Response to the Psych of a Blogger

This post is community in motion.

I think the commenting patterns a lot too. When I left Xanga for my personal space a fraction of the people left to follow me to lazyi.net. Did that bother me? Yes and no. Yes, because I like people to see what I post. But, no because some people really don’t know what they are doing on Xanga and they are better off left there (their random commenting and substance/content lacking posts).

Now, on the upside, I think that Xanga has made it easy to find communities of people, but I think that at times it lacks personality and that is why I left. However, it serves the vast majority of their patrons and they are the M$ of online journals. They don’t even call them blogs. So, really it could be that they are in a category of their own. I am almost hesitant to call them blogs on Xanga because they are hosted by Xanga. But, that is another story left for another time. I am not meaning to slam on Xanga, I was once an active member and I liked it when I used it. Also, there are some great people on there and post some amazing stuff, but I find it very stale at times. I can personally only handle so many similarly looking table layouts w/ different colors.

But, back to the topic. Does it matter that people comment or don’t? Not really. I post because I want to and like to, as people should, and if readers are moved to comment, then they do. I know people read my site and really, if they didn’t I probably would just keep posting anyways. I find this as a connection to my friends and those who happen to just find me online. It is just another facet of who I am. But, I digress.

Comments are nice, they show worth and appreciation to a post. I like to receive them and I am more than willing to comment on posts that move me as opposed to leaving a comment like “Just stopping by”. I am not really for any props style system, just commenting will do for me. But, sometimes I wonder why a post about the same event, with the same details will lead to vastly different comment results (1 comment v 11 comments). Is it the community? The poster? Or is just commenting to comment (which I find offense to)?

I guess I try to pride myself on the content that I post. I don’t have a user group. If I did, there would only be one user in it, me. I really do enjoy the comments that you all leave, I just wonder what it is that causes people to comment. I have my reasons, but what are yours?

I Dunno, just some things to think about I guess.

Note: This is a response/comment to a post made by my friend Kevin Pittman.

6 thoughts on “Response to the Psych of a Blogger”

  1. I dunno why I comment on your blogs, I just do. Maybe it’s about a topic I like and sometimes, I want to put a comment, but I’m too lazy to do it.

  2. the quality of your posts are rated by how many people have opinions about it (number of comments). simple as that. hate to break it down to you, but no comments equals sucky post.

    the funny thing is that my post with the largest comments is vegas:day 1, where you guys pretty much just used my post as a chat room. maybe i should express my hatred towards you guys more often.

  3. This is where I think David is wrong. No comments != sucky post IMO. What it means is that you have posted about a topic that your audience has little interest in, or no opinion about. The post may be fantastic, but unfortunately the wrong audience is reading it.

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  5. Yea david is off the mark in my opinion. Kevin hit it right on the head, and I’d even venture to add another point to his list. That what you wrote about hit a point that people just agree with. That as they read through it they think to themselves, “Yea, that’s right, so what exactly is your point?” In essence that could have been your point. Sometimes writing the obvious can be the hardest to do.

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