How I Made My Online Diet Healthier in August: Do We Need to Just Get Over Comments?

05 Sep 2012

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In August, I thought a lot about blog comments.

"How do I get more comments?" is the second most-frequent question I get asked about blogging. (The first is still "How can I get more readers?")

And yet, sadly, I think we can mostly agree that blog-commenting is on the decline. I'm hearing from more and more bloggers that their comment numbers are down, and have been for the past year or so. I'm definitely seeing that here, too. I started up a discussion on Google+ about this subject last week, and heard a lot of interesting viewpoints. Some people seem to have let go of comments entirely, while others seem to feel angst over not getting enough comments.

I feel like it might be time to talk openly about comments as a community. I feel like our collective (and largely unrequited) longing for more comments is an energy that we might be using in more positive ways, if we'd only try to put comments into perspective.

Where is everybody?

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Why aren't we getting many comments anymore?

I think we can blame it on a few factors:

• Increasingly, we're all talking to each other all day in social media spaces like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+. There comes a point, in all this chatting, where blog comments start to feel a bit redundant.

• Not only that, comments simply require more effort than talking in social media spaces – When I can click a Like button or dash off a 140-character tweet to you, the idea of formulating a string of coherent thoughts and then filling out a comment form starts to feel like too much work.

• Similarly, there's a certain pressure to say something substantive in comments, and increasingly, we just don't have the bandwidth for that very often. Sometimes, all you want to say to someone is "Nice post!" And while that's legit on Twitter or Facebook, it seems a bit skimpy to write on someone's blog.

The more I think about why we don't comment so much anymore, I realized that none of the reasons are personal! None of them have to do with anyone's worth or talent. We're just commenting less because the internet has evolved, and our behaviors are evolving alongside it.

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So, can we accept the decline of comments?

I've been saying for the past several years that we all need to comment on more blogs. And I still believe that! But you know what? My own commenting activity has been on the decline over time. I used to make it a practice to leave one comment somewhere every single weekday. But increasingly, even though I do a lot of reciprocal conversing via social media and email, I'm lucky if I get more than one comment off a week. I don't like that at all, but it's become a reality I can't ignore.

…And increasingly, I think it's also a reality most of us can't ignore. I don't think that any amount of good intention is likely to bring back blog-commenting on a large scale. Is there some kind of balance between what we put out there and what we get back? In general, I believe there is. However, in a comment-hungry community where everyone's mostly too busy to comment, this classic karmic balance goes awry. The fact is, if we were all commenting more, we'd all be receiving more comments. But we aren't, and so we aren't.

Instead of lamenting that nobody comments on our blogs, what if we recognized the role we're each playing in the general lack of comments in the crafty blogosphere? And what if we let ourselves off this commenting hook? What if we let everyone off that hook? Can we let go of wanting more comments altogether?

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Why, specifically, does feedback matter so dang much?

I know that when I get a comment on my blog, it's a sign that someone got actual use out of something I made, and that always, always feels wonderful. For someone else, wishing for comments might be a very human desire to feel part of the social group. For someone else, it might be the feeling that what they've made is good and worthwhile, and therefore, so are they. And for still others, comments are a signal that they might be able to make money as a result of blogging.

The reasons will be different for every blogger, but I do feel this: if we can figure out what, specifically, it is that comments bring us, then we have some basis for getting those needs met in other ways. And honestly, it may be time for many of us to look for other ways. Luckily, the web offers a lot of possibilities.

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Scattering attention to the four winds

I don't think the problem is that people aren't reading our blogs. It's that we can't easily see that they are, and we can't easily see what they enjoyed about our content. (Comments used to make these things easy to see.)

When I release a new blog post these days, and I want to get a gauge of how well it's been received in the world, I can't just watch for comments. Here are all the channels of input I have to watch: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, email, and Google Analytics. That takes a lot of time! (And lest we forget, if I want to create any kind of real visibility for myself in most of these online spaces, then I also have to invest time in engagement.)

So, with tiny scraps of reader attention being scattered across so many venues, how much energy do we want to invest in trying to catch it all? How do we decide where to listen? Those answers are different for every blogger, too. There's no single authoritative gauge of what kind of impact we're having online. So the question becomes: can we learn to operate on the assumption that our work is having a positive impact in the community, without being able to see tangible evidence of that?

