Monday, March 10, 2008

Comments and head count

Although I've enjoyed much of the back-and-forth discussions in my comment section, I'm going to forgo commenting on comments, at least for the time being. While I also like going back to read follow-up comments to thoughts I post on other people's blogs, to be perfectly honest, I just run out of time at the end of the day when it comes to my own blog. Then I feel guilty. And I think that I can't write a new post until I've dealt with previous posts.

I guess I'm just trying to strip away some of the things that keep me from enjoying writing. Please continue to drop your thoughts; I enjoy them and they help and stretch me. Or they make me laugh, which is always a good thing.

I also got rid of my hit counter. All it did was track traffic, and at first I got a little freaked by the amount of people that were dropping by, most without leaving comments. Don't misread me; I dig having an audience, but knowing that people were "looking at me" made me more than a little uncomfortable. Then I started turning into a numbers whore and getting depressed when those hit numbers weren't rolling quickly by. So I just whacked it off.

Ahhhhhh. Lurk all you want. I'll never know you were here.


Leah said...

HA! I always wondered how you had time to comment on your comments, and I actually felt guilty for not doing so myself. LOL I also love comments, but really don't take the time to respond to them unless someone asks a specific question or says something that really stands out. My counter IS what keeps me blogging though. Otherwise I feel like I'm talking to myself. (ok, I am, just out loud. LOL)

Anonymous said...

smart move. :> blogs should enrich our lives, not become them (says the woman who -loves- crafty diy blogs and has many on her bloglines. ;P )

Terri said...

i won't tell anyone that you actually email me three page responses to all of my little comments. they'll all get really jealous, i suppose. (hoping that made you laugh and that everyone knows i'm lying like crazy.)

do what you need to do tom. if someone can't take it when you don't comment to a comment it probably means they have some work of their own to do in their life and you've just done them the wonderful service of putting a mirror up in front of them so that they can be more whole and free. bet you didn't know you were that giving and powerful. now, you'll have to excuse me while i make an appointment with my therapist and figure out how i'm going to fill this void in my life. (kidding again...sort of.)

Kim Ayres said...

I'm going to go against the flow of opinion here and say what's the point of a one-way conversation?

There are few sites I continue to comment on if I never get a comment back

If my comment is just a smiley face or comment that your kid is cute, then I don't need an answer. But if I spend ages trying to craft a witty comment to try and make you smile, some kind of acknowledgment is nice.

Did I mention Ian's a cute kid?

waldenhouse said...

Sounds like you are doing a little spring cleaning. . .