Today’s Dork Tower comic offers some great advice to bloggers on the subject of comments.
It seems I am asked by newer bloggers for advice on how to attract comments to their entries more than any other question. The truth is I haven’t figured it out myself and I’ve been at this for a couple of years now. I never cease to be amazed by my complete inability to predict which entries I put up will attract lots of comments. Something I spent four hours working on about a topic I’m sure is going to draw just tons of comments will be lucky to get a single comment in the first few days since I posted it, but some crappy little four-line entry about jock itch that I tossed up because I couldn’t come up with anything more compelling to talk about will generate a flood of comments as though I had pontificated on the ultimate meaning of life. I’d like to think that this means my weightier entries are so well-reasoned that most folks can’t come up with a worthy counter-argument, but I have a sneaking suspicion the reality is that my picture in the upper left makes some folks think that if they disagree with me I’ll hunt them down, kill them with my bare hands, and then eat them for my dinner.
And that’s another thing that just floors me: The perception so many people have that I’m a big, tough, bad-ass type. Anne laughs her ass off every time I tell her about another email where someone said I was all scary and intimidating in my picture. I look at it and I think I look kinda happy and jovial, but if I had a dime for every email that asks me what I was so pissed off about when that picture was taken, well, I’d have a lot more dimes by now. Now my pic on the SEB Reviews blog is one where I was trying to look kinda scary and I think the glare I’m sporting in that picture could justify a few you-so-scary comments, but the one here on SEB? Com’on! That’s a ‘Who’s your buddy?” pose if I ever saw one!