(And a side question: where does this scattering of attention leave people who don't want to juggle multiple social media presences? I think it leaves them at a bit of a disadvantage, because not enough of the communal conversation goes on in one place anymore. And it also leaves them at a great advantage, because they've freed up more time for creating.)

How do we make blogging intrinsic again?

I'm fully aware of the irony of me asking this question, because I teach bloggers about turning their blogs into more effective marketing tools. But even so, I can remember a time five years ago when I'd make something I was proud of, I'd post it to my blog, and that post itself was enough. Putting my words and images together into a presentation felt satisfying. But now, posting is often followed by a long, anxious period of waiting to see whether people say anything. And that rarely feels satisfying.

So I'm wondering these days: how do I learn to let go of that anxiety, and get back to simply enjoying the making and sharing? Can I even do it at this point? Has the recognition become more important than the self-expression? That's pretty human, I suppose, but is it conducive to happiness?

How are you feeling about comments these days? Are you leaving many? Are you getting enough? How many constitutes "enough?"

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I don't care about getting comments--honestly, when I have most of the time they are ah...spam or kind of illiterate--and I never had good blog discussions in the first place. I am overwhelmed with spam from fake Facebookers, product advertisements, and comments that seem to have come from outer space for all the relation they have to the post, so...I should really shut 'em down altogether, really. More trouble than it's worth.

However, I really do feel like social networking has ruined the Internet. People don't have long discussions, they don't think out what they're writing--they just tweet some shallow crap and that's all they feel like doing any more. If I had a dollar for every formerly awesome blogger who said, "I used to write blog entries all the time, but now I just tweet and...I'm done," I would have a nice pile of cash.

I have zero interest in reading tweets and Facebook and avoid social media like the plague specifically because nobody is saying anything interesting. I don't care if you "like" my post or not. I won't think about that "like" more than for a second. Big effing deal. Give me an actual meal, not gum.

Unfortunately, nobody is going to go back to writing actual thoughts when they can just tweet from the phone on the can. Most humans don't like reading, and shallow one-sentence thoughts are all most people want to do any more, and alas, I can't fight the tide. I will just slowly bail from the Internet, I suppose, when it's boring me. As tweets do.


This is interesting to me, I'm taking a class in E-Marketing this semester and have noticed the crazy details that go into that business. I know Blogs are a source of income for people.
How do the comments factor into getting advertising dollars? With all these other ways of commenting that you talked about do the advertisers also track those when trying to support a Blog?
I agree with all the social media sites out there it's making more work and might cost lots of money to participate in this new emerging trend that projected will only get worse.
I do tend to comment on homesteading Blogs more often than craft one's only because that's where my life is going now. But I only comment when the post touches me in a personal way. Also when I comment I want to try to add more to conversation than just take up space.


Personally, I think comments are a sign of emotional engagement, and not all that relevant in selling ads. I think that traffic numbers are what you sell to advertisers - along with some proof that your readers have some interest in an advertiser's product. I think comments may be more useful in creating business opportunities where the emotional engagement of a readership is more important, like getting a book deal with a publisher, or being booked for a speaking gig, or even launching a line of products.


Thank you, Tisha! Definitely, I think people tend to comment more when two conditions are met: 1) a post connects with them emotionally in some way; and 2) commenting feels reasonably effortless. (And I think that the more emotional connection we feel, the more willing we are to jump through comment-form hoops!)


It was our class that got me thinking about this subject in the first place, Tracy! And oh, absolutely I agree: a heartfelt comment or email is a deep and important gift. I wish more of us had the attention to spare to give these gifts more often, but I accept that in an information-dense landscape, that's hard to come by. Which is why it's so good that blogs like yours exist, to help people slow down and appreciate these connections!


That's a good point, Chel - I think that, back when all kinds of blog content were newer to us, we all left a whole lot more "Thanks, that's great"-style comments. But now, we see so many of them, it really does feel harder to muster up that comment.

You got me researching Wordpress Like button plugins - maybe I'll install one here.


*like* :)


I do well to just keep up with blogs and all social media right now. My poor Google Reader has been neglected and probably up to 900 unread things.

I agree it's much easier to push like and move on.

To get people to comment I find the need to ask the right questions or have great pictures. Love how you use photos in your blog.


