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I have over 600 blogs in my feedreader, which means that at any given moment there are at least 20 new posts popping up. If I had the ability, I’d comment on every single post, because I feel like it’s the sense of community that blogging creates when people read and comment (as long as you don’t fucking comment on my post via Twitter. I hate that).
Since I can’t comment on every post that shows up, though, I still make an effort to comment when I can (if I have your blog in my feedreader, that is). And, being the meticulous control freak that I am, I make lists:
Things that will make me comment on your post:
- Your post made me laugh.
- You’re one of my closest friends.
- I noticed that you’re experiencing a birthday, anniversary or other event.
- I read your blog for the first time ever.
- I have something I consider worth saying.
- I’ve been reading for awhile and haven’t commented recently.
- You wrote something that blew my mind.
- You’re having a contest AND you’re someone I read regularly.
- You’re a ninja, or you purport to know a ninja.
- You’re a celebrity and all I want is for you to come over to my blog out of curiosity. *ahem* Zach Braff and Allison Mack.
- You’ve said something particularly stupid, hateful, or ignorant.
- You call the cops to my house because you’re insane.
- I saw a tweet of yours that made me laugh.
- You linked to me in a post and I wanted to acknowledge my appreciation for the link.
- I cleaned out my feedreader and your post happened to show up and I had some free time.
Things that will discourage me from commenting on your post:
- Wordless Wednesday.
- You email me and ask me to read your blog.
- Every comment you leave includes a link to your blog in the actual comment.
- You send passive-aggressive tweets about your posts.
- You think I’m elitist because I haven’t commented on your blog but don’t have the balls to talk to me about it.
- It’s difficult to comment on your blog, thanks to moderation, Typepad, Haloscan, Disqus or captchas.
- You close your blog every three weeks and reopen it a week later.
- You seem less interested in the interaction and community of blogging and more interested in promoting something or getting attention.
- Your post is password protected and I have to email to get the password.
- Every post is about how you haven’t been blogging.
- You’re really fucking boring.
- Every post is rife with spelling and grammatical errors.
- I read your post on my phone.
Things that will have no effect on my desire to comment or not comment:
- You comment on my post.
- You tweet your post fourteen times.
- I disagree with your opinions.
- You post ten times a day.
- You post once a month.
- You don’t reply to comments.
- You do reply to comments.
- Your posts are 2,000 words long.
- I like you as a person.
- Your blog is hosted by Blogger.
What makes you want to comment or makes you want to stay away? And do you think I’m way too anal retentive for my own good?