....want to know...what encourages you to leave a comment on a blog post? I have my reasons for commenting or not commenting on a blog post, but I want to know why you choose to leave a comment, or not.
A few things that come to mind for me are: blog content, blog design, blog photos, difficulty of the design or project, personality of the writer, relevance or irrelevance to your life and how long it takes for the blog page to load.
I was very discouraged when I started blogging a few months ago because I would have no comments on my posts. One of my friends started commenting here and there. Then, I found a few blog friends who gave me some pointers. I participated in a "Blogelina" comment event for a week, which helped bring some traffic to my site and I received some comments on different posts. I also began participating in link parties, which brought additional traffic to my blog and some additional comments.
I know that some blogs have ads and like traffic and comments for monetizing purposes. I do not have advertisers. So, why would I want comments and traffic to my blog? Because I truly enjoy the interaction with other people. I'm a very social person outside of the blog world. I enjoy having people over for small gatherings and I like hosting parties.
I enjoy getting to know you who comment on a personal level, rather than just passing through. While these are not face-to-face relationships, I consider the women I've met through the internet friends and want to develop those relationships. We travel a good bit for my husband's business. If I come through your area of the world, I would like to know that maybe we could meet for lunch or coffee (coffee for you, Mt. Dew for me) :-) or to go junking or thrifting or whatever. And if you happen to travel this way, I would love to have you over for dinner!
Kelly (Talk of the House) gave me great advice on how to get the blog going. Donna (Distressed Donna Down Home) helped me whip a few blog things into shape. Rue (An Old-Fashioned World) gave me a few other pointers on "all things blogging". Kim (Exquisitely Unremarkable), Judith (Botanic Bleu) and Kris (Junk Chic Cottage) have given some wonderful advice and support. I've enjoyed the lovely conversations with all of these women and have enjoyed finding out about how many things we have in common - kindred spirits! These conversations mean a great deal to me and I look forward to many more with these ladies and with the rest of you who visit and leave comments!
You just never know what will develop when you read a blog and leave a comment! :-)