Updated to add my own responses... which are in blue.
I am curious... about many things... but today? I'm narrowing it down to just a couple. Specifically you, your blogs, and your comments. And why you do what you do.
I read a few blogs- 38 (to be exact) that I try to stay up-to-date with. I like to leave comments, let people know I'm out there, enjoying the snippets they choose to share of their lives with me and the rest of the world.
But along the way, I can't help but notice how everyone does things just a little differently. (Okay, sometimes a lot differently.) And now I need to know why.
These questions aren't the most exciting to ever be asked, but I can't help my burning curiosity.
How many blogs do you read on a daily basis? (From things I've seen and heard, my 38 is on the low end.)
Do you comment on any and every new post? Or just what moves you?
I have to be inspired to comment. Some posts, despite the entertainment value, don’t always move me to comment. Then again, I think I have a permanent case of writer’s block. (I’m fairly certain you have to be a writer to claim that affliction, but just the same…) I have to have a specific topic in mind when I start writing. Same goes for commenting. I need a purpose.
Do you return after leaving a comment to check for a response? Or have you moved on once you click "submit?"
Do you reply to comments on your own blog? Or do you smile, appreciate the thought, and it's on to your next post?
I love and appreciate every comment I’ve ever received, but not all comments provoke a response. Much like my own. One blogger in particular receives a lot of really dull comments from yours truly because he makes me laugh Every. Single. Time. and all I can come up with is “dude, that was fucking funny!” I’m nothing if not eloquent.
And, oh, I love receiving e-mails from people in response to a comment I’ve left, but I’m such a social klutz that it usually takes me three hours to come up with a response. Well, five minutes to write a response and three hours to critique and rewrite it so that I’m halfway happy. I’m a mess. Please stop reading this blog immediately.
Do you moderate comments before they're visible to the public? If so, why? If not, why not?
I don’t get spam or trolls or leprechauns or any of the above so I’ve never felt the need to moderate comments. I can understand why some people do. Although, there’s one fairly popular blog I read. She gets 60-100 comments per post and moderates them. I don’t get it. I’m sorry, I really don’t. I just can’t wrap my brain around it. This is supposed to be fun. That would just feel like work. Work I’m not getting paid for.
Do you remember the oddest comment you ever received?
The oddest comment I ever received wasn’t so much an odd comment as it was just an odd experience. It was in response to this post in which I put up a bunch of old, scanned photos of myself and my family. Said commenter remarked about my mom being pregnant in one of the pictures. The comment wasn’t inappropriate, but… they knew her name. Actually used a nickname. A nickname I’ve never heard anyone use when referring to my mother. It was anonymous, of course, and caught me so off guard that I just deleted it and proceeded to pretend it had never existed. I never mentioned it to anyone, not my mom or The Husband… I have a real talent for pretending things don’t exist.
For example: right now I’m pretending this office doesn’t exist. I am actually sitting at home, at my desk, with the mini space heater turned on to warm my little piggies. And I’m eating chocolate. And I’m contemplating watching Twilight.
See? I’m good.
Now, go forth... and humor me. Please.