Not one comment. Zero. Zilch. Nada.
The blog post you see below in italics, titled, "Please Leave Me A Comment," actually (and sadly) received zero comments back in December.
Now it was the holiday season for many of us, so maybe it just fell through the cracks, but I was really surprised by the fact that no one commented. When it comes to content, whether it be a blog post like this one, or a video, feature article, session at conference, email blast, anything, your comments are extremely valuable. Your feedback lets us know that what we are creating is valuable to you—and that, is our No. 1 goal.
If it isn't valuable, let us know. If we can make it better, let us know. Tell us why you didn't think it was valuable or how we could have improved. If you agree with a viewpoint of a columnist, let it be known. If you disagree, comment and start a discussion. If you enjoyed something, tell us why and what value you received. If it was valuable to you, it will probably be valuable to other members of the MPI community, so Tweet it out, post it on your Facebook page, mention it in a LinkedIn group discussion. Get the conversation going!
Posted on December 28, 2010:
"The only thing worse than a bad review is no review at all."
I couldn't agree more.
This headline grabbed my attention as I was reading through a litany of industry blogs and news sources that I hit on every day.
This particular one was penned by a friend and meetings and events industry blogger, Lara McCulloch-Carter, of READY2SPARK fame.
The headline derived from a blog she posted on Ready2Spark on Dec. 21. She then posted the same question on her LinkedIn page linking back to her blog and offered it up for comments by her peers.
The article got tweeted out from her blog and her LinkedIn page had 12 comments as of this blog post—not too shabby for a holiday week.It was the theme of the headline that got me though.
The straight to the point, no nonsense statement that anyone who has ever blogged before has thought. Why am I doing this if no one is commenting? We can't forget that just because we lack in comments it does not mean we lack in readers. Often times those who read don't think their comments are valid, or maybe they are shy, or maybe they think their comments will go unheard.
As one commenter to Lara's LinkedIn page post said though, at least with a bad review, the company can contact the commenter and get feedback that will help improve the situation.
The online world of content is only as successful as the people who involve themselves in the process and the only way to truly crowd source content is if you get involved in what you are reading.
So next time you read something online (especially on www.MPIweb.org orwww.mpioneplus.org) take a few minutes to rate the content, leave a comment and continue the conversation. We learn from each other and the only way to be successful in this adventure is to get involved.
Your comments are important!