The further I delve into the blogging world, the more blogs I seem to find that I really, really love. When I first began blogging, I followed a ton of somewhat arbitrary blogs just to get my feet wet, and have unfollowed a lot of them because I ignored them when they popped up in my Reader. But in the past few months, I’ve been blogging and interacting in the WordPress community more, which means I’ve found a lot of bloggers that I genuinely look forward to reading. These bloggers are thought-provoking, or they make me laugh, or they write about things I’m really interested in. But they’re all very different — the only common denominator is that they’re all genuine. Most of them are smaller blogs, because a lot of the bigger ones I’ve found can feel too corporate. There’s nothing wrong with being polished and professional, of course, and bigger blogs can be great. But smaller ones feel like they could be written by my neighbor, or my classmate, or a family member even. There’s an intimacy in them I love.
Honestly, I can think of
three four five six seven (I keep thinking of another one!) bloggers just at this second that I would love to meet, because I think we would have interesting conversations. I have to admit I’ve dreamed about having to go to X state, maybe on a business trip or something, and realizing I follow a blogger from there. In a perfect world, I’d shoot the blogger an email, and in a totally non-creepy or stalkerish manner, explain that I’m a fan and that if they aren’t ridiculously creeped out by a random person asking them out for coffee, would they like to meet for an hour or two? And we would, of course, and we’d have a great time, and it would be one of the best things we’d ever done. (Or it would be super awkward and we’d both be forever scarred from blogging. Who knows.)
However, this is real life, so I often have to settle for commenting. But here’s the dilemma. Occasionally, someone will publish three or four posts in a row that I really love and/or have thoughts about, and I always want to tell them what I thought. But then I notice that I’m one of the only commenters, or that I’ve commented on every single post in the recent past. I’m wary of becoming overbearing or annoying. I’m inclined to think that comments will always be welcome, because I love love love getting comments, and I enjoy multiple comments from the same reader, because it establishes a relationship and shows engagement (and confirms that someone actually enjoys my writing! yay!). But I know I am not everyone.
So, bloggers, how much is too much? Do you like to see the same reader commenting a lot, or is that domineering? Comment me your thoughts! (#irony)
Disclaimer: I just realized that this post looks a bit like a thinly-disguised tactic to get more comments for my own blog. I promise this is not the case; I am genuinely curious about how much commenting is appropriate.