I was wondering the other day if it was too late to make a New Year’s resolution. Could we call it a Late January resolution? The thing is, I have another thing I want to do this year and that is this: comment on more blogs!
Lately I have found a ton of great new blogs, and while I managed to add them all to my RSS reader and even add most of them to my links page (working on completing that list), I still haven’t commented on all of them, or, if I have commented, I don’t manage to do it regularly.
If you don’t have a blog yourself, you may not know this: receiving comments is basically the best thing ever. It is like crack to us bloggers. It makes us feel like we are no longer shouting out into the ether, like a street-corner conspiracy theorist in a sandwich board.
The problem is this: I often feel like I have to have the perfect witty comment and if I don’t, why should I bother? Sometimes I long for the easy simplicity of the Facebook “like” button, whereby I could add positive feedback without having to generate the content of said feedback. No thought required! But then again this is why blogs are better than Facebook. We have to put some thought into things.
But I plan not to be stopped by that pressure any more. I am no longer going to worry about having just the right clever witticism to post in the comments section of my favorite blogs — if the extent of my thought process is “like!,” then maybe I will simply post that. I don’t promise to post a comment on every blog post I read every day (I read dozens if not hundreds), but I’d like to be more comment-happy.
And would you join me?
Every year, there’s some (official?) day in the world of blogs declared to be “Delurking Day,” where readers who don’t usually post comments are encouraged to post a comment, outing themselves, and saying hello to the blogger for the first time. I always, always want to participate in Delurking Day and I always, always miss it! I have never done a delurking post here.
Well, this year I missed the day again, but I have decided to celebrate it anyway. I declare today to be Delurking Day II (Comment Boogaloo) here at kateo.org. Yup, today. I say we stand up to The Man and comment whenever we choose!
So, would you please say hello down in the comments section today? New readers and old readers alike!
You don’t need to leave your real name or email or anything and I promise not to stalk you, but I’d love to “meet” you. For those who have a blog or are on Twitter, would you leave me a link so I can find you? And, bonus!, I have just added threaded comments, so I can reply to you individually and you can reply to each other. Fancy.
If you can’t think of what to say, you might tell me: what is the best food item you’ve eaten recently?
And while you are busy with that, I am off to go comment on some blogs!