I just read an interesting blog post, and decided to leave a comment.
My comment was really good (yes, I’m biased). It was highly relevant, and helpful to the blogger as well as to her readers.
When I hit submit, I was prompted to login to (a) wordpress, or (b) gravatar.
I don’t have a wordpress account that I use, so I tried to login with my gravatar account. I haven’t done this for, oh, years. Since I set up the account.
I got an error message, prompting me to try again.
But here’s the sad truth: by this time, I was done. I had lost interest in making this work. Even thought the comment was good, and would have helped increase the credibility of the blog and blogger, I was done. I closed the tab, moved on to the 50 other things I try and do before my workday starts.
Would the blogger have wanted and appreciated the comment? I’m sure. Bloggers want comments like addicts want ________. It helps validate them as a blogger.
But the blogger made it too hard for me to leave a comment.
If you have a blog, logout and try and comment on one of your posts. If it is not stupid-easy (that is, fill in the comment, your name, email addy and your URL, and that’s it!!), then you are making it too hard.
Hey, Jason! What you said! Nothing is more irritating than scribing something pithy and relevant that you can’t post because you have to jump through 17 hoops. Who has time for that?