Knowing I long for comments, that I scan my site counter (maybe even obsessively?) it’s amazing how many times I don’t comment when I read posts from friends or other writers I admire.
Why don’t I comment? Don’t good manners indicate if you enjoy something, you let your host(ess) know? I think there are several reasons for my lack of commenting.
- Too many people have commented before me and I feel I have nothing original to add
- All the witty things were said by other people
- I don’t want to give ‘ass’vice where it’s not requested
- The topic is over my head – and I don’t want to appear to be lost
- I have no opinion
- I don’t believe my opinion would be welcome
- I have to think about it before I can say something … and maybe three weeks later is too late?
- I am supposed to be working; not commenting, how mundane is that?
- What was written is so trite it’s not worth my time to comment (and I won’t be back anyway, so why bother?)
If someone graces me with a comment, what’s the proper response?
- I’m (almost) always happy to see a comment
- Many times I feel bound to respond
- If I think many people will enjoy my response, I’ll post with the original post
- In one forum I comment in fun exchanges occur with the respondents – I always like to jump in
- Other times I think a private response via e-mail is more appropriate
- Sometimes I get distracted with:
- Hello! Procrastination!
- Once in a rare instance a troll will show up. I think it’s best to just ignore them.
Bottom line? You keep commenting – and I’ll get better at responding!