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I like getting long blog

I like getting long blog comments; they show me that someone found a post resonant and interesting enough to respond in depth. In that sense, they're a terrific compliment.

Of course, I like short comments, too. One circle of my friends in the blogosphere has the habit of leaving a graphical pebble as a comment on posts even when they don't know what else to say, as a way of showing that they've been here and they hear me. It looks like this: (o)

My challenge is figuring out how to balance writing my own posts with commenting on the range of blogs I like to read. (And, of course, balancing both of those with "real life" and with schoolwork, which is about to kick in again with a vengeance!) Ah, life as a J-blogger in 5768...

Posted by Rachel Barenblat on September 18, 2007 12:54 PM
You're right, leaving an

You're right, leaving an appropriate comment is the most validating thing ever. As a relatively new blogger, it shocked me how rarely people bother to comment. Eventually you learn to blog for your own pleasure, and hope to draw people in.
For a few weeks my blog was linked to a site that brought me 100's of hits a day. I was really flying. It took me awhile to realize that while fun, it was basically irrelevant - folks were reading the one linked post (to GreenDimes)and not anything else. So I realize you need the right readers, not just hits.
For a babyboomer like me, whose natural audience is blogophobic, that's challenging!
Of course, if you want more readers, commenting on like-minded blogs is a way to draw traffic to your own blog. Posting on blog carnivals even more so.

Posted by betsy on September 18, 2007 9:28 PM
Shai, you crack me up! I

Shai, you crack me up! I was daydreaming just this morning of you and some of the rest of my blogging buddies in a room somewhere, talking. I didn't see us as anything like penguins, though.

I like your comments at any length I can get them. Come and go as you please!

I go through phases in which I only comment. I'm not sure why. I've always considered myself a better commenter than a poster.

And you're right -- there's something powerful about validating other people's writing.

Posted by peter on September 19, 2007 9:29 PM
What great comments! Rachel,

What great comments!

Rachel, thanks for the explicit invitations to keep writing long comments on your blog... as I did just today. I appreciate it.

Betsy, I think the advice about

  1. writing for yourself first and
  2. developing a committed audience, not just a bunch of hits

are exactly on mark. I've thought about those lessons since I as conceive a direction for this blog.

Peter, thanks for the open invitation to write long comments. I can't believe our blogging day dreams have a similar theme. I'm not sure what it means that I thing of my fellow bloggers as penguins and you, presumably, conceive of us as humans. Is there a Jungian in the house to help sort this out?

Posted by Shai Gluskin on September 24, 2007 7:45 PM
Like Rachel and Peter, I

Like Rachel and Peter, I like getting long comments. I'm often not able to respond at similar length, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy reading them. I guess there are blog communities in which lengthy blog comments are considered rude, but I tend not to visit those communities. And hey, any guest who visits me is welcome to take the whole couch!

Posted by Dave on September 26, 2007 8:16 PM