Too Big For The Britches?

This poser has popped into my dollar-machine driven cranium on more than a few occasions now.  Let me tell you why.  While it’s got to be pretty awesome-sauce to hit rock star status in blogoland, could it also sometimes be one big fat PITA???

pain-in-the-ass

Owwww! Really, you little brat?!?

Bear with me a second.    The reason I ask is this – and PLEASE, feel free to chime in here with your own thoughts on the subject.  I probably have maybe 15-20 blogs I visit just about daily.  Some writers post something every day while others only once a week.  Sometimes I’ll skip it for a day if the subject doesn’t really catch my attention while other days I wish he/she had just kept it coming.  What’s prompted my query is purely personal in nature.  I LOVE when readers take the time to leave a comment on what they’ve read whether it be good, bad, or indifferent.  Actually, I’ve been pretty darn lucky and don’t think anyone has ever written anything rude.  So….thanks for that!

bloglove

Muah!

As many bloggerers have done, (I think), we started this literary trip to either hold ourselves accountable (food and/or fitness-wise), or in my case, to (temporarily at least), relieve some of the tornadic activity constantly flying around in my skull.  Every so often I need a break just long enough to tie my running shoes, ya know?

Crazy-Brain

Aaaaagggghhhhhh!

So here’s my question: does there come a time when your blog fandom gets TOO big?  Are you able keep up when you hit Bon Jovi status?  Do you even try to at that point?  My take from the little shallow end of the pool is this:  some of my absolute fave blogs typically have anywhere between 30-50 comments by the time I get to them after receiving an email that a new post has been published 30-50! Say what??!!  TOTAL WOWZA.  BUT…how do you respond to each and every one of those commenters (?)  Do you?  When I see that many previous comments, sadly, I don’t even bother.  Really now, who’s going to pay attention to what little ole Black Dog has to say?

shoulder shrug

I dunno.

Now I have one blog that I occasionally visit which consistently has over 100 comments posted. Over 100.  Holy cow manure Bessie!  But seeing that many comments keeps me from bothering to add to the list.  And seeing the author has only responded to maybe five or six, really keeps me from, well, basically wasting my time.  And that is kind of sad if you think about it.

I'm so sad.

I’m so sad.

So I’m going to throw this out into the blogosphere and see what inevitably hits me in the back of the head.  Do you think they’re such a thing as a blog that’s “too big”?  Do you prefer interacting with bloggers who respond to you every time you comment on a post, or do you just say what you have to say and move on?  Who are some your favorite bloggers?  Are they very responsive or do you find yourself not commenting due to the amount of those who already have?

I could go on and on about this subject, but I will spare you the additional brainus vomitus, but I really am interested in hearing your thoughts on the subject.  And I promise to answer every one of you.  Unless you’re mean.  Then I’ll just go to my room, slam the door, and cry.  To my dog.

puppy love

Yeah, that’d be me. Please don’t be mean.

 Enjoy the ride.

Okay my friends, let’s hear it.  Do you think a blog can get too big?

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21 thoughts on “Too Big For The Britches?

  1. Well, let me tell you about my personal experience with this subject.
    Warn you, this is probably be a long comment lol.
    I had another blog, still have it up but haven’t updated in awhile. Has nothing to do with sports or fitness, it’s a bunch of nonsenses.
    I opened it about 3 years ago, stopped updating regularly about a year ago, it was overwhelming. I was having over 3,000 hits a day. Started to get business trying to make me test and advertise their products.
    Other bloggers would invite me to guestblog on their blogs, I did it for a few friends.
    When I started to get over 50 comments a day I was really happy, after all someones liked the crap I put out lol.
    But then when people started to get mad because I couldn’t get at them, I felt it was time to stop. But first asked for help, a friend was helping “managing” the comments, I started to filter comments, approving only those who had some sorta meaning.
    Believe me, after 10 bloggers saying the same thing, you get tired of replying the same, actually, WordPress keeps you from repeating a comment. You cannot say “Thanks” 3 times, WP would make you change it because you had said it before.
    Then people would get offended. Suddenly blogging wasn’t fun anymore, it had become a job, without a payment that is. So I stopped.
    I like to give attention to those who take the time to read and leave a comment, but sometimes you just can’t keep up.
    Same happened to another friend, his blog has massive, he ended up closing and with it al the social media.
    I know other bloggers who can actually keep up, but they make a living out of it. I just do it for the sake of it, on the way you make friends. I’ve been lucky enough to meet in person a few bloggers and to become friends with them.
    Now, if I hit “Like” on a blog is because I read the post, sometimes I have nothing to add, so I chose not to leave a comment.
    That’s another thing though, you have the compulsive likers, like all blogs but have no clue what the blog is about.
    Anyhow, I should stop, this looks like a post instead of a comment.
    Sorry for all the typos, I’m using my phone and keeps correcting me.
    Have a nice week!

