I don't completely agree with
for me to comment I feel like I should have something to contribute other than "I agree!" or "I disagree simply due to opinion!"
because sometimes even those can be a little voice of support a blogger needs to hear. I think it might be advisable to add a few sentences saying why or why not, but if you don't have the time/inclination to do so even a sentence may suffice. And drive up the comment count!
I hear ya! Even though I do get a decent number of comments, I still get an "ooooh shiny!" rush at every new one, even when they're just agreeing with me.
I do try to leave a "grats" whenever I see a recent accomplishment post because I do know how good it feels, especially when you're first starting out and feeling like you're talking to a big, empty room.
Though sometimes people's obsessions with page hits and comments...is scary. Not saying anybody here is this way, I barely know any of you =^-^= but some I read are prone to throwing hissy fits if they don't get a comment and that can get old....really fast.
I used to read those kind of blogs just for the drama factor. ^_^
I haven't seen that attitude much among WoW bloggers. Since we have a very narrow focus, it takes awhile for most of us to build a readership, so those obsessed with hits and comments are burn themselves out really fast.
If it's any reassurance to those of you who feel you aren't getting anywhere, hits, suscribers, comments and reputation vary in pattern from blogger to blogger. Some narrow niche yet opinionated blogs get 30 comments within an hour of posting, but their hits and subscriptions numbers will be low. Other blogs will proudly display their obscene number of subscribers, but their straightforward, factual posts won't attract many comments. As for reputation, there a few bloggers who are really involved in the community but who actually don't get much attention on their blog. I also saw two bloggers compare hits and google subscribers once, and the blog who got over 1000 hits a day only had about 250 subscribers while the blog with less than 300 hits a day had over 500 subscribers.
So overall, the type of reader (occasional vs subcriber) and vocality of your readers will depend on your content, posting frequency and personality. And you might be a well known and respected member of the community even though your blog tends to be a bit on the quiet side. It's nearly impossible to win a popularity contest in every category