I’ll be honest with you, we don’t get a ton of comments on our blog. On a typical post we get a decent amount of traffic, some Facebook shares and an occasional Tweet. Some people even tell us in person or via email that they like a specific post which we love hearing. But we don’t usually get many comments on our actual blog posts.
This phenomenon is not unique to our blog. It’s fairly typical that blogs get fewer comments than they’d like. So here are some of my thoughts on what prevents folks (myself included) from commenting on blogs, and why we should all do it anyway.
Fear of First
It’s daunting when we’re faced with a blog post we like only to see no one has commented. I tend to second-guess myself – “Did I skim too much and miss the flaws in this post? Is this post actually junk?” There’s definitely comfort in knowing what others think prior to adding our own thoughts in the comments.
Do It Anyway
If we like a post, it’s okay to go out on a limb and say so. We do this all the time when we talk about movies or books we like. There’s always a risk that others will disagree. But that’s okay. It actually makes for a much more interesting discussion in the comment section of a blog when there’s some disagreement.
Fear of Lacking Profoundness
There’s a good chance we’ve all been here. We read a post that we think is brilliant and get to the end, ready to offer up our support. But nothing profound is coming to us. We start typing a comment, but it just doesn’t seem right. After a minute or two, we just close the page. We may email the post out to someone else, but we’ve given up on commenting.
Do It Anyway
A comment doesn’t have to be profound to be worthwhile. It doesn’t need to be a long, well-crafted counterpoint to the post. It can be simple and direct. It can be as straightforward as “I totally agree with the point you made about X” or “It seems like point Y is misleading.” We all have opinions. Comments are a great place to share them.
Fear of Retribution
Sometimes we have something to say that we fear may ruffle a few feathers. I’ve definitely decided against posting comments that I thought could incite a vengeful response from a particularly impassioned reader. And we all know those readers. The ones that not only disagree with our comment and berate our intelligence for writing such slop, but also call into question our very moral fiber for even thinking such thoughts. Yeah, those folks sometimes make commenting seem like it’s just not worth it.
Do It Anyway
I’ve gotten such responses. On numerous occasions in fact. And while I still often worry about how what I write will be received, a dissenting opinion never ends up being quite as Earth-shattering as I feared it might. If it has merit, it usually leads me to revisit what I think about a topic. And if it’s just someone bashing my existence, it’s usually pretty funny to read. (Please note this is not an open invitation to bash on my existence.)
Lack of Time
We all are busy and often read posts in between sending emails and doing countless other things. I get it. I live it too and often cite this as my reason for not commenting on posts.
Do It Anyway
It really only takes a few moments to comment on a post. Realistically I’m not going to comment on every post I read. But I could (and should) be commenting on more than I do now. Lack of time may be a viable excuse sometimes, but it’s not always the case.
The Post Just Doesn’t Interest Me or Isn’t Very Good
Well it’s certainly understandable you wouldn’t post a comment in this case. That’s really all I have to say about that.
Why Don’t You Post?
Look, I get it’s somewhat ironic to ask you to post a comment about why you don’t post comments. But we’re really interested in what you have to say. And not just in the way where we say we’re interested and then make fun of what you write. This is a topic we’re interested in studying further and would love to know what you think.
Do any of the fears above resonate with you? Is there anything else that prevents you from commenting on blog posts? This is a safe space to share your thoughts.