Proper Etiquette For Commenting On A Blog

If you aren’t able or unwilling to listen to the audio post here is a short summary of the discussion.

I received an email from someone who said that they are going to stop commenting on my blog because I don’t comment on their blog. I don’t believe that comments are currency or that you should use comments as proof that someone read your post.

When I look at my stats I see the majority of my readers do not comment on my posts. In years past that used to really concern me and I wondered if I was doing something wrong.

After much thought and discussion with other bloggers I have decided the lack of a comment is not indicative of approval or disapproval of a post. Sometimes people don’t comment because they are shy, someone else has already said what they would or because they feel they have nothing more to add.

Comments can provide validation but they shouldn’t be why we blog. They aren’t currency and or proof of a quality post. The best comments advance the conversation and add value.

It is rude to write someone and complain about them not commenting. It is not unlike telling a friend they can’t cook after you have accepted a dinner invitation at their home.

The Olympics and NBC

We also talked about The Olympics and my frustration with the tape delay. It is always fun to get the results of the day at 8 AM my time and then know I have to wait until 8 PM to actually watch them. You would think that NBC might have learned something after the last Olympics, but they apparently haven’t.

Livefyre 3

Overall I have been happy with LF but there are a few bugs that are making it a bit rougher than I would like. I am not happy that some people have trouble commenting or that certain posts have duplicate comments scattered throughout them.

LF is free and they provide great customer service which is always praiseworthy. It is even more noticeable because LF is free.

There is your quick summary. Got any thoughts, ideas or feelings to share? Please do so in the comments.

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  1. TheJackB July 31, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    @bethhawkspr I say the same thing to my kids all the time. @Daddymojo

  2. mediamaison July 31, 2012 at 5:17 am

    @Biebert @TheJackB Great info!

  3. rdopping July 31, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Maybe I just need to write something interesting. Maybe then they will leave comments….;-)

  4. ryzeonline July 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    @Paul_Wolfe @TheJackB Proper Etiquette according to me + Sonia Winland 😛

  5. Chloe Jeffreys July 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    About NBC. My mother told me that if you can’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all. But you and I both know that isn’t how I roll.”Suck” is the word that prances to the forefront of my mind. If the coverage were a Rorschach test then my word for it would be “Suck”.Two more banal and inane commentators than Meredith Viera and Matt Lauer could not have been found had NBC auditioned specifically for those qualities. 

    • TheJackB July 29, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      Chloe Jeffreys Bob Costas is one of my favorite announcers because he usually finds something of value to share. He isn’t perfect, but he is intelligent.Viera and Lauer have been pretty mediocre, but maybe they’ll improve as time goes on. Hope springs eternal.

  6. Hajra July 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I don’t understand the “I will comment, only if you comment” trend. I mean, if they like reading your blog, then they should come by irrespective of anything else. It gets a little confusing that way. Livefyre sure seems tempting… 😉 I still have to think about it!

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