Stuff on Sundays: Do You Like Me?

If there is something that all book bloggers have in common, it is the desire for people to like us, well more specifically like our blogs, and to prove that they do by following us via GFC or RSS, retweeting our reviews or discussions and commenting on our posts. While some bloggers actively and even obsessively, tally the numbers of page hits and followers, others  are more relaxed about it but probably (like me) get a secret thrill as the numbers creep up.

As a free wordpress blog the GFC (Google Friend Connect) widget has never been an option for me and I admit that initially I was envious of the visual popularity status the sidebar feature bestowed. It didn’t take me long though to realise that GFC numbers mostly had more to do do with giveaway requirements than actual admiration for the blog and to be honest I was glad to be freed from the tyranny of the gadget. That’s not to say I didn’t want followers though, and so I succumbed to the lure of ‘follow me’ memes and  contests in those first few months and I established several alternative ways for visitors to follow me through Facebook, Twitter, Feedburner, networked blogs etc..

My aim though, was to hopefully find people within those memes and giveaways who might be interested enough in my blog to visit independently.  I found perhaps a handful or two but mostly I never heard from most participants between one meme or giveaway post and the next and while I would diligently visit and comment (meaningfully) on around 50 blogs each week the return on those visits was negligible in comparison.  It took me a while but I realised I was targeting the wrong audience, the memes I took part in were dominated by YA bloggers so it was understandable they weren’t interested in my blog.  Eventually I found a meme  that had participants with similar reading tastes to mine and since then, the blog has become interactive.

It’s not just a result of the meme though,  I do make an effort to cultivate relationships. I reply to comments made here on the blog and I visit the blogs of the people who leave a comment for me. I visit a random assortment of blogs regularly with the express  intention of leaving comments and my personal policy is if I read a post, I comment, or in some other acknowledge that I was there (the WordPress Like Button comes in handy here).

*If you visit but don’t comment or click that Like button I have no idea you were here and can’t repay the visit *

While follower numbers are nice they only indicate someone visited your blog once,  what I value most are the people who visit regularly, especially those who let me know they stopped by. During BBAW last year I posted some suggestions for making interaction easier and I have been taking my own advice. As bloggers panic at the prospect of losing the GFC,  I am actually thankful it is disappearing because I think the widget discourages ongoing interaction between bloggers. I admit that I am sometimes still disheartened by the ratio of page views to comments (about 1 to 100),  though that makes the comments I do receive even sweeter.

Still, I’m sort of at a loss on how to encourage more comments. The Stuff on Sunday posts aim to promote discussion and interaction and I have been considering adding explicit questions to my reviews in the hopes it might prompt replies.  I already have all the Share This buttons and the WordPress Like Button so readers can easily acknowledge they read a post even if they had nothing in particular to say.

While I wrote this post early in the week (prompted by Sean’s comment on last Sundays post), yesterday Parajunkee’s Book Blogging 101 post popped up in my RSS Reader and it seems she is discussing the same topic. A quick read of her post and comments suggests one of the main barriers to comments is Captcha (or similar) which I have to agree with. As a WordPress blog its not an issue for me but posting on Google Blogs is often a nightmare. Most of the time it wont let me use my OpenId or WordPress ID to post so I have to post using my blogger alias, sometimes the comment errors out and is lost to the ether, other times it just refuses to let me post altogether or its a three step process of reloads to comment so that it takes forever. Aside from that it seems most bloggers feel they do not receive enough comments,  but what I find interesting about that, is that in the same breath they write they are too busy to comment themselves.  Anyway, while Parajunkee is asking how you encourage people to comment on your posts, my question is a little different.

I want to know what stops you from leaving a comment on, or acknowledging a post?  Think about it and let me know!

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  1. miki
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 05:34:26

    there is a b;log where i couldn’t comment but i told the owner and now it works. So often when i don’t post it’s shyness…i don’t think what i could say could be on the same level on more experienced blogger for example so… i keep quiet ( but i’m reading the post where i follow!)

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Feb 19, 2012 @ 17:18:32

      I’ve done that a few times Miki – sometimes people just aren’t aware things aren’t working. I understand the shyness thing as well. I’m not naturally a chatty person either.

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  2. Kailana
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 05:41:14

    I try to comment on at least one post per blog (if I am a few days behind). I actually find that easier because sometimes I can think of something to say for all of their posts; but then other times there is a least one post that I feel I can comment on. When I am caught up, which I did last night, I find it a bit harder to comment on every blog. I don’t always really have anything to contribute to the post.

