I eavesdropped a really interesting discussion on Twitter over the weekend. One that really made me sit up and think for a minute.
Commenting on blogs is something that all bloggers have an opinion about and that many worry about. I have often seen the odd grumble that says “I just don’t get the comments on my posts anymore I must be a rubbish blogger” but is that really the case?
Does a lack of comments indicate a crap post? I don’t think so. I just think commenting on blogs is generally declining. Why? I am not sure but I a couple of reasons might be that with the increase of blog reading being on mobile devices it just isn’t as easy to comment. And with complicated anti spam things like
spawn of satan Captcha it is virtually impossible from a mobile.
Or is it something more than that?
And why do we care about it at all?
Why do we judge the success of a blog post on the number of comments received? My most read blog post is found via Googling “should I wash my hair before I go to the hairdressers”. Yet that is by far not the most commented upon. So how do I judge that post in terms of success?
Many of us like to get comments on a sponsored post so that it demonstrates interaction to the brand. But are twenty comments saying “this is a great idea” better than four people on Twitter who see the link read the post, and then tweet “Love this, off to buy it”.
A lot of us do feel passionately about being a part of a community and visit the blogs of other bloggers who have taken the time to comment on our blogs, often finding new blogs to read in the process. Yet many others disagree with that.
Seems commenting is certainly a hot topic.
This article was linked to in the discussion I had over the weekend (I wish I could credit the person that linked to it, I have a memory like a sieve, but if you know who you are, please make yourself known so I can say thank you): CopyBlogger: Should we turn off comments
One of those pieces that I read and that really does make me sit up and think. Please do take two minutes to read it. I am not going to paraphrase it here, it makes too many good points for me to repeat them.
I would love to know what you think though.
Or is that just defeating the object of this whole post? Tweet me maybe? Write me a letter?
Either way, I would genuinely love to know what you think about this subject.
sits and waits for this post to have not one single comment