My blog is now one year old. Well, the official birth date was actually August 2nd. Sadly, I did not make it a cake and allow it to be consumed in epically sloppy fashion while I stood by snapping photos of the moment. I just let it roll by quietly.
The reason I even bring it up now is because I’m reflecting on the process. On what I’ve learned as a blogger. On what I want to do better. On what I don’t understand.
The thing that jumps to mind most readily concerns comments on a blog. Are they the reason I write? Do I hope my thoughts will prompt your thoughts, and in turn, compel you to leave yours upon mine? And by so doing, provide what I truly want, an opportunity for me to learn from you. What is it that I assume or expect or even desire of comments?
I’m not really sure.
Will this post garner any? I have learned this year that as I write this, I have no idea.
Is it taboo to even talk about comments this way?
Are the comments on a blog how I assess the usefulness or value or importance of a post? What does it mean that one post this year gathered 46 comments while many drew less than 5? Does it mean anything?
I know this entire process, the act of writing and interacting with an audience, is a very organic experience. Things happen as they will. I also know they say that only 5-10% of your audience, on average, will post a comment. But that on average was very busted at least five times this past year when, statistically, over 50% of my audience commented on a post.
I’m wondering what that should tell me. Everything communicates something. What is it that my comments are communicating to me?