Why don’t people comment on blogs? 

And in a break and slight tangent from recent blog posts, this one is about blogging, not babies….

I’ve been blogging for quite a few years now, and I find it interesting that people don’t comment on blog posts as much I’d like them to. I feel as if a blog post with no comments makes it look as if I’m just talking to myself, even if it has lots of likes from other WordPress users.

So it got me thinking – are there situations that make me less likely to comment on other people blogs? What can I learn from this?

1. Commenting tools

Many blogs require you to be logged in to comment – whether Disqus or WordPress. For me, this means I only comment where the functionality is WordPress or doesn’t require a login, as it’s easier.

2. Facebook commenting 

I don’t like Facebook sneaking into other areas of my online life. So if a blog has Facebook as its commenting tool, I won’t leave a comment. Yes, I know, I’m grumpy aren’t I?!

2. Social media

Sharing new posts on social media is great for increasing the number of readers of a post. But it does mean that people often find it easier to reply to the tweet or Facebook post, rather than comment directly on the blog. I do comment on the blogs themselves but generally I only do that if I know the person, or if it’s a blog I’d like to follow or connect with.

3. Being compelled to comment 

Some blog posts are more interesting than others, obviously. If I’m not compelled to make an observation, agree or disagree with the post, I don’t. Although I may just click to “like” the post. Blog posts that ask questions at least prompt a thought, make me wonder my answer and then maybe write something.

4. An old blog 

If there have been no posts on the blog for a while I’ll assume the writer has lost interest and I won’t bother commenting. Likewise I don’t always comment on old blog posts that are being shared again unless there is recent activity.

5. Replies from the writer 

Commenting on a blog is the same as responding on social media, the idea is to start a conversation and make connections. So if nobody replies to say thank you for the comment, it does feel a bit pointless, and I won’t bother commenting on that blog in future, even if I enjoy reading the posts.

So what? 

Some interesting thoughts for me there, on keeping my blog fresh and making people want to share an opinion or experience. I do always reply when people comment on my blog or via social media, as I have a manageable number of comments to deal with.

I’ve never found my blog itself to be a place that gathers friends and contacts – these usually come from Twitter or Facebook. So perhaps I shouldn’t be too worried about comments on the blog posts, as long as I’m engaging in conversation somewhere as a result.

What do you think?

It would be lovely to see some comments below or replies via social media……

And here’s a completely unrelated photo of a mysteriously misty morning

14 thoughts on “Why don’t people comment on blogs? 

  1. For me
    I do not comment
    Because I do not know
    What to comment
    Just like this comment
    (I do not know what to comment next)

  2. Looks like I might leave the first comment!!! 🙂 One reason I sometimes don’t comment on blogs is so many blogs I subscribe to via email, or I’m otherwise reading them on the go. I’m much more likely to comment on a blog if I’m at my actual computer, rather than my phone or tablet.

    • Hi Catherine – yes that’s a good point, all the ones that we read on emails. And I read more on my iPad than computer so if I comment it is often from there – but I can see why that’s not the case for everyone. Thank you for commenting 🙂

  3. I suppose pressing a “like” button is easier than typing a comment. Although I don’t tend to “like” things much, mainly because I forget the ability exists!

    A lot of people (me included) often say “I should comment more”. I think some of the trouble is that if it’s been a while since the post was posted by the time you get to it it feels like it’s too late and it’s not relevant any more.

    • I definitely like more than I comment. It takes effort to comment, and often I don’t have time – or sometimes just don’t have an opinion that seems worth sharing. I totally agree on the timing/relevance thing.

      Thanks for commenting on this one!

  4. As social experiments into the hive mind of joe public this is brilliant! By blogging about no one commenting and examining the reasons why, you automatically compel people (myself included) to comment. Subtle, but clever…baaahh!! I’m kidding reallym but I completely agree with the train of thought here. It’s far easier for someone to like, share, retweet and indeed comment on social media that it is on most blogging platforms. This will driver your users and readers to those platforms and away from the blogging platforms. You’d think WordPress would have cottoned in by now!

    • Incidentally, my ability to type on an iPad is shocking! Until it comes to making an observation on my ability to type on an iPad, that time it’s perfect!!! 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️😳😉😉😉

    • Ha ha, I’m accidentally very clever it would appear 🙂 Thanks for falling for my cunning plan!!

      Yes, it is interesting how social media works alongside blogging. I find the same for Instagram actually, I rarely visit it and comment, but often reply on twitter or Facebook.

  5. Hi Nina, you’ve written a thoughtful post and used to wonder the same about my blogs, but I totally agree with Catherine’s comment. I subscribe to so many blogs and newsletters that it’s tough. Certain times of the year like this month are so crazy busy that it’s hard to comment on anything!. But as a colleague told me, I might not comment, but I read your blog every week but I read it and enjoy it. For me, that’s enough 🙂

    • Hi Debra, thanks for commenting. I also like it when friends tell me they read my blog, even if they don’t comment. And social media provides a great place to share and discuss too.

  6. This is something I am discovering. I am about to throw my latest Laravel blog project out to the public and I’m using disqus comments, I sure hope I can at least drive some traffic! Comments would happen maybe if I sought after people on the web *for *commentary.

  7. It seems to me that people want to visit a blog and take the post back to their context and get their friends to comment on it there. They want to comment in their own ecosystem than venture out to another person’s platform. By the way, if I am judging by this post alone, I am jealous of your comment count. I don’t get comments much.

    • Thanks for commenting. It seems writing a post asking why people don’t comment is the way to get comments! I get more response on social media usually, rather than on the blog itself. Good luck with your own blog adventures.

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