Why do you leave comments on a blog post? Why should you leave comments?

Do you leave them simply because you owe the author a debt of gratitude for putting together their content and sharing it with you? Some would promote this reason…but not I. In fact, I recently heard a blog author compare leaving comments to tipping at a restaurant.

Essentially, in their minds, it is our societal responsibility to leave comments.

Is Commenting Like Leaving a Tip at a Restaurant?

They may be like tipping at a restaurant but would you tip someone who spilled coffee in your lap and was rude to you? And how would you tip a waiter or waitress that was incredibly friendly and helpful beyond what you had ever experienced? They would get a larger tip. Am I right?

Even in a tradition that we all participate in, our level of participation would be determined by the level of service provided. The same is true in blogging:

You can demand comments. You can even bribe for comments with contests, dofollow links, commentLuv, keywordLuv, and anything else that you can think to do for comments but those barely count. They make you feel good, but they aren’t the kind of comments that are worth having.

Do bloggers need a false sense of validation?

Too often we consider comments as a type of validation for our writing. And it’s fair to do so. People comment because they’re inspired by the article that they just read, because they were challenged by it, or because they disagree with it but perhaps they respect the points made enough to make their disagreements known. They don’t comment just to leave a tip.

I’m not commenting around the blogosphere just because I feel morally obligated to do so. I’m leaving comments because I find content that inspires me to leave them.

I think that if you are going to get after people to leave comments then you need to get after bloggers 10 times over about producing the type of content that inspires readers and incites passionate discussions. That’s the key to gaining comments under our articles.

5 Killer Reasons to Leave a Blog Comment

Comments are a discussion between among the community of a blog. They’re not a tip and if we’re failing to invite our readers into that discussion then there exists a disconnections that needs to be changed. We need to connect and invite them into the discussions with our style of writing.

  1. Inspiration: Leave a comment on those articles that have inspired you to action or have filled you with a sense of urgency.
  2. Passion: Leave a comment when the topic of the article is something that you are passionate about.
  3. Compulsion: Leave a comment when the writing is so compelling that you feel as though you have to respond to the author and join the discussion.
  4. Addition: Leave a comment when you feel like you can add something unique to the conversation or that you can provide a different perspective.
  5. Question: Leave a comment when you are unsure about something in the article or when you would like more information from the author or the from the community.

3 Lame Reasons to Leave a Blog Comment

Although there are many great reasons to leave comments on blogs, there are also several reasons that should be sent as far from your mind as possible.

  1. Quota: Don’t leave comments simply to meet a goal of leaving a certain amount of comments each day.
  2. Links: Being motivated by the benefit of backlinks is a shallow reason to join online conversations. You’re essentially letting people pay you to be their friend.
  3. Self Promotion: If you hurry up, you can work hard to post the first comment on this post. Then every other reader will click on your link. Of course, I’m being sarcastic. But I know that there are many who do this.

Group Discussion

Why do you leave comments here at Site Sketch 101 and on other websites? Do you leave them for the dofollow backlink? For the self-promotion? For the a self-created quota?

Or are you joining discussions that are rallying your interest around topics of which you are passionate about? Are you adding value to the conversations that inspire you?

What say you?

Nicholas Cardot

About Nicholas Cardot

It's my personal quest to enable every person that I can to unlock that dormant potential concerning their online influence. Also, I'm a geek.

159 Comments

  • I comment to encourage the blogger, because I know what it’s like to write something (I think is) amazing and no one show any appreciation.

    …I comment because I believe in giving others what I want.

    -Marshall Jones Jr.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: What you need to know about asking people what they want =-.

    • That’s a good reason to comment. I don’t have any issues with that at all. I just don’t want people to feel morally obligated to comment. If a blogger comes across as someone that you want to connect with and encourage, then please do comment. If they come across as boring, uncaring, or as someone who doesn’t connect with people, then don’t feel obligated to leave a comment just for the sake of doing it.

      I just don’t want people to feel pressured into leaving comments. Leave them because you feel inspired to do so.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

    • Franco says:

      I totally agree with you (@bondChristian), I like to leave my comment to encourage the author and let him know that all the hard work he put on the article was worth it, even if it is a simple comment, that way I can show him/her my interest for him/her writings. Nice Post Nicholas.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: Andres Borghi – The Future of Argentine Film Direction =-.

  • For me, by leaving comments, besides using them as the tool for inquiries and further discussions (so that it will not be only one way street), comments can be used as the tool to show our our appreciation to the bloggers especially for those who just jump into blogging.

