As a proud participant in the Weekly Geeks phenomenon, I hereby point you to the official blog/site for this week’s topic. Weekly Geeks 2010-07: Commenting.
Care’s Commenting Policy
I, Care of Care’s Online Book Club, hereby encourage comments to my posts and agree to being enthusiastically appreciative when I read said comments. I promise to attempt to respond here – usually in a “Reply” right after the comment, and via email (when I especially want the commenter to know of my response). (I do wonder if anyone ever comes back and reads my replies – besides Valerie and Jeanne. *wink*)
I also hope to offer a quid-pro-quo visit at your blog if you comment here and if the energy connection works out, may it be the beginning of a beautiful online bookish relationship. Alas, I regret that I cannot visit everyone every day. (I so miss the early days of discovery…)
I believe blogging IS some kind of energy connection and some bloggers light up different frequencies encouraging more connectedness. It’s just what it is. I do not subscribe to any thought-camp that the book blog world is clique-y yet I do acknowledge some groupiness which hopefully isn’t a word as emotionally charged (negatively, perhaps) but do think that we get ourselves into circles that overlap and collide depending on mood or activity or energy connection and now I’m just getting wierd so I’ll shut up. But really, it’s true – there are some bloggers I get SO THRILLED when they comment here and there are some blogs I read a LOT but never comment. IT JUST IS WHAT IT IS.
I try to maintain a positive attitude here and love to encourage my own sunny disposition. I will delete any spammy comments, any RUDE comments, and any negative irrelevant comments. This happening is extremely rare. I really think the only negative comment I’ve every received was from someone aghast and appalled that I didn’t go all gaga for Twilight and now that I read it again, it’s not even that bad…
My WordPress platform is WONDERFUL in that it traps any suspicious spam comments so it is easy-peasy to just ignore or delete or whatever. I do sometimes, again – rarely, have to rescue a legitimate comment from the spam-catcher. A few comments go to a pending status so they are easily addressed and sent to appropriate comment-happy status or the rubbish bin.
I rarely get author comments. Dead authors tend not to visit my blog which is one good reason to read classics. Or maybe I read authors that are too-popular and don’t have time to bother with bloggers? Or I don’t say much comment worthy. (*cough, cough*) I was very excited to have the translator of Steig Larsson’s debut The Girl With the DragonTattoo visit – very cool!
When I first started blogging (it was a ‘life’ blog), I stayed exclusively in the WP world which is awesome and easy to develop a circle of friends. WordPress has a button to click where you can see all the comments you’ve left at other WP blogs and quickly jump back into a conversation. But once I started blogging about books, I found out that other platforms existed; that blogger/spot was dominant (and SO HARD to comment on posts due to word verification and all the boxes and extra submits required to fillout) and that there was no way except to remember to go back and check if the blogger responded to your comment. [And now everyone seems to be self-hosting (neither here nor there) – but I do like the ability to click and get email response track. But I rarely do it because I don’t want my email clogged up.]
Did I get off-track? I was trying to say that when I discovered Weekly Geeks, I was SO VERY EXCITED!!! It was my first ‘group’ thing to participate in and when Dewey came by and left me a comment – a thoughtful, helpful, meaningful comment – I was just so happy with my choice to blog about books and be a part of the community. Thank you Dewey for Weekly Geeks!
But the POINT OF ALL THIS IS and I know Dewey would agree with me… We (it’s not just * I *, is it?) must do a good better job at visiting the other participants and creating that dialogue. Please don’t just write your Geek post and sit and wait for others to visit. GET OUT THERE and say something/anything and have fun with it. I need to be better at this… I do appreciate Weekly Geeks for getting me to visit new and different and not the same ol’ (wonderful) blogs and bemoan the high count of unread posts in Google-Reader. Thank you for keeping it fresh and not routine.
I know, I know – I am now out visiting all of you and I’m hoping I will be able to let you know I was ‘there’; coming up with something meaningful and thoughtful to comment.☺
Wow – this post ended up a lot longer than I expected… I was thinking that it might be accurate to say that I sometimes think there are three kinds of comments; so to make it easier for y’all, here’s your multiple choice offering: If you are here and want to acknowledge that you’re here – a show of support, if you will, then type “A”. If you have something to say and will just burst if you don’t share your thoughts, then type “B” – and your must-express thought, of course! And, if you disagree (really, I don’t often find the blogging world to be all that disagreeable, do you?), type “C” and tell me where I’m wrong-thinking.
Recap: A – I’m here! You Rock! Tiddlypom!!
B – I got something to say: ________
C – Yea, but…
HAPPY WEEKLY GEEKS!!