"Is Your Blog a Brick Wall?" Responding to your Readers - Blog Tips for Rain Drips

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams West Sound Realty

Okay, so I'm rehashing another one of my pet peeves here in the Rain.

So you're sitting there late at night, or perhaps it's early in the morning. Either way, it's your valuable time, time you could be doing something else. Like 'sleeping!' But you've chosen to be here - at your computer, logged onto your favorite on-line addiction "ActiveCoCain."

 And like any dedicated 'Rainer,' you're sitting there busily engaged in making your daily comments. You know, that aspect of conversational blogging where you, 'The Reader,' can actually contribute to the dialogue initiated by the post author. It's also one of those glorious opportunities the Rain gods have designed which enable you to garner those much coveted 'points!' That's right, 25 points per comment, 10 comments per day, 1750 points per week, and about 7500 points per month. If you did nothing else but comment, you could easily achieve 50,000 points within your first 6 months of membership!

Well, maybe you're that rare ODD bird that doesn't much concern yourself with the whole 'point' thingie. That's right, you're above such childish gamery. You're here for the substance, the stimulating exchange of thought, the healthy debate of opposing views. Your well-crafted comments read like a cross between a best-selling novel and a Masters Thesis. You've taken time to carefully digest the author's article in it's entirety. You've read through the chain of prior comments. And now, your literary masterpiece lies proudly enshrined within the comment box, awaiting those final editing steps.

At the very bottom of the comments section, you find the familiar - "Notify me of new comments" box, which you always 'click' on, and enter the infamous 'graphics' code which seems to defy any logic of rhyme or reason. Now your comment resides within the blog, a testament to your valued opinions!  blogging brick wall

And then, you wait. The minutes ticking by slowly. Another comment appears, and then, yet another. Minutes turn into hours. The stream of comments continues, but the originating author remains silent, unresponsive.

The day passes into the next. The tide of comments subsides. And still, the blog author has yet to return and acknowledge any of the string of commentators.

My wife often complains that trying to hold a conversation with me is "like talking to a brick wall." This is especially true if I'm attempting to watch some sporting event on TV (Why is it that women always insist on asking us something right during that crucial 3rd down situation?)

After 25 years of married bliss, I'm learning that my lack of attentive listening or response communicates that I don't value my wife or her opinions. It takes discipline and effort, but if I truly value her, I will listen carefully to what she says, and respond accordingly.

Responding back to those who have commented on your blog article conveys that you value their readership. Out of the 57,000 members of ActiveRain, these people have taken the time out of their busy day to read YOUR post, and contribute THEIR thoughts.

Now granted, some comments may not necessarily warrant a response. The greedy point-grabbers who litter your post with "Nice Job!"...or "Great Post!"..obviously don't necessitate your considerations. But certainly those who have clearly grasped the gist of your article, and have contributed meaningful dialogue should be acknowledged.

Taking time to respond back to those who have left substantive comments on your blog articles will serve to reward/build their readership and communicate that you value their opinions.

For further consideration:

"Beware of Strafing Run Bloggers"

"One-Way Traffic Jams on the ActiveRain Blogway"

"Givers and Takers among the Rain"

"Frequent Comment Rewards Program"

"Just when You thought" - No More Talk about Comments by Faina Sechzer

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Rich Jacobson is a licensed real estate professional providing knowledgeable empowerment and relentless representation for his clients of residential properties and vacant land throughout all of Kitsap County WA and portions of Pierce, Mason, and Jefferson Counties. You can also find him at KitsapLife.com, SOUNDBITEBLOG and Crabbing in the Hood, or e-mail:  kitsapagent@gmail.com

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Rainmaker
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Irina Netchaev
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Rich, you always make me laugh!  Thanks!!! 

Go ActiveCoCaine!

Nov 11, 2007 01:07 AM #148
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Robert & Lisa Hammerstein
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Score Rich!

Wow, that's alotta points!  Seriously Active CoCaine?  Too clever, you are.  The point is so well taken and agreed - too many people just want the darn points and not enough want to make contacts through relationships gained.  Thanks for another invigorationg post!

Nov 11, 2007 08:05 AM #149
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Lisa Bosques
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Rich,

I read your blog just in the nick of time the other day.  Yesterday I had my first featured blog and was so excited and grateful to have received over 80 comments. I responded to as many as I could, though I don't think I got to every one of them. 

I was thinking that maybe it was okay to post a general expression of gratitude to everyone(I am truly amazed at AR and the positive support that's here).  Then I came back to your blog and noticed that you really respond to every single comment; and your posts tend to get hundreds!

That's amazing to me.  I will try to do better next time.  Thanks for your advice! 

