Upon reading Jason Clark's How to have a good, healthy, constructive conversation on a blog, I came to realize that I need to become better about responding to comments on my blog. Many friends, especially the commentfreaks of Boston's North Shore, have reprimanded me for my lack of dialogue.
I actually look forward to dialogue and comments, yet I am less than adequate as a responder to comments. There are many reasons. First of all, my fulltime job does not allow me to respond as quickly as I would like. Secondly, not very many people comment, so I am less than inspired.
I know the Catch 22 involved. People do not comment because I do not respond. But, I do not respond because very few people comment other than "good job." I also have stopped responding because very few people comment, which causes me to question my adequacy as a blogger. I feel things such as;
"I guess no one cares about this topic."
"I guess I am talking too much about politics."
"Does my blog suck so much that no one is actually reading it caring?" or (when in a cocky mood)... "I guess my arguments are so cogent and brilliant that noone disagrees or they will feel stupid disagreeing because I have already proven their side is inadequate"- which is what Kristi tells me to make me feel better (and because she thinks I am smart- plus she does not read my blog).
So, my commitment is to follow Jason's advice and
1. Invite responses
2. Respond to comments
3. Model and facilitate
5. Sum Up
Of course, if noone is reading my work is much more difficult (1. have something to say, 2. say it well).
Anyway, here are Jason's very fine suggestions
by the way, I already responded to some of the comments on this page- I was most disappointed that almost no one had anything to say about my movie picks, so I have left a link to them on the right. So, if you have time... say Hi and tell me how nuts I am.
or just click here and comment