It’s funny you know?
No of course you don’t how could you, because that statement by itself could mean something , everything or nothing at all. In this case it means something, however without any knowledge as to what, it means nothing. I will explain further … the other day l was having a conversation with a friend about my blog and they suggested that it must be fun or even entertaining conversing with that many people? I had to correct them and say, well actually, l am not really conversing with anyone. I write or produce some content and then those who read it choose to either comment or not. Comments in my eyes is not true conversation and so therefore, no one directly converses with me at all.
Same thing they said. Again l had to correct them with a gentle, we may have to agree to disagree here – there is a chasm of difference between the terms. One is to exchange conversation through behaviours and emotions and sentiments and so on whilst the other is to pass an opinion or express a reaction to a statement presented towards them.
The conversation continued for a short while, before the subject was changed, but it ended with the other person remarking that as far as they were concerned converse/comment are mostly the same anyway. Of course as is the usual case with me, l walked away pondering upon this conundrum of whether it was true or not?
l would still say from my perspective there is a big difference, but of course then we have the likes of social media and those engaged with Facebook and Twitter might further suggest that they are in fact conversing with each other whilst l might simply answer with , we are not talking, we are writing and you are choosing to comment or not.
Then l started to think on why do people comment in the first place? Research tells me that there are many reasons for people to leave a comment or a series of comments to something that they have read, equally as there are many people who choose to never leave a comment at all.
I like reading comments from people and not just on the content l have created myself, but from all over the place and from other blogs and other social media platforms, because sometimes they are relevant to the published piece, sometimes they are not, sometimes l have no idea what they are referring to or how their mind has produced their thinking.
Some times people answer completely differently to how you might expect them to, people also answer questions in an abstract fashion. Some challenge content, others ridicule, many can relate to the content and the list of reasons why people comment is long and probably as long as the list of reasons from those who do not. Out of 100% of people who may read a published piece of content, the actual percentage who then go on to ‘comment’ is very small.
Also l find especially today that we have people who seemingly on certain media platforms love to give their two penneth worth of their divine opinions – l sometimes look at them and think, these are wannabee journos and l see this lot mostly in the ‘comments section’ of my Homepage Feed on so called newsworthy stories – as to how many of these stories are considered news is beyond me, and yet still we have thousands of readers who cannot help themselves and leave a comment – a real slice of life reading some of these – and many a time a real nasty bunch, better known as soon to be trolls!
In my experience and of course yours may differ, but l have come across of the many different types of commenter or is it commentator – five distinct styles …. – The Honest One, The Skimmer, The Everybody, The Wise Ass and The Know It All or …. more simply put – those who can relate to the published content and wish to express that or add to it their experiences, those who haven’t read the published content fully and leave a comment that is a bit confusing and many a time telling to the author that they haven’t either read the content or don’t fully ‘get it’, those who just want to say something even if it is nothing to do with the content but feel compelled to make a comment because they can.
Then there are those who believe they know better than the author and love to point our errors or mistakes in the content or they like to share their wisdom with the author and the other readers and then we have the ones who are better than the authors and like to prove it, they don’t like to be wrong and can be remarkably pompous at times.
People comment on published content for all sorts of reasons and then there are as l said above, many who never comment at all … but the questions today are …
Do you think there is a difference between the terms ‘commenting and conversing’ or are they the same to you?
“What encourages or motivates you to leave a comment on content in the first place and on the other side of the coin If you don’t leave a comment why not?”
Let me know your thoughts below – thanks