... i'm about thinking of turning in my blog. (or maybe find a new name? lol)

    other thing is i've found the irish bloggers and love reading stuff, but often dont 'get' the humor.

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  14. This has been very helpful thanks. I'm a real novice and don't much about blogs but I'm going to hopefully bookmark you (if its even called that) so I can return. And what if I want to show my blog address in your comment section, does it just show up, are you allowed? I'm quite a novice.

    Thanks

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  28. Minissha is one lady who loves her beauty sleep. So why is it that nowadays the lady is rising early and looks forward to her day?

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  34. OK, we apologise for being a little inconsiderate towards this blog. We were busy scratching our noses and debating about where do babies come from. And now that we've done with cleaning our nose and the debate is finally over (though a stork is still being interrogated) let's get to the point, shall we?

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  35. Firstly, thanks for making the Orkut-MTV Youth Icon Community such a big hit. And if you missed chatting with VJ Nikhil on Tuesday, well.. too bad for you! On the other hand, if you like our new VJ Mia (who doesn't?), we've put up her hot new sexy pics for download - go ahead, download those but please don't touch yourself while you look at them.

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  36. firstly i would like to thank u guys for writing in

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  37. This will be a great idea Darragh!

    Thank you for posting very great post. You gave me a tip on how to build interactivity with my readers. Bless you brother!

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