The “Inverse Comment Law” of Blogging:
The more time you invest in creating a blog post, the less likely it is to receive comments.
It can also be stated in the reverse:
The less time you spend on a blog post, the more comments it is likely to receive.
I feel compelled to comment just because I don’t think you spent much time on this post.
This is just comment bait and I’m falling for it… 😉
You know, I’d have to agree with you to a point – I’ve done a lot of long posts in my own journal that got nothing at all, but a few sentances and a link to someone else will get a bunch of comments.
But if people are used to coming to your blog to read essays, then they get used to commenting on longer pieces… especially if they disagree with you.
Just to be contrary, I’m not going to comment on this post. D’oh!
Yea I don’t think much time was spend on this….
And if you write anything about Paris Hilton, 180+ people confuse you FOR Paris Hilton and comment as if they’ve found a way to communicate with the gal.
I’ve had some success with longer posts, but yeah: the posts on which I expect to get comments are often the ones that don’t get a single one. 😛
Agreed. The posts I just shove out of my system are usually the ones that receive a lot of comments. The posts I put a lot of thought on? One comment’s a lot. Crazy!
Heh. Alex and I have talked about this a half-dozen times.
My argument is that a well-crafted essay asks and answers all relevant questions, so unless someone is willing to take the time to pick everything apart, they’re not going to comment [but will likely link it]. But something shorter, well, that’s going to be incapable of answering every potential question and, therefore, draw comments. 😉
Ironically, you’ll probably end up with a ton of comments on this post.
But I wholeheartedly agree with you on this one. Happens to me all the time.
mention science, ID, religion and the flying spaghetti monster in a fairly flippant post and you will be cr*pflooded with comments within hours.
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It does seem that way sometimes. The latest post I did on on of my blogs took me hours to research and find links and make screen shots… really a beautiful post. So I thought. The comment silence was deafening. I’m going to have to throw in a couple posts with no photos, no links, and make them controversial to get some comment action again. Thanks for the reality check.