Lately, I’ve been trying to comment on more of the gazillion blogs I follow, not just because I’ve made it one of my habits on Habit RPG (and thus get more points for each comment), but also because it’s just a good way to establish those relationships that help build me into a better blogger and a stronger brand. And people love comments. I love comments, I know many people who label their comment sections with a declaration of how much they love comments, too. I’ve been doing this enough that sometimes I don’t even think twice about commenting, it’s just the right thing to do.
But other times? I thought I had been free from it, but, the other day, I had that little niggling feeling in the back of my head that was reluctant to comment, because of the ridiculous worry that I might actually be annoying someone with my comments. This tends to happen the most when the blogger is someone who already has a long list of comments and adoring followers, or it’s a “bigger” blogger name that I look up to, or I find myself frequently commenting on their blog, even though I don’t really know them outside of the fact that I follow them. Weird, isn’t it, that here we would be on this platform that basically exists to interact with other people, only to then have this complex about the actual interactions.
Please tell me I’m not alone in this. I’m pretty sure some of you might be reading this and thinking I’m mildly crazy, because what are blogs for if not to respond and interact with readers, while some of you are bobbing your heads in complete agreement, yet not commenting because you, too, feel you don’t have anything ‘significant’ to add to the conversation. I’m fairly certain there are very few people sitting there complaining about the comments they got on their blog. Yet, I can’t help feel that worry creep in every once in a while, preventing me from pushing send, even after the comment is written. From here on in, I’m going to try to overcome that doubt and push send anyway.