I have challenged myself — a few things in the past few weeks.
#1 — I have technology either totally ON or totally OFF. (but that is another blog post) and
#2 — I am taking the time to comment more on blog posts I read and encouraging others to do the same.
For many months, I became a BLURKER — someone who read a LOT of blog posts — even blasted out links so others could read the posts as well.
But I wasn’t commenting……
it was read read read — which just isn’t write — uhhh, right!
Consumers of posts, if I might…..take take take…..and seldom letting the reader know I was even there.
And slowly, I am starting to believe that a blog post really is NOT a blog post until it has comments. For several reasons –
- #1 — It is GUTSY. For someone to first take the time to sit down to write out their thoughts and then secondly, for someone to push the submit button — that took Guts — and that is really worth us (me, you, whoever) taking the time to say “thanks” or “huh” or “did you think of” or etc etc.
- #2 — Until someone comments — IT IS ONE PERSON’S CONVERSATION. Perhaps a good conversation — but still, just a thought bubble floating out there, perhaps read, perhaps seen, perhaps even with great impact — but until there is a comment, who’s to know?
- #3 — It means more than just a RT. Zite, Flipboard, Diigo, Google Reader and more have made it SO SO easy for a multitude of blog posts to zoom by our eyes each day. And almost all of these RSS options have made it even easier to Tweet out the post. In fact, some do it automatically before you even read the blog post. But to take the time to COMMENT means you took the time to read, to perhaps dwell or toss the blog posters thoughts a bit in your mind, to weigh it against or with your thoughts…….to reflect and then to respond means much more than just a RT.
If you say, “Oh, Jen, I follow too many blogs to comment on them” — then honestly, I would ask you to pare down on your RSS feed. Or make a special folder and throw a few blog writers into that folder and then take the time to comment just on posts written by that writer for a few weeks.
Ask yourself, if you have been a blurker? I have been — and I am going to do better from now on.
Just my thoughts.