Monday, April 13, 2009
FtW: Letter to the Editor
Did you leave a Comment?
All of the major blogging sites have areas for people to leave comments but I have noticed a pretty weak showing in this area from the reader community in general. Unless it is the Bell of Lost Souls site whose comments area for every post grows to a rapidly unreadable length, most posts people put up generate very few comments.
Even a major site like From the Warp can write a excellent tutorial with tons of pictures and great ideas and end up with 2 comments. Did only two people read the post? Are only 1 in 100 readers commenting.
I recently did a short series of long posts about Apocalypse battles. While I understand they were very text heavy and most people would probably not read the whole things, I got one comment on them. Did anyone read them? I assume someone must have since I added a few followers during the time they were up. Did people find them worthwhile or could you learn that info directly from the Apocalypse book? I guess the posts were so great they were the final word on organizing and laying out Apocalypse battles.
From the Warp recently had an editorial about why it exists. The main point was about a community of blogging sites. That editorial was spawned by a comment. Communities certainly involve communication but currently it seems like most of it is one sided. Should we be 100 people each on a soap box yelling out our ideas only to hear our own voice echo back. Should we be 100 people who can each say something and expect 10 others to respond.
Given that people often post completed projects you might say that my comments will not do anything to the effort, but remember that others might look at that project read your comment on how it could be improved or changed in someway and follow that. The readers then got more than just one persons take on something. They get the communities.
While I personally cannot say that I comment on all the blog posts I read, I try to do it with most if I have anything related to say. I also try to put a response up for any comments I see here.
So have you left any comments today?