Well, we're past the halfway point in this crazy A-Z blogging challenge, and while I'm still hangin' in there, I will admit that the word "challenge" is used for good reason!
Aside from writing a post every day, participants are asked to read and comment on at least 5 posts from participating blogs each day. I've actually found that part of the challenge to be the most difficult.
There seem to be a lot of fiction writing bloggers participating, and while I have nothing against fiction, I just seem to have been born without the fiction reading gene.
Perhaps it's that I'm slightly dyslexic, or a bit challenged in the attention department, or maybe I'm just downright lazy, but when I open a page and see text with no pictures scrolling off the screen... and lots of dialog, and it's written in third person... it's like my little brain just seizes up on me and refuses to cooperate.
I dunno... reading is such hard work for me, that I'm loathe to put the effort in unless there's something genuinely interesting in it for me.
So while I've visited a ton of these fiction blogs, I've yet to finish reading a single post or leave a comment. I mean, I suppose I could write something like "Great post! Didn't make it past line 3, but I'm sure it was great!" But somehow I don't really think that would be in the spirit of the thing, if you know what I mean.
Then there are the bloggers writing about topics that don't interest me at all, or people who I can tell right off the bat that I share little with in the way of values or approach. Some of the blogs are so cluttered with random garbage, that I have a hard time finding the actual post!
And surprisingly enough, I've run into at least one post per day where I can't even figure out what topic the author is writing about! I'm hoping these are just some cultural references to which I'm oblivious, but it does make me wonder...
But I have found enough posts that are both interesting and well written that I've been able to get my little brain to cooperate enough to read them completely, and to leave some comments. So I have to say that it sorta hurts my feelings when I've gone to such trouble to read a post and leave a comment, and the author can't even be bothered to respond.
Don't get me wrong, I understand that people can get overwhelmed if there are a lot of comments, and there are days when, say, your plumbing explodes and you have to ignore the interwebs completely.
But what I don't understand are the bloggers who get very few comments, yet still refuse to respond even to those. I guess it gives me the message that they don't really want me reading their blog - and generally I oblige and go away after a few tries.
But if you don't really want "strangers" reading your blog, then why would you enter a challenge like this and post a link to your blog knowing that people are gonna go there and read it? I don't get it.
I dunno... what do you think? Am I just taking this all too personally? Do you keep reading a blog if the author doesn't respond to your comments? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic.