Comments on blogs are powerful.

They not only help a blog get discovered, they affect the author and the blog’s readers.

Today’s Lesson

I love the comments I get on my blog. Most bloggers do.

When I read the comments I’ve received on my blog, as well as the comments on other blogs, I’ve realized comments can generate a variety of emotions.


1) Give you validation your words are being read

2) Encourage you to keep writing/posting

3) Build your ego

4) Make you laugh

5) Can make you cry.

6) Make you feel valued

7) Teach compassion for others

8.) By expanding on an original post, comments help others in the same situation, by providing additional information or links

9) Give others the courage to add their opinion/comment

10) Build friendships

11) Build blog communities

12) Commenting on other blogs gives you a chance to reveal more about yourself/your views.

13) Negative comments can increase your awareness.

14) Opposing views can make you angry

15) Negative comments can alienate the loyal readers of a blog against the (negative) commenter.

16) Comments can make a visitor to a blog feel like an outcast.

Whatever the intent of the comment, someone will be affected by it.

Today’s Assignment

How do comments affect you?

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  1. AxeCityNo Gravatar says:

    I like to receive comments and critiques, they trigger my mind and thoughts. Comments give me an image of how people see my blog. Even though not all comments would bring me the real image, still I have to give them enough concern.

    But I think we should keep in mind that the number of comments doesn’t reflect the quality of posts in anyway, it shouldn’t affect us highly, we still have to focus upon writing a quality content.

  2. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi AxeCity,

    You bring up a good point. A lack of comments do not mean a blog (post) is not of good quality. Blogs in their infancy often do not have enough exposure.

  3. I like the way commenting builds a community! at least half of my daily blogs I read were found from quality comments on other blogs!

  4. NaturalNo Gravatar says:

    Comments keep me humble, I feel appreciative and grateful that someone has taken the time to not only read what I have written, but also respond. They make me smile, they encourage, inspire and teach me more than anything else.

    Comments also help me find other blogs that I may not have otherwise found.

  5. The comments are my favorite part of my blog. If I can write something that stirs a reaction in people and gets them to take action (write a comment) I’ve done my job. That’s the best part about the blog medium, the interactivity. Writers never had this opportunity to learn from their readers. They may receive fan mail when they hit it big, but most of the time they never receive feedback. Blogging has changed all that and I’m lucky to have lived in such a wonderful time.

  6. I wonder if comments are considered part of Web 2.0. They’re certainly a big part of what makes the web interactive. Without them, blogs wouldn’t be conversations, just people talking to themselves.

    Hunter Nuttalls last blog post..What Is An Ebook Worth?

  7. Debbie YostNo Gravatar says:

    I think the mostly affect me with 2, 3, 4 and 10. When I’m feeling discouraged, one simple comment can give me the push I needed to continue. I’ve made some good friends with my commentors also.

    I cannot figure out why my avatar is no longer working here. It’s doing the same thing on another site I frequent. I checked out the avatar page and it all seems ok there. I’m getting frustrated about it!

    Debbie Yosts last blog post..Jello Legs

  8. Chase MarchNo Gravatar says:

    I blogged for months without receiving any comments whatsoever. When my first comment appeared, I was overjoyed. Since then I really look forward to them and think that if I don’t get a comment on a post that my post wasn’t good enough. It kind of dictates what I write because if a topic doesn’t get posts, I might not blog about it again or I may stop a series I was working on.

    Chase Marchs last blog post..What About Editing?

  9. VeredNo Gravatar says:

    I agree with Hunter: comments turn my blog into a lively conversation. I compared it once, during an especially enjoyable discussion, to having a dinner party where my readers are my guests.

    Vereds last blog post..Wordless Wednesday: The Glamour of Air Travel

  10. MarelisaNo Gravatar says:

    I´ve had a lot of encouraging comments on my blog so far, and certainly makes me feel acknowledged. Plus, a lot of them are from other bloggers whose blogs I visit and comment on as well, so it makes me feel like I’m part of a community.

  11. SaraNo Gravatar says:

    Yep, like your other readers, comments provide a big inspiration. My favorites are the comments that push the topic a bit further or provide a new idea. And they’re definitely humbling. Since becoming a blogger, it’s completely changed the way I view comments; it’s about supporting the writer as much as expressing my opinion.

    Saras last blog post..Persistence: A Reasonable Stand-in for Perfectionism

  12. Nothing is more rewarding for me than getting comments on my blog – especially if someone says a post has been helpful or encouraging.

    I read comments on other blogs to learn about new sites I might like to visit or subscribe to; it’s fascinating to see what people are writing about. And I know that most, if not all, of my readers and commenters have found me through comments I’ve left – it’s all good!

    Ann at One Bag Nations last blog post..“You Have to be Really Organized”

  13. ChrisNo Gravatar says:

    Comments in my blog are like desserts after a nice meal (which is my act of creating a post)…I honestly don’t think I would have lasted this long blogging if I didn’t have comments on my site.

    Chriss last blog post..Go Ahead, Ask Me

  14. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Darren,

    Comments are great for building community. Like you, I find lots of other great blogs in comment sections.

    Hi Natural,

    It is a heartwarming experience when we see comments, isn’t it?

    Hi Karl,

    Blogs are great for that interactivity. They’re so much better than static websites.

    Hi Hunter,

    Lol. I used to do a lot of that talking to myself when I first started blogging. I had an imaginary audience 😆

    Hi Debbie,

    It’s nice when friendships build, hey?

    Re: your avatar. Check your email address. It may have an error in it (when you registered it).

    Hi Chase,

    Don’t stop writing just specific posts just because you don’t get a comment. Often, what happens, is the post will be found months later and it may become a popular one.

    Hi Vered.

    Did you say a dinner party? Care to share the menu? I’ll be there. 🙂 The conversations that develop are great, aren’t they?

