I've noticed something lately... well actually I have been watching since the rain gods have provided us with the VIEWS & TIMES CLICKED ON counters. (Which are just to the left of the "Bookmark" button.)
And something feels a bit off.
Considering there are over 10,000 rainers, why are so many just "SEEING" what we say and choose not to comment. The number of comments and commenters seem to have stalled out.
I ask this because I find comments VERY helpful. They help me understand what is "connecting" and what is "DIS-connecting" with those who read my words.
Comments are also a GREAT way for someone new to Active Rain to "introduce" themselves to all that is happening here. When I see someone comment on one of my posts, who I never came across before, I tend to go to their profiles and check them out... and go check out any blogs they have posted. Then I try to share a comment.
THEN on top of all of that... there are the fresh new insightful comments that help us consider things that we NEVER even thought of , thus adding, teaching and expanding to what we started in a blog.
While there are those same-old same-old "regular commenters" who I am thankful for... how do we encourage others to share their own unique ideas, concerns and wisdom? Are they discouraged and intimidated by the points that other bloggers have racked up and feel that there is just no way to compete with these more prolific voices?
I believe that commenting is the glue to Active Rain... so my advice is if you are new to the rain DON'T BE AFFRAID to share a few thoughts in a comment.
Anyway, I am a bit perplexed by members in the rain being reluctant to share. If you have any thoughts on this... please comment. ESPECIALLY if you don't usually comment... YOURS is the voice we NEED to hear.