Fang Talks

Blood, sweat and tears.

Hm, that word sure got old real fast.

Running a blog is nice. Hanging around with fellow bloggers is even nicer. The interaction part of it all can be really fun, and it’s a great way to connect to people. But that last bit is also why it’s also rife with… I don’t want to say abuse per se, because technically it isn’t, but it sure feels like it.

I mean, I know how this goes. Where do you think those boatloads of comments on my earliest posts come from? When I look back at those, the post content is bad. But what I feel even worse about the comments. Nothing against those people personally, but their comments are all single sentences, with only a global or vague connection to the post contents. Looking back, the “I scratch your back, you scratch mine” game was so big, so fast.

Some people were following hundreds of other bloggers and spending hours each day going through them all, quickly and efficiently leaving comments, with the expectance that the other person would do the same. And of course, hoping to keep the ad revenue alive.

Luckily, I’ve left that behind. I engage with peoples blogs because I find it interesting or fun, or because I’ve built a connection with those people, as big or small it may be. I try to be an upstanding citizen in a blogosphere moving towards a more impersonal society.

It makes my world, and hopefully other people’s too, just a little bit better.
~ Fang


  • 24/03/2017 (12:39 PM)

    This is a comment. Please check out my blog too senpai!

    I’m kidding of course. Those were some wild times way back when. Then Blogger got wise to their schemes and the entire plan went up in flames with blogs getting banned left and right. I’m following far less blogs than I used to, but part of that is becuase some bloggers just naturally disappeared and that makes me sad.

  • 24/03/2017 (4:23 AM)

    Blogging isn’t what it was a few years ago, but I have noticed the same thing as you when it comes to comments. I almost feel as though I have failed when I write something and the comments go in the direction of “I enjoyed this.”

    I’d rather someone respond with something entirely unrelated to the content or something about themselves tangentially related to it than that.

    I’m not complaining, of course. “I liked this” is the equivalent of a thumbs-up on facebook.

    But it’s quality and not quantity when it comes to interactions, right?

    • 24/03/2017 (11:15 AM)

      Exactly. Simple comments you read and move on, but anything that tries to dig a little deeper may spark a discussion.

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