    This will give them sense of satisfaction and will lead to better and more exciting post in future. So, there will be a ‘win-win’ situation between me and the bloggers.

    • That’s a good point. There’s nothing wrong with expressing appreciation. I support that and promote that as much as anyone. We need to be sharing that spirit of thankfulness with each other as we work to build our communities.

      But be sure not to leave a falsely positive comment simply to validate someone. If you disagree, like Tycoon below, do so. There is nothing wrong with that and it often leads to helping both you and the blogger become stronger in your views and in your knowledge of the subject.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

  • I was actually thinking about this earlier; a couple of the blogs I follow have been doing “Leave a comment to win such-and-such” promotions — and getting almost 10,000 responses, all of which are almost identical and say, roughly, “Ooh, I want one!”

    While I guess this is a good way to bring attention to your blog (and hopefully get some people who will stay past the promotion), it also strikes me as strange; the actual comments themselves are contributing nothing, really, to either them or you as the blogger. And in the event that it does bring in new readers, it seems kind of like cheating, waving something shiny rather than actual content.

    This is more about the bloggers than about the commenters, I suppose, but it struck a chord with your reference to bloggers needing a false sense of validation.

    • You said it right when you said that its kind of like cheating. Of course, it’s not cheating. But it could be seen like that.

      I don’t think that there is anything wrong with running a competition like that, but I do think that it’s great to recognize and accept how it can be perceived which is exactly what you described.

      I’m not trying to say that we shouldn’t be encouraging comments at our blogs or that any incentives at all are wrong, but I am trying to say that as friends who are forming together into loosely knit blogging communities, we should be taking our discussions to the next level. This is what is going to result in real quality and value in our comments sections.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

  • JohnFTM says:

    This post got me thinking, hence you shall receive a generous tip: take your choice of: “Ditto!”, “Great post!”, or “Awesome points!”

    There’s more than neediness for validation, although that’s a big one for a lot of bloggers. There’s also the “social proof”, herd-instinct aspect, too, which drives more people to comment/link on a post that looks popular.

    And then there’s the desire to reciprocate (sharing link-juice with do-follow or comluv, etc.) that motivates some bloggers, too. Which is hard to find fault with.

    So, it’s hard to speculate on a particular blogger’s motivations, *but*, the quality of the comments (thoughtful or mindless, challenging or fawning) can give you a clue.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: 100 Ways to Write a Better Blog Post =-.

    • And you are right. Although we can question the motivation, the quality of the conversation will speak for itself. I have dofollow comments on this site for anyone who has a certain number of approved comments. I want to show appreciation to my friends for the great discussions but I also don’t want that to be the sole factor in driving the conversations. I want to fuel conversations with content that people are passionate about discussing.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

  • This article make me think that do-follow blog may be the reason that many blogger commenting because the link which is one of lame reasons.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: How To Create Blog Logo Easily by Using GIMP #3 =-.

  • I typically don’t think too much, if I spend more than 15 seconds reading a post I am likely to comment on it – just like this one.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Four Social Media Outposts You Ought to Have =-.

  • BIZZNURSE says:

    Hem, if you ask me sincerely, I would choose the last point on your “lame excuse to leave comments” …Although you put the word sarcastic there…really..some bloggers would have this kind of idea…like oh, I better be hurry, I got to fetch more back links! I don’t lie, I do have intention to get the popularity…but as times goes by, I’ll keep coming to the site that inspires me. What’s the use of leaving comments in place where the owner just ignore you? I mean, you goes to the most popular website and leave a comment..but you’re treated like a bug! no replies or response..The point is here…visitors who leave comments have their own excuses…but it is the blogger that make them coming back…Whether by making them inspired,response to them…make them feel exist…This is my say..and I really meant it…
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Seriously, Can we make money from Blog? =-.

    • I agree with that. The modern state of the blogosphere is one where readers want to have that conversational access to the author of a post and as authors we should do as much as possible to build those relationships and those conversations with our readers.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

    • MariamCisse says:

      I agree with you Bizznurse. It’s sometimes really more of a rat race to be the first one to leave a comment. Especially on the big ones.

      And yes it’s kinda sad, that many blog owners even don’t reply. But if you’re running a business and are using your blog as a communication tool / a platform, you probably don’t have the time to answer each and every of the 100 comments you get every single day.

