My blog friend Roger has mentioned several times in his blog that while he receives possibly thousands of visitors every day, he has very few comments. Sadly, he’s right. He’s probably one of the most interesting bloggers I’ve run across, too.
On the other hand, I read two blogs written by people most of us would agree are “celebrities.” There is nothing they write that doesn’t get at least 100 comments. Which begs the question, what is the reason people comment on something in a blog?
I don’t comment on everything I read. I have noticed that often I will receive comments on the most mundane bull while posts I’ve spent quite a lot of time researching, writing, and refining are completely passed by. Roger has noted this same phenomenon. In the entry I linked above, he notes that a blogger he reads wrote about her hair and received 30 comments. Some commenters cheekily commented that he didn’t write about his hair enough. However, he is right. I have noticed the exact same phenomenon. Frankly, people, it’s weird. I think the entry I have written, to date, that has the most comments, is an entry about how I have developed a fondness for department store makeup and salon shampoo. On the other hand, on occasion, I have directly invited reader response with a question and heard crickets. Real crickets.
I’m not inviting pity comments (ironically, you all will post comments to this, I feel pretty sure) so much as scratching my head over a phenomenon that I, like my friend Roger, find really perplexing.
Why do people comment? Why don’t they comment? Why does some odd bit of nothingness about hair and makeup incite so much discussion?