This blog has been a real story for me. i enjoyed blogging for a few years and, for a while, I didn’t bother to look at the Comments. Then, one night a long time age, I decided to check out the Comments. They were stupendous! I had never ever imagined the kinds things people were saying to me about my work. “Wonderful blog! I have learned very much from your offerings!” “Excellent. I will return to you blog in the future.” “Etc.”
I ran to my wife and dragged her to my computer – “You have GOT to see this!” After she read three or four comments, she was equally impressed. It’s nice to have your partner impressed by something you’ve done. (That’s a pretty universal sentiment right there, I’d think.)
A few days later, I decided to read more comments to get my ego up. I mean, there were 360 of them. (It had been a long time that I hadn’t even thought of looking at Comments.) Down around the 10th one, I noticed the second Comment that said, “Wonderful blog! I have learned very much from your offerings!” Hmm. Not such a great sign. So I did a search for the phrase “Wonderful blog!” and something like 25 of the Comments were identical. Then I started searching other phrases. Every time I got a handful (or a basket-full) of the same phrase (mostly from businesses who were trying to manufacture traffic, I deleted the Comments. At the end, I was left with exactly zero original replies to my comments. Zero. My wife and I laughed about that for a long time. Oh well, lessons learned.
But, I began to wonder if anyone read my blogs and if nobody did, I figured I’d put my energy into other stuff. (Plus, in the very beginning, I had used a photo of a golf ball going into the cup to illustrate one blog post and 5 years later I got a letter from a law firm saying I had violated somebody’s copyright and, of course I had, without thinking about it, and suddenly I was paying a few hundred dollars I hadn’t anticipated. Thus does the world of blogging erect hazards to the unsuspecting.) But, back to the Comments – I eased off on my posts – my practice was doing fine and generating Google traffic with “new content” didn’t seem worth the effort for the reward achieved. I seem to be doing fine without having people see me on Page One of a Google search of, say, “Bellevue Mediators” or “Couples Therapist” or “Joe Shaub.”
But then in the last month or two, I’ve had some people who come in to my office, comment (or should I say Comment) that they had read my website and blog and my brain said, “WHAT?? Someone is reading my blog?” So, with renewed belief that maybe one person is reading this, I think I’ll start tapping these out again. What’s the worst thing that can happen? Maybe I’ll generate 20,000 Comments from Russian bots in the next 9 months.