It was this line in a comment from Aviva Dunsiger on my post yesterday that got me thinking about blogging.
the never-to-be-underestimated, value of a reply
When I started in the blogging world, there were only a few others that I knew about or cared to read. It was not uncommon to post a comment on every blog that you would run across. After all, that’s what the ability to reply or comment is all about. Who remembers the excitement of the hashtag #comments4kids as a way to get comments for class blogs?
Things, most certainly, have changed.
I don’t dwell on statistics but every now and again, I take a peek to make sure that there’s at least one or two people reading my thoughts here. I’m always humbled when I see the numbers – there are good days and there are not-so-good days and that’s to be expected. Since I’m rather random in thought sharing, not everything appeals to everyone. I write because I enjoy it and, just as we are convinced it’s good for student’s memories, I find that by putting thoughts down I’m a little more likely to remember things.
And, in the beginning comments were very frequent here. WordPress lets you know who your most frequent commenting visitors are. It’s a confirmation that there are regular readers/commenters and for that I’m grateful.
I’ve mentioned in the past why I think people are getting away from commenting. Probably the biggest reasons that I can think of (short of just a bad blog post) are that there is just so much to read these days and people are finding ways to read blog content without actually visiting the blog. For whatever reason, people do what they do and that’s great.
I was reading a technical blog post this morning dealing with a Windows 10 issue from a few weeks ago and the author was pretty much begging for comments at the bottom of the post. Nobody had when I read it. When I left the post, there still were no comments. Even now as I type this, I feel a bit badly that I didn’t respond.
Then, I turned to the local newspaper, where “every whacko with a keyboard” posts a comment, it seems. The paper uses the Facebook plugin and it’s very easy to see the people that have a legitimate Facebook account versus others. If nothing else, the comments are entertaining.
But I go back to Aviva’s thoughts. “The value of a reply”.
Most certainly, there are values and connections to be had with replies. The original blogger extends her reach and makes new and important connections when people comment. The blogger may realize that they absolutely have nailed a concept, they may find that there are other ways at looking at a topic, or they might be convinced that they were completely wrong. Without that feedback, the blogger might just go through life thinking they know everything about everything.
Constructive thoughts continue and extend the conversation and can make new connections. There are many folks who don’t blog for whatever reason and that’s their choice. But, if they’re reading other blogs, they can do their own mini-blog by sharing their thoughts.
What do you think? In one way or another, you’re reading this. Does any of this make sense to you? I don’t mind being proven wrong if you think I am. Do you see the value in replies? Or, is it something else?