I have noticed that the number of comments I’ve been receiving has gone down…a lot. I’m not too surprised as the items I’ve shared have been more informal sharables rather than longer form articles encouraging discussion and debate. However, I don’t think that is the only factor at play here. I went to one of my friends websites (he runs a successful and popular site, much more so than mine) and I noticed that on the first page of blog posts (some five blog posts) he had 0 comments in all but one post…none, zip, nada.
That outlying post had two comments and yet I know the traffic stats he gets (they’re pretty significant) and I also know that I’ve been getting more and more traffic on this site (I don’t know how or why exactly but there you go). So it made me think again about why people do or don’t comment on blog posts?
Why do you comment on blog posts?
A long time ago I wrote a post on why I didn’t comment on your last blog post (it’s fun to re-read old posts) and I’d pretty much agree with every point I made except now I think that my mindset has changed.
Instead of going to a blog post looking to comment, I now have to be convinced to comment. My default is not to comment. That means that I’m more likely to comment when I really disagree (though often I’ll just walk away, I rarely see the point in fighting on the internet), when I’d like to find out more (but experience has taught me that bloggers reply to those sort of questions a lot less than they used to, or sometimes invite you to buy something) or when I really think something is A-MAZ-ING.
Maybe in the early days of the internet I knew less, found more things amazing or didn’t have social media in the same way that encouraged me to comment there, but whatever the factor/factors are, I find myself commenting a lot less.
Is it bad to be commenting less?
I’m really not sure what the answer is here, maybe it is, maybe we’re missing out on learning from each other and certainly as a writing it means we miss out on inspiration for blog posts, but maybe it’s just one of those things. We discuss more on social networks or closed communities and less on blogs.
What do you think?
Do you comment less frequently on blogs? Maybe you comment more? What makes you comment?
Yes this is partially a self serving attempt to generate more discussion but it is a genuine question. Is this just me or not?