  2. I think it depends on the kind of blog you put out there. Me personally, I know that I don’t have 30 people reading my blog, let alone commenting on it, but I like that. I like having my small little blog community with people whom I consider friends that I would never know or have met without this little thing. I don’t blame the bigger blogs out there for not being as responsive to 100 comments saying the same thing, nor do I think there is anything wrong with NOT commenting because you see that many comments. If you have that many people reading what you’re writing, good for you, but if you don’t, good for you too! Think of your blog as facebook for a moment. You have lots of “friends” but there are the ones that actually know you and converse with you and who you would actually hang out with and so you pay a little more attention to those friends. It doesn’t mean that you wish ill or ignore the rest of the friends, you do what you can, when you can, but I think it’s understood exactly what kind of responsive relationship you have. I remember being shocked to discover that certain of the bigger blog folks actually read mine, but at the same time not surprised when some of the other ones don’t. Think of how many people you meet in the real world and how many people you actually maintain a relationship with. Same thing here only virtual.

    Actually, I think I lost track of what my point here was. Oh well! Glad I wasn’t too big to meet you and vice versa! 🙂

    • Love this! You make some awesome points which was exactly where today’s brain vomit was going. I love my little blog community I’ve developed here and like you, I kind of hope it doesn’t get to be too much for me to handle. I just want this to be an outlet, not something that runs my life. 🙂 And FYI…89 days to WINE AND DINE!!!!! Whoo hoo!!!!!!!

  3. I agree with both of the other comments. I know I will probably never have more than a few readers but that’s ok, and I always try to respond to blog replies but sometimes my life is a little nutty and I can’t get to them. It’s not that I don’t want to I just can’t when I’m chasing around a toddler, training, taking care of 2 dogs, etc.

  4. I definitely prefer smaller blogs with writers I know will respond (hi, accountabilibuddies!). In fact, those are my favorite interactions, and a lot of why I hang out in blogland so much. I often don’t bother commenting on “big blogs” because like you said, after the first 20 or so comments, I a) don’t really have anything original to add, and b) don’t think I’ll get a response anyway. Especially if they aren’t wordpress and/or don’t have a plugin to automatically notify me that there’s a response–I don’t have time to check back every day and see if they actually deigned to respond.

    I’m still really small and take the time to respond to every comment, but I have no idea what I’d do if I suddenly started getting 20-50 comments on every post. I’d have to quit my job just to keep up!

  5. Hey, Looks like I am similar to most of your commenters (is that a word?) that I don’t think many read my blog. I would also feel compelled to reply to a the people that took the time to comment on something I’ve written however would tie easily if I was receiving that many comments. I don’t normally comment on blogs unless I have something useful/constructive to add which is why I typically chose the like option. That way I let the author know that I like what they’ve written and it gives them some confirmation that they posted something that adds value to me. I have a feeling that wordpress has added the “like Comment” option just for this very reason. I’m sure many bloggers were looking for a way to acknowledge each person who took the time to comment and were not able to keep replying with “thanks” like your first commenter wrote. Anyways I enjoy your blog and don’t always comment but always hit the like button when I like what you posted so I hope that gives you some confirmation that you’ve written something good.
    Looking forward to future posts! 🙂

  6. This is interesting…to be honest, the ones that bother me the most are the ones that don’t get a lot of comments and STILL don’t reply. I understand that some very busy/ popular blogs get A LOT of comments and certainly can’t be expected to reply to them all and I’m not offended if they don’t reply (although it would be nice if comments had a “like”/ “favorite” button like FB or Twitter so they can at least acknowledge that they read them).

    Most of the blogs I read are smaller and the comments really feel more like dialog between friends (some who I’ve met in person, some who I haven’t!). I try to reply to all comments I get on my blog since it’s really not many and I figure if they took the time to read & comment the least I can do is quickly reply!

    • You hit it right on the head Danielle. I certainly wouldn’t expect someone who’s getting 100 comments a day to respond to every one, but at least being able to acknowledge that someone has read your post by having that like button option I think would encourage interaction with the reader, even if it is minimally. That “minimally” can mean a whole lot to the person who wrote the post! 🙂

  7. agreed it would annoy me as well if their weren’t that many comments and the author did not take the time to acknowledge them. I see you found the option to allow likes on your comments 😉 I was actually going to tell you how to do it lol….have a great night!

  8. I love this post. It’s something I thought about a lot over the weekend when I took a little break. I didn’t even realize how badly I needed a break until I took one. I have met so many cool people and there are so many cool blogs I like to read and comment on and then I really think it’s important to address all the comments that are made on my blog as well because I know I like it when people answer me. And most weeks I’m a 5-post-per-weeker. It gets INCREDIBLY time consuming as this is not my job. I used to have an old blog for years that was pretty popular and after awhile it started to feel like work. I just don’t want my blog now to ever feel that way. I love talking about running so much and I don’t want the fun sucked out of it. 🙂

    As for the blogs I like to read? I like the ones that have personality. Like the blogger is talking to me rather than just firing off a bunch of information.

    • Me too! I love that back and forth kind of feeling with the writer. And since I fell into the 5x a week thing as well, I decided to make it a little easier by having my standard Weds/Fri silly pic days to help break up the work. So far, it’s still “work” that I love, but if it gets to be too much, I’ll have no qualms about ratcheting down the noise level. If my brain will let me that is, lol! 🙂

      • Haha I always seem to have way too much to say. 🙂
        I like that about your blog though. I’m a lot more likely to keep on reading a blog that has lighter days mixed in. I have to really really really like the content to stick with a blog that is like a novel every day 7 days a week.

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