Wednesday, August 09, 2006

more reasons why readers don't comment

Lack of comments can be a big mystery to new bloggers. They feel inadequate, isolated, not appreciated. To some extent they may be right.

Inadequate -- maybe your blog posts really are boring or poorly written. Or so personally tangled and twisted, it's too private to be of any relevance to others.

Isolated -- you must interact with other blogs, post comments on them, not just sit around waiting for comments to fall out of the sky.

Not appreciated -- your readers may be unthankful, just selfishly grabbing insights and ideas, without stopping to express any gratitude.

Liz Strauss gets plenty of comments at her popular blog. Let's see what she says about this topic. I sum up in nifty paraphrase her list of 10 Reasons Why Readers Don't Leave Comments. She admits this list is not all inclusive, just the main excuses she's heard from people.

Liz Strauss's
Reasons for
No Comment:

1. Your post says it all.

2. Your post gives me too much to digest, so I'm too busy pondering to think of a good reply.

3. Your replies to comments seems cliquey-cultish, and I'm afraid I won't fit in.

4. Your comment posters are blogocombat warriors, and I'm timid.

5. You don't interact with comments posted.

6. Your blog is too technical.

7. I'm too busy, rushed, weary to comment.

8. Your posts end with questions to complex to deal with.

9. Your blog erects barriers to comments, like moderation, captchas, login/registration.

10. Your content is no good, not provocative, not enlightening or inspiring.

11. Your blog is too negative, making me frightened.

Vaspers' 13 More Reasons
Why Readers No Leave No Comments:

12. Unappreciative -- they are pampered into thinking they're "entitled" to insights and amusement, so why bother showing gratitude for what they deserve?

13. In a big hurry -- users skim, scan, click, and clack all over the web, never staying anywhere very long, unless it has immediately vital or tantalizing data or functions they want.

14. Against you -- some readers are your enemies, and they are reading just to find a flaw or a mistake.

15. Inarticulate -- some readers just simply cannot express themselves in writing very well.

16. Uninspired -- your blog posts just seem dry and dull, or not very funny, or totally irrelevant, thus not inspiring any enthusiastic reaction.

17. Uncertain -- some readers are not sure they are welcome, they need to be asked specific direct questions, and text like "post a comment so I can hear your opinion and experiences related to Net Neutrality" or whatever, at the end of the post.

18. Distracted -- many readers are not only rushed, they are also multi-tasking, doing several things at once. Have you ever chatted with someone on Google Chat as you typed your blog post as you also talked on the phone with someone with the television and kids yelling as you eat dinner with a book in your lap? It happens more than you realize.

19. Angry -- you ticked them off, they'll never return, and they are too furious to see straight enough to type at their keyboard.

20. Stupid/Uninformed -- they really have no idea what you are talking about.

21. Arrogant -- they feel like you owe them everything you know, and they don't have to contribute a single insight to the conversation, you are their slave and they will not stoop so low to grovel in the common soil of the blogosphere and share a comment with the lowlife lurkers who they are superior to.

22. Unsatisfied -- they were looking for porn, celebrity news, or games to play and argue about, and your blog just had nothing to offer.

23. Plagiarism -- some scumbags will scour the blogosphere searching for ideas to rip off, "remix", and package as their own original content.

24. Inhuman -- some visitors post no real comments because they are spambots, vandalizing the blogosphere with bogus remarks containing embedded links to malicious or dubious sites.

There are more reasons, this is just all I can think of right now.

Yet, with all this heady theory, I am still amazed at so many smart and respected blogs, say Blog Business Summit, that gets almost no comments, and others, like Liz Strauss that get around 100 per post.

I still don't know the secret.

I still scratch my head at my own blog. A post I thought was frivolous or obvious gets tons of comments, then I write a profound and serious post, and -- nothing. You could hear a pin drop. Did I say it all, again? I can't be that complete that often. Ha.

Main thing: stop worrying about comments, and focus on content that meets your readers' needs as best you can determine or guess them. Good luck. Remember: it's not blog comments, or ad revenue, or traffic, or conference invitations that matter in blogging. It's your blog residue, what you take away with you, when you step away from your always on computer.

It's what blogging does to you, deep inside you, that counts.


Newsandseduction said...

yes vaspers, it is unkind to read a blog regularly and not comment on it. After checking the clustermap ang site meter i know that some people read my blog regularly but never comment. i hope they will be more generous in future.

Newsandseduction said...

yes vaspers, it is unkind to read a blog regularly and not comment on it. After checking the clustermap ang site meter i know that some people read my blog regularly but never comment. i hope they will be more generous in future.

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