Why Do You Comment On People’s Blogs?

I should be doing my work, but instead I’m blogging. Why? Because I don’t feel like doing my work. Why? Because it’s a nice cool cloudy Saturday afternoon and my head feels especially heavy right now. So rather than sleep a nice day like this off and waste more time, I’d like to talk about something sensible…just to get you guys into the right frame of mind on things and me into the right frame of mind to do my work.

I’ve been commenting a little less on other people’s blogs lately, even on mine. It’s not that I don’t have the time to read people’s blogs…hell I have time to blog right now right? It’s the fact that over the past few months, it has become increasingly obvious that sometimes…there is no point for me to post a comment.

Don’t get me wrong, I still stand by the opinion that a person’s blog is worth the return hits they have and the comments that they get…though…it is about time I refine that statement on a future post.

Why does a person blog? My answer would be because they like to express their thoughts and satisfy their narcissism. Every blog may be different, but these are the times where almost everyone blogs about the same things. Hates, loves politics, controversies, misery, technology, “noodle” posts and even food. There is a limit to how different we can be when you realize that everyone can blog around the same things. The difference is, how any of us write…that makes a blog unique.

Then why does a person comment? Ahh…there is the brain teaser. To satisfy their narcissism by telling the world that they exist? To ask unrelated questions because they can’t find the damn Contact-Me page or the Chatbox? To give a valid point? Naturally it’s all of the above…but of the 3 reasons there, 2 of them are things I don’t need. A brownie point if you can tell me which they are.

So why comment? Why not comment? The answer is simple, because if a blog is truly unique, then I’d comment. Because if the blog actually grabs my attention, then I’d comment. Because if the blog has something I can relate to other than my own narcissistic need, then I’d comment. Because if the blog can make me happy, sad or otherwise pissed off, then I’d comment.

Sadly, there aren’t enough blogs like that these days…or at least…there aren’t many things that actually do catch my attention. The current blog fad explosion has left the spicy blogosphere a little bland than what I’m used to. So rather than leave my footprints all over the place on things that have no point, I’ll do the sensible thing and leave most of them here on the blog that’s home to footprints.

My own senseless thoughts aside, maybe the best thing sometimes in the blogging reality we live in, isn’t the freedom to say what we want…it is to shut up when we need to.

On a related note, while I was blogging this, I found this really nice article on blog commenting on Lorelle’s blog. If you have the time, go read it here.

14 thoughts on “Why Do You Comment On People’s Blogs?

  1. Why I comment? To let you know I actually read your entry, and that I enjoyed what you wrote. I guess everybody needs some encourangement and I like giving it.

  2. when i first started, commenting was a way of promoting my blog. now, i comment because i have something to say about whatever’s been written. however, if others have already said what i wanted to say…then no comment lor. sometimes though, like nicktay, i comment so the blogger can feel that nice fuzzy feeling you get when people bother to comment. it’s a form of encouragement, yes.

  3. “Why Do You Comment On People’s Blogs?”

    For different reasons only known to myself.

    The linked article to Lifehacker is a nice read.

  4. I comment when the posts are interesting (like kyel’s articles)
    or when I want to share my sense of humour.

    I think leaving a feedback on blogs are fine but don’t cross the line like asking the blogger to add you on the blogroll (acceptable when this is done on chatbox), and criticising in a non-civil way.

    have fun 🙂
    (yeah, I notice you comment on my blog before. thanks )

  5. Why? Why not?

    Because, otherwise, the time taken for me to comment would only end up being utilised in acquiring more pr0n.

    Too much pr0n is bad.

  6. This is what Aristortle butchered from me, the bloody bastard:

    The only thing i know is that i know nothing

    Bloody CnP Aristortle. DIE DIE DIE!

    Oh. You mean why I comment on people’s blogs? Beats me. Just to troll around the internet, I suppose, getting clubs and hitting everyone. Whee!

  7. I don’t comment that often. I only comment when it’s absolutely necessary or if the topic is interesting. Unless I’m extremly bored then I would to gibber which is highly unnecessary.

  8. i comment when i have something to say. 🙂

    or i feel the blogger is in need of encouragement. we all like it when people leave comments. rrrrrriiggggggggghhht?

  9. The human drive to comment is basically the human drive to SPEAK.

    Hope that’s not too hard to believe.

  10. WELL
    RIGHT NOW I AM COMMENTING BECAUSE I AM PROMOTING SOMEONE ELSE BLOG,BESIDE I THINK COMMENTING IS THE BEST WAY TO EXPRESS YOUR THOUGHTS .BESIDES I AM PRACICING COZ COMMENTING IS DEFINATELTY GOOD THING TO DO AND REFER TO THE PEOPLE.BUT NEVERTHELESS PEOPLE COMMENT ONLY IF THEY HAVE TO SAY SOMETHING .

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