Today's guest-post comes from the lovely Fay over at Glass Half-Full.
I was having a chat to someone the other day about comments, or in this case the lack of them on their posts.
I'm new to this blogging lark and I am just chuffed to bunnies when I take a look and see a figure which represents more people than are in my immediate family have looked at my page. I'm at the stage in my blogging hobby, that I'm just pleased I get posts out which seem to make sense and the odd person enjoys them. But it is pretty impressive when you see a post with a lot of comments on it!
Makes me wonder how many hits it must be getting, because I'm sure there is a 'golden ratio' number.
X amount of hits = Y percentage proportion of comments left
So if I wanted to grow my blog, is this something I should be aiming for rather than figures alone? Or is it simply a 'look at me, I've a lot comments, so I must be great at this' exercise?
The conversation got me thinking too, how do I know someone has enjoyed the post by looking at the stats. Did they just look at it, or was it actually read & understood? A bit like the difference between hearing and listening!
Is there a connection between me and the reader or is it a case of speed read and move on. Is that why some people care if there are comments or not? Is this a measure of someone actually reading it, and getting it…getting what we were trying to say, the message we were sending out into the bloggersphere?
Now, I just want to point out, I always try to add a comment on a blog, but sometimes its just not possible!
- I can't blumming sign in properly to validate something or other.
- I can't read the 'type this word in so we know you aren't a bot" safety feature.
- I haven't got the time.
- The iPad messes up with the settings and won't let me physically post it.
- I'm using my iPhone, its just too fiddly.
- I literally have nothing to say or add!
But the reasons for leaving a comment?
- They've triggered a memory, one which means a lot to me, and I want to share it with them.
- I feel they need some support, some virtual hugging and/or validation of the message.
- I feel incredibly strongly about the message or purpose of the blog, whether I am in agreement or not.
- I think I can maybe add something to the debate, a new angle or clever observation.
- I'm offering a possible solution to a problem
- Just a simple, 'Well done! I liked that!'
Reading through the two lists, I can see one is very task orientated, the other is more emotional.
So maybe this is one reason why some people care if comments are left or not. It's not only a possible validation exercise for peers; 'a lot of people read my blog and care enough to comment' but also the difference between listened to and being heard.
Do you agree or is my argument too simplistic? There has got to be lots of other reasons for comments being added or not or why we should or shouldn't be bothered by it. What do you think?
Can you see what I did there? Don't let me down!