The following is a very interesting post over on Ack! Thbbbt! I would love to see the answers to this but more importantly, post over at Roses so that everyone can see them. I think it's a very lively discussion...
Friday, January 15, 2010
Yesterday, I wrote a very short post and got more visitors than usual, but only one comment.
But, there are days when hardly anyone stops by and I get a pile of comments.
What is that? Seriously.
So, here's my question to you:
Would you rather...
... have very few visitors who leave lots of comments on your blog?
... have TONS of visitors who leave very few comments?
With love, from Roses at 7:00 AM
As I was reading this post I had the following random thoughts...
I agree with Leann, many of my readers drop by to learn how to run, build or want pictures of a 'lemon stand'. But then again I have also seen readers come to my site in search of the following keywords: "selling your kids on ebay", "lemon facial gone wrong", "circumlocution discombobulation", "questions only Dad would know", "brazillian wax", "alarm clock obituary", and even "Im going to be a woman who just killed her husband and then describes in detail how she made lemonade." (This sounds like it would make a good blog prompt... "What is the strangest keywords that led to your blog?")
Andy noted the reduced comments because of google reader. He's right and I am a bad example of this. I need to start leaving more comments again to let those blogs that I read know I appreciate them and the wit and insight they bring to my day. (Who doesn't need that kind of feedback?)
Pizza Girl noted that she likes the comments of Twitter. I can't comment on that because although I have a Twitter account. I don't know how to use it. It occurs to me that I like the blogging better. I write for me, but it is wonderful to know it can brighten someone else's day as well.
Buck said, "Andy linked ya again today and I'm here coz of that. Like most bloggers, I live for comments. In the blog world, anyhoo. The comments I get in real life I can mostly do without. ;-)"
I can definitely relate to the real life comments point!
Paul Mitchell said, "I guess that I am just like all the rest, if I got ten hits a day with ten comments, that would be better than one thousand hits and zero comments. I blog for the discussion."
I suppose this is somewhat true in my case although I would still blog without a single visitor. Like Mud, the act of writing is the true driving point with me. There are days when I blog 2 or 3 posts and then slow down to once a week. I guess you could say my writing is either feast or famine.
Although Harvey has a point, "If comments weren't desperately important to me, I'd still be writing my thoughts in a spiral notebook instead of on the internet." (Hmmm, I guess I might have to rethink this whole thing because I feel this resonates with something inside me.)
I agree with Thumper about loving comments and realizing the need to click on through on Google Reader.
Roses, even though Skunkfeathers (Gotta love that name!) is allowing Paul to use you as a lab rat... I will still comment on your blog because I love your sense of humor, wit and commentary. :P
Not that I have a ginormous following or anything, but I highly recommend anyone who reads this go see (and comment on) Roses blog daily. It is never a wasted click away...
After all these stray thoughts, I guess I have to conclude that although I write to keep myself sane, comments are always a lovely exclamation point to my day so I'd have to say I'd rather have more comments than readers. At least then I'd get a warm fuzzy to know I'd touched someone else in the universe with my scribblings... (That or that I was not alone in this "my teenagers are driving me crazy" life!) :)
QOTD: "Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true." ~ Charles Dickens
I couldn't stop with one quote today, so take your pick. :)
Leonardo da Vinci: "Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen."
Cyril Connolly: "Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self."
F. Scott Fitzgerald: "You don't write because you want to say something; you write because you've got something to say."
G. K. Chesterton: "There is a great deal of difference between the eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read."
Mark Twain: "It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them."
Ben Franklin: "Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."
Joseph Pulizter: "Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it, and above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light."
Jack London: "You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."