I read about this upcoming discussion that will be held at Days To Come about the purpose of comments on blogs (here's the link). I thought I'd put my 2 cents down. Actually it's probably gonna be less than that (maybe half a cent)....simply because this makes me feel guilty. Why? Because I am not a good commenter...and I am not proud of that.
You see, I love visiting other people's blog, especially the blogs on my sidebar. But I do not leave comments as much as I should. And if I do, it's usually about one or two sentences. Maybe, just maybe, because in real life I am not a very good conversant too, that I am not a good commenter too.
Come to think of it, it seems related isn't it? I mean I believe the purpose of comments on blogs is to foster "conversation". I have seen some blogs wherein there is a continuation of discussion through comments. Unfortunately, that does not happen to my blog because I am too lazy to reply back to the comments made. Ideally, I should be replying to the replies. That would be better. But no...I am just too lazy to do that. OK, maybe I just really don't have enough time. Nah, maybe it's a combination.
To be honest, there are times when I "envy" the blogs with tons of comments. But when I think about it - if I don't comment as much, why should I expect comments back?
One observation I have is that if a blogger have "real friends" who blog, chances are they get more comments because they comment on each others blog. Agree? Now that puts me in a disadvantage in terms of receiving comments because I do not have "friends in person" who blog unless they blog in secret :) (Hey Karen J, do you have a secret blog that I do not know of - wink! wink!).
But then again, maybe it's just personality. Some people likes to typein their comments, some don't.... and that's ok.
To wrap this up, I think comments are good and I wish I get more comments than I presently get. But then again, I should also try to leave comments on blogs that I visit. You know.. it's kind a like "love begets love", therefore "comments begets comments".
Now, let's see who would comment on this ;)