      These bloggers are just as human as you and I.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: This Blog Is Not Ready Yet, But I Can Drop You Line =-.

      • That’s true. It’s great when blog authors do reply but sometimes they have to make money for their work or for their family and sometimes responding to comments to make us feel good doesn’t put food in their children’s mouths. Of course, as you can see I try to respond to the comment here, but I can’t always do that and I’ve actually been attacked for not responding to all of the comments before. Sometimes it’s simply not possible. But as I said, we should be trying.
        .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

        • BIZZNURSE says:

          Replying to a comment is not the same as saying “hi there” to the guys opposite your house. I know, sometime, limitation of time and work would have effect on the amount of comment we can response to.
          I have been here for couple of time, and I can see the effort of Nicholas trying to reply each comments. He do sometimes reply and do sometime not, it doesn’t matter…Te feel of our presence is appreciated is not just by responses from comment… When we came to one place quite often… we can feel “the belong” feeling to that blog and keep coming and coming… 😉
          .-= My Latest Blog Post: Make Money Blogging being an Affiliate =-.

  • This comment fall under the “addition” heading as I disagree with you. Sure in a perfect blogger utopia that is why people will comment. But in reality many bloggers take their time to comment as a way to get themeselves noticed, increase brand awareness, built familiarity..ie, self promotion. I think this is a valid and acceptable reaqson to comment as long as the comment is adding to the conversation. In my opinion it is a win-win situation.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Making money on Twitter – two months and $50 later =-.

    • I agree with you that many people are doing that, but I find it true that those who comment simply to discuss the issues often promote themselves more effectively than those who do it to get noticed.

      I agree that the motivation ultimately doesn’t matter so much but I often find that the quality if impacted by the motivation. People who comment because something inside of them has been sparked by the existing discussion will probably have something much more passionate and valuable than someone who is simply doing it to build backlinks and gain exposure.

      Also, I hope that you understand that you can disagree with me whenever you want. I consider this as a place where we can all agree or disagree and we can share our views without getting upset about it. It’s a learning environment.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

      • MariamCisse says:

        I absolutely agree with you Nicholas!

        The value of comments from people that had been inspired either by the post itself or by the discussion is much higher than from people that gather for a little bit attention.

        In my case, I only leave a comment when I feel like I have something to say or feel like my agreement or disagreement should be made public. Just to let the author or the commenter know what I think about his statement.

        I’m not a friend of comments like “Cool. Great post. Thx!” You’ll probably never see that kind of comment from me. Rather than leaving such a nonsense comment I keep my mouth closed.
        .-= My Latest Blog Post: This Blog Is Not Ready Yet, But I Can Drop You Line =-.

        • I like that and respect that. I’m not a fan of comments like that either. I would rather have a post full of conversational comments than 500+ “Great Post” comments. They don’t add anything to the conversation and they certainly don’t add any additional information or value for any readers who come after and find it.

          Those comments like the ones that this post seems to be filling up with, on the other hand, are terrific, in my opinion, in terms of value and quality of conversation. This is the way a real, verbal conversation would go down. People simply sharing opinions and ideas and both the author and others responding with their input.
          .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

  • mark says:

    To me the comments are really the second half of an article.

    If the article keeps my attention, and the commentors on the article are decent, I will always leave some kind of message. Even if my comment only serves to express my thanks for the writers’ thoughts.

    To me, blogging and commenting are the two halves of one style of a free exchange of ideas. I really am drawn to that.

    You said that bloggers should write “…the type of content that inspires readers and incites passionate discussions.”

    Very well said.

    I only recently started reading blogs for reasons other than help solving technical issues, so it is still somewhat new. But, it has been a great experience so far.

    Have a good day!
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Local development part 4: Apache web server (httpd) =-.

    • Thank you and I really am having a great day.

      I really like your concept about comments being the second part of the article. Often the comments are equally or even great in importance than the actual article portion.

