QUERY: Do you guys read any mega-blogs?
“How big does a blog have to be before it’s a mega-blog?” you respond.
Don’t bother me with details. Just BIG…you know, when a blog starts getting hundreds or even thousands of comments on each post? I’d call that big. I’m thrilled when I can tease as many as 5 comments out of you tight-lipped folks. THOUSANDS? sheesh. I’m jealous.
Ok, now let me rant and rave for a moment. For now, I’ll overlook the fact that some really popular blogs are full of just completely boring stuff (Seriously, y’all are reading The Pioneer Woman? I’m churning out quality material like this and y’all are reading The Pioneer Woman? I don’t get it.) What I really want to talk about is the people who comment on these blogs. Who are these people?
Who reads a post, sees that there are 1,357 comments, and then decides that they’ve got something useful to add to the conversation??? Any more than a couple hundred comments and you can be certain than most of the commenters haven’t even read any of the other comments. No doubt, the same conversation is happening over and over and over again in the comments. Who finds that appealing? Who wants to be a part of it?
Also, isn’t any sort of personal connection between author and reader lost when a blog gets that big? For example, sometimes I’ll ask y’all to help me answer a question, and since you guys know that there are only gonna be about 3 total comments, you can be certain that I’m actually going to read each comment, thoughtfully consider it, and probably even respond. It’s called dialogue! Huzzah! But when a mega-blogger asks a question, knowing that he/she is probably going to get over 1,000 responses, doesn’t it become less genuine and personal? Don’t the commenters realize that there’s no way in hell the original author is even reading all the comments? So then who are they responding to? The other commenters (see above)?
So what do you think readers? Do you read mega-blogs? What are some of the biggest blogs you read? Do you ever comment on mega-blogs? If so, why?
NOTE: I promise to read each and every comment on this post very carefully, until I get to the 1,000 mark. After that I’ll be too busy trying to figure out how to add google ads to the blog so I can make money off you. Ha ha! Take that, suckas!
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