It’s true. Your comments have pulled an Elvis and left the building. I first noticed this when Google Buzz came out. Wendi said people were discussing the posts. I thought “Great!” and went to check our comment section and – nothing.
That was when Wendi told me all the action was on Buzz. Well, if that wasn’t a bubble buster.
Then I noticed more people were discussing posts on Facebook and Twitter. Even our good friend Friar heard the sound of crickets on his blog after having a very active commenting section.
Something To Talk About
Although people are still talking it’s very difficult for those of us who cut our blogging teeth on active comment sections to accept this expanded commenting wave. For many bloggers, the comment section is what told us our blogs were thriving, people were reading and finding value in what we write.
Unless you’re active on the social networks you may be missing a lot of the conversation. Personally, Facebook is the only social network I keep up with on a daily basis. Twitter I check maybe once a week, or whenever the mood takes me. There’s just too much noise on there to keep up with. And Buzz? Fuhgeddaboudit. I don’t like it and refuse to use it – contrary to Wendi’s urgings to do so.
Okay, so maybe Buzz is now a matter of pride. But even so, I really don’t need another place to check.
While it’s great that people are still talking, my feeling is that our blogging communities are getting to diluted. The comments used to be all about bringing people together and discussing the topics at hand. Now instead of an intimate conversation, it’s like trying to have a discussion yelling across the Grand Canyon.
Comments Come Home!
If you want to show your favorite blogger some real love, leave a comment on their site. Comments are instant gratification for us. Sure it’s nice to get a post Tweeted or shared on Facebook, by all means, don’t stop doing that; or discussing in those forums. But make a house call, too. Drop in and give a “personal” appearance and share your thoughts in more than 140 characters.
I know when I read a post I’ll share it on Twitter and Facebook AND leave a comment on the blog. Let your bloggers really know you’re there and not just a faceless number in the Tweet count.
What do you think? Are comments dying and moving on to different places for good? Is it too much hassle to comment? Let’s hear about it. Right here. Right now.