Editor’s Note: I discovered from a recent guest post of mine about finding writing inspiration, a writing prompt site called Write or Die. In this online software, you just write, no holding back or editing. For some reason that day, I was thinking about blog comments. After editing the ramblings a little bit, here is what I wrote.
Do you ever wonder about the authenticity or motives of comments on blogs? I ask this because I read a lot of blogs along with the accompanying comments, too. I will also comment on quite a few, and I almost always respond to the comments that are made on my blog.
Popular Blogs Get More Comments
This seems obvious that popular blogs get more comments. More traffic, more comments. But, while it may be high quantity, the comments are not necessarily high quality. I have noticed over the years as a blogger that there will be literally hundreds of comments left on very popular blogs with things like “great blog” or “thanks for the inspiration.”
I wonder how much of that is really necessary? What is the motivation for that comment?
It is either one of two things: 1) they sincerely think it is great and have no other words to elaborate or 2) to get recognition in hopes that others will go to the commentator’s blog via the backlink. I’m not really sure.
But, I do know the less popular blogs seem to get less comments. But, I am not sure that has strictly to do with traffic. I really thing there is a proportion to how popular the blog author is to how many comments it gets. This seems like common sense. But, notice I did not say how good a blog is, just how popular. Famous people may have crappy blogs, but people are quick to leave comments even if the post is just, eh okay at best.
Great Posts By Less Famous Blog Authors Still Deserve Comments
I have read some pretty small, low quality blog posts on super high traffic websites, with over 100 comments! Really? Then I have come across some lesser known, but great quality posts with NO comments. Could it be because these quality, reflective posts do not inspire comments? I doubt it. Maybe no one is coming to the site. Also doubtful since they are PR 3 sites with over 1000 followers / subscribers, etc.
I have been to popular blogs with literally over 50 “great post” type comments! What does that really add? In addition, does one think with that flippant, uninteresting comment people will really be intrigues to learn more about him or her? I am not saying those comments are always meaningless or never appropriate. However, when it is every other comment, it gets to be overdone.
Is it just me?
Moderating Comments Can Be Biased
Than there is the moderation of comments by the blog owner. I understand the reason for this when it is truly spam. or disrespectful. However, I have made some pretty productive, but not super i-love-you-and-your-awesome-blog type comments that never get approved because it may shed even a tiny fraction of introspect that makes the blogger question his post.
Why is that not approved I wonder? Are people really that narcissitic that only you-are-the-bomb type comments are worthy to be posted? How authentic is that? I try to provide more than a meaningless comment and it does not get approved. I am always respectful and productive. I do not curse or provide any you-suck or you-are-the-worst writer, nor do I spam.
I love when I see comments that actually provide a thoughtful, yet slightly different perspective than the blogger. This gets the ball rolling for other commentators to respond. As I stated, it is good to always be respectful and courteous.
So, I ask again: Do you ever wonder about the authenticity or motives of comments on blogs?
What comment do you write? What comments do you approve and what is your overall philosophy on commenting? I’d like your comments – really!