A few days ago, I was talking with my friend and fellow blogger Lou about comments. Not just random everyday comments like, "Boy, the weather's nice today." Or, "I think I'll have peanut butter and jelly for lunch." Rather, I mean comments on blogs. We both agreed that we wish people commented more often in response to our posts. We have the feeling that people are checking in on what we have to say, and we both wished that we could hear what they have to say. I myself am something of a serial commenter. I comment regularly on the blogs I regularly visit, and I even comment on random blogs when I'm surfing. Sometimes my comments are longer, more detailed, and better thought out than my own blog posts are. I think that's because the hardest part of blogging for me is coming up with ideas. When someone gives me a topic, I can usually b.s. on it for as long as necessary. So, that's been my m.o. with blog commenting.
I know that for some, refraining from commenting is a personality thing. It's just not your style. I can respect that--though, I'd still like to hear from you when you do get itchy typing fingers. For others, you just don't find my posts inspiring or interesting enough to comment upon. Believe me: I sympathize with you! But maybe for some of you, you hold back because you don't believe you have a worthwhile contribution on the topic. To you I say, that's completely beside the point! I rarely have a worthwhile contribution on any topic, and I've had my own blog for almost a year. Heck, the subtitle/description of my blog warns that all you will find here is "fruitless discussion and uninformed commentary". So, join in the conversation. Maybe you can practice here, hone your skills, and then take your blog-commenting prowess to more fruitful pastures.
For further professional instruction, check out this fun article about how you can develop the four techniques of blog commenting. While much of it is obviously tongue-in-cheek, maybe it will provide some inspiration for you.
p.s. I don't mean to intimidate. You are welcome to check in as frequently or infrequently as you like, even if you never intend to make a single comment.
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"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people."