Do You Actually Read The Entire Post Before You Comment?

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Do you actually read an entire post before you scroll down to make your comment? blogging for business

There was this great featured post the other day where a member of Active Rain was asking for advice about starting her own wordpress blog/site. 

Reading through the comments I noticed that there were comments giving Debbie advice about what she has to have on her wordpress blog/site. Some of the commenters said she needs to have ways that a buyer can search for their home and things related to real estate buyers and sellers. Her post is 'members only' so I won't link to it from a public post. But here is a link to her profile- Debbie Gartner Flooring Guru. 

It caused me to wonder how many people actually read the post. Also, do you look on the blogger's side bar to see who they work for? 

Active Rain is open to all real estate related businesses. So there are Realtors®, Mortgage Brokers, Consultants, Stagers, Home Inspectors and others. 

Debbie owns a Flooring Franchise. She sells Hardwood flooring, tile and carpet. Having a home buying search like Diverse Solutions or Realbird are really not going to be benefit Debbie and her business.  

So even if you don't read the entire post to figure out what the blogger is saying do you at least read about who they are? Just saying.... 


 

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Bryan Robertson
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I'll read the entire post if it's interesting and if I do read it all, I almost always make a comment.  However, if I don't read it, I don't comment.  Some folks on here just stop by long enough to write "great post" to get a few points and then move on.

October 10, 2010 10:30 AM #39
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Rodney Mason
Prospect Mortgage - Atlanta, GA
FHA 203K, USDA, VA, HomePath Renovation Specialist

I think there is really a bigger question.  How many read the post AND the comments before making their own comments.  I have see several "I can't believe the mortgage company required this" posts.  Most the time is was an actual guideline or policy that the agent simply was not aware of.  Of course, most of the agents also just on board with the same mentality of "how dare they".  This is even after some people actually in the mortgage industry had clarified that it was real guideline and not overstepping at all.  Obviously, if they read the facts, they just disregarded them.

October 10, 2010 11:01 AM #40
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Steve Baklaich
RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate - Saint Cloud, MN

I have thought about writing a similar post after getting a few comments that you KNOW did not read a word of the post, not even just the first paragraph. I do read the post, start to read the comments, sometimes I will make it all the way through the comments and sometimes (like now will get down so far and realize that I have to run to get to my open houses on time) Gotta love the idea of changing the blog 1/2 way through, must have been interesting to see the results after comment #22.

October 10, 2010 11:12 AM #41
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Phil Stevenson, CRMP
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I agree, you must read the whole post ESPECIALLY if you are giving advice. I mean, hello! I am guilty of skimming through some of them, but I don't just skip to the bottom. Thanks!
October 10, 2010 11:29 AM #42
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Susan Thompson-Solomons
The McNelis Group, LLC - Solomons, MD
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The idea for AR members is to learn from the post - their loss if they don't read. The point accumulators aren't fooling anyone and actually don't present themselves in the best light if a non-member reads the post and also sees the commenter's lack of substance.

October 10, 2010 11:35 AM #43
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Hi Katerina....

Well if I was on trial for this....all I can say is I would want to plea bargain at this point. I am guilty...but with an explanation. if the post is too long (for me), I apply emergency shortening measures and act accordingly. I appear to be on track at this time. Also, reading other comments helps me nail my down too when I do short-cut. So, if the post is short, sweet and to the point or fascinating beyond words...count me in for the full read.......thank you and best

October 10, 2010 11:38 AM #44
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Erica Ramus
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I always check to see what kind of business the writer is in! I see responses sometimes where I think the writer read the headline, maybe the first few sentences, then jumps right to comment -- and it's pretty clear he/she missed the point.

October 10, 2010 12:11 PM #45
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Eric Michael
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Do I always read the whole post? Nope. Do I comment on a post I don't read? Nope. I used to though. Actually, when I first started reading them, if it was too long or confusing to read, instead of just skipping it, I would read some of the comments by people who I've come to see a lot. Based on their comments, I would get a better idea of what the post was about. Like I said, I USED to do this. lol Just being honest.

