Was skimming through my reader this afternoon, making a valiant attempt to play catch up with all my virtual friends – I have been remiss this week, as I work my way through beta reading a fascinating historical fiction novel, but I promise, I’ll be better soon. Really. – when I saw a post that was interesting, positively ripe with the tantalizing fruit that says “Reblog this, comment upon it, learn more!”
Of course, therein was the problem. I couldn’t. For some reason, this person didn’t allow for comments or reblogs. Scowling at my screen, I went back through their previous posts. And discovered that not a one of them allows for comments, reblogs or likes. There is absolutely no way to reach out to this person, to give any indication that you read what they had written, or to have a conversation with them about it. I even checked for an “About” Page (they didn’t have one) or a “Contact” option (which was likewise missing.) Nada. Zilch. Zero.
This left me quite puzzled. I mean, there’s plenty of blogs who leave such options there, but don’t respond or interact with their visitors. That’s bad, but I suppose I can at least grasp that kind of mindset; they want to read all the people who adore their marvelous writing without getting the dirty plebe dirt on their immaculate persons. If that sounds snarky and bitter, that’s because it is. Sometimes comments may slip past me, or I’m left scratching my head and without anything meaningful to say in response, but I at least am trying; the idea of not even doing that is bizarre to me, but from a certain mindset it makes sense. I guess.
But the idea of someone who just throws their words to the wind and then traipses away with no option for the reader to say or do anything about those words… that’s a mindset I can’t understand at all. In particular when you’re presenting your blog as a place to showcase your stories, to market yourself, and to attempt to “help” others with the knowledge you’ve gained during your time in the field; how are you supposed to know if any of it is any good, or useful? How are you to determine what needs clarification, or what areas you haven’t covered that you probably should?
I just don’t get it. Maybe someone out there can explain it? Why would you lock down all your avenues of interaction with your audience?