I am going to expand on what Laura had to say on comments yesterday. You can read her post here.
From Laura’s blog I followed a link to a UKnitters blogring site. Of course I got completely sucked in! What I noticed is that the UKnitters are all commenting. I mean, COMMENTING. Some posts have just over a dozen comments, others have in the 20-30 range. Almost every blog on the ring! Well, as far as I went before deciding to post here.
I just wonder why we Americans are lurkers. Is it a dirty little secret that we blog? Is it a dirty little secret that we like to be nosy and read about other people’s lives that connect with ours through knitting? I thought the whole purpose of blogging was to have contact out here in big ol’ bad cyberspace. Well I for one have taken to commenting frequently on others’ blogs in hopes that it will be reciprocated.
Comments don’t have to be fancy & perfect. Just a ‘hi, nice half assed sock’ would be nice. I think one of the killers for comments is bloglines, newsgator, rss subscription feeds in general. We all read the digest of posts & move on with our day. We, as users of these wonderful internet inventions, miss the gritty detail of the posts. The background color, the sometimes garrish buttons & links on the side, the little details that make a blog a blog. Especially knitting blogs.
I say we rise up & become more like our UKnitters friends & make ourselves be heard!
Who’s with me??