Friday, August 17, 2007

WILATU #70: Blog Comments

The comments feature is the best things about blogging. Sometimes receiving comments are the best part of my day. When I check in on my blog and see the number of comments has changed from 0 to 1 or 4 or 7, my heart skips just a bit.
It is concrete evidence of a connection being made, and not a connection between two computers, but a connection between two humans. And that connection builds into a friendship, and sometimes more.
As a writer, having instant feedback has done wonders for my skills. I have an audience, who have distinct opinions about everything and I've had to pay attention and get to know the people behind them. In some ways, I hone what I'm saying for maximum effect, and therefore, maximum comments.
But the best part of getting comments is researching the profiles behind them and delving into the minds and thoughts of those brave people putting it all out there. I have found more people like me out there than I ever imagined, which sucks a little bit because it debunks my own myths about my uniqueness. However, I'd take the comraderie over individuality in this instance; the benefits have been countless.
So thanks for all the comments and for giving me the opportunity to comment back. This has been Flannery Alden, your guest blogger for the week. I hope you've enjoyed it. Let me know what you think by posting a comment.
xoxox
Seacrest out.

45 comments:

anandamide said...

I am therefore thrilled to make your tally jump from 0 to 1 !!!!!

Grant Miller said...

Please stop delving into my mind. It fucks me up.

Evil Genius said...

I am truly disappointed that a post on blog comments yielded so few comments in response. Come on, people! Don't you recognize a desperate plea when you see one?

Beth said...

What a great post, Flannery. I have to admit, getting comments on a post is often the most fun part of my day. It's fun to see how someone else will react to my thoughts, who shares my love (or aboslutely hates) the things I'm passionate about. My blog circle feels like a real group of friends.

Dale said...

I like the comments better than my posts and like you, have a sad enough life that I rely on them.

It is great having instant feedback and seeing what people seize on as the central part of your writing when you may not have thought it was. Clear as mud?

Long live commenting, Flannery Alden, Evil Genius and the rest of the ever expanding kindgom.

GETkristiLOVE said...

I really love this post.

GETkristiLOVE said...

Ooops, I forgot to mention that it was really well written.

GETkristiLOVE said...

Oh, and I love it too when I get a lot of comments on my blog and the little number jumps up.

GETkristiLOVE said...

So here I am, just doing my part.

Evil Genius said...

Again, let me clarify- this is not just Flannery asking for comments, this is a plea from me as well. And it is not just comments we seek, it is personal validation. So you are rejecting two of the most talented and well-loved bloggers, just leaving us hanging here to let our minds wander and hypothesize the most negative thoughts as to what regard you hold us. For the lack of comment surely means you no longer care. And is one comment really enough to get your point across? GkL took four! And I am still not sure I completely understand what she is getting at. You can do better than Kristi, can't you?

deadspot said...

Do I have to get a permanent Ohno to rate 4 comments? Perhaps I should stick to one.

I love getting comments (even if they're as lame as this one). It soothes my inner attention whore, and we all benefit when my inner attention whore doesn't turn into my outer attention whore.

Evil Genius said...

Thank you, Deadspot. You get a link for that.

pezda said...

Wait! You all are real people! Not just some cleverly programmed AI. Oh shit. I don't deal well with people.

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They are all real. I am the algorithm.

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