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  1. Holly,

    You make a great point. Your goals for your blog (or knitting or any pursuit for that matter) will affect this perfectionism phenomenon. Sadly, I think I default most of my pursuits, hobby or not, to the “I have to be the best and do it to the Nth degree” category.

    This questions you posed got me thinking: Is a post with no comments a failure? I think the answer is no ultimately, but I’m going to give that one some more thought.

  2. maybe it is ok not to do it for the comments. after all, they are a weak form of social discourse, usually. sometimes funny (i see you, ruth!), but more often not very interesting. and not much of a way to start a conversation. i find mself just counting them as tho’ it were an achievement to get them, and then feeling silly. there are some more gratifying things to do than colect blog comments. keep writing whateer you want. some of us are reading and not necessarily saying much.

  3. You’ve got me thinking now, and I’m really not sure where I stand on the issue — but I will continue to ponder it.

    I think when I started my blog, I was doing it more for myself, because certainly no one was reading it. It was more a way of writing down things I’d done, changes I’d made, techniques I’d tried, etc., and I chose the electronic format because it’s so present in our lives these days. Eventually, though, blogging became part of being in a community to me. It’s how I update my friends in my knitting groups what’s going on; it’s how I share with the knitting world at large the discoveries I’ve made or lessons I’ve learning. I’m certainly more conscious of what I’m writing and strive to make it as complete and correct (I don’t know that I could ever get perfection) as possible. There are days when I don’t feel like I have anything to say that would be worth anyone’s while to read, and those are the days I don’t post. Instead, I save up what I’d like to say until there’s enough to make a coherent post.

    I have mixed feelings about commenting. On the one hand, I like to comment on others’ blogs to try to communicate with them and build community in that respect. But on the other hand, I don’t feel it’s useful for me to comment when I don’t have anything to add to the discussion (similar to the “me too”s you mentioned). And then there are the “superblogs” — Yarn Harlot, etc. — that get so many comments that mine would just be piling on. I know Stephanie Pearl-McPhee says she reads all her comments, but if she gets several hundred for a particular post, and she posts just about every day, it doesn’t seem like my comment will be missed if it’s not there.

  4. The question of purpose – what are blogs for, what is my blog for – is the key consideration. My answer to that question is evolving, but it does not have to do with acquiring comment counts. I may in fact find a lot of commenting, particularly by strangers, to be a little intimidating. I started my blog to write about widowhood, as it weaves into and changes my life. I don’t write a blog entry without a focus, a topic, a goal, and I don’t have much time to write, so I may work out an entry for a few days before writing it. All this might be an interesting topic to blog about — I will put it on the list. Thanks for bringing it up, Holly.

  5. I’m so glad you find some of my posts interesting and inspiring. This electronic world is an amazing medium for new and interesting contacts and conversation!

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