    Just from my blog-hopping today I am less likely to comment on blogs that only show part of their post in my Google Reader. I don’t even know why I bother to follow those blogs because I rarely comment. And, amazingly enough pictures go along way. If I flip to a post and it is just a very long discussion of a book without any pictures… It is almost like my mind shuts off and I become disinterested.

    As a newer thing, I hate the new word verification on Blogger.

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  3. Carol N Wong (@Carolee888)
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 05:41:51

    I really like you! I may not click on the link each time but I never skip reading your e-mails. The blogs that I comment most on are when there are questions or a comment contest like Luxury Reading. I think the best way to hear from us is to ask a question.

    Love,
    Carol

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  4. Sam (Tiny Library)
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 05:43:11

    I agree that follower numbers are not a good indicator of the number of regular visitors. Whenever someone leaves a comment on my blog, I always reply and then make the effort to visit their blog and reciprocate with a comment. Over time I’ve found that I’ve got quite a few regular visitors that way and built up some good friendships. You are right that you need to find people that share your bookish interests – I hardly ever comment on YA blogs and wouldn’t expect their writers to comment on mine, although they might follow from a giveaway I have hosted earlier on.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Feb 19, 2012 @ 17:37:33

      As a fairly eclectic book blogger I understand my blog wouldn’t appeal to niche readers but as a eclectic reader i follow a number of niche blogs. I’m always searching for new eclectic book bloggers though

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  5. laurelrainsnow
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 05:49:26

    I do have issues with some blogs that seemingly have numerous barriers to a smooth “commenting” process: Captcha, especially when you can’t read the symbols and have to try several times; some that don’t allow the comments to show up after you’ve commented, giving you no clue whether or not the comment “took;” blogs that have so much stuff on them that the pages take forever to load, thus discouraging repeat visits; blogs I visit, but never visit me back, and my comments never show up on their sites (did I get spammed?)

    I could go on and on.

    I am just about to stop participating in the memes in which most of the books are YA or vampire related books; I cannot express much interest in the books, and they probably feel the same about mine!

    I’m quite likely to leave a comment on a blog that’s easy to navigate and leaves the reader with a question to ponder, like this one.

    So I’ll undoubtedly keep coming back!

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  6. Nose in a book
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 05:54:53

    I follow so many blogs, plus reading random posts here and there, that I just can’t comment intelligently on them all. But I know what you mean about wishing for more of a sign of all those readers that Google Analytics shows have at least looked at your site. So I guess I comment if a specific question if asked that I can answer or if the post is about a book I have something to say about. And I hope that others will do the same for me.

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  7. Lindsey
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 05:55:45

    I’m so glad other people are thinking about this stuff too! I always reply directly to comments left on my blog (now that Blogger lets you) and then go the blog of the person who commented, read some entries and leave a comment. I feel like that’s just sort of common courtesy, right?
    I don’t know how to get people to comment more. It’s so encouraging, but I know that I don’t comment all the time either. Sometimes I feel like I have nothing to add that has not already been said or sometimes I’m not really interested in the book that was reviewed. And honestly, it’s sometimes just laziness. There are some times after a long day where I just want to peruse without thinking too much.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Feb 19, 2012 @ 18:15:42

      I think being able to respond to a comment is a great thing though I wish it was easier to be notified of replies. On WordPress in the Dasboard you get a list of other WP blogs you have commented on and a notification if there has been a reply to your comment which makes it easy but its not available with blogger blogs and too often I forget to go back and check if the blogger has responded or not.

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      • parrish
        Feb 19, 2012 @ 18:47:16

        Don’t know if it’s the same on WordPress, but if someone comments on my blog (blogger) I get an email, which by accessing on my phone, I can then post & reply.

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        • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
          Feb 19, 2012 @ 20:02:20

          It is the same – I have the WordPress app installed for that reason

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        • Marg
          Feb 20, 2012 @ 09:43:02

          The person who owns the blog gets an email but with the new embedded comments the person who left the comment doesn’t get any emails if someone responds to them, which kind of defeats the purpose of threaded comments as it stymies discussion.

          I am contemplating changing back to unthreaded comments as a result.

