Leading up to my anniversary at the end of November, this is my second post about “What I talk about when I talk about…” … Commenting on blogs!
As I am in wordpress so I am biased and if I comment on other blogs while I stay log on, my profile is all there ready for me to drop a comment and press the submit button. WordPress is really user-friendly… I really wish everyone is on wordpress… however!
This post may sound like a good rant at the beginning and if you are oppose to it, I suggest you turn around now. 🙂
About the different ways I can comment on blogger.com
On the other hand I found blogger.com (extension Blogspot.com) annoying. On all the blogspot blogs I visited they don’t have a consistent way of commenting. I suppose then there is a higher flexibility on how you would like your readers to comment. Hmm…. good and bad. When I see the following screen on blogspot, I’m always delighted because now I can choose the option of “Name/URL” and very quickly I could post my comments, whereas the others requires me to log on to wordpress or google, which is really a bother.
When I don’t, I have to go through a few hassle to get my comments through…..
Sometimes when I pressed “Continue” it says they couldn’t prove my credentials. When I clicked “Continue” for a second time, it worked. And then I am asked to enter some wriggly illegible scripts just to prove that I am a human and not a spam machine and I don’t always get the script right!
and other times I see the blogger chose to filter every comment hence as soon as I post a comment it says:
‘Visible after blogger approval’
This option really does reduce my satisfaction and security of seeing my hard drafted comments up on the blog, instead of the possibility of losing it in the ether.
It is the blogger’s prerogative how they want to set it up, but does it has to be in so many different ways??!! It does deter me from commenting if it makes it harder for me to comment on a blog.
About the blogs I usually comment on
I don’t like commenting on blogs whose blogger I know will never reply to my comments. I only make exception to this on a handful of bloggers whom I have known in my early days and whom I really like.
I usually don’t click on “subscribe to follow-up comment” button to follow up on replies or comment thread because I don’t want to get a string of other people’s comments into my mailbox!
My regret is that my life is hectic and that I can’t afford to write long comments.
I skim read a few other comments on the post but rarely do I read all of them. I look out for comments by bloggers that are familiar to me. Having a distinguish gravatar in this case certainly helps a lot!
Have you ever think why is that person commenting on other blogger’s blog and not mine anymore? 🙂
Some creative preambles for comments on blogs I have seen:
“I don’t care what you say but say something nice!”
About the people who comment on my blog
- For the first year of blogging, a blogger actually has to fish for comments. Some people are quite good in marketing their blogs, some don’t. How to market your blog? Maybe that is a topic for another day. 😉
- What about negative comments? I like it. I like to hear something that contradicts with what I said but not when it is particularly rude. There are comments which are written in spite and I wonder why anyone would waste the time doing that? It is like dropping faeces around the cyberspace.
- The feeling of receiving a comment is really wonderful. There is so much negativity around the world, in your front page news and at work. It is nice to receive the support from kindred spirit who like the same thing and talk about the same thing. A comment no matter how short is very much appreciated!
- When I post more than one post at one time and in succession, it is expected that I will get less comments on the earlier posts than the latter one. If I leave my recent posts for a long time on, chances are I get more comments on it. This has proven right many times. I’m still trying to understand what is the psychology behind it? Is it because blog reader can only hold short attention at one time? or “lets read the recent ones and skim read the ones before”?
- Someone at work once told me, people are not what they write. A lot of people write very bland and formal emails but really they are nicer to talk to in person. This had proven true at work but what about bloggers you think?
- Where have they gone to? – questions you asked about regular commentators on your blog who suddenly disappeared into thin air.
- Do I care whether my regular readers are disappearing? Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. When you are new you do, when you are around for little longer, maybe not.
- All those weird spams I received, so much flattery that sounded so genuine yet they are spams!! What a shame!
- Do you have unapprove comments on your list? I do. It is one of those comments I think I can’t show it to the world but I would like to keep.
- Always amuse me big time when I see conversations going on my blog which doesn’t include me. Please keep at it, I don’t mind, in fact I welcome it. 😉
- I also feel strangely honoured and happy when fellow wordpress blogger ping me back!
- Despite a lot that is going in my life, I’ll never forget what each reader said to me. Never. Somehow I remember who says what and when. 😀