For bloggers, it really can be a thrill to receive comments. However, there are people who go out of their way to become “comment whores.” A comment whore is one who is only out to gain comments and really does not contribute to the comment stream of their own site or others in a way to carry on the blog’s conversation.
A blog is not for people to agree with you, but to share ideas, learn, and possibly influence those readers who never really thought about what your blog topic entails. It kind of falls hand-in-hand with leaders and followers. You have to know how to be a follower in order to be a leader. So, in order to blog, you must also be able to leave comments.
This applies not just with your own site, but with others too. Never be afraid to go against another’s opinion, but do not expect others to change their mind and agree with you. It is presumptuous and overall, rude. Do not be afraid to return to a site and reply if the blog author responds. Think of it this way: despite the blog not being a forum, the blog offers the ability for others to respond, so it is kind of like a mini forum – a forum in most cases that you may not have to sign up to leave a comment depending on the author’s set comment preferences. That is why a lot of newspapers and online magazines are turning to blog platforms because it allows the two-way communication between the blogger and readers. It is an extension of the topic.
It is really an art to be able to write a blog and get feedback. Some bloggers write in a way that is not very welcoming and some forget to leave their topics open-ended to not inspire their readers to give feedback. Some places will carry on their conversations for days or weeks and it can be fascinating to read the different reactions.
Sometimes if another reader is interested in what you say on another person’s blog, you may find out that you have a new loyal reader for your own site. So, do not be afraid to comment or even subscribe to a blog’s rss feed.
Do you leave comments? What places online do you think give great articles that you keep coming back to leave feedback?