I started to draft a Sunday Salon post on Friday but decided I was too exhausted to post. Too exhausted to bloghop this weekend. So I nixed it. And last I posted, Google Reader was taking hours to show my posts, so Shmonday might turn into Shmuesday. Ah well.
As I find my Google Reader with over 200 unread posts, yet again, I thought I’d pose a few questions to you about your bloghopping habits. I used to be a pretty good commenter, but as there are more and more blogs and more and more posts (do we really need another weekly meme?), I’m finding myself more and more absent from the blogosphere. Mostly because I get so overwhelmed that I don’t even know where to start.
Do you bloghop? How many blogs do you read/subscribe to? How much time do you spend each day reading blogs? What do you get out of bloghopping? Do you do it for social connection, because you’re interested in what the other person says, because you feel it will drive more traffic to your own blog?
And of course, how can one talk about bloghopping without talking about commenting?
Do you comment on the blogs you read? How often? Do you read the entire post before commenting or just scan to find something you can comment on? How much time do you spend on comments? Is it better to leave a lot of short comments or a few longer comments? Do you get offended or stop reading a person’s blog because they don’t comment on your blog?
Holy cow that’s a lot of questions. I think for each blogger we could all have incredibly different answers.
I do bloghop–not as much as I used to due to time. I could literally spend hours a day trying to keep up with each post in my reader (I subscribe to about 80 blogs), but lately spending hours in front of a computer hasn’t been a priority for me. I blog for a social connection. I’ve met some wonderful people who I consider friends, and reading what they’ve been up to and leaving comments helps me stay connected.
Unfortunately I do think that bloghopping and commenting are directly related to how much traffic you get to your own blog. Comment a lot and you’ll get lots of comments. This makes me wonder if people are commenting just to comment or because they’re actually interested in what the person is posting. I’ll admit to occasionally commenting just to comment, but this is a little exhausting to me. How many different ways can you say, “wow that cover is really pretty” for a Cover Attractions Meme? (I have nothing against memes even though I don’t often participate–it’s just hard to come up with original comments).
I’ve always tried to go for quality rather than quantity, but who’s to say whether a comment is a good comment or not? For me, anything more than “great review, here’s my link” is probably a good comment, but sometimes I wonder if I talk about myself and my own experiences too much in the comments I leave on other people’s blogs. My comments can get lengthy, and I often wonder–does the person even care–or should I have just said “wow, this sounds great”? I get in my own head way too much–probably need to stop over analyzing everything so much!
Do I get bothered when I comment on someone’s site and they don’t bother to return the favor? I’m mostly bothered or concerned if it is someone I have “known” for a while. But I try not to take offense to it. Especially since lately I’ve been very bad about returning the favor to commenters who might not be as “regular” as others. I do my best, but lately making the rounds seems to be more and more difficult.
How much time do I spend blogging? I’ll go days without being able to get on my GReader and then spend a few hours one night “catching up.” It’s hard to give a rough number since it is fairly inconsistent. I used to spend Saturday and Sunday mornings catching up, but over the past few months I’ve frequently been out of town on the weekends. I certainly spend more time on other people’s blogs than my own. Despite my current apathy towards blogging, I do really enjoy leaving comments and have no plans to stop.
Man, I wish I could be more concise!!
One more thing–How many people subscribe to follow-up comments? I always do when I know the blogger responds, but sometimes I wonder if anyone else does?
So how about you? Why do you bloghop?