Blog or Comment - What is a Writer to Do?
When you blog, you make yourself vulnerable—almost begging for validation. That validation can come through comments from readers, page views, and ideally a combination of both.
I really enjoy commenting on blogs that I like. It feels satisfying to provide the validation that someone has implicitly asked for by writing a blog post.
Lately I've noticed that some of my comments are kind of on the long side. Validation, great, but am I being rude, taking up a whole couch in my host's living room?
I think what I'm supposed to do is make shorter comments and then take the leftover ideas I have and write a post on my own blog. That post would include a linked reference to the blog that inspired my post.
How come nobody ever taught me that in blogging school? Do I have to learn everything on my own? Is there a guide to blogging etiquette anywhere?
I don't think that I've made myself unwelcome at any of the blogs that I've been commenting on lately. I think more to the point is that I have a lot to say and I've been frustrated by my inability to write and post pics on my own blog.
But hey, it's a new year, no better time to start than now. And it's been three days since I've eaten any junk food. It's going to be a great year!
[Images in this post are by me, from my trip to the Galapagos in late June of this year. See more Galapagos pics.]