Like: On the Care and Feeding of Your Favorite Blogger

Editor’s Note: The following post was originally written on Twitter by @SuperWendy. I edited it and republished it here because I agree with the sentiment. Over the past few yearsContinue reading

Like: On the Care and Feeding of Your Favorite Blogger | The Digital Reader

Hat tip: Adam Tinworth

Taking the time to comment or repost is important.  Nobody likes to talk to blank walls.

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18 responses on “Like: On the Care and Feeding of Your Favorite Blogger”

  1. @bradenslen An interesting piece. The only thing that ruffles my feathers a little bit is that there is still a focus on “engagement” as the feeding of a blogger, as if shares and likes and comments are still the sign of success. What about more esoteric ways to feed a blogger: giving them time to write, sending them ideas on what to write, or even writing your own blog and acknowledging them as an inspiration? Those are all important, too. 🙂

  2. @vasta Those are all good points. They never crossed my mind when reading the post so I’m glad you pointed them out.

    There is something that bloggers need to do too: keep their blogs open. I see a lot of blogs with either no comment form or comments turned off (I presume after a certain time period.) Also a lot of bloggers turn off pingbacks and trackbacks. That was sound conventional wisdom perhaps 6 years or more ago to prevent spam but today’s antispam plugins do a fine job of keeping the spammers at bay and these should really be kept open. I mean, a blogger can’t really complain about not getting feedback if they have no comments enabled.

    1. I see that some bloggers will add Webmention support to their website but have no other means to respond. I think that is sad. A lot of the comments on my website are from people who don’t have a blog of their own or use a blogging platform that doesn’t support Webmentions.

      1. For me having that comment form actually on each post is critical even if it is rarely used, for the same reasons you have stated. Only one or two of my non-internet friends read my blogs but I think it is important to remain open to them as well as any others who want to comment. Webmentions are good, but so few people have them, know about them, understand the concept and how to install, so the old school comment form remains critical. IMHO.

  3. @bradenslen I have friends, particularly those from oft-marginalized groups, that keep comments and pingbacks closed because they become a place of hatred and bigotry and violence. Spam is the last thing on their mind. In those cases, I fully understand the idea of a closed blog; this is a place for them to share, and the whole notion of “engagement” in any way is not a desired outcome.

    That said, in many cases, blogs don’t have comments or pingbacks on because of laziness—heck, until yesterday, mine didn’t either, and that was just because I didn’t have the technical know-how to do it. In those cases, I really think there’s value in opening up conversations by teaching people how to use things like webmentions. Great point!

  4. @jenett In some cases, the blogger you are supporting is someone you know or have access to; doing things like running an errand for them, or doing something that is tedious and time-consuming, can open up time to write. (Recently, a blogger I knew was lamenting being so busy that they didn’t have time to pick up their holds at the library, much less write, so I ran and picked them up for her, as a sort of thanks for writing things that inspire me. That’s just one example.)

    1. I have had very little had access to any bloggers I read on a regular basis. In my circle of social contacts, I know very few people who blog on a regular basis.

      I have a large family. None of them blog. I have a large network of social and business contacts. None of them blog. In fact, I get strange looks when I mention my blog at social gatherings.

      Maybe someday I’ll actually meet one of the writers of the 200 blog that I read. Maybe the Princeton, New Jersey area is just not a blogging mecha.

  5. @vasta I like your example. Similarly, helping a blogger by providing a solution to a problem they’ve been trying to fix in their blog setup (or code) is another example that comes to mind. I never thought of it that way when in that situation before, but it makes sense that being helpful like that indeed frees up some time for the blogger to do more of the writing (or other art) I enjoy so much. Thanks for clarifying.

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