If you think of blogging as a conversation with the author over coffee, commenting becomes easier. But what do you say when the conversation is one sided—or the person said something that left you with no way to respond. It happens. This is perhaps the most difficult part of blogging.
- The post is boring (gasp) or not something you’re interested in
- It’s too deep, too personal leaving you flummoxed on an appropriate response
- It’s all over the place and you’re not sure what it’s about
But you still want to comment because they usually have good stuff or you’re reciprocating a visit.
- Read the comments, often this can trigger you’re brain
- You can thank them for sharing and leave it at that, especially if it’s personal
- Check out their previous post and comment on that if you haven’t already
Why make the effort?
- It lets the blogger know you read the post
- That comment means a lot to the blogger (it can pick them up, when they’re having a sucky day)
As the blogger, you can help
- Focus your post
- Ask a leading question, one that prompts an answer
- Prompt a discussion
- Ask for input, which is how this post will end
Comments on Comments from The Art of Commenting
If you use Google Analytics, you’ll notice that you receive a lot more reads than comments. I’ve read this is because most readers aren’t bloggers, but commenters are bloggers.
My most read posts are the ones about gemstones and the ones about 1917. Even when I had comments open on all posts, no new comments came in. What can you do when you read an old post? You can comment (if comments are open) or you can share it on social media sites.
⇥Leaving comments open on older posts.
Carol pointed out that she blogs once a month, so she leaves comments open for all posts. How often you blog is a good guide to how many posts to leave open. I leave the last eight posts open. I’ve found most people who leave comments only go back three to four posts. I doubled that number for the outliers.
⇥Why I turned off HTML in comments and commenting on older posts.
SPAM shut down my site (this was about a year ago). Yes, some ne’er-do-well left a comment with over a hundred active links. Even though it went into the SPAM folder, I was shut down. Blogs are set up to read everything when they are visited. Those links hogged too many resources. While I was getting things back up and running, I had a nice chat with my site host who tuned me in to a lot nuances of the commenting system. 😉