Okay so here’s the thing.
It seems you can only really be a successful blogger by being an active one (by successful i refer here purely to blogger traffic, we’re egotists after all. Are all bloggers egotists? ) Reading, commenting, tweeting.
It’s pretty obvious stuff really. If you comment on someone else’s blog they’ll give your blog a look out of curiosity. If you say something nice on twitter you’ll get niceness reciprocated.
And i’m fine with that. To a point.
I enjoy tweeting aimlessly on occasion, having virtual conversations about random things when the mood takes me. I’ll wander over to someone’s blog if they charm the pants off me.
However, i won’t comment on every post i read. #ff people on twitter simply to return their gesture. I will read posts that catch my attention, interest me, titillate me. Comment when i feel compelled to do so. And i won’t just read the blogs that follow me. I read those that i like. Simple.
Thing is, i can’t help feeling if i was a bit “looser”, put myself about a bit more, i might be getting a few more readers.
I’m just not sure i’m comfortable with that kind of mutual masturbation.
So, the question is, am i biting off my mouse to spite my blog?
Should i be reading every single blog i can get my hands on and carry on reading them even if i find them not to my taste? Tell people i think their posts are fabulous even when i find them a bit, well, dull. Comment even when i have nothing to say because of some unwritten blogger rule?
I fear i may be failing miserably at blogger etiquette.
But at least when i do comment on your blog, you know i liked it, and i mean R-E-A-L-L-Y liked it. Surely that’s got to be worth something?
So come on, be honest. Do you:
- Only read blogs that regularly read you
- Comment on every blog you read, even if you found that particular post a bit b-o-r-i-n-g
- Strike blogs from your list if they don’t comment back
- Copy and paste your #ff from the following week
I dare you to be as honest as me….. Then again, maybe that’s blogger suicide.