You’re probably familiar with the philosophical question – “If a tree falls in a forest and there’s no-one around to hear it, does it still make a sound?”
Well I’ve been wonder about the blogger’s equivalent…
“If a blog post has no comments, has anyone even read it?”
Generally I’m not one to obsess over stats and check them daily (or many times daily).
But a periodic check of numbers like post views and comments does give some relative indication of how much interest each post is receiving – and the blog overall.
The last four posts on 35hunter have received a total of eight comments. Assuming that half of the comments are mine replying to others, that’s four. Two of the posts have no comments. Which is very unusual.
And over halfway through November, the total comments for the month stand at 75, or 37, again assuming 50% are my responses.
Back in May I had 439 comments, and June and July topped 300.
So inevitably I’m questioning why, and where you’ve all gone!
As a blogger, what do you feel about comments left on your own blog? Do you measure or track them? How important are they overall to your blog?
As a blog reader, what encourages you to comment? What stops you from commenting more often, or more expansively?
To answer my own questions –
As a blogger, comments are hugely important. Whilst they don’t really influence what I write about, I do see part of my role as a blogger as providing a safe and stimulating place where like minded people can converse about topics we love.
My words are really just the jump off point for your thoughts and words, and together we build a stimulating and worthwhile community, which in turn is part of a wider online blogging community.
As a blog reader, I comment if a post interests me or encourages me to think. Also to encourage the bloggers that I like most, and try to add a little extra value to their original post, and encourage them to write and share more.
How about you? I’d be very interested to hear your, um, comments! Please share them below.
Thanks for looking. Please share this post with others you feel will enjoy it too. If you’re interested, this is what my photography and cycling life looks like right now.