Every time I write a post about comments and how to receive more, it becomes a popular one. The most recent one, Five Ways To Increase Blog Comments, is no exception.
What this tells me is most bloggers WANT comments. Bloggers like to have their thoughts validated. Bloggers also like to communicate with their readers and via comments, ideas can blossom into great discussions which can lead to bigger and better ideas or solutions. Comments create community on blogs and it’s through comments, online friendships are often made.
Comments are what makes a blog interactive and is why many people enter the blogging arena.
To be heard.
When I commented on Betsy’s post Life Skills: You Don’t Have to Explain Certain Things I went back later to read her response. In a comment that followed, Betsy wrote, in part,
“…sometimes they’re just not that into us”*
Her words reminded me how with blogging, as much as we love receiving comments, one of the reasons we may not not get any (or very few) is just that, our readers are just not that into what we’re posting.
Ouch! That’s a blow to the ego.
In fact, when we hear that, our first reaction might be “Then why do I bother to post?”
And in truth, that’s a good question to ask ourselves. “Why do we blog?”
If it’s only to receive validation or to PROVE our point(s), we could be setting ourselves up for disappointment.
Maybe, no one cares.
Or maybe, as Betsy eludes to in her post, our readers don’t feel the need to explain themselves on the issues we’ve written about.
So that leads to the question, “Does a lack of comments mean our readers are just not that into us or what we’ve posted? Or might our visitors be reading but feeling they don’t need to explain their viewpoints to us?”
Since bloggers are usually the readers who comment most often, for today’s lesson, let’s take the commenting discussion further and share what inspires US to comment, or not.
When you read a blog post, what inspires you to leave a comment?
Also, what hampers you from commenting?
Care to share?
*A book with a similar title, He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys was popular several years back. (*affiliate link)