    Hi Marelisa,

    You are part of a community. 🙂

    Aren’t those encouraging comments great? They keep us inspired and motivated.

    Hi Sara,

    Yes, compassion does build for the blog author. As a fellow blogger, we know what they’re going through.

    Hi Ann,

    Like you, I love how that works. The CommentLuv plugin is another great tool to give other visitors a sneak peak into the world of fellow bloggers/commenters.

    Hi Chris,

    Yummy…dessert. Vered has the meal and you have the dessert. 🙂

    Comments do keep us going. Without them, many bloggers do give up. All the more reason for all of us to drop comments on other blogs, if only to say “hello”.

    And speaking of comments, thank you all for your comments on my blog. For so many reasons, they inspire me to keep doing what I’m doing.

  15. Dr.CasonNo Gravatar says:

    Good Morning Barbara! (it’s am still in Guam)

    I love the comments. It seriously is what keeps me coming back for more. I have been immensely grateful for the handful of people that keep coming back and leaving their opinions. I do notice that some people – mostly I think my family-don’t feel comfortable commenting. Bloggers get into a groove and know that they are welcome but the random people just feel more comfortable lurking.

    Have you noticed that an older article after a while fails to get comments. I sometimes will read an older article and then want to comment but if it seems too far back I’m resistant- unless I see some recent comment on there. Do you recommend adding your own comment to a past popular post to keep the conversation going or just rewriting the post and getting the info back there?

    Also I have a question- do you have any tips how to manage all the blogs in your reader? I don’t know if you’ve covered this. I sometimes have barely enough time to write my own post much less go through everyone I want to keep up with. I could spend all day on the web. Speaking of which- I must go. Dive lessons start on Monday and I’m behind in my online course. 🙂 Have a great day!

    Dr.Casons last blog post..Should You Let Your Child Watch Television – Part Two

  16. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Dr. Cason.

    I’m hearing it’s quite common for non-bloggers not feeling comfortable commenting, family members included.

    Re: Older articles. Occasionally I will get a comment on one, but I leave the articles up. If it’s a post that contains information I think could help my readers, I will write another blog post, but put a new spin on it.

    If they are articles on other blogs, I don’t hesitate to leave a comment. That way the blog author knows their work is being read and appreciated.

    Re: getting organized in your reader. Just today I had to redo how I manage my posts (in my reader), as I’ve added so many new blogs. I’ll test what I did for a few days, and if I find it works good, I’ll write a blog post about it next week.

    Like you, I enjoy the web. 🙂

  17. Barbara –

    Comments make blogging a worthwhile experience. It connects my thoughts with readers around the world. It’s amazing that blogging has allowed me to make more friends in last four months than probably my entire life. It creates a better world by sharing ideas and thoughts to improve our way of living. As Natural said, I’m humbled and grateful to those who are taking time to read my blog and comment.


    Shilpan | successsoul.coms last blog post..How to Live a Recession-Proof Life

  18. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Shilpan,

    It is a humbling experience, isn’t it?

  19. I have met so many fantastic new friends from leaving my own comments on their blogs or by them leaving comments on my blog. I only recently found your blog through a comment that you left on someone else’s blog. I liked what you said in your comment and came here.

    It is always nice to find out what other people think about your blog. I love it when someone asks a question because they didn’t quite understand what I was saying. Some of my most recent articles have been inspired by comments on other blogs. Some of the comments were mine that I was inspired to expand on by writing my own article. Some are comments by other bloggers that got me to thinking and I decided to share my own thoughts in an article.

    The internet sure does make the world seem a lot smaller. I now have friends spread out all over the world in so many places that I have never traveled to and probably never will.

    Patricia – Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworkers last blog post..Why Do We Get Stuck In The Blame?

  20. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Patricia,

    Isn’t it awesome how we find each other via comments?

    And yes, our comments or others are often the inspiration for a blog post. One simple idea can mushroom and become so much more.

    I agree, for bloggers, the world has become a much smaller place. We’re never more than a comment or email away. 🙂

  21. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    Comments provide a connected-ness for me. And a sense of feeling that what I have written was important enough that someone took the time to comment about it.

    So, thanks for asking. This a great question to think about even more as I continue to write.

  22. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Lance,

    Welcome to the BWAB community.

    That connected-ness is a great feeling, isn’t it?

  23. Evelyn LimNo Gravatar says:

    I used to disable commenting on my older blogs because I thought it too much of a bother. After a while, I realised that doing so meant that I never knew what my readers’ feedback were. I have since found that allowing comments can add more life to a blog.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Evelyn Lims last blog post..17 Examples of Classic And Everyday NLP Anchors

  24. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Evelyn,

    Thank you for sharing your experience with having comments disabled. You’re right in saying, comments allow for feedback from our readers. That’s what I really love about blogging.

  25. Sunil PathakNo Gravatar says:

    I love comments on my blog(every one does ) but i hate those spammer who comment just advertise their post or blog. and idiots who never bother to read whole post before commenting and demonstrate their stupidity.

    Sunil Pathaks last blog post..5 Tips For Creating An Engaging Community Around Your Blog

  26. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Sunil,

    One good thing about comment moderation is the ability to mark comments as spam if they are too “linky”.

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  28. JenniferNo Gravatar says:

    Comments make me feel like there is someone who took the time to actually read what I had to say and that they, in some way, connected to my post. To hear how my post made them feel and how they related to my thoughts, that’s a wonderful comment to receive.

    Thanks for your blog. I just discovered it and have enjoyed reading.

  29. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Jennifer – Welcome to the BWAB community. Comments are awesome, aren’t they?

    I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying my blog. I hope to see you here often. I’ve visited yours, as well, and will be leaving you a comment, too. 🙂