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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Was the MoFo delurk successful for you?

I spent hours and hours commenting on blogs yesterday. I had a comment on pretty much every blog I read, and was especially careful to comment on those blogs that promised a reciprocal comment. So how did it work for me?

I got more comments. No doubt about it, lurkers introduced themselves. But of the comments I got, almost all were from readers that comment all the time anyhow. Very few lurkers came out of the woodwork. The %tage of readers to comments remains very low. Less than 25% of the people that visit my blog regularly commented, and that was on a good day. Usually it's much less.

What I DID notice is that those "popular" bloggers got tons more comments, but that most of us regular bloggers didn't get that much more in comments. This staggering (sarcasm here) statistic makes me wonder just why comments continue to roll in on a few blogs, and most other blogs are ignored. This doesn't make me happy and it certainly doesn't support the notion that we're all a happy little blogging community, does it?

What I'd like to know is, what did you glean from yesterdays comment extravaganza on your own blog? Did you participate? If so, were your comments vastly increased? Do you think these types of blog events are helpful for finding new readers? Come on, let's schmooze about this. I'm really curious to hear your comments.

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Blogger CaHwyGuy - Daniel the California Highway Guy said...

:-( You didn't come over to LJ. But then again, I didn't get over to your blog either.

4/10/07 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Kelley said...

Hi, I'm blog surfing, trying to find some more people to annoy with my infernal commenting.

Nah, the MoFo delurk didn't do much for me. 200 or so visits (pretty much average) and a couple of newbies delurked, but some of the regulars didn't..... So not that successful for me. But yeah, I did notice the rise in comments on the popular blogs. So much so that I was reticent to comment cause it would be lost in the crowd. But I couldn't help myself.
I guess I feel it is common courtesy if you are reading someone else's thoughts that you should at least find something to say on at least ONE freaking post!

Oh, and I lurve that bit under 'Leave your comment'. I have only been blogging for about 6 weeks and have already been visited by a troll. Nice that was....

5/10/07 5:57 AM  
Blogger blackbird said...

I don't remember if I came here or not - but I was SWAMPED and I'm not one of the big leaguers.

I'm usually here, always reading with care for you and your kids...

5/10/07 7:39 AM  
Blogger Sechakecha said...

I didn't really participate, because I wasn't around yesterday, to comment. And I didn't participate on my blog because... well, my real blog, is on LJ and friends-only. My blogspot blog was one I was going to use for gaming, but that's not going to happen any time soon.

5/10/07 8:04 AM  
Anonymous Kara said...

Interestingly, I only delurked on two sites and they were both small blogs that I thought would care more. I didn't bother to comment at the blogs where I figured I was just a drop in the pond. But I really wanted to let you know that I read what you have to say.

5/10/07 8:29 AM  
Blogger Rhiannon said...

It was v.v. strange. People who normally read my blog did not comment - but of my, wait for it, THREE comments, I had two were from people who I am pretty sure NEVER read my blog. And, one was a blogger in Seattle who I exchange email with on occasion.

So, not successful for me. Booo!!!

But, to be fair, because of some technological difficulties at home, 'm not posting with much quality and quantity as of late.

5/10/07 9:02 AM  
Blogger Shan said...

I didn't get any delurkers, just my regular commenters, but that's okay too.

5/10/07 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Neil said...

I think it is important to not let comments be the barometer of how you -- or anyone -- should feel about their blog. Why should blogging be any different than other forms of media -- like publishing, TV, or movies? You have an excellent blog that is very personal, and frequently politically-oriented. You're naturally going to get less delurkers than someone who writes about Hollywood celebrities or sex gags. I know my favorite movies and music tends to be the quirky and independent. I hate blockbusters like Spiderman 3. I feel the same way online, even if I don't necessarily write one as individualized as yours. It is easy to comment on a humor piece. It is hard to know what to say about the situation in Burma, even though it is important to write about it. I have a feeling you would be very unhappy writing a extremely "popular" blog, because then you wouldn't be writing what is important to you.

That said, I think it is important to spread the love around. Too many people just read the same old blogs because everyone else does.

I also think the day is more important to the commenters than the blog owners. A lot of people feel uneasy making comments, so having a day like this hopefully makes blogging less cliquish.

5/10/07 11:11 AM  
Blogger margalit said...

Thanks Neil. I really liked your thoughtful comment. I wasn't really worried about MY blog per se, but I did notice, like RhiRhi said, that some blogs didn't seem to get hardly any comments at all, and other people, who posted nothing other than Delurk and say Hi, got hundreds. It made little sense to me because, if the point of the exercise was to leave comments on ALL the blogs you read (and I admit, I didn't leave comments on any of the blogs that had huge amounts of comments) then how come some folks got comments while other people didn't.

I try hard to make my blog show a well rounded side of who I am and what I'm about. I get decent traffic and I'm not too worried about making it increase exponentially. But I would like more people to tell me what they think, and like most of us who have been blogging a long time, the addition of feed readers like Google and Bloglines has affected my comments. But at least I get some every day, which lets me know that my readers are still breathing. I do wonder now and again!

5/10/07 11:41 AM  
Blogger margalit said...

BB, of COURSE you were swamped. Everyone, including me, loves your blog. LOVES IT. So I'm not surprised that the lurkers came out of the woodwork for you. You deserve it! Not that we all don't deserve it, but you know what I mean!

5/10/07 11:43 AM  
Blogger margalit said...

Daniel, I do read your lj. I really do.

5/10/07 11:43 AM  
Blogger Major Bedhead said...

I had 48 comments on delurk day. Considering I'm lucky if I get ten, I was psyched (and need to post up a thank you).

I didn't make it over here on delurk day, but I can't really delurk on a blog I comment on all the time.

5/10/07 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Becky68 said...

I try to comment when I come over Margalit- I just don't visit that often. Friday before school lets out is my only space of time for online visits. I am working on commenting everywhere I visit though because I'm a born lurker!

5/10/07 1:27 PM  
Anonymous bethany actually said...

I did comment on most of the blogs I read on Monday, but I probably comment on about 3/4 of the posts I read on any given day. The times I don't comment, it's either because (1) I don't have anything I want to say, or (2) there are already a ton of comments.

Also, I think Neil's comment above is really astute. Even though I don't agree with you politically, I continue to read your blog *because* you have a very personal blog and you aren't worried about being popular. You write about really interesting things that no other bloggers I read write about. I like that.

5/10/07 7:32 PM  

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