As I stated in the first paragraph, we have the most “friends” on facebook, then on twitter and a few followers here. Now, I’m willing to bet that there might be crossover between two of those groups or even three groups. I’m also willing to bet that not everyone reads the blog daily or even weekly. Nonetheless, we have way more readers on a daily basis than what our blog followers would indicate. Fascinating. Why is that? Why would more people friend us on facebook? Maybe, it is because it seems to be easy to friend someone on facebook or follow someone on twitter. It seems to be much easier to do either of those things than it is to be a follower on this blog, since the formatting of blogger requires a different account to connect to. Okay. Thus, I can sort of understand why people wouldn’t indicate that they are followers here. Why are there less followers on twitter than friends on facebook? It seems to me that twitter is just as easy as facebook. In fact, I would go a step further and say that twitter is even easier than facebook! After all, there is no need for confirmation when following someone. So, what’s the difference? Are there simply more Duran fans on facebook? Do you think that is true? I won’t lie. Rhonda and I would love for us to have more followers everywhere, but especially here. We would love for the number of followers to closer match the number of readers we have on a daily basis. I suspect that we would get more commenters then as well.
Speaking of comments, out of the three areas, facebook often has the most lively discussions. (Of course, it seems clear that not every person commenting has actually read the blog, which is a little frustrating since we take the time and effort to write). It seems like people aren’t afraid to disagree with our points of view or with other people’s points of view regarding some topic in Duranland. This fascinates me as many people (not all) use their personal facebook pages when commenting on the daily blog topic. Thus, people don’t seem to be afraid to put themselves and their opinions out there for others to read and respond to. As for twitter, it seems harder to have discussions on there due to the character limit but it does seem and has been possible. Twitter may or may not be as personal as facebook can be. People can show who they really are and can hide who they really are. Perhaps, that changes what or what does not get said. I don’t know. This place, on the other hand, seems to be filled with anonymous comments. Obviously, there are lots of people who post comments openly as themselves but there are plenty of people who don’t. Is this simply a situation of the pain-in-the-butt blogger getting in the way? Maybe. Perhaps, that is the case for some. It seems interesting to me that many of the anonymous comments are one that either disagree with us or with other readers. It is rare to find a comment that disagrees with us, strongly, for example, in which the person commenting is open about who they are. Something to ponder. If people aren’t afraid to criticize us or each other on facebook, why won’t they do it here? What makes this place so different?
I don’t have the answer for that. I can only keep encouraging people to comment here (again, I recommend following us here first). After all, we are totally cool with people disagreeing with us here (or on facebook or twitter). Heck, Rhonda and I don’t always agree. I would like to think that we show people that it is okay to disagree as long as we do it respectfully. Perhaps, that is part of the problem, though. Not everyone comments back with respect. Duranland can and has gotten ugly at times, for some people. Could that be why people worry about commenting here? Again, I use the example of facebook and say that there is a lot of comments on there. Could it be that this seems more permanent? Could it be that it seems more open to the outside world since as a blog, it can be read by anyone? I don’t know the answer to any of these questions. I would love to know what the rest of you think. What’s the deal with both the number of followers and what’s the deal with the comments?