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03:16 pm - do we long for comments
Pithy comment on blog comments by Ezra Klein :

The number of comments a post gets is not, in any way, analogous to the importance attached to the post by commenters... Comments are not a reflection of how much your audience cares about a topic. They are a reflection of how much they have to say on it. As a blogger, I think that actually exerts a subtly pernicious influence on my writing... since I, like many bloggers, use the vibrancy of my comment sections as a way to not feel like a crazy person ranting in cyberspace, too many low comment posts in a row and I itch to write some pieces that generate a bit of discussion and prove that my cyberfriends are still out there.


Crooked Timber discussion here.

In summary: 'comments sections reflect self-perceived competence to comment rather than interest as such'. I think that's true, and I think I'm more likely to comment on a post about a TV show that's a bit trashy, than a brilliant art installation.

Do you think bloggers get a bit over-anxious about posts that don't get comments? I know it's irrational but nevertheless.

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From:kalypso_v
Date:March 25th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
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I find cats are the surest draw.
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From:communicator
Date:March 25th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
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In livejournal as in life itself
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From:kalypso_v
Date:March 25th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
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Of course, that does reflect the importance of cats in life.
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From:dfordoom
Date:March 25th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
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Do you think bloggers get a bit paranoid about posts that don't get comments?

I think bloggers get paranoid about absolutely everything.
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From:communicator
Date:March 25th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
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and all other problems that afflict human beings, including me worrying too much about everything
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From:trixieleitz
Date:March 25th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
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Comments are the blog equivalent of fanfiction - if you don't leave space in the conversation for people to respond, they probably won't. In my uninformed opinion, that is :)
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From:glitterboy1
Date:March 25th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
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There's occasionally an interesting case of this, where there may be space, but it's not clear what it is. Someone posts say, an item of news, without making it clear how they feel about it. The silence can be deafening.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:March 25th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
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I don't get paranoid about low-comment posts, but I do get paranoid about zero-comment posts.
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From:pennski
Date:March 25th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
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I'm with you on that - especially if it was something I thought was interesting/ important.

Mind you, if someone else's post has 100+ comments, I probably won't read them as I'll feel too far behind.
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From:communicator
Date:March 25th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
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Though I frequently think a post is interesting and important, but I don't comment because I really have nothing sensible to add. If I was listening to the person say it, I'd perhaps be nodding or something.
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From:katlinel
Date:March 26th, 2009 07:10 am (UTC)
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This is what I do too. Or I want to think about something a bit further, it takes a while, and then I'm not sure if the person posting is still wanting that conversation.
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From:glitterboy1
Date:March 25th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
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There are certainly some LJ-ers who get over-anxious about (lack of) comments. In fact, I'd go so far as to say 'paranoid'. Though, when I've seen it, it's mostly been aimed at particular individuals ("X hasn't commented"). That way drama lies. Not to mention madness.
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From:communicator
Date:March 25th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
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'X hasn't commented' - I can just imagine how that sort of thing can go bad very quickly
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From:espresso_addict
Date:March 25th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
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I used to delete posts that didn't get comments within 24 hours, but that led to a post attrition rate that even I felt was a waste of time.
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From:communicator
Date:March 25th, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
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oh, you didn't, what a shame, I often read and enjoy a post (by you, anyone) but don't comment because I can't think of anything to add

Sometimes I make a comment like 'yes, that's good' or something bland like that and then dont post it because I think it will seem too dull
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From:altariel
Date:March 25th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
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No comment.
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From:communicator
Date:March 26th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
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no reply

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