October 10, 2010 02:15 PM #46
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Bernadine Hunter, SFR, ACRE
Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - Reynoldsburg, OH
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Yeah, sometimes people get in a hurry and assume they know what the post is about.

October 10, 2010 02:56 PM #47
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Debra Davis
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners - Snellville, GA
Realtor - Atlanta, Decatur, Snellville, Loganville

I have notice this on post before too. I think it is important to read the entire post to actually know what the person is trying to convey.

October 10, 2010 07:32 PM #48
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Kim Peasley-Parker
AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc. - Sumter, SC

I have seen posts before and wondered if those leaving comments did indeed read the entire post and also the business the writer was in.

October 10, 2010 09:24 PM #49
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Judi K Barrett
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Debbie's post took a while to read through all of the comments. 

There was so much advice. 

Some of it I understood and some I didn't. 

I believe there are always going to be those that engage, converse, and yes... read the post all the way through.. then there are others...

 

October 10, 2010 10:03 PM #50
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Nestor & Katerina Gasset
International Properties and Investments LLC - Wellington, FL
Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale

I think it is fine to not read a post all the way through if you are just there to give support to a fellow blogger. But when it comes to giving advice- well, the post I am talking about was very short- it was that not many people paid attention to who Debbie really was and what she does. 

I think many assume that just because this is AR, they are all agents here and that is not the case. 

Coach Katerina

October 11, 2010 12:22 AM #51
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We are totally amazed at some of the comments we read here on the rain...and like you say, if you don't want to read the whole post, at lease pay attention to what the member acutally does!

October 11, 2010 12:17 PM #52
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Petra Norris
CDV TransAtlantic, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale

Katerina - First of all, you really gave Debbie great advice.  But for me it was really obvious that she is in the Flooring Business by just looking at the blog post you're referring.  The blog was not very long and her logo "Floor Coverings International" is prominently shown on the bottom of each post.  

 

October 11, 2010 02:14 PM #53
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

I try to read the entire post but, I confess, on the longer posts I sometimes get led astray, or lead myself astray as it were. And, one other confession, I don't always check to see what the poster does.

October 11, 2010 04:07 PM #54
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Nestor & Katerina Gasset
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Mike- But I don't believe that you would give advice to someone when you don't even know what they do if that answer should benefit their business. :) 

October 11, 2010 04:10 PM #55
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Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
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Katerina:  I usually read the entire post before I make a comment, as I did with this post of yours.  Sometimes, if I am really interested in the topic, or if it looks like the comments are "real" comments that add to the dialogue, I will read many, if not all of the comments.

In this post... I did not read ALL of the comments... but definitely read the entire post.

I know when I write a post that gets good comments... it really bothers me when someone writes a comment... and you can just TELL that all they read was the title of the post, and assumed they knew what it was all about.  I find that very irritating.

I mean... why bother commenting at all... if you're not going to be adding something relevant.

October 12, 2010 02:22 AM #56
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Phil Weaver
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I think a lot of ARers have this happen to them.  You get the token, "Thanks for the information" comment.  That's okay.  Most of the comments are helpful, and you can easily pass over the others.

October 12, 2010 07:45 AM #57
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Nestor & Katerina Gasset
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Karen Anne-  I feel much the same. But over the years here, it no longer bothers me that people leave simple, great post comments. Sometimes I will go by a friend like you, who perhaps I have not been by in a while, and just say, hey, I am just stopping by to say hi and let you know I read your blog, or something to that effect. Then again, I think if I left you a comment like that, you would feel my sincerity. 

What I mind is when someone makes a comment adding to a conversation, giving their advice when they don't even know what advice they are giving or whether it is relevant. I think when someone gives you advice with out even knowing what you do- is like meeting someone who shuts their ears but won't shut their mouth, offline. :) 

October 12, 2010 09:32 AM #58
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