Why Not Leave A Comment?

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Our social media group, Meetup 2.0 had a discussion recently on blog posts; more specifically  how it seems to be getting harder to obtain comments on posts. This discussion was started by Patsy Stewart with The Social BUZZ Lab. Patsy pointed out that even popular blogs posts will enjoy several Re-tweets and even posts on various social communities, the amount of comments left on these posts are minimal compared to their popularity.Why is that?  Why do we, as consumers of this information, as practitioners, promoters and users of social media not comment as much or as often as we should? Is it because we are too busy?  Do we think that sharing a blog post on Facebook or LinkedIn or Re-tweeting it on Twitter takes the place of commenting on the actual blog post?Trust me, it’s not!Comments on blog posts serve several purposes:

  • It lets the blog or post author know how the post is received. In other words, it let’s the author know whether they are doing a good job or not.
  • If the post is on a controversial topic, which is a good way to encourage comments, you can take the pulse of your readers.
  • Feedback on a topic that may be misunderstood or that may need further clarification.
  • Encouragement for the author to keep blogging or to expand on a topic.

So, why do we not comment as often as we should?  You tell me!If you want to increase the amount of comments on your own blog, here are some useful tips:

  • Comment on other blogs; it get’s your name and your blogs name out there.
  • Write a controversial post.
  • Write well thought out blog posts.
  • Have a colleague or a professional review your blog posts to ensure they are grammatically correct.
  • Strive to continue to write until you are well known or until you have a network to support you by adding comments.  The more comments that are on your blog, the more comments that will be left on your blog.
  • Build a small network of colleagues or professionals that will help you by commenting on your posts. Do the same for their blogs by supporting each other with comments, re-posts and re-tweets.

Those are some of my thoughts; what are your thoughts on this topic?

Comments

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  2. Thanks for your comments Steph!! Sometimes I read a great post and think about commenting, but I get sidetracked :) But I know that we all love receiving comments and I have committed to doing a better job at commenting myself this year. I would suggest that you leave comments on posts that truly move your, motivate you or mean the most to you. It is a good way to get your name out and to help the blog author. Thank you again!!

  3. Gina Parris says:

    Whoa, I missed this post earlier!! I love what you are saying. What a brilliant idea to have a community of people who comment on each others blogs! hahahaa I’m hiring "comment friends" right now. Any takers? ;) Of course I love reading your comments as much as your posts. It makes me love your community which becomes my community, which is the beauty of the whole thing."No room for half-hearted, mediocre content," says Rochelle. Well, lets post with all our hearts then!I’m in your corner!

  4. Leslie Coty says:

    Good points. Controversial Blogs get most comments. But heck, I’d be happy with more RTs and re-posts!

  5. Bonnie Cranmer says:

    You are exactly right, John… comments seem to be decreasing. I believe it is the time factor, easier to take a second and like or RT than comment. It still comes down to who takes the time to read the post then commits the time to comment. That few extra minutes can result in more traffic back to commenters links… but who needs that?!?Great post ;~D

  6. Debbie Moore says:

    Great Post! I have never thought of it like this but now that I read your thoughts, it makes a lot of sense. I have missed the meetings and my friends there and hope to be back this Thursday. Thanks for the post!

  7. Hi John,It took me some time before I think about why I would not leave a comment on blog post, but I had to let one here!I do not have a professional blog but a private one and yes I would still love to receive comments. My view of social networks, such as Twitter, FB or blogs is that they are places to exchange,interact, meet new people… Often I don’t leave comments on blog posts when I see there are already many comments as it si usually when you do not get any interaction. And I find this so frustrating. If I do let comment, it is first because I found interest in the post, but also because I am hoping for interaction, exchange and I don’t see how one can answer to 50 or so comments…. And often, there is not even a global feedback such as: "I read all your comments, thanks for taking the time to pass by on my blog, but I unfortunately cannot answer to each one"….So there are still many blogs that I follow with great interest, but where i never leave a comment….Looking forward your feedback :-))

  8. Rochelle Veturis says:

    Okay, I’m a bit late to this conversation but that’s the beauty of the comments section –it goes on indefinitely.Loved this post John. Many of the ideas that popped into my head as I was reading it have already been mentioned above. Taking a few minutes to breeze through someone’s post, and leave your thoughts (whether they be profound or short/simple, controversial or encouraging), is a form of paying it forward. If you want to have lots of comments on your blog, you need to be "the person that is generous with comments" on the blogs of others. We reap what we sow –and how many thousands of years has that advice been around?I also think of bloggers like Sarah Robinson. Her style is real, raw, and different. She puts it all out there; doesn’t hold anything back and people flock to that. We all crave what’s genuine. As readers and consumers of online content get busier and more sophisticated, there will be no room for half-hearted, mediocre content.

