Blogging is a funny form of communication. On the one hand it is a social activity, often generating a discussion of sorts among the writer and reader, as well as among readers and even other writers. On the other hand, the proportion of readers that actually comment is quite small, leading to a skewed interpretation of who is actually reading. I know a lot of people see blogs as a sort of magazine rack (I hope I'm not US Weekly) and prefer to just read rather than jump into the fray.
I have no problem with this, but on occasion I find it valuable to see if I can shake the tree a bit and get some of you who only read to voice up. While I enjoy interacting with those who comment regularly, I also like to encourage the silent readership to give me some feedback every now and then. In fact, I did this only a few months ago, but a lot has changed since then in terms of URLs and readership. From that perspective, I don't feel too narcissistic calling out the readership again so soon.
So tell me, dear reader:
1) Have you been reading for a while or found this blog in the past couple of months?
2) If you come by to read regularly, why?
3) Are you in academia/science, and if so, or not, what do you do?
4) What keeps you from commenting more often, or at all?
So let's have it, all you anonymous readers out there. What say you? Yes, YOU. Click in from your Google Readers and participate. Your feedback will be sincerely appreciated.