Comments

Do you comment?

I do. I love comments and I know that they’re essential for every blogger. I try to leave a comment on every blog I read on a more or less regular basis. Of course, there are times when I just read a post and don’t really have anything to say, so I either don’t comment or just say “hi”.

But as a blogger myself, I find it very hard to “motivate” readers to leave comments. From the (growing) numbers of visitors I get each day, I suppose that what I’m writing is not totally uninteresting ;-). And there are also some readers who leave me comments ever so often. But how to you get new readers to leave comments?

Sometimes I just write my posts and then say “thanks for reading” at the end. Or I try to ask direct questions. Or I don’t do anything. But neither does seem to more motivating than the other…

Are there not enough photos to keep people entertained, to keep them reading until the end? Or is it just the anonymity that keeps from participating? Of course, there are lots of communities that you can take part and that help you “generate readers”, but those don’t automatically comment…

I don’t want to appear whiny in any way, it’s just something I’ve been wondering… So I suppose, I’ll have to wait for comments to find out more ;-)… Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day…

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6 thoughts on “Comments

  1. Hmmm, there are a lot of blogs I read when I have the time and skip when I don’t. I only comment on those occasionally. Then there are some blogs I love reading, but I never get any reactions from them, whether it be replies to my comments or comments on my blog, which sometimes results in my reading but not commenting because ‘why bother.’
    And then there are some blogs I love commenting on because I know the person reads them and often replies, and they leave me comments as well. Those get comments from me most often.
    But sometimes someone just writes something and I have no clue what to say about it, so I don’t.
    I do think that it can help to ask a question at the end of the post (but at the same time I hate asking a question just to get more comments), and in general it’ll help to write about something many people can identify with. And to comment on other people’s blogs regularly to make them remember you (and check out your blog). But then, it’s not like I get a whole lot of comments myself, so I don’t really think I quite have it figured out yet.

  2. I love reading posts that tell a story or that directly relate to the writer’s or my life. That’s why I have been reading and commenting on a lot of Army blogs lately or blogs about young married couples. I also adore the German community out there. From my own experience, as you might know, I keep my blog very personal with stories about me and my husband. My readers seem to like it which makes blogging a lot more fun.

  3. I wish I had it figured out too. I have made some really good blog friends and even they don’t comment for awhile sometimes. I guess life gets busy and I am to the point of not worrying about it. When blogging isn’t for me and my pleasure of writing then I have to question what I am doing. I love blog reading and connecting to readers and most of all writing about life. I will continue on that path and enjoy the comments I do get and visit them back when I get them.
    Wish I had more answer for you! 🙂

  4. Thanks so much for your comments 🙂 and sorry for the late replies, I was busy this weekend…
    What you’re saying is about what I guessed. I suppose I’ll start to reply on comments on my own blog more, because that’s what I’m barely doing. I mostly leave a reply on the other person’s blog (assuming he/she has one)…

    Have a wonderful week!

  5. I am wondering the same thing sometimes…

    in general, I agree with what Karen said: there are a lot of blogs I read when I have the time and skip when I don’t. Some people just write beautiful, long posts, but I don’t always have the time to read “a whole novel” …

    Then there are some blogs I love reading, but I never get any reactions from them, whether it be replies to my comments or comments on my blog, which sometimes results in my reading but not commenting because ‘why bother.’

    I totally feel the same way. Sometimes I try really hard to make a connection with someone, because I like their blog and personality, but if I never ever get any kind of feedback back – I eventually stop commenting (not necessarily reading).

    It’s really all about the community…and sometimes that takes a long time to become a part of.

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