Saturday, June 30, 2012

the big bloggers.

since i'm not at #nnb2012 today, i thought i'd link up with styling you and blog about blogging...
a few questions for bloggers to ponder today...

how big is a BIG blogger?
if a blogger posts a post but noone reads it, was the post really posted?
do you really appreciate your readers, or are you just saying that to sound sincere?

i dont really have answers for these questions...
except for question two (the answer is bananas!)...
do you?
anyways, this week ive been thinking about the blogs i read regularly...
i have quite a few blogs that i read often and comment on a lot...
now with these blogs i find there are three things that can happen after i comment:
1. nothing
2. the blogger leaves a comment under mine in response
3. the blogger visits my blog and leaves a comment
i totally prefer option 3!
but option 2 is nice too.

now, i'm not promoting the notion of comment for comment blogging...
in fact, it drives me crazy when someone follows or comments and then requests that i do the same...
however, if i am leaving comment after comment on your posts, week after week, do you not think that it might be polite to just drop by and leave a line or two in the comments?
i realise some blogs are bigger then others and there may not always be time...
but i also wonder if perhaps some bloggers think they have gotten too 'big' (popular) to bother returning/responding to blog comments?

i'd love to know what everyone thinks about this issue...
let's discuss in comments, shall we...
it'd be really interesting to hear the opinions of both the smaller and bigger blogs out there!

7 comments:

Carly said...

On my blog I am getting in the habit of replying on my blog.

Being really honest I don't read a lot of blogs on my MacBook and prefer to read them on my iPhone when I am laying in bed or at work on my lunch break or travelling on the train; so I don't comment. Blogger blogs hate iPhones and iPads for commenting and often eat them. So I don't comment; but I will sometimes tweet the person [mainly because I read blog posts as they come up in my feed and tsk tsk don't use an RSS reader....] Wordpress is a little nicer but just a pain.

I'm probably not the person to be asking. Sorry.

Nicky said...

Comments make you feel as though you aren't alone out there talking to a wall
Totally agree with your answer :)

Nicky
(whorganised.com)

Samantha J. Clark said...

You know, I completely understand this. I'm really bad at commenting...mostly because I have such a horrible time searching through blogs on Blogger? I just don't understand how it works and it annoys me because it seemed kind of difficult. But before I starting Losing Time Control, I had a blog on Wordpress and it did REALLY well. Not so much with comments though. And I would get really irritated that people didn't comment.I had readers, just rarely commenters. But that blog opened up my world to partnership with some awesome PR firms in music. And people were reading, just not commenting. I've completely started from scratch with Losing Time Control and I am constantly reminding myself not to get discouraged with it...since it is new.

And then I have to remind myself WHY I write anyways. I write for me. And for whoever stumbles across my blog in hopes that they find something meaningful in my writing. So if that's one person or one thousand, I just keep going. I try not to watch the traffic TOO much unless it's on my media entries.

As for commenting back, I try really hard to do that on my entries when someone comments. I try to follow back as well. Sometimes it just depends on my memory haha.

And the "big" bloggers, I honestly just quit leaving comments because for one) they're intimidating and sometimes seem like they are stuck up and two) I have too much work trying to get things back together for my media stuff so I read the "big" ones and just move on.

-Sam

Miss Caitlin S. said...

totally- nice, short way to bring this up.

I always try to write back to people, always, always. that's how you pretty much start a discourse with bloggers. and once you mutally do it enough for one another- it's no longer a chore to comment them. you just naturally think to visit their site!

There are a few times that I post without commenting back but that's because I'm super busy and tired and that's few and far between. most times I have visited blogs.

I hate it though because my work blocks blogs so I cannot go there on them, I would love to be able to get stuff there at lunch etc (I rarely use my iphone for anything blogger related, too diffficult) because some nights blogging just takes soooo long.

Ms Styling You said...

Firstly, thanks so much for linking up. I had some shocking site issues over the weekend and lost more than a week of posts ... that we eventually got back up!
I make a point of answering all comments on my blog - I started off that way with my first comment and intend to continue.
Sure, it gets busy, but I see it as a priority as blogging is a conversation not a broadcast.
I also try and visit my commenters' blogs (if they leave a link with their disqus profile) as often as possible. I've made some amazing blogging friends this way.

drivelology said...

I TOTALLY get this.

I always try to respond to every comment on my blog. In saying that, I don't get hundreds of comments on each post so I'm not in a position to say that this is something I would do if I did. I'd like to think that I would.

I also agree with Carly in that I also read a lot of blogs on. My iPhone or iPad and Blogger really is a pain to comment on when I'm using them.

I'm a great reader of blogs, just not always the greatest commenter!

Kelly Exeter said...

I'm like a few above where I always reply to comments on my own blog, but don't have a heap of time to follow comments to other blogs.

That said, I do often follow the links back to the blogs of regular commenters ... but then I feel bad, like I have only left a comment because they left a comment on my blog. It's a complicated world this blogging world ;)

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