Comments on poetry blogs are very different from comment threads on idea blogs — see my idea blog here. In general, those differences are:
- No Dialogue: Most poetry commenters don’t follow their comments by email. In other words, if you reply to a commenter’s thoughts, they don’t return. And thus, most poetry bloggers don’t reply to the comments others make on their site either. After learning this, I decided that I won’t visit a poetry blog expecting to enjoy interaction, about the author’s poem. That said, I do have excepts that you can see below.
- Bland or Fluffy Comments: Poetry bloggers are generally very sensitive and sweet people — or at least those are the types of comments they prefer. Unlike idea blogs here are things poetry bloggers do or don’t to:
- They certainly do not criticize or offer suggestions on the poem — that would be horrible, and is almost always received horribly.
- they don’t like to discuss controversy.
- They don’t like to ask the poet: “What the heck did you mean by …”
- They do try to write something positive, or quote a favorite phrase or mention that they have a similar experience. But most comments lack significant content — they are just vacuously sweet.
- Few commentors dive into any depth, and in reading comments, I can see that most commentors have no clue about what the poet is trying to say. But no one dares say so. Because poetry blogs are suppose to be safe grounds, I guess — a place where a writer can feel great about anything they write.
- Collecting Comments: Unfortunately, a large number of blogging poets jump on other poets’ blogs and making short vacuous comments simply so that the poet at that blog will return to their blog and make a comment. They are out collecting comments.
So, in light of the above, here is my requests concerning your comments:
- How to get my reply from me: If you ask a question or make a suggestions/criticism about my poem, I will respond. I LOVE all of these sort of comments!
- Please avoid vacuity: Generic compliments and sweet words do little for me. If possible, skip the perfunctory, nice compliments and instead grace me with one thought — I blog to think. Please feel free to criticize, doubt, suggest, question and even attack my writing — I love this any day over vacuity. Thank you!