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Passing by?

Monday, April 30, 2007

Yes, I really did take this photo while driving over a bridge in the fast lane. Just for you...

You're not getting as many comments on your blog, Mr. C randomly says to me this morning. So...., I respond. Well, there used to consistently be about 20 comments and now there are hardly more than 5 or 6. (You can tell what kind of job description Mr. C has, can't you?...). I don't have time to comment on other peoples' blogs, so they likely aren't commenting on mine, I say.

But it got me thinking...I used to enjoy seeing the numbers of comments rise. Who doesn't? But my blog has morphed into something more introspective and personal than it used to be. I find that more and more I am writing here for me as opposed to writing something for an audience. Perhaps that has made it less interesting. But I do know that I don't come around and visit you as often as I used to. This I do regret.

So tell me...do you pay attention to the number of comments you get?

Or does it really matter?

(Oh, and if you are just passing by, please leave a comment: it would likely make Mr.C feel better :)

  1. Blogger Dr. Deb said:

    That IS a cool shot. Sometimes a camera click out the window is art!

  1. Blogger holy chaos said:

    i like your pic!

    sometimes life is just too busy to do all the things we would like to. do you feel like you are visiting an old friend when you DO have time to visit people's blog?

  1. Anonymous Sijbrich said:

    Sometimes I get a little too obsessed about the numbers of comments, and then I have to remind myself that the purpose of my blog is to please me and stay in touch with my family, not so much to judge my popularity. It's still hard not to be a little jealous of the bloggers that I visit that get a consistent 20+ comments for every post. I doubt I'll ever work up to that. Oh well.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. It was a pleasant surprise. I'll be enjoying yours in the future, as well:-)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Dr. Deb;
    Inadvertent art, I guess :)

    I do feel like I am visiting old friends; I just wish I had more time to keep up!

  1. Anonymous Sijbrich said:

    Sorry, I just checked out your "On my Shelf" blog, but I'm not allowed to comment since I don't have a Blogger account. This is what I was going to tell you regarding your post about the book Museum Missing:
    I recently heard something about how Hitler was a big fan of fine art and even had plans to rob the Louvre. Somehow word got back to the Louvre and the put paintings like the Mona Lisa in hiding.
    Sounds like an interesting book!

  1. Blogger holy chaos said:

    thank you! natalieknott@sc.rr.com

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Thanks for stopping by!
    And for checking out my book blog; it used to be so pretty; but the template got messed up; the story about Hitler is actually in the book; it is awesome. If you aren't too far away I would send it to you; I am finished with it!

    I've sent you an e-mail.

  1. Blogger Bearette24 said:

    Hi Cathy,

    I'm visiting from waspgoddess. Then I noticed you have blackcrag on your blogroll...he's on mine, too. Small world!

  1. Blogger Trundling Grunt said:

    Um, yes and no. I guess I'm still in the novelty phase so it does intrigue me who stops by and comments and/or visits.

    But I have formed an association with the people who comment and whose blogs I read regularly. Whether they have with me I don't know.

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    Very fun shot for sure. I have been a bit out of it as of late with my blogging...I always like to come visit. I really enjoy seeing your children...what cuties!

    I do get a little sad when I don't have hardly any comments...Hopefully it isn't anything personal. I know people get very busy.

    All the best to you.

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    I'll comment! I'll comment!

    I know I went kind of quiet for a while. I was a bit in hiding, mulling over some personal things Then I thought about blogging. I thought...well, I'll start that up again. I'll post a few times, then go visiting.

    It's not so much the quantity of comments (though I do appreciate them, and miss you all when it's quiet), but I especially appreciate the quality of the people I've "met" here.

  1. Blogger missy said:

    Like you, I used to enjoy getting lots of comments but it is hard work to get to that stage... you have to spend a lot of time sitting down reading other people's blogs and then thinking of a comment that is not vacuous (hopefully). Then there's posting regularly- which again takes time.

    I took time off and decided to just blog for me and visit the 5 to 6 people who still find time to come and see my little universe.

    Love the photo xx

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    I came back once more just to impress Mr. C....lol


  1. Blogger Meow said:

    Hey Cathy, I'm sorry I haven't been by more often ... I haven't had time to visit anyone much lately ... once a week, if I'm lucky !! It's frustrating. Your blog, however, is always lovely to visit. I love this photo ... I have a similar one, by the way. It's funny what we do, sometimes, isn't it !?!
    Take care, say Hi to Mr. C ... tell him we all are still here !!
    Hugs, Meow

  1. Blogger Endevourme said:

    of course we feel better if we get more comments but i expect only regular visitors and i miss them if they dont appear :D
    saw ur flickr site, i really liked moon shots and the other nature ones too

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    To Mr.C - Quantity is not quality!

    It's not just the comments that are diminishing - I've noticed that slowly people are also posting less, at least in the bloggers I've known for longer. Even I'm posting less, there was a time when I posted everyday, even though I didn't have the free time I have now.
    But I think it's good that you're posting for yourself - it's only natural that our relationship with our blog will change with time, it has phases, like any other activity.
    The future is incognito. :)
    The picture is really good!

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    :::::::::: waving to MR C! :)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Welcome! Crag is a wonderful blogfriend to share...

    Of course they have; such dry wit is a rare entity!

    A kiddie post will come soon just for you :)

    I think a bunch of us went quiet for awhile. But it is nice to see people back again.

    I missed you when you were away; I love reading London blog posts; it is one of my favourite places in the world!

    Connie again ! :) xo

    It sounds like we have all been stretched a little thin these days!
    No worries!

    Welcome! Thanks for your kind words about my photos; I am not a professional by any means! I really enjoyed looking at your photos as well.

    I hope that we are not getting bored of this: it would really be a shame. I am kind of intrigued to see how long I continue: maybe forever! Well...

    I don't think he has been by yet; won't he be surprised! ;)

  1. Blogger Pat Paulk said:

    Absolutely!! I visit blogs I find interesting. Mainly poetry, but your's and a few others are exceptions to that. My numbers have fallen off too, but I write poetry, first, because I love it, secondly, it forces me to write on a more consisitent basis than I would other wise. That's what I tell myself anyway. And in the end it is all about us!!

  1. Blogger Vani said:

    i don't always comment, because i have nothing clever to say...and i don't get as much as i used to because i don't blog as much. but its cool to see the ones that do have been readers forever! like a small blogging family :)

  1. Blogger Vani said:

    making another comment for mr. c :)

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    It is a little puzzling to look at the future of blogging - I can't see myself stopping, but I can't see it going on forever either, or can I?
    I don't think I'll get bored, but sometimes I run out of things to write about.

  1. Blogger CiscoKid said:

    Moving shot!. I like those..
    There's my comment. They are good to get, but not a big deal if they are not many....

  1. Blogger Poppy Fields said:

    Hi Cathy,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes I pay attention to the number of comments I get. But, after my first full year of blogging, I feel myself gravitating to a different style, that might not interest all of my old commenters, but pleases me.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Thank you, everyone!
    I am sure that Mr.C feels much better now (this post made him smile, anyway...) :)

  1. Blogger blackcrag said:

    New readers are nice, but i am content with my faithful readers. I don't like losing them, and wonder when a faithful reader drops away.

    (You and Vani are trying to make me blush, aren't you?)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Blush? what do you mean?...:)

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