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I know, I’m doing it a lot. I read a blog post, and I’m not leaving a comment to the author. There are so many things to read on the Internet, and so many other things to do that I don’t have time to leave comments. But I’m wrong! People are taking the time to share something with me, and I should let them know if I enjoyed it.

I know, it’s the same for this blog. I have many readers, but not a lot of comments. Is it because people don’t like what I’m sharing with them? I don’t think so as I often got good comments about my blog, but in-person. Is it because my content is not engaging? I’m sure not, as I also have great discussions with people, in-person, on some of the topics I’m sharing here.  I think it’s a matter of time. We are now used to real time information. We are now trained to share our ideas with the rest of the world… in 140 characters. Don’t get me wrong, Twitter is my favorite social media, after the blog. I like to share quickly what I’m thinking about with my followers, but I like to blog as I can elaborate a lot more. It’s also a lot easier to have a great discussions with people on different topics.

From now on, I’ll take time to share more on other blogs that I’m reading, and I hope you’ll do it too. Will it take me more time? Sure! Will I get some benefits from doing it? Of course! That will give me an opportunity to elaborate my thoughts. To create a relationship with the author, and other readers. To change my mind, if that makes sense, by having a healthy discussion. To find alternative ways to my actual thought. Last not least, to let the author know that I found his blog post valuable. I may have less time to read more things, but at the end, it will be more valuable.

So, are you also the kind of people who read something interesting, and don’t leave any comments? Do you take the time to discuss with someone who share his opinion on a subject that matter to you? Share your thoughts!

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  1. Greeting!

    Your posts are worthy for me both on Twitter and here on your blog.

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

    09/21/2012 11:48AM
    • Thank for your comment Ali, it’s always appreciated to see that we do are worthy for others.

      09/24/2012 12:47PM
  2. To be honest, I rarely have anything interesting to say after reading an article, other than “ok, interesting read”. But really, a comment that just says “GREAT POST!”, “I agree!” or “*thumbs up*” isn’t really adding much, I think.

    Now if I don’t like a post, I’m usually a little wary that any negative comments will be considered trolling too easily -be it constructive or not- so I tread lightly. Even when I would say something along the lines of “hey man, I don’t agree with that because [insert valid reason here]….”, it could result in regular readers of the blog all stepping up against that, just to come to the blogger’s defense. Not sure if that’s because they just want to suck up to the blog author, or if there’s a good reason for it. Check the blogs of the super popular developers and you’ll see that negative comments often get responses like “man, what do you know, this is *****’s blog and if you don’t like it, buzz off!”.

    And another reason why I’m staying away from negative comments (when I disagree or think the author is factually wrong about something), is that I’m not always 100% sure if I’m right myself. Nothing more embarrassing than correcting someone, and then find out that he/she was right after all!

    So I usually only comment when I have a QUESTION about something, and try to stay away from giving my personal opinions on things or open any cans of worms.

    Ironic how I comment on a blog post to explain why I rarely comment on blog posts! ;)

    09/21/2012 01:28PM
    • I totally agree that a comment like “Good blog post” don’t add anything to the topic, or helps discussions, but it’s rewarding for the author. Without comments like this or people sharing our posts, there is no way to see if we did a great job.

      I also understand your point about negative comments. I think you can do it, if you have, like you said, some valid reasons, or good points for discussion. As the people who react negatively if you don’t have the same opinion as them, they don’t worth your time.

      Ironically ironic :)

      09/24/2012 12:51PM
  3. Agreed, I think it’s alot easier to leave a comment providing criticism rather than a positive comment about how much you enjoyed a person’s article – unless A) I’m asking a question B)I’m answering a question C) I’m thanking someone publicly for a solution (to let the community know it works – I do this for WordPress plugins)

    09/27/2012 04:04PM
    • Make sense, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t force ourselves to leave more positive feedbacks to authors.

      11/03/2012 11:05AM
  4. Just the discussion we were having today during your presentation at the Social Media Breakfast. Yes, blogs are for interaction. Yes, the internet is a tool to communicate. Yes, I leave comments, maybe around 40% of the time.

    10/10/2012 02:00PM
    • It’s way more than me, but I want to force myself to so. Not forcing myself in a negative way, but because I don’t take the time, and I think it will be valuable to do so.

      11/03/2012 11:06AM

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