Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Why don't he comment?

"Why don't he write?" It was my mom's favorite line from Dances With Wolves. She used it every chance she got. That line is one of the two things I remember from the movie. "Why don't he write?" and when the horse gets killed. (I was really into horses when I was little so anytime a movie had a horse that died I was in tears. To this day I refuse to watch The NeverEnding Story.) Today though, the line brought up a good question, one I had seen a few other blogs muse about.

Why doesn't someone comment?

I want readers to comment, tell me their thoughts on my post or ask a question of their own. It's all any author of a blog asks. Still, a lot of times readers pass over commenting. Why I ask. Is my post not interesting to warrant a comment? Is all you can think of commenting a simple, "Nice post."? Are you even reading my blog? Am I not giving any incentive to comment? What is it?

I really do want to know. What keeps you, the reader, from posting a comment? Post it in the comments section! I made this blog for motivation and to connect. I want to connect with my readers. I want to see those simple "I enjoyed this post." comments. Hell, I'll even go for a "Wow, I really didn't dig that Sunday Sample." Please, let's talk. Isn't that what blogs are about?

13 comments:

  1. I think, as bloggers, it's our responsibility to be compelling. A comment (good or bad) is praise for your success at being compelling. People don't have to agree with you, they just have to be inspired to engage with you.

    The rule of thumb I read--and believe--is that a blog must have about 100 high-quality, compelling posts before a conversation will start. I tested this with a small, insignificant blog about stupid products. I don't get any comments, but I did see a huge jump in traffic after I got above 90 posts. I quit at 104, and the traffic is steady, even though I haven't posted in months. Seems to be a magic number.

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  2. I do comment a lot on most everything I read. But if the post is very long, I may just scan it. I try to be fair and sprinkle my comments around to everyone I follow. It does take time, but I think it's important.

    One thing that turns me off though is when I take the time to read someone's post, and make a meaningful comment and the blogger doesn't even acknowledge my comment. Most times, if this happens, I stop commenting on that person's posts. I think posting and commenting should be an interactive thing.

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  3. "I think posting and commenting should be an interactive thing."

    This ^

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  4. Well John, I'm about a quarter of the way there then!
    Nancy, I try to comment back too. Although I often wonder if the people will see my response. I know I forget all the blogs I have commented on and don't get back to many to see if my response was noticed. (Surprisingly not every blog has a checkbox for to email comments and I have to see if mine does because I don't know!)

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  5. And, yes, after leaving a comment, Blogger provides a button to subscribe to the comments via email, and also an Atom link to subscribe.

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  6. I like to comment ... but for the longest time I couldn't figure out HOW to comment - user error! But, I have since figured it out. And I will try to comment more often. YOU know I have an opinion and I'm willing to share!!

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  7. I've often wondered the same thing. I am constantly posting questions to my followers: "What do you think?" "What would you do?"
    And still... nothing.
    I think people worry we shouldn't be reading into other people's lives. But I do it. You do it. We all do it. And it's why we started a blog so come on people!!!

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  8. Plus if we didn't want to know we wouldn't ask!

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  9. Hi Patricia. Until I started my own blog, I was deathly afraid of leaving a comment, afraid that I'd make a fool of myself, afraid that I'd somehow offend. Thank goodness, those days are gone. Now, I think it's mainly because of lack of time that I don't visit more blogs and leave more comments.

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  10. I am having th esame thoughts.. Why don't they write?
    When I am with some people they will comment on my blog, something I have asked or an images I have had on it. I'll always say " so you read it??" lol
    I have realized that the reason might be "I don't ask a question, I'm a photographer and some of my post are images from a shoot. What are they going to write..Nice job?? Lately I have tried to write more interesting topics.. We will see lol

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  11. Jim, I'd write nice job. Your images are beautiful!

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  12. I know I'm kind of late commenting on this (I just came across your blog) but like someone said a few comments back, I think sometimes people worry about reading into other people's lives. For me it used to almost feel like I was being nosy but of course if you didn't want people to read it you wouldn't post it on a public blog. Another thing I think about is that my blog is not as good as the person's that I am commenting on, even though I know it's not a contest and I shouldn't be so self conscious.

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  13. Karen feel free to comment on any of them! When the blog was posted doesn't matter.
    I feel ya though. Sometimes I read others blogs and I wonder if I'm just wasting my time or I feel my comment it too mundane. Lately I try to suck it up, post the boring comment because I feel it shows the author that you did read and you liked it.

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