  9. Great feedback and comments Paul! Thank you!! WE do need to do more to promote the face that we as bloggers want and need the comments as well as make sure we are leading by example by "asking for the sale." Spot on target as always my friend! Thanks for taking the time to comment!!

  10. John,Excellent post! I do think that social media has curbed the number of comments to blogs. I also wish there were some way people can see responses to blog comments similar to Facebook comments that are visible. I am trying to share my comments to other people’s blogs and have noticed an uptick on the number and quality of comments posted on my blog. I do appreciate your comments to mine!Warmest regards,Ted Nguyen

  11. I was going to comment but someone already said what i thought… :)We are being pulled in WAY more directions than ever and…Ok, I’m back from facebook…seriously. And I didn’t even plan that! it just happens you know. The marketing and tech world have reduced our attention span to seconds so we’re all pretty much functioning ADD’s. You’re lucky I actually read your whole blog and all the responses, let alone write this comment :)I would say the main reasons I don’t comment are: – I have nothing to say. And that’s probably OK because we all have different passions and interests but if the variation is true then I should re-examine my motives for not commenting. That is, I don’t feel that I have something AMAZING or PROFOUND to say.- I don’t make time (I always find time for what is truly important. Not for what I think is important or what should be important but I will find time to cater to my priorities)- I don’t want to think that much (it takes effort to craft a response that’s worth reading and I’m feeling lazy)- I don’t want to be vulnerable and put my thoughts and ideas out there in public.- I care more about me than you. That was really blunt but the realistic side of that is "do I have to comment on every blog I read?" I would rather have fewer comments that are heartfelt than more that aren’t.Great observation John, who isn’t gonna comment on THIS one??? Keep the wheels turning and keep smiling!J

  12. Hey John – I agree with the fact that blog comments are decreasing. I think some of it does have to do with increasing distraction i.e. more social media avenues to manage, the Christmas season, and a growing demand on time. But as a blogger, I appreciate them very much, and as a salesperson, I believe that as bloggers, we are information salespeople, and a great mindset is that we shouldn’t try to "sell" others on blogging, we should be (1) giving more value than they can stand still and NOT comment – like your advice mentions about controversiality, and other attention and action provokers; and (2) make it easy for your audience to "buy." An idea is to "ask for the sale" meaning to create a pop-up or verbiage that asks the reader to leave a comment. Some people don’t realize that it means a lot to the blogger to leave a comment – until you bring it to their awareness. Another idea is to create a low-/no-cost contest or gift in exchange for a comment (but make it cheap/free, and make it automated so that your time is still managed). Although I’m not a blogging expert, I’m just trying to think in terms of a salesperson and businessperson. I hope this helps, because you’re dead right, John – we need feedback, community, and open conversation to help us all grow together!

  13. I like that Jon, and have asked others to comment on my posts and I return the favor. You are correct, once comments start, other seem to follow. I value the feedback, both good and bad, because I learn of other view points as well as get feedback on my writing. Thanks for commenting and RT’ing!

  14. Very good points Danielle! Even if your comments are similar to other comments, it could be an opportunity to connect with someone new :) Yes, in 2011, us responsible blog owners WILL change this pattern! Thank you for commenting!!

  15. Thanks Kat, I appreciate your comments!! The analogy of the meal and more sauce, pepper, etc., is right on target! I love that and it’s the perfect way to relate it to a blog post! Thanks gain for your feedback and comments!

  16. Jon-Mikel Bailey says:

    Great post. So many people miss a great opportunity when they fail to leave a comment on a blog. For one it creates some great link juice (most of the time). It also facilitates healthy discourse on well thought out topics, meaning more useful content for the reader (in case you believe in paying it forward). I think commenting on posts in your industry can also help you to become a better blogger yourself, because you think about blogging in a whole new light, from the reader’s perspective. Sometimes I will even ask folks one on one to read and comment on my blog, kind of like the first dollar in a tip jar. :)

  17. Comments to me are very value and have much more impact than a Re-Tweet. What I found generates comments is old fashion social networking. There is nothing better than reaching out and getting to know someone better as part of an effort to building a following of people who will comment on a blog. At least it works for me.

  18. Good points Scot; it all comes down to relationships and networking! I do believe that makes a difference; thank you for commenting!!

  19. Patsy Stewart says:

    John, thank you, thank you, thank you!!! As you stated, this is a topic that has been on my mind for a good while. It was really evident when an article I wrote was posted on Social Media Today. http://socialmediatoday.com/patsystewart/241120/5-reasons-facebook-will-be-2012-marketing-requisite This article was read over 11K times, tweeted 436 times, posted on Facebook 179 times and shared through other sources over 1100 times. BUT there were only 2 valid comments. Why is that?? Your tips above can certainly work towards changing this trend. One additional tip I would suggest is that every time someone comments on your post you should make a reply back to them even if it is just a sincere Thank You!!