This topic is much on my mind as well, having just taken one of your classes, Diane. I first began blogging in 2006, and the realm of blogging has changed a lot since then. For me it began with wanting to find a creative community to be a part of, share in and give back to. And those are still my reasons for remaining in the game. Comments used to be a way to really connect with people, and it still has that potential. But all the other media and simplified ways of keeping contact have somewhat diminished the shine blogs and commenting used to have. I use Twitter, but that's it. For me my blog and Twitter are more than enough to express myself, share and connect with others. With all this "connection" happening over so many different mediums, isn't interesting how oftentimes the heartfelt-factor seems to be missing. Every one likes quick & easy sometimes, but the the end of the day, it's the heart connections that matter most--this can be true for cyberspace as well as real life! Let's get bring back the heart of it all, and be where our hearts are called to be.


This is beautifully said, Chris. Thank you so much for sharing it here!


An online friend directed me here. And I am glad she did. This morning I was pondering why not many people commented on my blog, when I know that people are reading it. In fact, traffic has increased. I guess it left me wondering, when I do comment on many blogs, what I was doing wrong.

Somewhere, somehow, I got caught up in caring about it - the comments, or engagement. Which is not why I started my blog. If people comment, yay. If they don't yay.

Thanks for great insightful reminder. :)


Thank YOU for this nice comment, Vicky! I think this decline in comments is pretty universal, and we all need to help each other remember once in a while to let them go. I have my "Dang, why don't people ever comment?!" days, too. The web evolves so quickly... best that none of us gets too attached to anything going on here. :-)


I'm lucky on two counts: 1. I'm a new blogger so I didn't know how many comments to expect. I'm really happy to get some likes! 2, As an author, I use the blog as an additional writing exercise once a week. It warms me up for my books. Honestly, I read too many blogs to comment on them all.


I love that there are over 30 comments on this post :)

When I think about what would be most useful to me and my business (which is my goal with blogging - to connect with the right people for *my business*), I realize I'd much prefer people to tweet or share on FB. It doesn't count as "conversation", but it helps more people find me + my work. But it's just as easy to watch Twitter and obsess as it is to watch comments!

On the other side, it's conversations like these that get people fully engaged and feel more than a surface level connection to a person and their work...so without these conversations, does a blog with a lot of social media sharing have the same kind of impact?

Thank you for talking about this - I see too many bloggers bummed about comments without *thinking* about their own commenting behavior, and I'm glad we're all talking about it!


I know personally it's a combination of several things. 1st is less time online. I have weeks where I don't open twitter, and almost never think to open Google+. I often only get 5 minutes a day to glance at facebook. 2nd my blog roll is huge now. I will once in a while go through an unsubscribe, but there is so much great content out there. So when I have time to go through my blog roll on google reader I usually choose to catch up on reading rather than stop and comment. I will star items I plan to go back and comment on, but you know, once something is a few weeks old you feel it's not relevant to comment any more. I hope things like google reader at least give credit to blogs that someone is reading their content.


I still try and leave comments, because it's via comments and interactions from my blog (which started out as an online journal back in 1997) that has connected to me to many important people in my day-to-day life.

But I also think it would be nice to be able to "like" a blog post, too. Just for those times when something doesn't really require a response, but I want to tell someone "I was here. I read this. I connected with it. I recognize the work you put into this and I appreciate it." I'd feel like a weirdo leaving a comment like that, and a "like" button seems to get that across. But it also feels super lazy, too. Because it's so easy to click that button instead of typing in a quick "thanks, this resonated with me," etc.


This is a great post, Diane. And I love it that you synthesized the discussion comments on google+ in reaching the conclusions you've posited, here.

I think blogs are one of the, if not the only, placed where we have complete freedom to say what only we can say. On Twitter, we're space limited. On FB, we're limited by concerns about privacy, or being 'interrupted' by comments which are immediate, widely viewed, and can distract from what we've tried to communicate. But on our blogs, we can embellish, edit, add seemingly limitless links and photos, and keep everything within a cohesive parameter. There's more time for gathering comments, and the ability to link to that blog post we wish to link to when we want specific audiences to view it.

Ironically, I think the knowledge that we can't expect a volume of comments any longer gives us the freedom to say more and do more with our blog. It's relief to be free of the tyranny of waiting for comments, or even trying subconsciously to draw comments. I also think the fact that getting comments is no longer reliable allows those people who don't really like blogging to give it up and move to focus on another, more immediate, social medium where they can get the kind of validation or attention they seek, primarily.

I comment less often, but the blogger friends I've had for many years understand that I am still listening to them and I still care. And they in turn are also commenting less often, but responding to my web presence in other ways.

