"... and I still don't know what I would say in response to it. Well, I can at least fell comfortable saying "bravo." ... BTW, this is a common occurrence after reading your longer winded thoughts and, I have long suspected, a reason why your best posts so often suffer from a lack of comments ..."
I'm choosing to believe people just don't know how to comment without sounding "sycophantic" ... which is something people also complain about to me all the time: "I would have said it was amazing, but I didn't want to sound s~"
So here are 9 possible choices for answers to a blog post that don't expressly say "I liked this" or "It was great" ~ statements that apparently make people here feel stupid, even though tremendously stupid-minded blogs I have seen have this stated dozens and dozens of times in the comments fields. I am often in awe of how some addlepated blog meanderings get described as "brilliant post!" without anyone feeling sycophantic.
I suggest the gentle reader should try one of these. They are expressed in the reader's first person.
1. This made me think. I [formerly believed/still believe] that [my opinion] was true. This [has/hasn't] given me reason to change my mind. But I may be wrong.Probably isn't an excuse to build up an argument or otherwise derail the comment into a long-winded description of your point-of-view, unless you can back it up with sources or sound, a priori reasoning. But a simple statement one way or the other is perfectly fine.
2. After reading this, I went to the [text/source/video] that you linked. Here's what I found.Simple, elegant, expands the conversation and brings the point back to the same inspiration that got me writing the post. Certainly looks like you hold your own in the conversation.
3. This was something I [had/hadn't] heard before. I [thought/had heard/had read] that [the point in question] was such-and-such, and not what you're saying here. [Optional]: I have examples: [quote].I haven't read everything or seen everything, so I'm always interested in someone else having the same idea or printed material which states categorically the opposite of what I'm saying. I'm not really interested in someone's blog, but anything that is formally published material is of great interest.
4. Hm. I found my attention especially drawn to [this point] and [this point].Does not expressly state if the points were agreed with ~ but it does help me zero in one what resonates with people who read the blog.
5. Regarding [this point]. Would you be willing to elaborate further?This one is a danger because trolls love to press this button. I've found in the past that a troll will keep asking me to write more and more about a subject, just to see how many words I will pile upon words. So I can't say that I'll necessarily oblige, but it is always nice to be asked ~ and if I am asked in a particular encouraging way, I'll probably step up.
6. If [this] and [this] were true, it would probably mean [this]. Have I got that right?Not everyone has the art of speculation in their veins ~ but speculation is a terrific conversation driver and I encourage it. Even if you're completely out to lunch, there's the old argument that there are no bad ideas except not speaking. A bad idea can often get good ideas going, since deconstructing ideas, both bad and good, solves problems.
7. You once talked about this before [link if it can be find]. Has your opinion changed over the years? Will it change?Taking my temperature is a good way to get a back and forth started. Giving your temperature as well, if you're up for it, is better - but perhaps you can get me to say something you'll feel more comfortable commenting upon.
8. As long as you were willing to talk about [this], do you have an opinion on such-and-such?I'm always hunting for new subjects for a post. It can't hurt to give me one. If I start getting a lot of them, obviously, I'll pick and choose - but I might get to everything eventually. Remember, I started all these posts about monsters because a single reader mentioned that I had never written down my rules about dragons.
9. A point I'll support. I linked this to my [blog/facebook/twitter/whatever].Positively the best thing in the world you can do for me, apart from supporting me on Patreon. Being told that I'm liked or that a post of mine is liked is a very small thing. Being willing to step up and connect YOUR NAME with something I've said is HUGE. If you want to tell me how much you liked something I wrote, try this.