Comments: The essence of being a blogger

Yes, I did read this, but I have been a "linker" rather than a "thinker" all along...
Plus, I think you may be in error about links to the main url not counting in the Ecosystem...I think the biggest factor is links rolling off the front page, which blogroll links don't usually do.

Posted by Susie at July 30, 2003 12:18 AM

OK, let's do this experiment tomorrow. Print out your list of links from the Blogosphere Ecosystem out tomorrow morning after NZB updates them. Tomorrow, I will make a post where I link to your blog on one of my posts which will stay on the front page for seven days. Check daily against the printed list that you make tomorrow to see if you have any additional links from my blog to your index page. I look at mine daily to see if anyone linked to me that I did not know about, so that I can visit and possible reciprocate their link to me. I see several links that go from your blog to some of my posts, but never see any new links from your blog that point solely to my index page. I, therefore, believe I am correct in my information. However, I am willing to experiment to see if maybe I am wrong about such. ;)

Posted by Tiger at July 30, 2003 12:59 AM

I don't read any blogs regularly. Not even mine...

I'd post a witty and insightful remark here except that my brain is made of cottage cheese today.

Posted by Pixy Misa at July 30, 2003 08:38 AM

Tiger, that's too complicated for about if I just link to your main page and to a post?

Posted by Susie at July 30, 2003 09:34 AM

Sure. I just checked my listing, and I find only one listing for your blog being linked to my main page. So if you do that, tomorrow, if you are right, I will have two links to my main page from your blog. As I know you made links to my main page on posts that are still on the front page, I am pretty confident that the information I provided is accurate. ;) Howerver, I did find something strange. It seems that I got a link where Kevin Aylward linked to a blogroll I am on???

Posted by Tiger at July 30, 2003 09:45 AM

Tiger, I think you are correct about the whole blog link thingie and the Eco-System. I've experienced the same myself.

Anyhoo-back to why I started to comment: erm..why did I start to comment........oh yah...I have found a lot of new sites by people commenting and I've received hits after I've commented in others' blogs.

I don't comment in other blogs to get hits but that little fact makes a nice circle of life in Blogville.

And yes, people do blog or write journals online for other people to read..and people DO like the fact that they get the traffic and the comments. Anyone who says otherwise is lying. If they truly didn't care, they would either:

A) Keep their journal offline


B) Keep a journal online but provide no comment section and no email address, rather, use it as a means to communicate with their immediate family and friends whom (who? whom?) already have their email address.

It's nice that some people, (such as yourself), are honest about it.

Posted by serenity at July 30, 2003 04:01 PM


This is something that has been widley talked about. Its true that most bloggers want their posts read but i think the MOST important part is having people comment and/or debate about what you've written and this is closley linked to readership.

However i feel too few bloggers comment on a regular basis especially on sites they are new to or sites that have long lists of "comments(0)". I'd rather have 10 hits and 20 comments than 100 hits and 5 or 0 commments any day.

anyway great post


Posted by kerplunked at August 4, 2003 07:44 PM