I love comments. I love YOUR comments. I love it when people respond to what I write. And I love what you write. I check all of your sites at least once a day if I'm able to find the time. You make me laugh. You've become a hobby.
But the thing is, I'm not a commenter myself.
I'm a bit shy sometimes, even though I appear not to be. And as much as I wish it did, commenting just doesn't come naturally to me in blogland.
You're not going to know that I've been to your site unless a) something immediately strikes me as a potential comment, and b) I have enough time to actually type the comment in. (Compulsive site-meter readers excepted.) Think of me as the quiet one who's laughing at the jokes, flitting about to make sure everyone has a drink.
There's also the issue that sometimes I don't have commenting time when I'm reading you all...many days I only have 15 minutes of blog time allowed, so I need to get to as many sites as I can and I don't want to slow myself down with chat. I might want to do a stop-and-chat, but I have to put it off because there's some damn MIT project or a WAC breathing down my neck.
So please don't take it personally when I don't comment, or if it takes me a while to comment back when you are here. It's not about you. It's about me. But know that I'm paying attention. And I encourage you to chat amongst yourselves. I'm a good host, able to start a conversation and then move on to the next group of people standing in awkward silence.
And in two weeks I have more time again, as exams will be through and I won't have pressing schoolwork until after the holidays.