I would like, if I may, to say a few (or maybe more) words about the “Comment” section of webpages, blog posts, or anything else that has the option.
Now, I freely admit that I do not comment every time I read a post or watch a video. I mainly comment when I see something relevant to what I am looking for, or if it strikes a chord within. I do press the “like” button without leaving a comment. However, if I find a post I like and there are no comments, I will leave at least a short note stating my thoughts.
On this here blog, I have gotten some “likes”, even a few “subscribers” and “shares”, but have only gotten two, I repeat, 2 comments on one post. That these came from people I do not know is a bonus, but still, for the Views/Like/Comment ratio, it is, in my opinion, lacking.
The same goes for my website. I have gotten lots of views, according to the “stats” link on my dashboard. But most of the comments are from my family members, and those who are not related, I have asked to visit and comment. Never have I gotten an unsolicited response from a stranger. Is it so hard to say “Cool” or “Well Done”? Or even “Give it up, loser”. At least I would know some one’s thoughts that way.
I don’t expect everyone who visits to leave a comment; that would be unrealistic. Nor do I expect everyone who likes or subscribes to respond. Hell, I am even surprised that anyone cares a diddle what I have to post here. But is it unrealistic to hope that some people might care to leave a couple of words of encouragement? Just a little verbal support to entice continued posting? A few words can definitely go a long way, and it always feels good to get some recognition for one’s efforts.
In this day and age of instant information, there is a wellspring of reposts, copy-and-paste, mirrored info. I try to keep my posts original, hitting on topics that can help, not just myself, but others as well. When I post information from someone else, as I have done and will continue to do, I try to leave a message on that person’s post stating that I have mentioned it, and link to theirs instead of posting their info on my site. This may be folly, perhaps the readers would rather read all the info on one page instead of having to hit a link and look elsewhere for what I am referencing. I don’t know because no one has informed me of that preference.
Please do not get me wrong: I am not demanding that people leave me a comment, whether they like what I post or not. I am just saying that comments would be appreciated. Even if it is from someone telling me that I have no idea what I’m talking about, or that I have not the experience to be posting that which I have not accomplished myself.
This blog was created toward the start of this year. I have not posted with anything remotely connected with regularity, and no “timeline” can be found linking them. What hits my whim to share, I publish here, and that is not always in a timely fashion. I am trying to do better, but I have to admit, without feedback, I do get discouraged. I would like to see what others have to say about what I publish.