Let's hope blogs and blogging never go away. They are an artform in themselves, and make arty life more vibrant in their singular way!


Sadly I don't read as many blogs as I used and if I do, I tend to just Facebook like them or retweet them. Also, I have a tendency to neglect my own blog because of the length of time it takes to write a good post. I find I share more on Facebook or Twitter. I keep meaning to do more blogging and reading of blogs.

In my blogging guilt today, I decided to join Tumblr. It is like microblogging but I am not really sure what to do with it.


:-) Someone should write the definitive self-help book about blogging guilt - I think we all have it from time to time! I've never been able to wrap my head around Tumblr either. The kind of sharing people seem to do there, I do on Twitter, so it feels a bit like a duplicate effort. But Tumblr sure seems to have a big fan base.


One reason that you seem to have overlooked but sort of fits in the multiple social site reasoning is the google reader. I know that's were I do most of my reading. Occasionally, such as now, I will pop over to leave a comment or to pin something if I want to keep the idea or share on other sites. But as that is a few extra step, there needs to be a motivating reason behind clicking to the actual site as opposed to just reading in my reader.

I follow a lot of blogs, craft blogs, mommy blogs, religious blogs, tech blogs, just to name a few. I enjoy all of them and usually walk away with some insight or inspiration, but rarely pop over and comment.

Kara


I find I'm most likely to make a comment when the post leaves me with a definite reaction. If it makes me think, and I'm not sure where exactly those thoughts are going yet, I'm less likely to comment. Partly because it will take time to figure out what to say and partly because figuring that out, right then, rushes my thought process. So, paradoxically, I think I comment less often on the posts that stay with me the longest.

For the more usual posts, I do prefer if I can say something more useful than "I love your project". Not that I don't like getting those comments myself :)


I'm knee-deep in the process of reworking my website and integrating my blog into it. And, in the process, I have been doing a lot of thinking about the role I want blogging and social media to play. Since I first started blogging in 2007, my style has changed: I read others' posts in google reader and don't comment as much. I spend more time "micro-blogging" - using Facebook and Twitter. Things I would have done as a blog post 5 years ago I just post on Facebook now. I get all of the social connection via Facebook and Twitter (mostly Facebook) and look to blogs for meatier information. I go to FB when I have 5 minutes - I can check it on my phone. I go to blogs when I have more time, which isn't often (I'm sitting in the Chicago airport right now, which, strangely lends itself to more introspection on my part). So, thanks for this - however I choose to revitalize my blog, I'll be keeping these changes in the landscape in mind.


Such a brilliant and insightful post, Diane! I love this discussion.

For me, I think my blog "reading" has become a largely visual thing. I zip through my reader, zip through Pinterest, Facebook, etc. and "read" with my eyes more than anything. (wait, that doesn't sound right ... you know what I mean!) My content consumption has become more of the visual variety, and that has made me less inclined to comment for some reason.

What has increased, though, is my sharing posts. I retweet, pin, share on FB, etc. like crazy if I find something I like. To me, perhaps, that's the best kind of comment of all.

It's hard to let go of that desire for comments, because when you put your heart in to something (often for little or no financial return) the comments and positive feedback from readers is the only "payback" you get.

I do get a little sad about the decline in comments, though, because that's often where some great discussion and ideas/tips happen. Even if you get that feedback through other places like Facebook or Twitter, I'd still prefer it to all live with the post in the form of comments so that rich content stays together. Maybe the pendulum will swing back eventually! :)


There was a comment over at the Google+ discussion, where one of the participants wished for exactly this kind of thing - that somehow all the scattered feedback a blog post gets might be fed over to the original post on the original blog, as well as displaying in all the other online spaces it displays. I'd love that, too!

You raise an excellent point, Rach - do we value the acts of sharing as much as we do the comments? At the end of the day, the share might actually lead to a post being seen by more (or more influential) people, and that could really outweigh the value of a comment.


I know exactly what you mean, Rachel.
I tweet, I fb, I pin... I don't comment.

As for 'living' in the post comments I do have an add-on to my comments section on Dabbled that that picks up (some, but not all) tweets and puts them in as trackback comments, so at least I have some visibility to "shares" all in one place.
Hmmm... I wonder if there is something like that for pins, etc.
Hey, new business opportunity, we should build something like that if it doesn't exist! ;)

To Diane's point, I DO value shares more than I value comments, if it's just 'hey this is neat!' type thing. I do miss the more conversational comments though.


