The idea that it is software that stops blog readers from commenting stopped me in my tracks during my research for my latest e-book about blog comments.
I had to give it some thought, not being an avid smartphone user myself (I much prefer my iMac). So why do I prefer using a proper computer rather than a hand-held device?
Which fingers do you use?
Well, it’s much easier for me to type on the keyboard using eight fingers and one thumb than both my thumbs on a tiny, inaccessible QUERTY keys (at least it’s QUERTY and not letters under numbers as when composing texts in the old fashioned phones). My thumbs are not dexterous enough, they keep hitting the wrong buttons, and sometimes the predictive text suggestions are infuriating! (I’ve been called ‘geriatric’ by my daughter when it comes to texting, and she offers to do it for me to speed things up!)
And also on my iPad (OK, it’s a ‘mini’ so it is also quite small) the presented keyboard is still not conducive to touch typing, so I still end up using two fingers like my husband and many others who haven’t bothered to get a book about touch-typing from the library and learn properly. This is undermining my skills as a typist and certainly can’t be performed without looking down.
I find alternative methods
So whenever I come across a blog post I like or admire, and I want to leave a comment, I’m much more likely to do the deed on my iMac than from my iPad (I’ve totally given up with my phone). If the said exciting post is found via a mobile device, I find a way of emailing the link to myself so I can ‘deal’ with it later.
If this is the case with me, how many also suffer the same bother? Certainly anybody over 40 (into which bracket I most comfortably fall) find using mobile technology more confusing, partly because we probably did learn to touch-type on those ancient electric typewriters with ribbons and corrective tape back sometime in the dark ages.
Why is technology so confusing?
And I certainly can’t update my blog on my iPad via the WordPress app, and prefer to enter the normal way via a browser. To me there are so many procedures that are missing or made more difficult on the app, especially with touch screens (you can see I really am an old fogie).
I shall rue the day when all computers go touch screen and the old methods of keyboard entry become a thing of the past. How the hell do you selectively copy a link or text phrase with accuracy to the end of a particular letter like you can with a mouse? I have yet to fathom that one out…
So mobiles are stifling commenting
Enough menopausal ranting, my conclusion is that being forever on the move with mobile devices may mean people will get to read more content anywhere and everywhere, but they are much less likely to stop to leave suitable feedback.
Getting any interaction via a mobile website does require a total overhaul with the design, with big, clickable buttons and less information on a page that requires an immediate call to action to make it worthwhile (stuff seen on a smartphone isn’t likely to be bookmarked to be read later). So this means writing a comment is demoted to a lower priority, which is not good news for blogs and their authors.
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