      That statement that you quoted was made with the intent of moving the burden of commenting off of the readers and onto the authors. As bloggers, we should be leading our communities and influencing our readers to desire to connect with us. It’s our job to write material that compels our readers to reach out to us.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

  • D'MarieF says:

    The very first comment I left on someones blog wasn’t all that long ago and the anxiety of it all is still very fresh in my mind. Stressing over leaving a comment may seem silly, but I sure did. And I’ve left comments on few enough blogs that I can still rattle off every one from memory, each a little less stressful than the last. I’ve finally about got my “sea legs”, mostly from commenting here. *Thanks!* 

    My reasons are mixed. Initially it was because I was told to by an Internet marketing guru I met, but he said to comment on blogs that are in my niche which is currently real estate not Internet marketing. Yes, I’m a rebel and rules were made to be broken too, right? 🙂  

    Another of my big reasons is to meet people who are already doing business online, which is what I’m currently learning about. And I simply like the IM community. Besides, maybe my next niche will be IMing and by then I’ll already know lots of you! 😀 

    I’ve learned a great deal from reading this blog and I’m very appreciative. So my reasons for commenting here essentially come down to building relationships, expressing my sincere gratitute for the valuable info and providing encouragement to fellow entrepreneurs. 

    By the way, I’ve only been the first to leave a comment one time (yesterday, here) and it did cause me to hesitate for a moment, but I did it anyway because I feel comfortable here. Ya!

    P.S. 
    Someday I’ll be better about leaving shorter comments. I’ll work on that one. Sorry for the book.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Can Buying Your First Home Provide Financial Freedom? =-.

    • Actually, to be honest, longer comments are highly appreciated by most authors (they are by me). They show that you’re actually commenting to discuss and they completely dispel the idea that you might be doing it just to gain a back link.

      There’s nothing wrong with commenting outside of your niche. You should be commenting where you feel comfortable and where the author inspires you to want to be a part of the conversation. Maybe I’m getting that job done and nobody in the real estate niche is doing that effectively. You should be the one that goes back to your niche and starts reaching out to people. You could be that leader among your community.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

      • D'MarieF says:

        Yes, you definitely do a good job of inspiring your readers to be a part of the conversations here.

        After making my first comment here, sometime around mid-March I think, I received an email from you saying thanks for commenting and encouraging me to ask questions, etc. Now, almost a month later, I know it was an automated email. But at the time I didn’t. In fact, it actually never even occurred to me. (Some days I wear rose colored glasses. LoL)

        Receiving that email is a huge reason I feel so comfortable here. Your efforts to respond to all the comments is another huge reason. Altho I don’t expect you to respond to every comment I leave, I enjoy reading your responses and it makes me feel a valued part of your community.

        Cheers 🙂
        .-= My Latest Blog Post: Can Buying Your First Home Provide Financial Freedom? =-.

        • D’MarieF » That was an automated email, but if I remember correctly you very quickly responded to it and dropped an email back in my inbox and I responded quickly with other emails that were not automated. I try to be as personal as possible. I believe that as a blogger it is my job to lead you and this community…not in a heady, cocky “I’m the boss” attitude but by infusing the energy and passion into the relationships here that allow the ideas to flow for all of us.

          P.S. All of my comment replies are automated. I don’t actually write these. It’s a program I wrote. I’m just kidding, of course. I’m all about the personal touch. You’d be surprised how much it means to people. You might even be surprised how much it means to me.

          • MariamCisse says:

            There’s a plugin called ContactCommenter or so, which gives you the opportunity to send out mails to them. You can write them by yourself and schedule them. Or pick those you want to talk to.
            .-= My Latest Blog Post: This Blog Is Not Ready Yet, But I Can Drop You Line =-.

          • Geoff Crane says:

            It doesn’t seem silly at all to me, D’MarieF, to be nervous about leaving comments on a blog. When you do that, you’re essentially placing yourself into a community of complete strangers for their approval, and that can be stressful. I know I felt that way when I first started. I’m glad you got your sea-blog legs under you! 🙂

            Nick’s very slick with the one-time welcome e-mail, I gotta say. It really does make you feel welcome and I’m totally ninjaing the idea. 😉

            • D'MarieF says:

              @MiriamCisse – Thanks for the plugin suggestion! I’ll check out both plugins over the weekend.

              @Geoff – “Sea-blog legs” I like that! LoL
              .-= My Latest Blog Post: Our Bad Credit Didn’t Stop Us From Buying Our First Home =-.

            • Geoff Crane » Take it, Geoff. Take it and run with it. I want you to take everything good that you see at this site and make it your own. Take it back and build a community at your site that makes me jealous. But I’ll tell you a secret. I won’t get jealous. I’ll celebrate with you.

              And I agree that it’s not silly to feel nervous about leaving comments on blogs. I think it’s important that we all recognize that everyone has a different personality and that we need to foster an environment that caters to as many different personalities as possible.

