Last Tuesday my New Email was registering at 1150. Now I'm at 267! I'd call that some progress, eh? Granted that I now have 34 file folders, at least now the email is much more organized. Most of the files have 20 or less items in the folder so I'd say that's not too bad. Now as the emails come in I can either act upon them immediately and delete or send them to a file to be dealt with later. The remaining 267 will either go into files or be deleted soon--I now do have a system set up.
Pet Topics (Blogs That Is, Not Dogs)
Most of us have posted on the topic of blogging at one time or another. I certainly have--I have this continued Blog Boggled series which is an ongoing look at blog science and philosophy. We all want to know how this blog thing works and what we can do to make our experience better. Last Thursday the most common questions were raised again by Alex J. Cavanaugh.
Alex was wondering about Blogging Idiosyncrasies -- the usual suspects that we never tire of hearing about. In the interest of keeping my post shorter I won't go into the topic of posting length, frequency, or time of day. If you are a regular reader you already know that I'm here daily early in the morning for North American readers. But do I briefly want to revisit Alex's final concern.
We can all pretty much agree that the comments we receive depend to a great extent upon the quality and length of the post, number of followers, and our history of establishing a relationship with readers with our responses to their comments. And of course our reaching out to comment on other blogs probably has the biggest impact on the quantity of comments we receive on our own.
Dezmond mentioned the term blog-whoring--brief comments with little substance left merely to show a presence and try to entice others to come to their blog. He requested quality comments rather than trying to leave a quantity of less substantial comments. Those quality comments are wonderful to receive and I really appreciate when visitors leave them. It's especially good on my Debate Day topics when I am looking for persuasion and information.
Clarrisa Draper pointed out that she has a difficult time commenting if a blogger hasn't prompted readers with questions. She says in those cases she may merely leave a comment like "nice post".
Simon C. Larter suggested that bloggers get more comments "when you say something controversial, or just plain ludicrously silly." I'd say yes and no to that one, but overall I think Simon's got it right.
I think we'd all agree that time is the biggest factor when it comes to commenting. Even being unemployed I find it virtually impossible to read and comment on every blog that I follow. And when I do comment I have a tendency to strive for quality as much as possible which often means length. This is one reason that my email box stacks up.
What inspires you to leave a quality comment? When do you usually just leave a "hi, I was here" type comment? Does "something controversial, or just plain ludicrously silly" put you off, or does it incite you to leave a comment? If the topic is too difficult or complex do you avoid leaving any comment? Do you find it difficult to leave a comment if the blog author doesn't prompt you with questions? About what percentage of the time do you just read and move on without commenting and what is your reason for doing so?
Quality comments are appreciated, but I'll also gladly accept nice compliments, passing hellos, blog whoring, snarky remarks, and doggie barks.
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