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.
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