Heh! I'll bet there are developers sweating late into the nights on something like this very thing. It's a real need in the online world!

You're reminding me, in talking about shares, that this is how I've been handling most outside requests to "mention this on your blog" over the past year. I still get a lot of people asking me to blog about their things, but to me, this blog space should be for things that I really want to share. So I tweet people's links if it makes sense, but I've stopped blogging them.


Such a fascinating piece, Diane. Definitely something that I have been considering subconsciously for a while now too. Glad you brought it up for more open dialogue...

Currently I follow just 39 blogs. Of these only a handful each week may get a comment from me if I feel so moved to actually add some constructive and cohesive addition to the 'conversation'. I do feel that I 'should' be commenting more, but at the same time I feel that my time is valuable and as such so should my comments be to the author and other readers.

A while ago I decided to drastically reduce the number of blogs I subscribed to so that only those that truly moved and spoke to me were on my radar, and not just streams of 'filler' (nothing wrong with those blogs, just that I was no longer actively participating in them). I am not deluded that others won't do likewise to me in return ;)

Same goes for comments. I totally love getting comments on my blog, though to me they are most valuable when they confirm that the reader has somehow found connection with what I have said. To me, more 'important' is to raise my overall visitor/subscriber numbers, and thusly expand my audience, whether those followers then react to my posts directly on my blog with comments there, or let me know their thoughts via other social media/communication/network avenues (whatever is most easiest for them), is not so important. I see it as a more overall connection, with all points acting towards the whole. I guess I kind of gave up ever thinking I would reap massive commenting on my blog, and am happy to accept this wider reaction as becoming the way of things ;)

At the end of the day, to know that I have connected with even just one person in a positive way is what keeps me putting stuff out there - their choice of how they let me know I have done that is secondary.


That's beautifully said, Beka, and thank you for sharing it! I really like your idea about the value of your time as it relates to commenting.


Nice post!

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Comments are the currency of Blogging. My Site Meter numbers have gone way, way down over the last year and not necessarily because I blog sporadically. It's Twitter drawing people off. It's like Crack to folks with the attention span of, well, less than 140 characters. I may be a dinosaur, but I refuse to join "the kids" just because the popular ones are doing it.


I agree that comments are a currency of blogging, and it's also sad that they're a devalued one at this point. I don't think anyone who decides not to go the social media route is a dinosaur! We all have to set our own boundaries on how much internet we'll allow to consume our time. I don't even think it's a measure of popularity, necessarily – just human behavior evolving as we all struggle to manage an unprecedented flood of content. Here's where it gets messy.


You always post the most thought-provoking things, Diane, thank you. Please know that even though I may not comment I am reading your stuff and eating it up.

When I post on my blog, I don't expect comments, but if I get them I have to admit that it does go a long way and even stays with me for a couple of days (that's how rare I get them). Maybe the reasons we blog match our expectations. I blog as a way of sharing a part of what makes me happy. Or maybe I like putting it out there as something that will live on in the internets long after I no longer do. I also like being able to show others the joy and satisfaction crafting brings me, and that it doesn't have to be anything fancy-shmancy to call it creative.

I try and uplift others by leaving positive comments, thumbs-upping, reblogging on tumblr, or shooting off an email, but I'm along side you on this one, not near enough as I should.


That "SHOULD" probably hangs over most of us at one time or another, Dorothy! It certainly does over me, all the time. I love the clarity you have around why you blog. And don't worry about not commenting here regularly! I completely understand. XO


I've never been a frequent commenter because, like in real life, I don't say anything unless I feel like it adds something or brings something new to the conversation. I usually expect a blogger to know that their project is cute or post is well written when other people have told them so, and the blogger was proud enough of their content to post it. When bloggers ask questions, for advice or opinions, I click through to comment. I probably won't on the average post where a project is being shown off.

I've developed an unusual attitude towards comments on my blog for that read. I assume that if people are coming back and reading all of my posts that they're enjoying what I'm saying so I don't need validating comments, though I appreciate them when I see them. I think of comments like a conversation on my blog, and I like comments that bring opinion or discussion more than ones that are just complimentary. Sometimes my blog posts don't create conversation and aren't intended to, like when I show off a project. I'm not bothered when I don't get many comments on those posts because there isn't a lot to say about them. I'm bothered when I try to start a conversation, and it falls flat. That's generally the fault of my writing, and luckily it doesn't happen very often anymore.


