When bloggers don’t get comments or don’t get as many comments as they would enjoy having, they often think they’re doing something wrong. I’ve been wondering lately, for blogs I enjoy but don’t comment on, what my reasons are for that behavior. This is what I came up with.
If you have found yourself in the situation of wanting more comments, you might find it interesting to note how few of these reasons have anything to do with the blog itself, and how many of them are all about me.
- I meant to, and I even bookmarked that post, but then I forgot, and when I found it again, it was two months later and that just seems silly.
- I can’t figure out a way to comment that doesn’t sound like I’m just hijacking your blog to talk about myself.
- I can’t figure out anything else to say but “Good post!” and that’s really boring.
- I enjoy reading your blog, but I know NOTHING about the topic you’re writing about compared to you, and I’m afraid to sound like an idiot.
- I ran across one of your posts somehow, and it was cool, but I don’t want to comment because I just can’t read any more blogs on an ongoing basis, and I don’t want you to think I’m reading your blog on an ongoing basis and then be disappointed when you later (somehow magically) find out otherwise.
- Your post already has a ton of comments, so it seems redundant.
- Your blog has very few comments, and everyone who comments seems to know you in real life, so I feel awkward, as if I might be intruding.
- I don’t want to create a login just to register on your blog. I already have Blogger, LiveJournal, WordPress.com, TypePad, and probably some other logins, and I’m done making more.
For the record, I have also decided that commenting on other people’s blogs (even if I can’t read them all the time) is one of my biggest pick me ups, so I’m going to work on not letting these things get in the way. So if you’re reading my blog, I want to head over to your blog – because we all have good posts, and I would love to read yours and at least say “Good post!” even if I can’t think of anything more creative or substantial. Tell me where your blog is in the comments, okay?