Bloggers have mentioned how they will write a post and expect a bunch of comments and get nothing. Then they will post something they consider maybe mundane and get comments out the wazoo.
So in the interest of helping those who wonder about why comments are such wily buggers I thought I would tell you how, why and why not I may choose to comment.
You write something brilliant and wait for those comments to come.
I get to your blog and think 'Holy Hell!! It's brilliant!!' I sit and ponder and realize that you have already said everything I could ever think to come up with AND you have done it much better than I.
In fact, commenting might let others know a moron visits the site. Best to keep quiet.
You have written a rant and aren't sure what to expect.
I get there and your rant is worthy of an award. Trying not to look like a fangirl by saying 'you rock' (and hey, I have been known to post that when I forget I'm 37 and too old for that) and not having anything that is worth adding, I don't post.
I get there and your rant is wonderful and award worthy and you ask what your reader's think.
Well, hell, that there be an invitation for Cindy to flap her yap. Unless what you ranted about is too intelligent for me to follow and thus, I may lurk to see what others come up with. Screw that you have all read my crazy comments that you are too kind to say 'uh Cindy, apples and oranges dude'.
I get there and your rant is wonderful but I feel differently.
I may comment if I have time or can find the right words. Sometimes the blogger's brilliance is enough for me to keep my yap shut cause 'nah-uh' is not an informative reason for why I don't agree.
You write up a post on your day at work or some weird thing that happened to you while in transit. You figure no one will care.
Pretty much gonna comment. It's not like you asked me a question but what you thought was a mundane post may have caught my funny bone or something in your day triggered a memory that I think you might find funny etc.
Some general rules that I made up in my head about commenting:
If someone else has already said what I was going to say then I usually won't comment.
If the post was on a topic or a book/author I don't know enough about I will probably not comment.
If I read the post and come away with too many thoughts and I can't get them in any sort of order that makes sense, then I may not post. Sometimes I do and wonder if others think a crazy person is stalking them.
I guess this was covered by if I have nothing of value to add to the conversation then I won't comment.
If there are already more than 10 comments and it was a post a few days old I probably won't comment cause everyone else has moved on.
And finally, I sometimes don't have the time to comment and seriously, you guys come up with some crazy intelligent stuff that usually has me scratching my head and realizing I'm out of my league.
Being the stealthy woman I am, I bob and weave to keep you all wondering if I am brilliant or just down right scary.
So, anyone want to share why they sometimes choose to comment or not?