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  8. Katrien
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 07:19:37

    If I don’t have to say something in particular, I don’t like commenting and I often forget to click the like buton. A comment with only ‘nice’ in it isn’t really original, so maybe I just have to remind myself of leaving something else.
    In comments you really see who reads the whole article and who is really interested. That’s something I love about blogging, the contact with the readers!
    Great article!

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  9. jacabur1
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 07:50:46

    Captcha or word verification, having to login prior to commenting and like others having only part of a post show up in my email feed or blog reader is a real pet peeve of mine. Time is another problem, especially with my oh so slow Internet connection now that no longer have high speed Road Runner it makes me click off a blog when my computer sits and “thinks” for 10 minutes because only have 5GB a month and then get charged extra fir every GB after that.

    And even though read probably 80 to 100 posts a day by email only find 10 or 15 that interest me enough to comment. A lot of the book release or cover love posts I archive for my wishing to read list books recommended by other bloggers.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Feb 19, 2012 @ 19:39:54

      Ouch Jac – my internet isn’t quite that bad but its not great being it is only broadband – the joy of country living!

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  10. Pete Denton
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 07:55:39

    I absolutely agree about the blogger problems. I’ve tried numerous times to leave comments on some blogs and the captcha will not acknowledge that I am a person, not a robot and I have typed in what it says. I give up and if they are on twitter send them a DM with my comments.

    I think the *Like* button on wordpress is fabulous. As you say you can let someone know you’ve been, though I think some people abuse it and just click like from the read blogs page without really visiting. It is always best to comment and contribute towards the discussion.

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  11. Leeswammes
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 08:13:46

    Great post! I actually am a little trigger happy so I leave comments just about everywhere, but not every time. I leave a comment when a post “speaks to me”, e.g., is about a book that sounds really good, or a topic that I have something (in)sensible to say about.

    Also, with some people I feel more of a click (same types of books, they comment on my blog, etc.) so in those cases I’m also more likely to react. I actually feel a little guilty if I don’t! But sometimes I really have nothing to say.

    The Captcha is a hassle but I do try hard (different IDs) to get that comment posted.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Feb 19, 2012 @ 19:45:30

      I tend to do the same though I’m happy to leave a comment that shows I’ve been by even if I don’t actually contribute directly to the post.

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  12. Tabitha @ Tabithas Book Blog
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 08:18:34

    I usually comment on every blog post I read. Unless I stop reading like halfway through the post, I’ll comment. Sometimes I just don’t know what to say other then “great review” and that stops me from commenting. Another thing that I strongly dislike is that CAPTCHA code. It’s so frustrating. Usually if a blog requires it I’ll make a mental note to not comment because I’ll just get frustrated…
    Great post by the way! I’m glad to read what keeps other bloggers from commenting!

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Feb 19, 2012 @ 19:47:42

      Thanks Tabitha. I will post – ‘great review’ if I can’t find something else to say but do want to let them know I read the post, I’d rather post something more meaningful though

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  13. Nikki-ann
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 08:23:07

    I always try to comment if I have time, but hate having to log in to something to comment (tho blogger doesn’t count as my Google account is always logged in when I’m online). Obviously, in some cases I’m more compelled to comment (if it’s a book I like for example) than in others.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Feb 19, 2012 @ 20:00:02

      That’s what I like about wordpress Nikki-ann, I’m always logged in so its quick and easy to post. Half the time blogger rejects my open ID or wordpress id

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  14. Rachelle Lerner
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 09:13:24

    I agree about Captcha,, as there are times I thought I copied them correctly only to find that I had not. I do not mind having to subscribe to blogs that cover books I am interested in reading or commenting because of a giveaway. But, sometimes, their are books I could not care less about and really do not want to say, I don’t think I would like to read that. I do leave my regular email sometimes in my comments as I do not use my google account for sending mail accept to send links to my web albums. I would up starting a blog so I could review the books for the challenges I entered.

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  15. Debbie Rodgers
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 09:22:46

    I read a lot of posts that I don’t comment on and I can’t defend that because I want more commenters on my blog too 😦

    What usually stops me is that I often agree with or am interested in a post but don’t think that I have anything original to contribute to the discussion. This is especially true if I see that there’s already 20m or 50 or 100 comments.

    If I disagree, I sometimes refrain for fear of sounding — well, disagreeable – and, as you’ve just pointed out, we want to be liked, don’t we?

    I’m not sure what the answer is but I AM trying to comment more. (See? I commented here.)