  • As the author’s work to which you are referring in this post, I’m leaving a message for various reasons. See # 1 and 4 above. 🙂

    I need to clarify things. With all due respect, I didn’t say that there should be a sense of “obligation” but more a “courtesy” for those who enjoyed what they have read, or were minimally challenged or entertained. Like tipping, it’s just good form.

    My post was simply a way to raise the consciousness level and serve potentially as a “call to action”. It was not a mandate.

    Many times folks don’t feel as if their input matters. Here’s a good example. I was watching the news the other day, when it was reported that thousands of people have not completed and mailed back their census forms.
    The point I’m trying to make here? Vote, comment, and stand up and be counted! You too can make a difference.:-)
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: A Tribute to Peter McWilliams =-.

    • I understand that and I think that it’s good to raise awareness to readers that their input really does matter.

      And I hope that I don’t come across as rude or upset toward your view because I respect and understand what you mean. I appreciate your perspective on it, but it just got me to thinking about all the different motives that go into commenting on sites.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

  • Sanford says:

    I comment if I care and feel that I can add to the conversation. Otherwise, if I don’t feel that there is more to add, I’ll just tweet the post.
    I will follow-back on some commenters that I feel have helped the conversation.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Sanford49: White Hot Truth: because self-realization rocks. The fire is lit! http://whitehottruth.com/ =-.

  • Mary E. Ulrich says:

    Interesting! I guess I have unconsciously thought about some of my comments as a sort of tip and/or encouragement to the author. A sort of “thank you” for their thoughts and time. Most blogs are free, so that seemed respectful–but now I’m thinking it cheapens the sentiment to consider comments as a tip.

    I liked Mark’s idea that the comments were like “the second half of the article.” That gives value to the thoughts and expertise of those who write more than a “great post.”

    I think the bigger issue is blogs can build a community of people who are on a journey together. Maybe I’m totally wrong on this. But Maslow put “belonging” as a basic need. People who join a blog, add comments and keep returning are more than just saying they like the service. Just my 15%.

  • Farnoosh says:

    The very topic I was thinking about. I blog because I enjoy the writing process AND I love the blogging community – I find them to be a most refreshing community of people, filled with compassion and the attitude to help, to give and to help one another succeed. So for me, it’s encouraging the blogging community and for making friends. I want to get to know other like-minded people. I want to add to the discussion that moves me. I want to thank them. I want to let them know they are not alone in feeling a certain breakthrough or overcoming a certain challenge, and because it makes me feel good to make my presence known (how vain that last one is, I know). Thank you for your article and I hope my comment here was not in vain…. :)!

    • I don’t think that your comment was in vain. 🙂

      I think that those are all good reasons to comment and if that fuels you to leave real comments and not spammy “Great post” style comments then I fully support it. You obviously brought value in this comment and if this is your style of commenting elsewhere then I think that you have it right on.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

  • You know, I’ve always known I should comment more… I suppose the hermit in me has won out far too often when running into the opportunity.

    But with a few recent articles of my own I realize the richness of direct feedback and the extension of the dialogue created in the article itself.

    Cheers on recognizing and calling that (& more) out.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: c_illustrates: Reading ‘The Dying Art Of Design’ (via @smashingmag) http://tinyurl.com/ych44zv – Interesting, recommended reading. =-.

    • Thank. I appreciate that. I used to be much more of a hermit than I am today. In fact, you should meet my dad. He hates crowds. But due to simply getting out and talking to people, I’ve overcome much of it and I now very much love the conversations that I seem to see taking place in the comment sections on blogs.

      Just don’t feel like you have to comment. Comment when you read something that inspires you or when you feel like you can really be a part of the conversation. Don’t do it out of a sense of obligation.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

  • MrsDay says:

    I only comment if what I’ve read makes me want to commend, agree/disagree with, or otherwise connect with the author. If that happens, then in the back of my mind YES, I’m thinking about self-promotion.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Woman shoots her cousin: It’s Tyler Perry’s fault! =-.

    • I think if we’re honest, we all think about self promotion, but when we reach that point that we almost forget about that sense of self promotion and we start commenting for those first few reasons that you mentioned, we tend to promote ourselves in an even more effective way than by just trying to promote ourselves. In other words, we promote ourselves best when we actually have something to say.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

      • MrsDay says:

        I agree! And those are the kind of comments that I like to see on my site. They’re much easier to respond to.
        .-= My Latest Blog Post: There Is Strength In Words =-.

