I have been thinking about this topic for awhile and asked a question about it on my FB page. Many of you had such good insights. I decided to write a post about it and I would love to hear your thoughts as well.
I have noticed that the number of comments on my blog AND other blogs has gone down in the last 6 months or so. I am going to try to write this from the perspective of the ” blog reader” and the “blog writer” since I am both :)
I think that Pinterest plays a part in the lack of comments. I think a lot of people will pin something now instead of commenting ( I know I have been guilty of this). I also know that we all have a ton of blogs that we follow and it is hard to comment on every post from every blog. I certainly don’t expect you all to comment on all my posts. And most of the time if it is a random post I am fine if the number of comments are not super high. But what makes me discouraged is when I have a big room reveal or a project that I put a lot of work into and then I don’t get very many comments. Don’t get me wrong, I love that y’all are pinning! That is great too. But any of you who have blog can attest that comments are the what fuels us to keep going. It helps us feel connected to our readers. If we start to feel no one is reading then we think “Why do I even put forth all this effort to document what I do?” So can I throw and idea out there??? Maybe we can all try to make an extra effort to comment on the posts that you know the blogger put a lot of work into (room reveals, etc) and if we have the time, comment on the other posts as well. And if it is pin worthy, maybe we could comment and tell them that :)
Another point that was brought up on my Facebook page was how some readers get discouraged when the blogger doesn’t answer back to their comments. I personally have never cared whether a blogger comments back to my comment to them. So I have not been the best about doing that myself. I have answered every question that I get (as a comment on my post) but I have not been very good about commenting on other comments. I want you to know that I read EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. And I LOVE them all!!! The comments are emailed to me so I read them there. Every time I open my email and see that there are new comments I get giddy. Seriously. And so I apologize if you have been discouraged that I have not acknowledged your comment by responding. I have a goal to be better about that. If you take the time to comment then I should in return take the time to say thank you. Be patient with me as I try to work on this new goal.
Some could argue that comments are just for stroking the bloggers ego, and I think to some degree that is true. But for me, it is how I feel connected to my readers. It is how I know that what I am doing is worth my time. I know people visit my blog because I can check analytics, but it is nice to know the work (yes, blogging is work!) is appreciated. It is just like any other thing you put time into. . . . you want validation. Just like as moms we want sticky kisses, weeds in a vase on the table, and hugs around the knees :)
Any thoughts about commenting on blogs? I would love to hear them!