I think while I am off deeply engrossed in reading more books than normal, and ones that I can’t talk about, when I am not talking about some of the shorter books that I plan to read I will just behaving some radio silence here or there or posting random ramblings about this that and the other to do with books etc. Today I thought I would talk about commenting because it’s been at the forefront of my mind of late, not because I have been getting any rude comments by the way, let me explain…
A while back Cornflower Books did a really interesting post on ‘the thief of reading time’. I left a comment saying one of the things that can take up what could be reading time was blogging. Not just the writing, maintaining and responding to comments on my own either, but making sure I pop by my favourite blogs and leaving comments there. Not in a moany way, I would never do that, its just fact. I actually timed how long responding to commenting on my own and then doing the rounds on others takes, and every day it’s about two hours. I was really surprised as the time whizzes by, but that is still two hours. There was also this post that I stumbled upon too.
I freely admit I don’t comment on every blog post I read. If it’s a book I am reading soon I don’t read the post, I used to pop a comment saying ‘oh am reading that soon so will comment later’ now I just make a mental note to go back when I am done. If it’s on a book that the reviewer found a little bit ‘meh’ I am not really sure what value me adding ‘oh yeah that does sound a bit meh doesn’t it?’ has for the blogger who wrote the review?
I would rather say something a little more in depth, unless of course I just want to say ‘great review’ but normally if I think that then I have something to add to it. Though I am also aware that if I ramble on too much in someone else’s comments as a) it can get misconstrued and b) I might sound like a right know it all. Isn’t that weird as if I was chatting with you in the flesh I would go on and on with enthusiasm.
I was rather guilty of not responding to any when I first got comments on Savidge Reads; this wasn’t because I was being rude but because I just didn’t know what to say back. I couldn’t believe people were even reading it let alone what to say to the ones that were. Getting some feedback, way, way, way back though my not always commenting back came up as not an issue exactly but something that maybe I could tweak, I think that’s the best way to put it. Now if I miss responding to a comment I feel really guilty. Yet this has a flaw sometimes, I can end up saying the same thing ‘thanks’ etc over and over and start to worry people just think I am commenting lazily. Wouldn’t it look bad though if I didn’t answer everyone who has taken the time to comment? It’s a tough one.
I don’t want you thinking that I have been thinking about this overly, just now and again here and there. I do think over the next few weeks and months I might be doing less of both commenting back on here and also commenting on other blogs. Not full stop, just a little less. I do hope you wont think I am being rude, but if I don’t comment back either I completely agree or I am saying thank you for commenting mentally, or is that just lame?
What are your thoughts on comments? Do you comment on every blog post you read? How do you find the time to respond to comments and comment on other blogs? If you don’t have a blog what makes you comment on one? You can comment on all these questions and thoughts… or not, ha!