I have had several discussions with people about blogging. Usually the conversation centers around the idea of how to get more people to comment on your blog. Several people tell me that people come up to them all the time and say, “I read your post the other day and loved it, what do you think about….” You can see the frustration with this response. In previous post I talked about the reason for commenting (commenting to bring about community). To hear someone tell you that they read your post, they liked what you had to say, but they did not leave a comment can be rather irritating. Not because you want other people to know that they liked your post, but because you want other people to not miss out on the conversation that is had with that person about the blog post.
I have had several conversations with people who do not comment on blogs. I try to encourage them to take the time to leave a comment and a thought. It does not have to be long and super wordy, just leave a reflection on what the post meant to you. Often times when not leaving a comment you are robbing others the chance to be challenged. We all have opinions, we have opinions on everything. Most of the time we do not have a platform to share those opinions and thoughts. The blogging world is calling everyone to share something, an idea a thought, but mainly it is asking for you to share. You are not only robbing others of great conversations and thoughts, but you are robbing yourself of the chance to gain understanding and insight into the subject that is being discussed.
Couple of questions to consider
1) Do you Comment or Not?
2) Why do you comment?
3) What has kept you from Commenting?
Here is a post to check out about commenting from the Comment Ninja (more to come on him later, a little announcement of sorts).