I shall shortly get back to my trade-mark fabrications, but first, just a bit more WP-Mamba.
It’s now official. 93% of the comments I’ve left on new sites (mostly found through searching ‘Topics’) are simply ignored. Never responded to. Left to rot where they lie. Lonely as an unclaimed crib-death baby. *sobs at that simile*
And before you say it, these are not facile ‘LOLs’ or ‘You go, stranger!’ toss-offs. No, I comment only when I have something interesting, relevant, and decidedly on-topic to add.
And so today, feeling ‘pro-active’, I thought to create a follow-up Nag-let(?) I could use and re-use to ‘get to the bottom of this’.
There is, of course, a risk, a down-side to being brash and assertive. No one ‘owes’ me a Reply. I know that. It’s only a sociable, considerate, mindful, and intelligent part of having a blog-site. Hmmm, what does that description make my hordes of mutes now, ‘thoughtless louts’?
Anyway, here goes: What I’m looking for from readers is your thoughts on the advisibility, and on the wording. No worry, I do not intend to use: “You owe me ear-plugs, jerk. Your silence is deafening!”
No, let’s try one or more of the following:
1) “Hi again. Just curious whether you saw my Reply to this interesting post./JS”
2) “Comments (and Replies) are an important part of blogging give-and-take, and I’m eager to hear your thoughts when you have a chance./JS”
3) By now, I’m assuming that you don’t habitually reply to comments. To each his own, and I’ll not bother you further./JS
4) “Just curious; does my ‘Zionist Entity’ IP upset you?/ JS/ Tel Aviv”
5) “My recent Comment is ‘awaiting moderation‘, so it seems. I can’t find anything immoderate in it, but if you like, I can change ‘I much enjoyed reading this piece.’ to ‘Meh. Guess there are worse things to do with ten minutes of my life.’/ JS”
6) “Feel free to Delete my above Comment. You are correct; your entry does look better with -‘Zero Comments-‘ attached to it.CYA/JS”
Each of the above has its charm. Pick one, or none. I’m sure I went through this on Xanga also, (before I found the rare and sweet ‘responders’ who weren’t afraid of their own shadows.