Do you think you get “enough” comments? What constitutes “enough”?
In a post that looked back over a month of posting each day I reflected on why we blog (read full post):
- Is it to nurture a creative potential
- Rant, unwind and vent anything and everything that annoys us during the day
- Is it to grow an audience
- It is for the simple love of writing
- Is it because we want to raise awareness on a particular issue
These points are posed as questions yet they are all valid reasons when we write for an audience greater than one.
So what constitutes ‘enough’? Blogging is voluntary; reading a blog is voluntary; ergo – leaving a comment is voluntary. If the sole reason to write is to increase site statistics, likes and followers then there will never be enough comments because we’ve been hooked into the marketing gig. The success of our marketing strategies is measured in followers, views, clicks and likes, and comments of course.
In the marketing world “enough” is the bottom line and what we’re actually creating is a blog so full of comments our readers lose sight of the piece that inspired the comments. Is that really what it’s all about? I don’t think so. And come on, if we’re honest, who actually reads 169 comments on a post? Most visitors will browse the ten or eleven comments and think of contributing to the conversation. I’m losing interest after the first three or four, especially if the commentators are known to each other … and then it starts to look and sound like a Facebook feed?
I feel QueasyPeasy (QP) could do with a few more comments but because I’m not stalking the stats I’d rather be writing than chasing the next follower or like. A friend recently reblogged one of QP’s posts (The Power of Appreciation) and on her site – which is always worth a visit (WangiWriter) – one of her followers felt that QP’s blog was ‘a very good blog’. In light of his comment I feel QP deserves a few more comments.
Those who visit and are moved to comment, make my day – sometimes even move me to do the happy dance! More than likely I’ll take a gander at their bog to see what they’re up to. Even if followers don’t comment I’ll potter on over for a visit, well … just because I’m a good neighbour and I enjoy seeing what others in the ‘hood are up to.
Does your blog receive the number of comments it deserves?