On the relationship between comments and effort

I made a graph. I used GraphJam. It sums up an extraordinary blogging phenomena.

Update: I made a second graph.


yep, Hermano, these findings are frustratingly accurate.

Nathan says:

I know. And it’s sad. I will try to do better at commenting on your “effort” posts and eye opening insights.

same. we gotta stick together against the take-take-take nature of blog readership.

Drew says:

But you know, that’s the thing – effort to write also means effort to read and follow, and even more effort to comment.

Likewise if not requiring hard work, eye-opening insight leaves a reader thinking how-could-they-have-been-so-stupid-as-to-miss-that? that to speak up and comment would be humiliating. Or you sound like a prig saying, ‘yup, I know’.

Besides, if we’re reading blogs, we’re most likely slacking off from work – why would we want to then work at slacking off?

Nathan says:

Hi Drew,

Welcome to commenting. I’m more than open to having inane comments made. It makes me feel like I’m writing for more than just my own amusement.

This is where Ben’s quizzes come in handy – you can comment without simply affirming, or being humiliated.

Your last point is well made – and exceptionally valid. You have a nice blog by the way, and a new subscriber. This is the benefit of delurking.

Drew makes very good points there, and sums up well why I think trying to delurk our readers is a futile excercise.

You can’t just yell ‘come out, come out wherever you are’, you have to be crafty, and think of yourself as a hunter, stalking your prey. It’s about setting traps and smoking them out of their holes.

but in a nice way.