What brought about this post is from reading some other blog posts on this matter. A blogger posted how they turned off their comments because they didn’t want readers to influence their life and that the comments were mostly superficial anyway (I love your dress!) . Another blogger cut off commenting because it gave her anxiety to read them. She was constantly checking her phone and email to see if anyone commented and would get disappointed if nobody responded to her post.
I hadn’t considered such perspectives before but I can understand their viewpoint. Personally, I love receiving comments on the blog. Sometimes, there are comment aren’t sincere but I don’t think much about it. As long as the comment is not offensive or spam, it stays there. I do like people to voice their opinion and I look forward to having a conversation with my readers. While I like comments, I don’t crave comments. There are some blog posts that I make, that I think don’t interest anyone but me or Jon Bear and that’s okay because this blog is like a big diary to me.
I write comments on blogs for three reasons.
1. In an obscure way, it promotes my own blog because people become curious about me and return to find my blog.
2. I genuinely love reading other blogs and find it as a way to connect to new people and ideas. I learn about new things that I haven’t thought about, new books and movies to read, trends and different perspectives.
3. I like to comment to thank the person for writing an entertaining and thought provoking post. Or sometimes, it’s just to let someone know that there someone out there that is reading their blog especially if it’s a sad post or if they are fledging blogger. It’s a way of saying that they matter and they are important. I know it doesn’t solve anything it just lets them know that they have been heard.