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Feb 20, 2012 @ 01:50:39

      Thanks for making the effort Debbie – I truly do appreciate it!
      Actually I must admit if a post has more than say 20 comments I am less likely to add mine, especially if I don’t have anything very pertinent to say.

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    • parrish
      Feb 20, 2012 @ 02:11:06

      I wouldn’t mind if you disagreed, stating an alternative point of view, in my case I’d probably respond with why my viewpoint was such & hopefully start a dialogue, which to me is the point of a blogging community. If all I wanted was my opinion I’d remove the comment box, as stated before to me the ideal scenario is a dialogue not a monologue, I got into blogging to express my love of the written word & to learn more.

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  16. Jocelyn Shipley
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 14:28:11

    I don’t like to comment if I haven’t read the whole post carefully, and then, being a writer, I like to think about what I want to say, and how I want to say it, and then edit and revise. So I often want to comment, but don’t because of the time it takes me.

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  17. carolyndonaghey
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 17:30:32

    I’m a hopeless commenter, feel the pressure of being on the computer too long as it is, but I am trying to improve. It is a mixture of time constraints and timidness.
    I also find that many comment boxes require you to go through authentication processes which end up failing and I give up.
    It is very nice when people comment on your blog and always helpful to get feedback. I tend to think in my own case that if people aren’t commenting then it isn’t interesting enough. Maybe I’m being too hard on myself as usual!

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Feb 19, 2012 @ 20:07:20

      I think discussions like these should assure you it has little to do with the quality of your posts and more to do with a variety of other factors

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  18. parrish
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 18:41:50

    Personally I dislike requesting that people have to join my blog for a giveaway, in fact I normally state that they don’t have to unless they like what they see, otherwise you are followed by people with no shared interest,or you get the scenario I saw recently on twitter, where some individual was bemoaning the fact that people were only following them for giveaways & then unfollowing & this person was quite annoyed by this behaviour, which would be easily solved by not requiring them to do so in the first place & have faith in your blog. I also always try to reply to comments, building up a relationship with those that visit, giving them a reason to come back, my theory being that if you have a comment box it’s there to open a dialogue, if all you want is your own monologue, remove the box. Thanks for a thought provoking post.
    Parrish

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    • Leeswammes
      Feb 19, 2012 @ 19:54:32

      Totally agree, Parrish! If you ask people to follow you because of a giveaway you get all kinds of people follow who have no actual interest in your blog – I know, because I have followed (and unfollowed) people for that reason.

      I never ask people to follow me on my blog and I am SO proud that I have over 450 followers on my blog that just follow because they like my blog. That’s much more worth to me than 1,200 followers that I may have gained through giveaways.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Feb 19, 2012 @ 20:31:00

      I debate this issue with myself every time I post a hop Parrish. Most of the time I do end up making it a requirement to follow me in some way for a couple of different reasons, one of those is because I hope that the person then gives my blog a chance and ends up liking it, that might be a little naive though. 🙂
      I don’t make it a requirement for ordinary giveaways though – just hops, and if people unsubscribe after – well to be honest I wouldn’t notice LOL
      Personally I rarely subscribe to a blog just for the sake of entering a giveaway

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  19. Sean the Bookonaut
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 20:17:28

    A number of things can stop me; time, the way the text is formatted. I got around the captcha issue by installing intense debate.

    But if I don’t have time to comment, or don’t feel like it but enjoy the post I’ll tweet it.

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  20. Violet
    Feb 19, 2012 @ 20:50:12

    My blog is self-hosted and I have a captcha to cut down on spam comments, otherwise I get inundated. Few people read my blog and even fewer comment, so I guess my posts are just bad or boring! 🙂 I do try and comment on other blogs, but it takes time to read a post and think of a response. Also, I find the two-word blogger captcha is hard to read and it always takes a few tries before the comment is accepted. Blogger embedded comments simply won’t work for me. I think book bloggers form cliques and like-minded people tend to stick together. I’m not much of a joiner-in, so I guess I’ll just continue to blog into the void. 🙂

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Feb 20, 2012 @ 01:47:20

      You seem to get a few comments per review Violet – that is good return! I think it definitely helps to find like minded readers as well. The best way I have found to do this is to google a title I have read along with ‘review’ and then check out the links of book blogs who have also mentioned the book.

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  21. Leslie
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 04:31:12

    I stop by your blog a few times a week and today I am commenting… no excuse for not doing so more often other than lack of time. You are certainly easy to follow as a fellow wordpress blogger.

