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Why A Lack of Comments Isn’t a Lack of Love

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You are a blogger. If you aren’t, I’m not sure why you are reading this article. But feel free to pretend you ARE a blogger. It’s a pretty awesome thing to be.

Okay, back on track. You are a blogger. You spend countless hours on your projects, putting together posts, editing pictures, writing brilliant content, and clicking Publish. Then you sit back and wait for the comments to come rolling in.

Comments are a Bloggers Payday. We love to read every little one, ranging from ‘Thanks for sharing this!’ to “You are hands down the greatest person to ever walk the face of this earth!” to “Your hair looks weird in that picture!”

But the truth is, comments are getting a little hard to come by. There are so many convenient ways to read blog posts nowadays but not-so-convenient ways to comment. So I’m willing to bet that 90% of the time readers don’t leave comments because they just don’t have time. Which we all understand. Which is why it is all the more special to receive a comment. I’ll be honest, it makes me a little sad when I spend hours and hours on a project and only get one or two comments. But have you ever tried to leave a comment from a smart phone? Auto correct makes it super impossible.

Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of our readers.

There’s the reader who skims the post and thinks, “Cool. I have no response.” (90%)

There’s the reader who reads the post and generously leaves a kind and encouraging comment. (5%)

There’s the reader who doesn’t read the post, and leaves this comment: “Awesome! Come follow my blog!” (2%)

There’s the reader who doesn’t read the post and leaves this comment: “You are a terrible crafter, blogger, mother, and human being. PS. I am a troll.” (1%)

(And just so it all adds up, the other 2% is everyone else.)

So based on these incredibly scientific statistics, you can clearly see that only about 5-7% of our readers actually leave a comment. Wah! Is that really the only validation we can cling to?

Did you know that if you visit http://pinterest.com/source/yourblogsite.com/ you can find out what has been pinned from your blog? It’s really fun to go look it up and see all of your projects/children’s faces on Pinterest. And there is nothing like the feeling of looking up your Google Analytics after being featured or stumbled. It’s like a warm hug.

Sometimes when I’m craving reader interaction, I ask questions on my Facebook page. Ask short punchy questions that people can answer quickly. Instead of “What do you love about your mother?” you can ask “What’s one word to describe your mother?” And don’t just write a question and disappear, respond to your readers comments. That will encourage more discussion in the future. Same thing goes for responding to blog comments.

What is my point here? I thought I had one when I started . . . hmm . . . oh, yes. Don’t get hung up on comments. People like to love you in silence.

Visit Heidi at Honeybear Lane to be inspired by craft and sewing projects, a little home decor and witty personal stories. She is great at motivating women to take charge of their own creativity, as well as being a mother of three sweet little ones.
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31 Responses to “Why A Lack of Comments Isn’t a Lack of Love”

  1. Sher says:

    I can stop holding my breath now! I’ve been wondering why so many hits, so few comments. Thank you from a new Owner, Blogger, etc.

  2. Seems funny to me the posts people will comment on are not the posts I THINK they will comment on… I also find the more I go and read and post thoughtful comments, the more I get in return. πŸ™‚

  3. Cool! I have no response!

    No, just kidding. Thank you for a well-written article. I read hundreds of blogs a day and comment on very few of them, as it would take hours to comment on everything. I get why my blog doesn’t get a ton of comments. I appreciate each and every comment, every Pin, every Facebook mention.

    One point I’d like to add: if a blog makes me jump through a ton of hoops to leave a comment (hard to find the comment box, times out quickly, difficult word verification, AND moderated, for example) I’m less likely to leave a comment in the future.

  4. Michelle L. says:

    Thanks, Heidi, this was a mood booster! I think I need to remember that most people read many, many blogs and don’t have time to comment. I read just a VERY FEW blogs and try to comment a lot. That really skews my perception of the normal proportion of reading to commenting – I should realize that others have a very different MO!

  5. Kelli says:

    Great post! I think pinterest has made commenting less common too. Mostly because people are searching for certain things or ideas and not necessarily looking for that interaction that comes along with blogging…if that makes any sense. My comments have been down lately, but I’ll just assume that I am being loved in silence:)

  6. Charlotte says:

    Sometimes I just don’t have anything to say! Sometimes I’m too intent on saving your great ideas that I forget to comment. Please forgive me (and the other trolls)! I will try to do better in the future! Thank you for the gentle reminder!
    PS I love your hair in that picture! πŸ™‚

  7. Janice says:

    Awesome post. Ready my blog! Just kidding. If it weren’t for the hit counter, I would have quit blogging. I rarely get even one comment. I do know they’re out there. They’re just really quiet.

  8. Tiffany says:

    I popped over from Pinterest when I saw this. You’re absolutely right. My post today is a good example. No comments at all. But lots of pins, some tweets and even my friends irl mentioned the post. But no comments. Thanks for the reminder that comments aren’t everything.

