Last night’s post was written partly out of frustration, partly self-pity and partly genuine curiosity.
I had been reading a lot of blog posts through the day and found that within minutes of publishing they already had something like 10-15 comments and they weren’t necessarily huge blogs. Huge, as in number of followers/subscribers.
Reading your responses this morning, I began pondering this question – what makes a reader want to comment on a blog post? I too read lots of blogs and admit that I do not comment on all of them. But time is only a minor consideration.
Some posts move me to comment and even if I do not have time to comment right away, I will go back and comment later. I’ve even been known to walk away from the computer mid-comment because I needed to feed/rescue/entertain a child.
So what is it? What is that factor that makes me add a comment to a blog post? Off the top of my head here are some reasons why I leave a comment:
- the post strikes an emotional chord with me, I want to add my advice, experience, encouragement, congratulations;
- the writing is exceptionally good and I just need to tell the blogger how good it is;
- the blog is new to me and I really enjoy it, but it has no, or very few, other comments;
- the post offers advice that I needed to hear at that particular moment and want to thank the blogger for that;
- the blogger is a friend, new to blogging and I want to encourage them;
- it is a huge, very popular blog and I’m one of the first commenters – this tends to generate traffic to my blog, especially if I put some thought into my comment, making it interesting enough for readers to follow me back.