Comments are kind of like the life blood of a blog, at least I think so. It’s what kind of gives your blog the sense that it’s alive, when people are interacting and sharing opinions, contrasting ideas, or just saying, “cool post”, or whatever. Without comments, the blog seems very static and boring.
I’m the first to admit that I don’t comment enough, and that’s the point of this post.
1. I don’t comment enough on other people’s blogs. I do a lot of reading, a ton in fact. Here’s my current Google Reader Stats:
From your 96 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 325 items, starred 24 items, shared 13 items, and emailed 10 items.
That averages out to 10.8 posts I read a day (all of the sudden that doesn’t sound like much). But that doesn’t include the actual reading of blogs, which I’d say is about another 5 posts per day. So let’s say I read 15 posts per day. I imagine I only comment on 1 per day on average. That sucks! That means I am not contributing to the life of other blogs that I highly value!
So my number 1 question is how important is this to you? How often to you leave comments? And when you do, do you subscribe or go back and see what others had to say?
2. I very rarely comment on my own blog. Is this rude? I have a funny feeling it is, a little. I was over at InWorship last night and notices that this guy is a super commenter, there’s almost a response to every comment by him personally. Flowerdust seems to also be actively invloved in the conversations at her site. This tells me that these bloggers really care about what people are saying on their blogs, and it seems to encourage even more comments.
So my number 2 question is how important is commenting on your own blog? Do you consistently do it? Has it increased the comment traffic?