On a whim I looked at the analytics and the statistics are amazing. Ego-boosting for the most part but a tad puzzling. The number of comments certainly didn’t match the data. Now that am looking at huge amounts of data and stats is what I do for a living, I couldn’t help but pore over them and arrive at my conclusions!
What struck me odd was that folks were just lurking around and not commenting!? And these are not your average hoppers, these are returning visitors! Ok, don’t look at me all paranoid, am not exactly keeping tabs, but the data is just too damning!
I suppose it ultimately boils down to the kind of personality you are. Exuberant, quiet, lazy, respectful, careless, snotty, or just not much of a talker.
I can only talk for myself when I say that it’s hard for me to not throw my 2 cents in when I have some knowledge of the post. The only times when I leave a blog-hop with no trace is
1. When am a little clueless on what the talk is about – politics really leaves me quite dumb.
2. When I have nothing nice to say – I don’t agree with the author and I have no illusions of trying to reform or argue on the point.
3. When I can’t relate to it – to a lesser degree, I always find something to say! [I know, am such a gab!]
So after analysing and wondering [yes, yes, am at work, but taking a break] it comes down to the question – Is your blog/online personality very different than your real self. For me it’s way too much trouble to keep the two apart, but I have tried it before and it works just fine. Understand completely who’d want it that way as well. What I don’t get is the commenting part – is that a reflection of yourself, or is it trained? Actually, let me re-phrase that and say – What I don’t get is the non-commenting part?!
So when you visit and read, and spend a fairly large amount of time flipping pages, don’t you feel like saying ‘hey, I was around and this is crap./great/whatever/?’ OK, if am beginning to sound desperate and attention-seeking, I confess I am. ;-))
I’m quite the chattering one and I’d love to strike up a conversation – isn’t that what the whole idea of a public blog with comments enabled in the 1st place?
So I ask you, the reader the ultimate question :-)