This is a great point to bring up, Andi, and thank you for sharing it. Expectations really ARE key, aren't they? I do think that, a few years ago when comments were much easier to come by, a lot of us (myself included) grew more dependent on them than might be healthy. What you're describing is exactly what I want to get back to – blogging that reflects things I'm happy about and proud of, where feedback is a more secondary concern.

...And definitely, I think we're evolving away from the "Nice post" comment, by and large. These things are so easy to say in social media spaces now, it's just making less sense, I think, to fill out a form and a CAPTCHA in order to say them. I like the evolution toward deeper conversation, actually. Fewer and more substantive comments: that's not such a bad thing!


Hi, Diane & everyone!

I agree with the reasons you listed for the decline in comments, and also the google reader reason mentioned above. I think that sharing and connecting through social media is meaningful. I don't feel that leaving a quick comment is quick anymore, so people like or share. I like the idea of aggregating the "buzz" about the post back to the post... Maybe something like that is on the horizon- maybe some developers are thinking of the same thing. As I type this on my iPad, I am reminded of how laborious it is to type a longer comment! That's got to be another reason for the decline.

After I closed my myspace blog (yes, I said myspace), I let go of the idea that I needed comments to validate a post. The strength of my blog is in sharing what I love and hopefully inspiring someone along the way. And people do read it. Some more than others. :)


Good point, Cami - mobile devices make commenting even more challenging that it already is on some desktop platforms! And I think your comment relates to Andi's comment about expectations. At this point, so many of us are connected to far more people via social media than we could ever hope to keep up with via blog-reading. I constantly feel bad because I'm not reading enough blogs. And yet, I've really had to curtail the number of blogs I subscribe to, because my blog-reading time is just more limited than it used to be in the days when I didn't have other streams of info to monitor. I love the clarity you have around why you blog!


Great article! These days I find reading and commenting on blogs to be a bit of a luxury.. lovely as a relief from the fast pace of social media.


Hi Diane, great post. I'm one a bit disappointed by the low numbers of comments on my blog, but I've been doing the same kind of thinking. What do I like more, writing a post, or receiving comments? Definitively writing a post. As a little girl, I was writing a miniature magazine for my sister, and like the activity anyway. I can't get myself to work a lot with Facebook, I find it ugly looking, and probably very efficient, but not for me. So I'll just keep writing my little things on my little blog, and when I meet someone who likes what I do, it just makes my day. The other days, I'll "make my day" with something else!
I limit my Google reader list at under 30 blogs, but read other blogs on a irregular basis. I leave an average of one to five comments a day.


My hat is off to you for your comment-leaving practices, Mary! And I agree with you 100% about Facebook. :-) I feed my blog over there, but I can't bear to spend any time there. I think it's really important that we honor those feelings. Life is too short, and there are far too many things to make, to consume a lot of hours doing online things we hate in the name of visibility.

(Do you still have any of those miniature magazines? I love that idea so much!)


Hi there Diane!
Nice post! I took a blog course with you many months ago (and I love it btw). I've popped by your blog on many occassions and sadly, I don't think I've ever left a comment. I have resigned to read a very few number of blogs regularly and on those, I try to comment- because I have my own blog and I love getting comments! But for the most part, I just don't have enough time to read all the blogs I want to read and leave all the comments I want to leave and I just figure it's the same for everyone else. I recently quit blogging and then started again a few weeks later (turned out I just needed a vacation) but I have really come to see that I want to blog because I enjoy it and I am not concerned with how many people read or comment as long as I'm having fun. I like the idea that my blog is fun and not a job. Once it starts to feel strained or contrived and about who's reading and commenting, then it's not what I hope for it to be. Sometimes it's not easy to reach this mindset when blogging because it can seem lonely and we all hope for a little love now and again :)


Amen, Andrea! :-) But you're right - we all have more blogs to read than we have time for reading/commenting on them. In my classes, there's always a lot of discussion about how to get more comments, and I think in future, I'll teach in the direction you're expressing here: that comments aren't a signal that your content is good. Your own enjoyment of your content - that's the signal!


I hate having to fill out forms to leave a quick note. Especially when I'm reading on my phone. Since I can't even keep up with what I want to read, I don't waste my time. (as much). keep up the good posts.
Crochet with, Joy :)


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