    I never have trouble commenting on WP blogs but some of the ones on blogger can be a nightmare…. the new comment verification system is horrible. One of my biggest annoyances are blog that take forever to load… usually because there are 100 widgets spinning and flashing or huge photos and no page breaks. Sorry, but I don’t stay or comment.

    Finding like minded readers is probably the best way to get a following. I always get excited when I discover a new blog and they read the same types of books that I do.

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  22. DoingDewey
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 08:46:16

    Before I started my own blog, I never commented. But something about having a blog myself has made reading blogs feel more like a conversation and, like you, I think meaningful comments are a good way to start friendships.

    I also think including questions in your posts is a great idea, since I am more likely to feel as though I have something worth commenting about when there’s an interesting question to answer. I’m least likely to interact with bloggers who don’t have a like button, because even if I love a post, I might not having something so substantial to say about it that I feel the need to comment.

    Thanks for getting an interesting conversation going!

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Feb 20, 2012 @ 15:35:09

      Thinking back I rarely commented on blogs before i started mine – mainly because i was too shy. The blog gave me a little more confidence in that way I think. Thanks for your comment Katie!

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  23. Marg
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 09:54:28

    We like you…..we really, really like you!

    Even as a Blogger blogger I never had the Google Friend Connect on my blog anyway because to me it is a “look at me” kind of thing. I am actually not convinced that my follower counter is even working since I swapped to my URL anyway.

    As to things that stop me commenting, partial feeds are a big one, the new Blogger captcha thing drives me absolutely crazy, especially seeing as the Blogger spam filter is actually pretty good now and catches 99% of the spam comments anyway! Every now and again one will come through but really, it is very rare!

    The big thing for me is trying to keep up with blogs and commenting. I have my feed readers sorted into different groups – some that are must reads which is where I start, and where I make comments to post regularly. Then there are the others that I will get to eventaully. I do make an effort to comment on those too, where it is a book that I either have read or want to read, or if the post is interesting in some way.

    When I feel like I am slipping into the habit of not commenting as much as I should, I do things like say that out of one of my folders, I must comment 10 times for example, just to get back into the habit.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Feb 20, 2012 @ 15:39:02

      That is one thing that would help me a lot I think Marg – sorting the hundreds of feeds into folders. I must see if I can figure out how to do it.
      Having commented on blogger blogs quite a lot today I am increasingly frustrated by the new two word verification system – it seems it is the new default – I wonder how many bloggers know that?
      BTW I like you too!

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  24. mpartyka
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 10:06:30

    I don’t always leave a comment. If you review a book that I’m not interested in (ie: a genre I don’t enjoy), I don’t even read the post. If it’s popular book in the genre I don’t like I am curious if you liked it though (and why).

    I will also comment if the blogger is writing about something that peaks my interest (if I want to share my opinion).

    Great post!

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Feb 20, 2012 @ 15:44:08

      I wouldn’t expect people to comment on every post Mari. I aim to comment on most blogs that I visit regularly at least once a week, to at least let them know I still hanging around 🙂

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  25. Blaine C. Readler
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 11:17:09

    Shelleyrae,

    I’ve been a part of your audience for over a year now, and I’ve never left comments because, well, I just never leave comments anywhere. I am leaving one now because you have specifically asked me (along with the collective) a question. I am a terrible participant in the e-world. I should say that I am not a participant at all; more of a freeloader, watching the action, but never paying the comment-dues. I don’t much tune in to blogging comments (honestly, to me it often seems like lunchroom chatter). I read your reviews often because they are the opposite of off-the-cuff lunchroom observations. I would never delve into the genre of novels you cover — just not my taste — but, and I am being totally honest here, I love your insights. As a forever-up-and-coming novelist, I am just fascinated by your observations. I know nothing about the books you review, but somehow your analyses are nuggets that stand alone. AND YOU DO IT EVERY WEEK — OFTEN TWICE OR THRICE A WEEK!

    It started the month before you reviewed my novel, when I started tuning in to get a feel for your style — to prepare myself for the worst (planning that if you hated my book I could chalk it off as poor objectivity). To my consternation I found that you seemed to have a real talent for digging out the substantive meat of the book.

    And finally, a confession: I read most of your reviews via your email posts. I rarely actually come here (at Book’d Out). In my defense, I do maintain a link to Book’d Out on my website.