Nov 11, 2007 11:10 AM #150
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Michael Brown
Mann & Sons Inc. Rehoboth Beach - Rehoboth Beach, DE

Great post.

Wives don't like to be ignored. What do you think we'd be doing to ignore them if it were not for the computers? Probably reading books or watching TV... 

Nov 11, 2007 11:57 AM #151
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Jon Mitchell
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Rich, you are a very wise dude.  I actually read one of those posts you mentioned before and immediately went back to update my comments.  When I first joined, I didn't realize that you were supposed to do that!
Nov 11, 2007 09:30 PM #152
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Natalie Langford
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Hey, this is a great topic to blog on!  I enjoy having people click on and respond to my blog and I've tried to keep up with comments in a timely fashion.  When I read the title, I thought you were writing about blogs that create NO comments.  Those are bummers!  Anyway, Broker Bryants wife took it one step further and taught me how to take a walk in the rain!!!!!!!!!  (Then she roared).
Nov 12, 2007 05:20 PM #153
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Natalie Langford
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ps, my folks are in Bremerton and I love your mall!   Best, Nat
Nov 12, 2007 05:21 PM #154
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Ryan Hukill - Edmond
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I like the connection of this practice and the brick wall. I also get called a brick wall by my wife, so I feel for you. Great post Rich!
Nov 13, 2007 07:29 AM #155
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Tatyana Sturm
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Being still fairly new to this blogging thing.  I read one of your earlier blogs and from that point I every comment I have made I have formulated some sort of opinion or advice to engage in some sort of conversation and picked the blogs that interested me to comment on.  I actually didn't realize until reading this that the proper thing to so was to comment back.  I don't think I have received a comment back on one of my comments, and I have only posted a few blogs, which haven't received many comments, but I will comment back.

Thanks

Nov 14, 2007 09:07 AM #156
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Rich-I completely agree with you on this.  I find it completely discouraging to "hit a brick wall" with anybody.  When people engage in the comments that are made on their posts, it's the same as if you are in front of somebody face to face and you are giving them eye contact while they are speaking.  It's very important to let that person know that you value their opinion, comment, suggestion or whatever it may be.  In addition I have found myself commenting time after time on a few unidentified peoples blogs and they never, ever reciprocate and when I go back to check if they've made a comment back on my comment and there is nothing.  That's when I quit sharing and move on to the next.   
Nov 14, 2007 09:21 AM #157
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Julie - you make some excellent points here. "Eye Contact" is especially appropriate. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!....
Nov 14, 2007 10:26 AM #158
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Tatyana - it takes time to develop a consistent readership for your blog, and to see regulars coming back to comment. But one of the most proven means of accomplishing and encouraging this is to comment consistently on other people's blogs, and to engage those who comment your your posts. Write about those things which you are most passionate about; allow your unique perspective & personality to come through your words. People will find you and enjoy/value what you share....
Nov 14, 2007 10:31 AM #159
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Lisa - I don't think it's necessary to respond to each and every comment, although, ideally, that would be the best thing. But let's face it, we have lives, our business, our families, etc.. There are times when responding to every comment isn't feasible or practical. The most important thing you should take from this post is to simply make a practice of going back to your articles, see if anyone has commented, at a minimum respond to those who have added substance to the conversation. Anything beyond that is blog frosting...thanks for stoppin' by and sharing your thoughts...

Nov 14, 2007 10:35 AM #160
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Lania DeMers
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Hi Rich. You are one of my "saved blog" people and I am a blogging "dummy" but I do try to comment. I find that there are certain authors you like to read over and over and you are one of my favorites, so I thought I'd tell you!
Nov 14, 2007 02:32 PM #161
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Lania - I am truly honored! Thank you for taking time out of your day to read something of mine. We are ALL in process here. It's a huge learning curve on ActiveRain. Someday, you'll find yourself giving blogging tips to someone else who is new and inexperienced. Keep up the great efforts!....

Nov 15, 2007 12:49 AM #162
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William J. Archambault, Jr.
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Rich,

I just stopped to wish you andyou partner a Happy Thanksgiving.

Bill

Nov 22, 2007 01:31 AM #163
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Willliam - thank you, Sir. Ditto the Holiday Wishes back to you!.....
Nov 22, 2007 03:12 AM #164
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Jon Mitchell
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Hey Rich!  Where did you go?  I am going through withdraws here.  I haven't seen any new material for a while!
Nov 25, 2007 02:18 PM #165
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Jonathan - thanks, man. I appreciate you keeping tabs on me. I will be posting something new shortly. Life got in the way....Hope all is well with you!
Nov 27, 2007 12:14 PM #166
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My blog is starting to get more comments.  It is a thrill.  Sometimes I get really good input or just encouragement.  Both are great.  Yes I do play for points.  I like being at the top of my community page.

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