I made a stink on Danny Brown’s blog.
Beginning with his essay suggesting Twitter is the death of blog comments and followed by a guest post by Valerie Merahn Simon that comments complement blog articles, I argued comments are less important than views.
I view word of mouth the lifeblood, not necessarily comments. If comments stop appearing on my blog, I’ll keep writing, I typed three days ago.
While I remain true to my belief that I’ll continue blogging if nobody adds comments, I couldn’t be more wrong on my first clause. Comments are the lifeblood of a blog. Reflecting to my early days blogging in 2004–and later in 2007 when I created AriWriter–I remember smiling with glee when that first comment appeared, and then a second, and a third. I fondly recall developing relationships with people who commented here and others when I commented there.
Names come and go but the relationship with commenters, whether one-time passers-by or frequent voices, never changes.
Why didn’t I realize this when I commented to Danny three days ago?
I suppose I was too caught up in the present and didn’t think about the past. I forgot about a span of several months in 2008 when I wrote nearly every day but saw zero comments time and time again–and then one day, they started appearing, leading to a day in August 2008 when I wrote about not wanting Twitter robots and engaging with my community of readers.
And how can I forget about that memorable post in January 2009 when I asked you to de-lurk–and you did, in droves. Not for me, but for each other. Have a look.
In response to Valerie’s guest post, Lauren Fernandez added this:
I try to engage the community in comments – I ask questions to their responses – make them feel wanted – because their opinions are. More often than not, the comments on my blog far outweigh the value I find in just my post. That’s where community is most important.
I wave my hat to Lauren and Valerie and Danny and everyone else who is blogging and reading and participating in this greater thing called a blog.
With a nod to Johnny Truant for suggesting confessions yield more comments than news stories, I must conclude he’s right and inspired me to write this. Blog comments are not written for me. The more I write about myself, the more you share about yourself.
Blog comments are not for me. Blog comments are for you.