…I just read Heidi’s post over on the SDN Program News blog about the lack of comments on their group blog and it reminded me of an unwritten, unspoken New Years resolution-ish commitment that I made to be more ACTIVELY involved in blogosphere conversations.
Previously, I would passively comment on the blogs that I regularly follow — kind of like a PBS watcher who just consumes information and doesn’t contribute or like a wall flower at a party who doesn’t try to socialize, but waits for party attendees to come to her/him or like the couple on a date where only one person is carrying the conversation. If we all took that approach there would be no PBS, there would be no party, there would be no 2nd date.
Blogging is a social conversation. It’s not all about bloggers talking ad nauseam into a blackhole. It’s not all about the blogger pulling the weight of the conversation.
So to the bloggers with no comments, I ask: Are you writing frequent, interesting, conversation provoking entries? If not, it’s time to mix it up and ensure your content is interesting, conversation provoking, and authentic — not all entries need to be the blog entry to end all blog entries. Keep trying. Those blog metrics are not only robots hitting your blog. Joining conversations on blogs OTHER than your own will also help inspire conversations on your blog by driving awareness of your blog.
And to blog readers, I ask: Are you consistently contributing by leaving comments on your favorite blogs and therefore encouraging your favorite blogger to keep blogging? If not, don’t be surprised if your favorite blog goes silent for good. If you’ve read a blog and it’s evoked a thought or emotion, but you didn’t comment, I urge you to not be shy and at least occasionally shift that behavior. Your comments will be greatly appreciated by the blogger and other blog readers.
I double dog dare you to comment on the very next blog entry you read — it can be short and sweet…
…or even angry and long-winded. 🙂