Take for example, actors.
They crave to to see their name up in lights, make big bucks like their peers or predecessors, and may want a life of luxury where anything they ever wanted is well within their reach. In fact, if they achieve fame, materially they can have it all.
But…there’s a flip side to fame.
When an actor becomes well known, others want a piece of them.
Maybe it’s a photo, compromising or other. Maybe it’s their money. Or their friendship.
After awhile, some begin to wonder, whom they can trust. Where they can go to have a moment of peace.
All of a sudden, that which they wished for, becomes more than they can handle and they begin to yearn for the days when life was simple.
When we discussed wanting more comments on our blogs, I remember when I received none, and wished for more.
When readers began to show up and comment, I was elated. In fact, comments are one of the things I enjoy most about blogging. Not just receiving them, but leaving them too.
Comments connect bloggers, reveal more about us as people, help as a learning/teaching aid, and are often the start of a cyber friendship.
In fact, as I’ve shared in the sidebar, it’s in the comment section of this blog where the value truly lies. You, who comment here, have made this blog what it is.
However, with receiving additional comments, comes with what I see as an added responsibility.
- Where will the time come from to answer all of our comments (if we choose to)?
- If we’re spending an excessive amount of time answering comments on our own blogs, where will the time come from to visit other blogs?
- If we spend our allotted blogging time on answering comments and visiting the bloggers who visit us, where do we find time to write additional posts, promote our work, communicate on social networking sites, and/or to work behind the scenes?
What I’ve found is each comment requires an average of six minutes of my time. That includes reading the comment, thinking about a reply and then typing it out.
When I see 20 comments on a post, I know I need to set aside two hours to answer them.
If I visit another blog, and don’t skim the post, I can spend up to spend 20 minutes reading and then constructing a comment. If that’s the case, I know I’ll have less time to spend visiting others.
I’ll be the first to admit, I struggle with finding that balance. Some days I steal minutes from my real life, other days, I have no time for blogging. I now limit the time I spend on Twitter and Facebook, publish less, let emails stack up in my inbox and postpone the launch of my next project.
With a business, a family, a life, and only 24 hours in a day, I know some things will fall by the wayside. I’m okay with that.
Because I enjoy challenges and get so much pleasure from blogging, I don’t yearn for the days when blogging was simple, but from experience, I do know receiving more comments means how we once viewed blogging, changes.
How much time do you spend answering comments?
If the time is excessive, do other parts of blogging suffer?
If you’re not receiving a lot of comments now, but hope for more, have you contemplated where the time will come from to answer them?
I’m looking forward to your answer.
Care to share?