… in my back yard, but you are always welcome to comment! :o)

Comments, the community around any blog is built there, nurtured there and in some cases censored too.
Those that seem to censor the comments, there are a few, also say transparency is important to them… yeah right!

Anyway, reading feeds in Greader I am missing out on some great communities in the blogs comments, far to easy to just read the feed and move onto another…

While it’s ok to keep the noise level down to a manageable one it’s a shame to miss out on the communities on the blogosphere and the great characters within them.

You don’t need to join a cult though.

For this reason I am starting to choose the RSS feeds to read in the reader and visiting the blogs I feel have good comments and a good community to them, like one puts it… why your comment section should be like a forum

People need people.

That’s the bottom line, sitting here all day typing shit and doing this that and the other can get pretty boring and at times lonely, may sound odd with the millions within reach…but it happens.
People need people to have any sense of connection in the world…
Being deaf I know what a great thing it is to be able to do, if you can’t use a phone this is the phone!

If you have a blog do what James does and interact well with the commenters, after all, it’s your blog! :o)
If you’re like me and naturally social online then it shouldn’t be hard.

I’d swap all my almost 2000 twitter followers for a regular 100 commenter’s on a blog any day of the week.

What about you?

People need people, the benefit of comments…
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8 thoughts on “People need people, the benefit of comments…

  • February 8, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    yeah you're right Rob, people do need people, without people reading your stuff and then taking the time to comment, it's pretty much just a one way street.

    The thing that gets me is the amount of sites that are 'lecture and listen' All 'This is how amazing I am, now please boost the amount of comments I get' and never reply.

    If I see a site that never has the owner interaction I never re-visit.

    You don't need a following of hundred and thousands to make it, just as you say a real following of a hundred people who take the time to comment.

    That's kind of my point really, taking the time to comment, people's time is valuable and you want them to spend their time on your site, so the very least you can do is reward that time.

    Keep up the great content here man

  • February 8, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Hey James, you nailed it in that post.

    Blogging has always been a two way street, shame not too many "get that" and utilise it.

    I think with all the commenting changes, threads, follow,no follows, centralisation commenting tools like disqus and the like will only encourage more of it, a good thing but it still all starts with the blog owner. ;o)

    I see what you mean with those empty blogs, agree that alot of them are lecture style too.

    Those types get stuck in the RSS reader and only read there.

    Nice one for that. :o)

  • February 9, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I certainly do think that comments (as long as they aren't the nice post variety) add to the conversation.

    I personally now read a lot of blogs on my iPhone whilst travelling so I too sometimes miss out on the great comments, however, I'm making a special effort to comment on every blog I read.

  • February 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Hey Matthew,

    Good point, far to many leave comments like that, really adding nothing of value, although it's nice to be acknowledged…

    If people are going to write something, make it worth while at least ;o)

    Once you comment, you become part of that blog.

    That's how I see it.

    Thanks for popping by and commenting.

  • February 9, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Yes man,

    I need you , you need me, they need us, we need them. Life's circle we can only be complete when we fuse seamlessly.

    Lovely post.

    I'm reviewing your site on Alex right away.


  • February 9, 2010 at 4:36 pm


    You are right there… :o)

    With the ease of commenting and making connections non of us have an excuse to not do it ;o)

    You last line.. "Alex"?
    Pardon my ignorance, not sure what you meant there.

    Thanks for the kudos though, appreciated lots.


  • February 16, 2010 at 12:51 am

    I agree. I'd trade all my, well most of my twits for comments. Not gonna happen like that but I said it before and I'll say it again. "I'll never forget the first comment I ever got on one of my blogs" That gal don't know what she did for me and my happiness that day. Having said that I probably will not get comments as regularly and as fast as some because I tend to tell it like it is in every other post or so and ppl who don't know me yet or quite know how to take me don't comment. They are picking up though. Spent most of the day fcuking with Intensedebate comment form and it's a little screwy. I notice you have blogger too and ppl think or in my opinion they think they're too good to stoop low and comment on a blogger comment form. Shame on those bitches. I like my blogger blog and don't like the thought of them seeing me as living on the wrong side of the tracks. Oh well maybe they should join the t-rob I mean t-ribe if they're so much better. Jus sayin.. let me get off my rant and get a beer…

  • February 17, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Hi cadilacjax,

    I agree, I remember my first comment too, can't be underestimated how it makes a blogger feel, a real response and validation for what you put out there. :o)

    Good feeling that.

    Those who feel that a blogger comment form is low are simply missing out themselves, while I do think blogger could do with improving it, it's not that bad… ok, it's crap, lol, blogger should do something about it.

    Beer? 😛


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