I sometimes am hesitant to post links to my blogs on Facebook these days because most people do not click through to read and comment. One friend told me awhile back she reads only what I post on my Facebook wall, and I was not sure how to respond to this. Obviously whatever I am writing about is not of interest to this person, and it makes me think posting links on Twitter and my Facebook website pages is the most conducive use of my time. My honest opinion is how can you get the gist of what someone wrote if you did not click through and actually read what they posted on their own website. I know posting blogs is considered spammy and overly promotional, but how else are bloggers going to get their writing out there? Meanwhile no one thinks much about the abundance of Coca-Cola or Crest ads, but get quite irritated when a blogger posts something they wrote on their own wall. However, the truth is if you do not promote yourself, then who will? Major corporations have PR teams and resources to do that, and the lone blogger should take enough pride in their work to actually want to share it with others. I suppose my wall is not the best place to do that, but this is besides the point.
The next issue I find perplexing is why do people actually read a blog post, and then only comment about it on Facebook. Is it really that much more difficult to log into Google to post a comment? It just seems if readers were truly interested in supporting a blogger they could take the time to make one extra step and post the comment on the actual website rather than Facebook. I get some traffic from Facebook, but increasingly it seems like no one really likes bloggers to post things on their walls. Some seem to have success with it, but I am feeling Twitter and other social networks are better for this. The thing is as a blogger this is how I make my income, and why should I be ashamed for promoting myself? People are never reticent to promote themselves in a myriad of aspects, but it seems taboo to ever call attention to the blogs one invests time and effort in. Well, since those people are not running after me telling me they willing to hire a promotion team to share my blogs with the world, I am just going to arrive at the conclusion they are not very supportive of my goals. No one has to support my goals, but I am not going to apologize for promoting my writing either, especially when it is okay to promote everything else under the sun.
Now when it comes to the strenuous effort involved with commenting on a blogger account, there is really not much to it. The picture below shows a drop down menu of all the options blogger gives for commenting.
WordPress is even more lenient when it comes to people commenting on a post, and you can comment anonymously. So why do you not comment on a blog post? Maybe you just find it boring and could care less. That is fine, but telling a blogger you read the first three lines of the post on their Facebook wall and got the gist is kind of dismissive to that person. I guess I will not comment on much of what you post either, since I know you feel about my posts.