The Art of Conversation and Comments?
The other day Sadje, created this post “Blogging— Is liking enough?” , which as a subject matter we are all too aware of – basically when readers just like for the sake of liking. Now of course there are sometimes valid reasons why readers simply just like and don’t interact and engage with the writer ranging from shyness to lack of time, to displaying loyalty to a blog without actually having to stop by and linger to comment or engage in conversation and it is their way of simply saying hello.
Of course there are those others still who seem to be a little over zealous in their support and multiclicklike 20 times in the space of a minute and simply don’t bother to engage at all, not just hardly ever, but sometimes never ever.
That is quite beyond me at times, and yes l know l have said that in the past, but it doesn’t make it any less true – however, if a reader likes a bulk of posts all at once, it’s very rare that l am going to visit the offender’s site – l don’t tend to play that game.
Let’s all be honest, time is always of the essence in not just blogging but everything we engage with in our day to day lives. Basically time is always in short supply and quite often when we need it the most, but we shouldn’t abuse time either, and l think that to like twenty plus posts all at once is abusing everyone’s time, including the multiliker who although may well feel compelled or obligated to be hitting the like button as frequently as they do. They could use that time to perhaps genuinely read a post and engage. This is WordPress, not Facebook or Twitter where multi liking for the sake of multi liking is more than acceptable behaviour.
I know that some people have unfollowed me in the past for the quantity of my daily post output, and that’s fine, but l do travel by a few rules of my own also …
*l never unfollow anyone unless there is bloody good reason for doing so,
*l do not use the reader on a frequent regular basis because l have my own system in place for my readers and once every 11 days l visit my regular readers. It may sound boring and unadventurous but it works and it saves time and increases productivity which is important to me – I use the reader about 1% weekly preferring my own inhouse system of navigation.
*I try to engage with my readership as much as l am able to, participate in community prompts as often as l can, and interact in as much conversation as is available to me each and every day. When l can, l will run dedications to my readers so that they know that even if not there visiting, l am thinking of them. I also try to share content from my readership to my own blog. I don’t do it as often as l use to, but usually now l try to achieve between 1 – 3 shares per day of content.
*I switched off 95% notifications. I now receive daily like many of you all l should imagine via WP perhaps 3000+ notifications which is way more manageable than when l was receiving close to 9K per 24 hours.
*I have my email set up now to splt those and three times a day, l empty and delete all WP notifications – l will take a cursory glance and if anything appeals will skim the content quickly and see if that is something that is viable for a comment and take it from there. Before l go to bed nightly, my email is clear.
Why do l do these things? No different to anyone else, we all have to master our time and especially as our blog evolves into a much bigger entity, because then time becomes a focused commodity.
*I read between 5 – 7 specific blogs per day at 15-20 minutes per time. Depending upon the size of the posts l am reading.
*l will like only what l have read, and respond where l can. I don’t like anything l haven’t read as l consider that rude and insultive to the creator, but equally how can l just like content l have not yet read? Say if there is something in there that l don’t agree with?
*I try to leave at least 1 -2 worthy conversational, constructive, supportive or understanding comments to the posts l am reading in my allotted time- if there is nothing of any value to say but l liked the content that’s when l hit like.
*I may stay longer than the allocated time if the content l am reading requires that. So whilst l am quite fixed, l still have a certain amount of flexibility to play with.
*I try to increase my regular readership monthly but each and every time l do that, like everyone else we have to find more time.
*Also, l am working dilligently on producing more qualitable content that hopefully will encourage and enthuse readers to leave more comments which in turn could and would entice conversation. But that is always a work in progress.
*Of the posts l publish daily, many of them are reblogged from the previous day so as to achieve a full 24 hour coverage. Despite how it may appear, l never really exceed my maximum of 11 per day and sometimes even fall short of my daily target of 8. I try to write 3 prime content posts a day with a maximum of 5, whilst the rest is internal reblog or external share.
But that is what l do and it’s what makes me tick, not everyone else is like that – it always comes down to your personal time management as well as l should imagine as to how each person has their WP reader/emails/notifications and follows established as a guideline that works for them.
I still struggle to get it completely right, l work to to try and achieve a balance – a balance that works for me and works out well for the receiving bloggers, but by Jimiddy Cricket tis hard work.
If you haven’t read Sadje’s post, then l do recommend checking it out and leaving a comment if you feel so inclined on the subject of Liking.
However, this post isn’t about ‘Liking’, it is about Conversation and Comments and is there a difference between the two, and if there is, what do you think it is?
I mean are you content to receive small comments relevant to the post in general “Great Post!” “I agree!” “etc, etc,” or are you looking for more in-depth quality engagement from your readership?
Writing a much fuller response takes time, where as of course a quick like may be sufficient or a reminder that a reader may return at a later time to respond. We also mustn’t forget the genuine readers who are just dropping a like as a hello … again usually a time restraint, but that aside ..
What do you regard as more fulfilling and ‘acceptable’ considering the length of your time you have probably taken to create the post in the first place?
Detailed or basic conversational comment, which is your preferred response to receive or is it unimportant to you?