Just wanted to reach out this morning to try to get some feedback about how readers are feeling about the blog. In particular, I was curious about the lack of comments people leave. Although my site has a fraction of the traffic of a Perez Hilton or a Towleroad, it strikes me as more than a little odd that on a day when 10,000 people drop by to visit, fewer than 10 leave a comment. Ditto for the Facebook/Twitter and Share links at the bottom of each post. Is it because nothing you see warrants a comment? You're too overwhelmed by other social media outlets to be bothered? You prefer speaking up on Facebook? Whatever it is, I'm curious to hear. Several friends have told me they are intimidated, confused or simply put off by the "Commenting" feature on my blog (hosted by Blogger) -- and couldn't leave a comment if they wanted to. Has this been your experience?
Also, is there something you would like to see more of on KIT212 -- or something you would like to see less of? Now might be a good time to tell you that I am in the late stages of writing a memoir-ish book of essays -- something I was first approached about doing in 2006, but was finally inspired to follow through on after reading the great David Rakoff -- and this has contributed to my posting more photos and one-liners and fewer full-length stories in the past year. I'm very excited about the book and cannot wait to share it with you all! (While the stories are flowing, the perfect title is not. If you've got an idea, would love to hear from you HERE.)
I feel like I have a very loyal readership and have developed online friendships with so many of you, so this is not to discourage those of you who contact me regularly by email. I'm just wondering if there might be a way to encourage an online discussion on the blog about about what I'm posting about. Also, for those who have introduced yourself to me in person, I think you quickly figured out that I love when people do it -- so thanks!
Would love to hear your thoughts.
If using the comments feature is an issue for you, may I offer this quick tutorial?
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To leave a comment, simply:
1. Click the COMMENTS button at the bottom of the post on which you wish to say something
2. If you do not have a Google or Open ID account, select the third (and easiest) option -- Name/URL. Once you click it, a box will appear where you can put your name (can be just your first, just a nickname, whatever you're comfortable with) and then you can leave the URL box empty. (If you want to put a link to your website or Facebook/Twitter page, by all means do. But it is completely optional.)
3. Type your comment in the box at the top and when you're done, hit the PUBLISH YOUR COMMENT button. You only need to hit it once -- your comment will NOT appear immediately, but rather will be sent to me for moderation. This is done to avoid both spam and hate-mongering, both of which are far too common on the Internet.
4. You're done -- and thanks!
As always, however, you can email directly HERE.