Not Such a Thin Line Between Love & Hate. Lovers, Haters & Comments.
Down, boy. Nice puppy. (photo credit - http://flickr.com/photos/themightyjimbo/sets/1676539)
Comments are often described as the currency of the blogger. Barring spam, they are generally things we bloggers love receiving and are probably something we are a bit compulsive about checking and rechecking our inboxes to find. Of course comments can express a variety of sentiments from "You're the bomb!" to "I wish a bomb would drop on you!"
Recently I received two comments that I feel perfectly illustrate unambiguous and well expressed opinions for some of my work. If you'll allow me, I'd like to share them with you, cherished reader.
Comment A from Traci remarking on the Peanut Butter and Jellyfish piece:
At first I thought you were like every other food blogger - but articles like this set you far apart from the rest. Like a good movie, your writing has me coming back for a second and third read. Somehow you managed to intertwine politics, environmentalism, and humor into the cold and bizarre world of the jellyfish. Did I laugh? Yes? Will I eat my Jellyfish with Peanut Butter? The Jury is still out..Great Job Eddie Lin!!!!
*sigh* Traci, don't. Stop. Please. Don't stop.
Now, Comment B from Anonymous remarking on Live Octopus Tentacles:
Go to hell (and you will). You are not funny. You are the worst kind of carnivore--you don't do it for sustenance, you do it for laughs and applauds. I hope a wild dog catches you and rips you apart while you scream and die.
Hellfire and wild dogs??? Ouch!
Believe it or not, I appreciate both of these very opposite reactions. Undoubtedly, I'd much rather receive fan mail, love letters and marriage proposals, but the occasional reader spewing venom or thinly veiled threats of death by dog is something that gets my blood circulating nicely (although it does sting a little).
If you're a blogger, I'd like to know what the nicest, meanest, most flattering, dead-sexiest or just plain strangest comments or emails you've received.
And if you're a reader, what are the most interesting comments you've ever left and why. Not necessarily on this blog but any blog.
In marketing, it is understood that customers are more likely to take the time to write a letter of complaint if unsatisfied by a product or service rather than to write a complimentary letter when they are pleased. What motivates you to leave a compliment? Are you more likely to leave one if you are offended or upset by a blog posting or are you more apt to say something if a post made you smile or laugh?
Or is it just simply impossible to get a comment out of you? Lurkers! Let me know. Leave a comment. Haha.