At last I am becoming what could almost be described as a Veteran of Blogging. Lurching unsteadily into my fourth month. Well it would have been my fifth but I deleted my first Blog by mistake so we’ll say fourth. Whats a month between friends.
Like us all I peer at my stats page but in my case with very little comprehension. Obviously I am more than pleased that the Albanian sheep farmer battles through severe weather on a regular basis to read my Blog: It is heartwarming.
Below that noble statistic is another column which says I have some subscribers and subscriptions. As I wander round Blogsville I notice several styles of interaction. One that has caught my eye is the one when someone has replied to every comment they receive. Do people who made a comment go back and see if anyone else had said anything I used to ask myself, or for my Albanian fan ” Njerëzit të kthehen dhe të lexoni çdo koment”.
Sometimes a Blog post can be a photograph which I like but I don’t expect any reply.I just want to record my appreciation. Sometimes it a post about recipees and I just say something like, “Thankyou for helping to keep me fat. Can I add extra butter, cheese and cream to the pasta without effecting the flavour” In this case I would go back and see if they had replied to my comment. I’ve only just realised that you can get an email update on comments without having to go back to the original blog several times a day.
I ask this because a very nice chap called “Big Al” asked me a question today and I could’nt think of how to reply to him. I could send him a personal email but it seems a bit intrusive, or go to his blog and answer the question he posed me regardless of what he was talking about or presume the question to be rhetorical, which has alwyas been my standard aproach. How do I know if the person has comment subscribed or not. Please don’t reply to this question by the way. There is very little prospect of my understanding the answer.
For reasons which escape us all I have had a couple of pingpongs which is very nice, and sincerely appreciated but I’ve no idea how to reciprocate. I have a Blogroll of people I admire, but in truth the list is now out of date and should be at least three times as long. But pinging them is another matter. For those of an investigative nature, you may find that some of the links on my Blogroll do not work. A team of skilled engineers has promised to look at this and they should be operational again soon.
In short I have never really commented on comments, except in very rare circumstances. Is this considered a courtesy. What is the form here. If people ask me things how do I know if they will get the answer. As some singer warbled a few years ago. “The questions run too deep for such a simple man”, or as my Albanian chum would say “Pyetjet drejtuar shumë të thellë për një njeri të tillë të thjeshtë”