  20. I think you are right Bonnie; we are all pulled in multiple directions with increasing demands on our time, and an RT is handled more quickly than composing comments to a post. I have been guilty of it myself at times :) Thank YOU for commenting!

  21. Thank you Debbie for commenting!! We have missed you too and hope to see you again soon!!

  22. Thanks for commenting Leslie! We can all help each other by re-posting and Re-tweeting as well as commenting. Sounds like a great goal for 2011!

  23. Thank you :) I am committed to doing a better job of commenting as well as writing in 2011; so let’s help each other build up our comments!!

  24. Michelle Sedas says:

    Great topic. :-) Getting a blog comment is so much fun! Just knowing that there are people out there appreciating the work that we’ve done to write a compelling/funny/touching post is a great feeling. Thanks for encouraging us all to Spread the Love! :-)

  25. Thanks Michelle for your comments :) I may expand on this more in a future post, but it is a timely topic I believe. It is always good to get comments, both good and bad! Thanks for YOUR time!!

  26. Kat Jaibur (@katjaib) says:

    Thanks for reminding all of us to take the extra 1-2 minutes to leave a comment. It’s one thing to see the clicks and know that people are reading your stuff. It’s another to actually get some feedback. Think of it as someone has prepared a special meal for you. And you’re just sitting there, eating it one forkful at a time, never making a murmur as to whether you’re enjoying it or not. They don’t know whether to make you more like this, ease up on the pepper, use a little more sauce…. I think we’re gradually retraining ourselves away from our newspaper and magazine readership habits (how often do people write letters to the editors, after all?). It may take a little time and some reminders like this to nudge/jar us into action. Thanks for speaking up!

  27. Danielle Miller says:

    All excellent points John! As someone who blogs, I certainly want to know whether or not my posts have made you think (whether you agree or not!) and maybe left you with something you hadn’t thought of before. On the flip side, as a commentor (apparently that is not even a word!), I’ll be reading through comments many times and think "Oh someone said exactly what I was thinking." and then I don’t comment. I’m happy to say that I have for the most part gotten over that! I still think you can further elaborate on a point you agree on, or give a personal example.And as Patsy noted, it is a 2 sided conversation. As a responsible blog owner ;-) you should be replying to those who took the time to leave a comment:)Wonderful points!

  28. Great post! As I said on Twitter… I find it selfish to consume something and NOT leave a comment. As a content creator myself, I understand how good it feels inside when someone leaves a comment on the blog. It’s because of that I intend to leave one for others. If they take the time to write something, I’ll take the few minutes to leave a comment. :D Thanks John!

  29. Thank you J – and you are right, we are pulled in SO many directions and have many distraction, and more all of the time ;-) I appreciate your honesty in your comments too; like you, sometimes I feel that i have nothing to add, but we still should strive to leave comments. Thanks again my friend!

  30. Matt, I had never thought of it that way until you made the comments on Twitter, but it is a valid point!! Thank you for taking your time to comment :)

  31. Brooke McGlothlin says:

    I went in the total opposite direction and turned mine off for most posts. I know…I’m a rebel ;) Great post John.

  32. YOU are a rebel Brooke! ;-) But that’s one of the reasons we love ya! Thanks, keep on keeping on!

  33. Jeff Brunson says:

    Thank you John for this post. I’m part of a social media tribe where we do what you suggest. However, reading your post has challenged me to do more … to reach out for a meaningful level of interaction through comments more. Thanks again, Jeff

  34. Justin Goldsborough says:

    Good thoughts, all. Agree, Rochelle, that leaving a comment is a way of paying it forward. That said, I think it is a "not enough time" issue. As in people think I don’t have enough time to retweet and leave a comment. Leaving a comment takes longer and more people see my retweet.Not saying I agree with that. But I think it is how people analyze and prioritize. We need to promote the networking value actually joining the conversation creates and that the more you practice commenting — yes, I believe it is something we can refine — the quicker you can gather your thoughts and leave a valuable POV. Cheers!

  35. Very true Rochelle! The busier we get…the more our attention is pulled in many directions; the more we must strive to stand out! I also agree that we need to be more active ourselves to encourage activity on our own blogs! Thank you very much for commenting!!

  36. Thank you very much Gina!! Love the community and the support it offers!!! Yes, happy to be a comment friend for you! Thank you for commenting and paying it forward!!

  37. Sounds great Jeff! The tribe or community can make us all stronger, as does commenting on our own! Thank you for your comments!!

  38. Good points Justin! I think you are right; a lot of people see our RT’s but not necessarily our comments! However, we can change that by continuing to build our network!! Thank you for commenting and for expanding our network by doing so!

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  40. John Lusher says:

    Thank you so much for the feedback!!!

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