    There you go (see? I’m terrible at comments — that wasn’t a comment, it was an essay),
    -Blaine C. Readler

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Feb 20, 2012 @ 15:50:47

      I am incredibly flattered by your comments Blaine!
      I do appreciate those invisible readers (I name you all Fred in my head) and really I shouldn’t assume the worst because someone doesn’t comment at all. Thanks for commenting today because now, when i am a little disheartened by the lack of comments, I can imagine an hidden readership just like you!

      (Just as well I liked your book LOL)

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  26. Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 14:23:28

    Great post, Shelleyrae. I’m always reading, but don’t always comment. For example, I read this one on my phone yesterday, but because it’s so hard to type a comment on my phone (I have slow and limited internet), I’m only just commenting now. I find that I do that quite often.

    Like many other bloggers, I tend not to comment if I find it hard to use a commenting system, or where I have to log in using Facebook or Twitter etc. A simple name/URL option is best for me.

    I definitely try to reciprocate comments where at all possible, and try to leave at least an “acknowledgement” comment on a post I’ve read and enjoyed. I don’t always have the time to write something thoughtful and in-depth, but I want to add my 2c so that a blogger doesn’t feel as though they’re shouting out into the aether!

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Feb 20, 2012 @ 15:59:15

      I read my RSS feed on my iPod Stephanie so I understand the difficulties of commenting via those type of devices. (not to mention the slow and limited internet). I email posts I want to comment on back to my hardrive so I can catch up with them the next day – well at least that is the plan.

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  27. Sue Gerth
    Feb 20, 2012 @ 23:23:18

    I would say the only thing that keeps me from commenting is time. I can read through blogs I like, but sometimes it’s on the fly! I like to comment as much as possible, because it is very nice to get those comments and know people are reading.

    I don’t have too many comments on my blogs at all, but I have people tell me they read them–so I really have no idea how many people read them.

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  28. Laura Ashlee
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 22:45:37

    You nailed it. My biggest problem is how busy I am. With working 40 hours a week and driving back and forth at least 10 hours a week, I sometimes find it hard to comment on posts I want to comment on. I recently made a folder in Outlook where I move all the blog posts I would like to comment on. Sometimes, they sit there long enough that I forget what I wanted to say. I try to keep up with them though. I know how much I appreciate a comment no matter when I get it, so I figure others are the same.

    I also used GFC when I was on blogger, and it feels so nice to be free of it. I love not looking at that number all the time.

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  29. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
    Feb 23, 2012 @ 13:40:56

    Time is always an issue Laura so its admirable that you do what you can!

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  30. Brigitte
    Feb 24, 2012 @ 04:03:32

    I visit the blogs I follow about twice a week, yours included. As I am not from Australia, or even from the Southern hemisphere, your reviews open a completely new window for me. Your book choices are eclectic and, although some are not up my alley, I enjoy reading what you thought of them. The World of Books is vast and it’s refreshing to have another opinion on what’s new.
    I have never commented, because….well, I have nothing to say. Now you’ve asked your readers, so I’m coming out of hiding, so to speak.:)
    But I do follow you on Goodreads.

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  31. Shirley
    Feb 26, 2012 @ 03:13:48

    Shelly Rae, this post is incredibly well-written and I am sure it mirrors what a lot of fellow bloggers, myself included, desire. We love the comments and the genuine followers but most of all we want to know that what we write is important, that our reviews encourage others to read these great books that we share with our ever growing audience. If it does, great, let us know.

    I see you have received numerous comments on this post. Many of us feel the same. Thanks for putting into words what so many of us feel. I blog because I love books and I hope my readers/followers feel the same.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Feb 26, 2012 @ 03:51:08

      Hi Shirley,
      Thank you for your kind words, I agree acknowledgment is important because it keeps us motivated to keep blogging

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  32. FABR Steph
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 04:24:55

    I do think that readers who don’t blog are a little unaware of the process and think that there is some risk to commenting. I know that long before I was blogging I believed that my personal information was going to be stolen. I have a privacy policy, but I seriously doubt that many read it.
    Great post.

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  33. Daystarz Books
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 22:23:35

    Shelleyrae, you are a wealth of information! I have learnt so much from you about blogging. Also I’ve just read all these comments and found them really useful too. I didn’t think about just using the Like button at the very least. As you can tell I am trolling through your older posts tonight. I love your blog!

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