Comment on My Blogs, or Not. I Don’t Care, or Do I?

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I Wouldn't Block Any Comments.  I Just Couldn't Find a Different Cartoon.The title to this blog is easily one of the top 5 most pathetic that I have ever used. If you don’t believe me read all 173 (counting this one) entries.

Then you can become the official judge of pathetic titles. Although, if you accept this challenge, I will just consider you pathetic. Granted your effort will be appreciated, but I will still look at you with both sadness and disgust.

After all, who has time to read blogs? Or write them? Or leave comments on them?

Even though I have written over 172 blogs, I still have no idea why.

I don’t remember why I started, and I can’t figure out why I don’t stop.

It is like a rash that won’t go away. Or an annoying 7th grader (if you don’t get this reference, you have obviously not spent any time around middle school students).

When I hear people say they have a blog but haven’t posted in 2 months, I always wonder… why do you have a blog?

Isn’t the point to post your thoughts periodically?

Is it possible they haven’t had a semi-coherent thought in over 60 days? Could it be that they are just too busy?

Can they be so busy they don’t have 19 minutes to slop something down?

Granted, I am not as consumed with the quality of my writing as some bloggers. I try not to get bogged down by using correct English, understanding the proper use of an adverb, or even knowing how to correctly use a semi-colon; (in my estimation, still the coolest of all the punctuation marks).

Truthfully, I am not sure I would even recognize quality if it walked up and slapped me.

My goals in having a blog are two-fold. One, amuse myself. Two, kill time.

Oh, I forgot one.

I am here to get comments.

And lots of them.

Hopefully, hundreds. Or at least 3. Okay, I will settle for 1. I am what you call easy.

Evidently, comments are a source of pride to bloggers.

I think. I haven’t actually met a blogger.

I have a picture in my mind of what they are like… pale, hunched over, glasses, slightly angry, definitely a little moody, borderline psychotic, way too much free time and… wait a second… this all sounds a little too familiar…

Anyway, I have nice (bored) people who leave comments or send me emails (stalkers).

Some of the comments comment on how many comments I get (or don’t get).

I get the feeling if there are a lot of comments; more people want to comment and if there are no comments, people don’t want to be the first to leave their thoughts.

I have no idea why people leave comments.

It is also surprising to me which blog entries receive comments. Usually, the blogs that get the most are ones that I don’t care for (that’s a lie, they are like children… I love them all equally… NOT).

I have read articles on how to get more comments. They say you should be argumentative or controversial.

It seems odd just to do this just to get comments.

And kind of sad.

People who have to resort to these types of tactics are really the lowest form of bloggers.

The only thing I can think of that might be worse is someone writing a blog about getting comments just to see if readers will leave more comments (especially on older blogs… or as I like to call them, Classics… and by Classics, I mean they are just old).

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13 Responses to “Comment on My Blogs, or Not. I Don’t Care, or Do I?”

  1. Jenny
    on Oct 27th, 2008
    @ 9:41 am

    I am glad you blog! Your blog always makes me smile! I share them with the principals in my district (I have no idea if they read them!). Please don’t stop!!!!!

    I am one of the ppl that have a blog and don’t post very often.( It is actually for my school district. I am now posting to a wiki for them so I don’t post as often to the blog!

    Thanks again for all the smiles!

  2. Dave
    on Oct 27th, 2008
    @ 3:37 pm


    I was so hoping to be the first comment on this post, but oh well. At least I found a new blog and wiki!

    I liked your last post about the Puma suit. I bet that happens more than we think!

  3. Pat
    on Oct 27th, 2008
    @ 3:53 pm

    I admit to following your blog (I guess that means I am a stalker!). You have provided a lot of entertainment at my dinner table! :) I also enjoy what your write and how you write so please keep it up.

  4. Jackie Ballarini
    on Oct 27th, 2008
    @ 4:03 pm

    “Is it possible they haven’t had a semi-coherent thought in over 60 days?”
    Speaking for myself (and for whom else could I speak?) YES.

    “Could it be that they are just too busy?”
    That’s my rationale. Then again, I have time to leave this comment. Hmm.

  5. Terry Shay
    on Oct 27th, 2008
    @ 7:00 pm

    Just one moment……”pale, hunched over, glasses, slightly angry, definitely a little moody, borderline psychotic…” I most certainly do NOT wear glasses, though I admit that the other descriptors could definitely be deemed accurate.

    I am commenting, not because you guilted me into it, but because I know your wife does all the heavy lifting on you blog and I wanted to say hello.

    OK, I admit it, you make me laugh. Hard to believe that from someone in your position…and I will definitely deny it if questioned, but appreciate your sense of humor.

  6. Nadine N
    on Oct 27th, 2008
    @ 8:24 pm

    I enjoy your blog – mainly because it’s not controversial! I like your stories. Most of all, I like the fact that you are a blogging principal. That’s just what I want to be when I grow up!

  7. Carol
    on Oct 28th, 2008
    @ 4:55 pm

    I follow your blog regularly. It provides a little entertainment to get through the work day!

  8. Jen
    on Oct 28th, 2008
    @ 6:09 pm

    I’m all for these sorts of posts. I was lonely in the past being the only commenter or clearly the overinvolved commenter.

    But I’ve slacked off and look at how you come begging. I confess, I’m student teaching now (though the other student teachers thought they’d misheard since I am twice their age) and my free time has vanished. My program’s lesson plan format requires that every lesson takes 4 times longer to plan than to execute. Minimum 4 times.

    Only 30 more days though; not that I’ve counted (actually, they make us count and write it on a calendar). Then I’ll be theoretically employable. Too bad I live in an area crawling with teachers. I’ll likely be subbing right into my rapidly approaching golden years.

  9. TeacherPortal Darren
    on Oct 28th, 2008
    @ 11:40 pm

    ha nice post…it’s good to send out that beacon every now and then for those of us lurking spectators upon your life ;)

    Seriously, I really like your style and since I’ve found it I’ve been reading all your posts.

    if you really want us to come out of the shadows, a great way is to solicit them – as you’ve discovered by this post. but also ask a specific at the end of a post. Like asking your readers what’s worked for them or what is commented on the most.

  10. Greg Bicknell
    on Oct 30th, 2008
    @ 6:01 pm

    I just want to be funny in my blog. I think you do as well… every so often though… you get controversial… and that draws out the comments.

    Keep up the good work… this makes 10

  11. Jim McGuire
    on Nov 1st, 2008
    @ 3:41 pm

    One thing I have learned, more comments does not necessarily mean a better post, or more readers. Lucky for me, I have a captive audience (my students). There is nothing like tying a grade to comments, to boost the numbers. :)

  12. Tim
    on Nov 2nd, 2008
    @ 9:37 pm

    Hmmm… Thought I ought to comment, just cause it seems like you really really want to feel some comment love.

    Keep up the good work.

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