Personally, for me it's a bit of both. I started off blogging because I love to write, at that point, had I never received a single comment I would have been happy with that. But I must confess that having "been around the blog" a couple of times, I started getting a little thrill every time I got a comment on one of my posts. Nowdays I still blog because I love to write, but I also really enjoy getting feedback from my readers and have come to love the comments that appear at the bottom of a post and the emails I receive saying that a reader has enjoyed a particular post.
Which brings me to the point of this post (there is a point, honest!)
I read a number of blogs on an almost daily basis and I definitely don't leave comments on each and every blog every single day (geez, it would be a full time occupation...) but I do make a point of leaving a comment on each blog I read on a fairly regular basis. I feel that if you are enjoying the posts on a blog and getting regular entertainment from it, it is a matter of good manners to at least sometimes reciprocate by leaving a comment.
I also make a point of visiting the blogs of those who leave comments and leaving a comment in return. Again, to my way of thinking this is a matter of good manners.
Now some of the blogs I read are extremely popular and I fully realise that if you are getting in excess of 50-100 comments a day it is practically impossible to run around and visit all those blogs and leave comments. It's perfectly fine by me if those particular bloggers never visit my blog ever. But I have to confess that I get just a little bit bugged by the fact that there are bloggers who are not that popular who never take the time to visit the blogs of those who comment. Frankly I think it's a bit rude.
On the other end of the spectrum, there is a very popular blog I visit and I have left comments on a couple of occasions, never for a moment expecting a response and yet each time this blogger has sent me a personal email, thanking me for visiting her blog and replying to my comment. I am in awe of this blogger - unfortunately anyone who has commented on my blog will know that I am not as gracious (blush, blush!)
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this - do you think it's fine to get comments regularly from a particular reader of your blog and to never take the time to visit their blog and leave a comment of your own? Am I being overly sensitive?