Sunday, November 22, 2009
Poll Results Are In!
91 readers let me know their thoughts on comments in the last poll. Thank you! Comments are one of those areas in which there will never be 100% agreement. I'll let you know a bit about how I feel about the subject.
As a blogger, I love getting comments. Sure I have traffic and subscription trackers here on Kittling: Books, so I know that people are in and out of here 24/7-- but there's something special about someone taking the time to actually leave a comment behind. My time is limited, so I make sure that I respond (in the comments section) to everyone who leaves a comment on my posts. Occasionally I'll email someone as well, but generally not.
I try my best to keep up with reading all the new posts in my Google Reader, but (I just looked) there are 547 blog subscriptions in there. Now that I've got Firefox set so that I can comment right from the Google Reader reading pane, I have noticed that the number of comments I'm leaving has slowly risen, but if I'm not one of the first to comment, I just won't chime in with yet another "Great post!" What I'd love to do is devise some sort of little symbol or abbreviation that would pass through all blogging software and spend one day "leaving my mark" on every single blog that I pay attention to. Actually....
Once or twice a year, we could all join in a Comment-a-thon where we visit every blog in our readers and leave visible proof that we were there. Hmmm....
Okay. Back on track here. So I'm a busy person who responds to all the comments on her own blog but is lousy at leaving comments on others. Guilty as charged, but something tells me I'm not alone! Let's talk about the results of the poll:
66 readers said that "Whenever someone new leaves a comment on my blog, I'll visit their blog." Yes, that's something that I do, too.
63 readers said "I enjoy leaving comments on other blogs." So do I, but I need Bullwinkle to pull a couple of extra hours out of his hat!
53 readers said "I only comment when I feel I have something to contribute to the discussion." Me, too. I normally read blogs from 4-5 AM. The time of day could have something to do with the fact that I seldom can think of anything to add to the discussion!
49 readers said that "Leaving comments is one of the best ways to build community and get your own blog noticed." I'd just started out with my blog and managed to join in a weekly meme. I made it a point to visit each and every person who responded to that meme and leave a comment on their contributions. That's when I began learning about the wonderful book blogging community that exists.
47 readers said that "I set aside time regularly to visit other blogs and comment." I set aside time daily but most of it seems to be taken up with reading instead of commenting.
31 readers said that "Sometimes the comments are more interesting than the posts!" I've seen this on other people's blogs, and I know that there have been visitors here who've left behind words and phrases in their comments that are now part of my vocabulary. One of these days I'll have a post where there's worlds of action happening in the comments section.
30 readers said "There are so many blogs in my reader that I'm lucky if I can read all the posts, let alone comment." (My hand is waving wildly in the back of the room.)
27 said that they "need to find more ways to say "Great post!" (My hand waves again.) Too often I read a post too late and someone beats me to the punch. Drat!
17 readers said "It doesn't bother me when people don't comment. At least they're reading!" (Waving hand. Man, I'm going to get a cramp!)
14 said "I'd comment more if leaving a comment on other blogs was easier!" This was really a problem when I first started out. Blurred, jumbled words that my eyes refused to focus on... usually retyping them in those little boxes was a crap shoot. I might get it right, I might not. Either I've gotten smarter, or those security measures have eased up a bit.
7 said "I give my top commenters special recognition." Good for you! The only special recognition I give my top commenters is a little box on one of my sidebars that tells everyone whom they are.
6 readers said, "It's a two-way street: you don't comment on my blog, I won't comment on yours." I understand where these folks are coming from. They've spent a lot of time on their blogs and would like recognition, and they've spent time going to other blogs to leave comments. It would be nice if everyone returned the favor. I understand... but I don't agree. It just sounds too much like "What's in it for me?"
3 said that "Leaving comments is a waste of time. Too many bloggers never respond to them." I've run across a blogger or two who never has gotten around to answering a question I asked in a comment, but that's okay. Someone in that person's family might've been diagnosed with cancer. They may be worried about how they can afford their child's braces. Their boss may be headlining Jerk Week at work. If the worst thing that happens to me today is that someone doesn't respond to one of my comments, guess what? I'm having a damned good day! And I love that this got the fewest votes. It means that the majority of bloggers are not ignoring their comments!
What do you enjoy the most about comments? What do you like the least about comments? This inquiring mind would love to know!
My Book Rating Scale:
A+...Don't delay, get your hands on a copy of this book!
A...I loved it!
B...I really liked it.
C...I liked it, with a few reservations.
D...I finished it, but it's not my cup of tea.
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