Every so often, I see discussions of the controversial “Like” button here on WordPress, as well as the number of commenters versus viewers, or questions of a lack of interaction.
I decided to add to conversation and put together a quick post of my own blog reading habits. I hope you will find this helpful, and that this will open a conversation.
What a “Like” means: I read your entire post, was engaged and entertained, but currently do not have something to add to the conversation.
What a “Comment” means: Not only did I read the entire post, but I also felt inspired enough to add to the conversation. The only way to get a conversation is to start a conversation.
It can also mean you are a common commenter on my blog, and so I feel it is important to reciprocate. Comments can be a lot of fun, and lead to insightful and engaging conversations.
Second, Reading Habits
Why I Visit Your Blog
1. It was featured on Freshly Pressed and looked intriguing. This is usually something related to geek culture, reading, and writing. Some titles are too good to pass up.
2. We both found the same post intriguing and commented. I’ve found this to be the best way to find great, new blogs
3. You stopped by and commented on my blog.
4. You were featured on a blog award such as the Versatile Blogger or Freudenshalipshom Award.
5. I did an Internet search for blogs related to my latest post.
6. I know you outside of the Internet.
What Keeps Me Reading
Why I Follow A Blog
1. The 3 Post Rule – If I come across a blog, and enjoy reading 3 whole posts, then I follow.
2. The blogger is a frequent visitor – I have followed a few blogs that did not initially grab my attention, but the person happened to like and comment on my blogs so often that I went back to check out their blog again.
Road Blocks To Reading
1. Negativity, Rants, Swear words and R-Rated Content – I might miss out on some excellent and articulate blogs or posts. However, I prefer things I read to be positive and be something I can show my 12 year old sister.
2. Most blogs about cats – I am allergic to cats, and am far more favorable to dogs. I look at cat pictures, and I cringe as I wait for the allergic reaction. I am sure cats are adorable, loveable pets (I find my dogs are). However, my allergies keep me from enjoying the feline species – even as a picture on the Internet.
3. I only speak and read English – Every so often, I have a commenter or new follower whose blog I check out, and then am disappointed to see a foreign language. I could use a translating engine, but I don’t trust those entirely. Subtext often gets lost in translation.
What are your reading habits? Why do you decide to comment? Why do you decide to follow? Are you excited about the approaching the 50th Anniversary Doctor Who Spectacular?
SIDE NOTE 1: Thanks to everyone who commented on my previous post, It’s Time To Fish For Beta Readers. I have updated it so your answers are easy to sort through. I hope it helps others who are working on the Beta Reading Process.
SIDE NOTE 2: My time is filling with other things at the moment as I work on applying to Grad School, begin the Beta Reader process for two manuscripts, put together a commissioned project (more on that later), figure out my next personal writing project, face the onslaught of the beginning weeks of the school year (I work at a university), keep up with exciting projects like laundry, dishes and dinner, as well as tap dance in place while balancing a bucket on my head and juggling two balls and a chain saw.
Things should re-balance soon, and this I will continue posting on this blog at least once a week. I just may not be able to go out and visit other people’s blogs as often as I would like.