I really don’t care if you share this post. Not at all.
Okay, that’s a lie. Sure, go ahead and tweet it. Like it on Facebook. Plus one it on Google, or whatever you folks call it these days. Heck, let me dig up a photo of my classic Transylvania Eggplant Casserole, so you can pin it on Pinterest!
Of course I’d love any exposure. More exposure means more potential traffic. Everyone wants more eyeballs on their site. But the point I want to make in this post is this: I like to write. Heck, I love to write. It’s what I’ve been doing since I was three apples high and I used to write short stories about crocodiles whenever I visited my grandmother’s house.
I love to write and I love to blog. Yes, I do giveaways and reviews on here, but I try to spend the bulk of the write-up just writing about my life, my past, and anything else that I can somehow even loosely tie in to my review or giveaway. Writing is a fantastic outlet and sometimes I just sit down and watch my fingers move on the keyboard without even knowing what’s coming out on the other end. Like this paragraph for instance.
Some people exercise to clear their mind. Others meditate. I write.
In these social media heavy times, though, bloggers are getting the best and the worst of things. On the one hand, blog posts are being shared more rapidly than ever thanks to Facebook, Twitter and the likes. But on the flip side, people may be reading your blog post… but they’re not commenting. Instead, they’re keeping their comments contained to the social networks.
Someone shared your latest squirrel-related post on Facebook and there are 20 comments on the Facebook post itself? Awesome! But why isn’t there a single comment on the actual blog post? Same with Twitter. Something can get retweeted hundreds of times, @mentioned twice as many times, and yet there may be all of four comments on the original post.
Let me tell you something… and if you’re still reading this, thank you. I would rather have one single comment on my blog than 50 comments on a Facebook post about my blog. I took the time to put my words to paper… er, keyboard… and share my thoughts, desires, and embarrassing moments with you. Getting any sort of feedback isn’t just validating, it’s insanely encouraging.
Knowing that people read what I write certainly drives me to write more. Otherwise, I might as well just keep a private journal. To some degree, I miss the old days of blogging where bloggers would swap comments with blogging friends, as well as make new friends regularly with the folks who’d return daily to comment.
Is commenting a completely dead art? Is blogging going the way of the dodo? I sure hope not. Honestly, I think blogging is part of social media and plays a vital role by providing the very basic content that is shared regularly throughout the social industry. It’d just be nice if more people took the time to jot a quick note to bloggers on their posts, letting them know what they think. Feedback, after all, is the lifeblood of a writer. And just getting a “thumbs up” doesn’t really cut it.
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