So, one of last week’s bookish thoughts was:
- I know a major point of memes is to share links and blog hop… but seriously, make an effort. If you use a cut and paste comment and can’t even pretend you read my post, why would I want to take the time to visit yours?
I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. (For one thing, it seemed to be the most popular point of discussion in the comments.) I’ve seen this complaint so many times… and yet people keep doing it! I can only assume that there’s subset of bloggers out there for whom this is an accepted practice, but is it really effective?
And effective at what? I guess that’s really the question. Is it only about getting page views? Because if that’s the case, then yeah, I guess it would be effective. Especially if all these bloggers are doing the same thing and bumping each other’s numbers. But what’s the point of that?
I don’t know, sometimes I feel like I’m in the minority for preferring the people to the numbers. Real readers rather than artificial traffic. Of course the hope is that meme traffic turns into real readers, but this isn’t the way to make it happen. Genuine comments are the best way to make a genuine connection.
Not to mention the fact that I might absolutely love your blog… but by leaving a comment that shows you don’t care about mine, you’ve made a terrible first impression and pretty much guaranteed I’m not going to read it.
Maybe it’s petty, but I kind of want to clarify my comment policy so I can just delete these comments without feeling bad about it. My policy already says I’ll delete “thinly veiled self-promotion,” but I feel like maybe I should explicitly mention these meme comments.
I mean, I’m not going to visit their blog. I’m just not. And probably no one else is going to be compelled to either, with such a bland comment. But it just irks me to have their link on my blog at all. Yes, we’re all self-promoting to an extent (another reason my policy should probably be reworded). But if you’re not even going to attempt to hide your “all about me”-ness… I really don’t want you here.
When you get a commenter who clearly didn’t bother to read your post… or at least, isn’t actually commenting on anything in your post… how do you respond?