Bloggers take blog comments seriously. We’re irritated with spam and rude remarks and wonder what’s wrong with our writing or topic when we receive no comments at all. We spend copious amounts of time researching and devising ways to receive more comments, doing anything we can to cultivate an active community.
For many bloggers, a clear sign of success is the amount of comments received, but is it more about the comment or the commenter? Personally, I find the best comments come when I write thought-provoking posts that inspire discussion, rather than creating controversial or bandwagon-y posts designed more for the comment factor than for the sharing. Still, there’s no denying we all enjoy a heated debate or intriguing discussion.
If you visit blogs but don’t participate, or if you’re an active member of a blog’s community, you might be interested to learn how bloggers (or at least this blogger) feel about your comments.
Below is a look at some of the types of comments and commenters that show up on most active blogs.
When it’s more about the link then the blog comment
One of the first bits of advice a more established bloggers offer to newbies is to visit other blogs and comment in order to promote their blogs and their names. Sometimes this doesn’t encourage comments as much as it encourages links.
You can tell when someone is more interested in dropping a link than actually commenting because they do everything they can to get readers back to their site. Though there’s a signature line specifically for links, some commenters regularly drop links into the body of a comment. Some will pull a “I had so much to say I wrote an entire blog post on this – here’s the link.” Once in a while that can fly, but when it happens in every post it’s flat out spammy.
Also, some of those only in it for the link are fair weathered friends. They drop by, comment, and once their own community begins flowing they’re never seen again…unless they want you to link to their contest or be an affiliate for their ebooks.
Commenting in support of the blogger
I’m not a fan of “Oh I so agree” comments that don’t really say anything. However, I’ve come to realize that many of those comments are from well intentioned commenters who want to show support for the blogger, or share that they liked a post, even if they have nothing else to offer as a comment. Comments are a terrific way to give something back to a blog you enjoy and shows the blogger you read and enjoyed (or didn’t enjoy) the post.
Stirring up trouble
Bloggers enjoy a spirited discussion. It tells us our words touched our community. As long as the discussion remains respectful, all thoughts are welcome. However, there are some people who comment to stir up trouble every time. Maybe they’re looking for attention or to get links, or maybe they just crave drama, but every comment is a rant or counterpoint delivered just to raise hackles. This type of commenter may not even feel that passionate about his point, he simply wants to create a rift in the community.
Based on past experiences, I usually ignore this type of person. If an entire community doesn’t play into his hands, he’ll go off to find drama somewhere else.
I’m supposed to tell you anonymous comments are cowardly and we need to own up to our comments and use our our names, but I’m not going to do that. I can tell you that many of the people who comment at blogs are using made up names anyway. Moreover, plenty of people are being anonymous not because they want to create trouble, but because they simply want to protect their online privacy.
I know of a few anonymous commenters who don’t use a real name because they don’t want their employers to know they’re reading blogs on company time or because they don’t want people to Google them and have their opinions keep them from a job. I once heard from a woman who uses a fake name because she doesn’t want an abusive ex-husband to find her.
Anonymous commenting isn’t always cowardly or abusive. Take it on a case by case basis.
This is what we live for! An active community who responds to our blog posts and discusses the issues. This is more rewarding than money and a bigger treat than ice cream. .Most of us blog in hopes of cultivating an active community. Really, there’s nothing lonelier than a blog post with no comments and there’s no bigger thrill than a blog post with comments
We love hearing from you. Your comments are feedback and teach us points we may not have considered. Don’t be afraid to comment to tell a blogger whether or not you agree or if you liked the post. Most of us can handle respectful disagreement.
Now, why not visit your favorite blogger and leave a comment?