Running commentary…

19 Oct

The more time I’ve spent writing Diary of an Internet Nobody, the more I’ve come to appreciate how important the part of comments is in helping to keep the stream of ideas flowing.

Since it appears to be the month for celebrating milestones – 15,000 hits, 200 followers – it’s also worth me taking a minute to congratulate you, my esteemed followership, on the fact that over 1000 comments have now been registered on the blog, (although I should point out, that does include my replies) and I’m grateful for each and every one.
I even had my very own troll for a while, but he seems to have crept back under his bridge of late.

Trolls aside, if it wasn’t for the opinions, advice and thought-provoking discussions that have begun in that little square box at the bottom of each post, many of the actual posts might not have been written in the first place.
Quite apart from the direct contributions so to speak, from old friends Oliver, who gave a personal account of a trip to Reading Festival in this post and Zippy, (Richard Thorns) who has added his own inimitable take on two separate stories which you can find at the top of the homepage, along with links to their sister posts.

[In related news, Zip’s passion for cryptozoology continues unabated and you can watch the video about his latest expedition to locate the fabled Pink Headed Duck right here…]

I have actually been congratulated by a writer I rate very highly (not without some degree of envy, I’m pleased to note) on the quality of the comments on the blog, and on the articulate calibre of my readers, so you should consider yourselves suitably flattered.

Both Bully for me… and Foot in mouth disease… were inspired by conversations I had elsewhere on the hard shoulder of one information superhighway or another.
While the time reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts is time well spent, not just for the welcome reciprocal traffic this generates, but also for the chance to get involved in exchanges with like-minded people on subjects as diverse as the posts we all read.

The trouble is, if I see a good blog I automatically follow it. Likewise, if someone follows Diary of an Internet Nobody I’ll generally follow back, (although I’m starting to learn my lesson now, after getting spammed by various, deeply spurious, get rich quick schemes) which means I now have so many blogs to read that if I commented on them all, I’d need three of me just to give me time to write.


And I like to leave a comment with a bit of thought behind it if I can, whether it’s just to join in with Adam, bashing the numpty-du-jour at A World Of Pain, trying my best to interpret the enigmatic art of Windhound over at Dragonshades, enjoying the eclectic mix of photography, video, reviews and comment in Emilie Rosson’s world, having an exchange of cultural views with Ron, flamboyant host of Vent or making terrible puns on Toemail.

But nothing beats the feeling you get when something you wrote generates enough interest or emotion in someone that they take the time to leave a thoughtful, well written comment.
These freely offered contributions act as additional insights into the subject of the original post, providing other readers with another point of view and sometimes even lead to cooperation and collaboration between bloggers.
Just this morning, turning my phone on to finish writing this post, I’ve commented on three blogs one of which, Tim Love’s blog is completely new to me, a recommendation from a fellow blogger.

Another problem I’ve had recently is trying to navigate the desktop site of the mobile-unfriendly but otherwise excellent, so I’m going to find the blogs I follow on there which I can’t get through my WordPress Reader and follow them by email instead. That way I don’t need to spend hours trawling through dozens of microscopic notifications to find links to the latest pearls of wisdom from Rum Punch Drunk, to see the latest artistic offerings from the lovely Carol over at Anfinsen Fine Art or to catch the newest batch of scantily clad female fantasy warriors and/or poodle-haired ’80s rock drongos from the Assorted Thoughts of Big D’s Unsorted Mind.
And while we’re on the subject, Hey BlogCatalog, can we have an Android app please?

So thanks again for your help in making my blog what it is today. Because without all those wonderful interactions with all you other writers, readers and ranters to keep my neurons firing, what would I find to talk about?
And thank you once again to Ho, for his latest bespoke blog-toon.

Rest assured, this will be the final burst of barely-disguised, self-congratulatory own trumpet blowing (for a while at least) but I am inordinately proud of my foray into the world of blogging and I’m not modest enough to care who knows it.
In fact, not since my days as a teenage theatre nerd have I been able to look at a body of creative work and said to myself “I/we did that from scratch and people like it”

And I like that.


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11 responses to “Running commentary…

  1. Ron

    October 20, 2013 at 15:54

    “While the time reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts is time well spent, not just for the welcome reciprocal traffic this generates, but also for the chance to get involved in exchanges with like-minded people on subjects as diverse as the posts we all read.”

    You’re spot on about that, Dale! For me, reading and commenting on other blogs (as well as my own) are the BEST thing about blogging because of the exchange of thoughts and ideas. I can’t tell how many times I’ve gotten post ideas JUST from what someone has said on their blog or in a comment. And what really saddens me is that in the past 6 years of blogging, I’ve notice a decline of bloggers responding to comments on their blog posts. I’m sorry, but a blog is not just me saying something and not responding to what someone says about what I wrote. A blog is about forming a community and interacting. And comments are an expansion of a blog post. In fact, I have a post written that I will be sharing next month on this topic – responding to comments.

    It’s been a pleasure and joy getting to know you through out blogs this past year, buddy. Thank you for not only what you share here on your blog, but also for your exchange on my own blog. I look forward to the years to come!

    Great post!

    • dalecooper57

      October 20, 2013 at 16:06

      Well, there you are ladies and gentlemen, a perfect example of a comment adding to the topic of the original post.
      (The money’s in the post Ron)

  2. adsnads1976

    October 20, 2013 at 17:16

    I have read a great deal of very interesting stuff on this blog – but I also very much enjoy reading other people’s thoughts. Keep it up Dale – there aren’t enough intelligent, witty and brave writers, willing to tackle big subjects using words. And your man Ron certainly does add a great deal in the little comment boxes – so you too sunshine, keep up the Stirling work!

  3. Lanthie Ransom

    October 20, 2013 at 17:36

    BlogCatalog are making some changes at the moment I notice. So maybe you will get your Android app.

    • dalecooper57

      October 20, 2013 at 17:57

      Fingers crossed. I keep getting problems navigating away from my bc wall to other blogs.

  4. Big D

    October 20, 2013 at 21:43

    Congratulations on another milestone. And I do appreciate the plug too.

    • dalecooper57

      October 20, 2013 at 21:48

      You are very welcome. I enjoy your blog immensely. Brings back a lot of my eighties metal memories.

  5. jerseylil

    October 21, 2013 at 18:36

    Congrats Dale! You are an amazingly prolific blogger with interesting posts and no wonder you have so many followers and good comments. (Ron gave an exceptionally excellent comment on commenting, and I concur with what he wrote above.) Like your graphics in this post! I always enjoy getting comments on my blog posts, and that interaction between the blogger and the audience is really what it’s all about, that’s what makes my day.

    Watched the video about chasing the pink-headed duck. So fascinating, I hope Richard finds it!! I clearly need to read his blog.

    • dalecooper57

      October 21, 2013 at 21:38

      Phew, thanks for that Lil, you’re no slouch in the long comment stakes yourself. And I can’t, shan’t and won’t take credit for the pictures, they are Ho’s latest contribution.

  6. steph

    October 22, 2013 at 07:59

    Woo- those are big milestones! It definitely comes across that you write thoughtful, interesting posts for a friendly audience. Congratulations!

    • dalecooper57

      October 22, 2013 at 08:36

      Thank you Steph, it’s very kind of you to say so.


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