  9. What a great post. This seriously made me feel so much better — I was just talking with my husband this evening about my lack of comments (but high volume of visits to my page) and feeling down about it. Thanks so much for posting this, you really made my night! πŸ™‚

  10. LisaE says:

    Such an encouraging post! So glad to know I’m not alone in spending tons of time and not getting as much feedback as I’d like. Thanks so much for writing this!

  11. Kristina says:

    Great insight! I kind of figured people just don’t have the time to comment-but it is always fun to look at Pinterest and see what people are pinning/saying there. I also think removing Word Verification helps increase comments.

  12. Judy says:

    Great article. This past year I’ve been writing in my blog (it’s been just for ME and my daughter). In March, my daughter challenged me to write daily for the month (and publish) on Two Writing Teachers Slice of Life. I took her up on the challenge and the comments are what makes me want to write more and share. I read blogs, but in the past haven’t commented. After this experience, I am more encouraged to comment. Keep writing and sharing. Thank you.

  13. Christy says:

    NIce to know we’re not just talking to ourselves.

  14. Lindsay says:

    Well this post got a lot of comments!! πŸ™‚ This makes me feel better, there are days when I think what the heck why isn’t anyone commenting?!..I get super excited when I see the little flag on my phone indicating a email. Then I look at my stats and have a ton of views…strange I guess I would rather have someone write something heartfelt and sincere than just a generic comment – just to comment. Great post!!

  15. Bethany says:

    This is such an encouraging post! I’m really glad I clicked over from Pinterest. πŸ™‚

  16. Lynda says:

    What a great post! Made me feel much better.

    Also, I had never checked out those pinning my posts on Pinterest. I was happily surprised at the volume and the ones they pinned. Gave me ideas for future posts.

    Thanks.

  17. Eileen says:

    I always wondered and now I know. I often wondered if I should give up, LOL. Guess I will keep going, thanks!

  18. Shannon Fox says:

    I like to leave comments. I leave as many as possible =) But mostly when I don’t have to struggle past word verification. I enjoy your posts very much.

  19. I’ll keep going because I blog because I personally feel the need to blog… but I admit I miss not having many comments.. but I also don’t have many followers.. I wish I knew how to grow my blog big enough that I had enough hits to overcome no comments… I think I’m mostly talking to myself ….

    Carri
    simplydonewright.blogspot.com

  20. I found your site on Pinterest and have enjoyed reading several posts. Great topics, very relevant to issues I have come across as 6 month old blogger.

  21. Glory says:

    Great post, found it randomly surfing Pintrest. I fell out of blogging for a few months. Using the pintrest search you mentioned, I found people have pinned my blog and left nice comments on their pins. I think I need to give my blog some love. Thanks!

  22. KT says:

    I feel compelled to comment after reading about commenting! Coming from someone who does not blog but LOVES reading blogs, I must say that this is the first time I have ever commented. I feel kind of guilty now to admit that- I don’t even comment when I follow a recipe or tutorial that I end up loving (shame!). I just never realized that the comments mattered so much to bloggers. Now that I know, I definitely plan to show my favorite bloggers the love they deserve! πŸ™‚

  23. Beki G says:

    Eeek! I just realized I’m that 90%! I’m ashamed to say I only comment when it’s a giveaway..shameful I know. I’ve written my blog in my head over the past two years but live with perpetual procrastination syndrome so it will come into fruition in about another year. For now I will make sure to leave comments on all my favorite blogs!

  24. Jessica says:

    Thanks for the article. I feel more loved already. Great tip on how to see if people are pinning your pictures. I’m off to Pinterest to stalk my blog readers.

  25. Alessandra says:

    You got a lot of comments on this post! But seriously, it’s good to know I’m not alone. I’m going to continue blogging, hopefully one day I’ll feel the love!

  26. I don’t always comment on posts, but it kind of seemed wrong not to comment on this one. ;-)Great post. I’ve often been frustrated by lack of comments, even when I’m getting a lot of traffic. This helps a bit.

  27. Sharla says:

    I’ve noticed a major decline in comments over the past two years even though my readership has increased tremendously. I was assuming that it was partially to do with people reading on smartphones, feeds, or on their email making it much more difficult to comment, but I have to admit that it has been a bit discouraging at times. Thanks for sharing your perspective!

  28. Loved this article and had to tweet it, but since it’s about commenting, I now have to comment! πŸ˜‰ I have friends/family say “oh I saw your blog post and loved it!” and I ask why they didn’t leave a comment, they say “OH, I didn’t think to, sorry!” and I’ve had people read a post then tweet at me instead of leaving a comment… I think sometimes the interaction they want is in person or instant- so tweeting is a way to make sure they interact..sometimes you can leave a comment and even if the blogger responds, you may never know it- so finding a way to connect without leaving a comment might seem more logical to readers.

    I loved this- we all need this reminder!

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