In her post, Nina states some of the assumptions she had when she first started writing and then writes about how these views have changed in light of her blogging experience. Here’s the tidbit that had me in a tizzy:
“WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT RESPONDING TO COMMENTS: Readers will return to my blog to see my response.
What I know now: Most do not. “
I’m distraught by this. Not because I’m upset at the idea that people don’t care what I reply to them, but because I’m upset that I take time to respond to do it if I shouldn’t. I mean, I reply to every single one. Sometimes I even check my spam to make sure that no one got blocked that wanted to take a moment out of their day to say hello. I’m not very good on the turnaround time, but I get to all of them eventually. Even on Freshly Pressed posts, my friends, I have stayed up all night long just to answer every single little tidbit that everyone dropped by to share. Really, I do. Check out the “Top Posts” tab at the top of this page for verification. It’s important to me to let folks know that I really appreciate the time that they take to read and to drop a line.
So the idea that this has all been for naught is rather distressing. I could have been doing so many other things. Like sleeping. Or getting in shape. Or reading a book that would enlighten me to a wisdom beyond my years. Instead, I spent it toiling away at my computer, thinking up relevant, perky, sometimes clever, but always grateful little responses to each and every smiling face that clicked my link. On top of writing a post every day.
So hey – I’m curious. Before I go throwing comment responding out the window (it seems wrong to just read, appreciate silently, and not address it), I’d like to get the real scoop. Do ya’ll ever check back to see if people respond to your comments? I’m taking a poll. And the results of that poll shall determine whether the several posts worth of comments I have in my queue are addressed or are simply read and silently appreciated behind the light of my laptop screen.
It’s anonymous, so don’t worry. I won’t be sending a crew to your house to take back the hours of time you’ve wasted me if you happen to be a “no-check-backer”. We’ll still be friends. I’ll still love you because I have no way of knowing who you are.
Just give it to me straight: am I wasting my time? ♣