        • It’s funny that you bring up the response part of the conversation. I think one of the major things that stifles conversations on blogs is the fact that many blog authors don’t engage with the readers in the comments section in a way that really produces conversation. Way too often we respond with simple things like “Thanks for the comment.” Without even knowing it, we are essentially spamming our own blog with worthless comments that essentially do nothing except pump the comment number. They don’t add to the conversation and they don’t engage the reader in discussion. They are a waste.

          I didn’t mean to go off on a tangent there, but I agree. The quality of the comments are important and the quality of the responses are important.
          .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

  • I comment for the same reason I comment in discussion forums – to make my voice heard. Sometimes I leave large comments on small blogs with few readers because I want to respond to the authors question.

    There are many people though who only comment for self promotion. Nothing wrong with that per say, as long as the comment is decent. It’s the spammers I hate. Grrrrrr!
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: How much to you need to alter a theme to make it your own? =-.

    • You’re right. There isn’t anything wrong with seeking self-promotion. Motives don’t necessarily negate the worthiness of commenting. However, having said that, they do often dictate the effectiveness. I’ve mentioned in this conversation a couple of times about the fact that those who work to discuss with others and are fueled by a sense of passion toward the topic at hand often do far more for their self promotion than those who are actively working for self promotion. In other words, when you’re in it for the love of the conversation you do more for your own branding than when you are in it for the branding. It probably seems backwards, but I really think that it’s true.

  • I comment to make my presence in the Blogosphere larger, and also to make my opinions known. If I don’t have anything good to say, I won’t comment.

    Also, a quick PSA:

    First and foremost: Don’t forget to ALWAYS tip 20% to a waiter. As a Food Blogger and Foodie, and as someone who eats out a lot it annoys me when people don’t tip their waiter. You don’t tip for good service. You tip because another person is taking the crap every day to you food when you could have just cooked yourself dinner.

    • Sorry I disagree. I always tip 15-20%. However, if my food is disgusting or the service is bad they get nothing. I disagree that bad service should still be rewarded. Defeats the whole purpose of a tip.

      Everyone needs to take crap in their jobs. Should you tip your bus driver because he is driving the road you should be driving yourself, should you tip everyone in your local grocery store because they have grown the vegetables you should have grown, or the butcher because they sell you the meat of an animal you didn’t kill. Where does it stop.

      Again, I agree with tipping when it is deserved. Though I disagree that you should just tip as standard. The majority of people bust their asses in their jobs and don’t get tipped so I don’t see why people in the service industry should get tipped regardless of how they do their job.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: How much to you need to alter a theme to make it your own? =-.

    • D'MarieF says:

      When I tip, it’s always 20% or more because I waited tables in my late teens for a while and know how hard it can be. One time my husband and I were out celebrating an anniversary. Our waiter was went out of his way to make our time there magnificent. We actually tipped him 50% which came out to around $50.

      I never tip for bad service. Bad food – it depends. If our waiter has served us well, tried to make it right when the kitchen messed up and, in general, did their job to the best of their ability – I tip anyway. If they go into hiding after I’ve pointed out a problem with the food, whether or not they get a tip defaults to me making a judgement call based on their age, experience and personality. Youth, inexperience and shyness are typically enough for me to leave a tip anyway. (I know – it doesn’t teach any lessons. The “mom” in me struggles with this one every time.)
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: Can Buying Your First Home Provide Financial Freedom? =-.

    • I’ll be honest, I tip for the service and not because I’m obligated to do it. I’ve had a $20 meal and left $10 as a tip for someone who had a cheery smile and made a pleasant experience for my wife and I. I’ve had others who were rude or snotty who I gave a very small tip to. Tips are mandatory. They are something that society tries to force us to give people because of a guilt philosophy that is drilled into our head.

      I tip every food service worker, but when people do something especially nice then I can tell you right now that they are going to get something especially nice back from me.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

  • Mike Stenger says:

    Awesome post Nick! Honestly, if I said I didn’t comment on blogs for the self-promotion aspect, I’d be lying. Although, that’s not my main intention.

    Too many people are only focused on that and that’s why they’re so easy to spot out. “Great post, this information really helped me.”

    Are you f*cking kidding me!?

    Yet, they continue to do it. For me, it’s about contributing more value to the conversation and sharing my input. Also, it’s about giving recognition to the writer and encouragement to keep writing good stuff 🙂
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Turning Google Buzz Into A Collaboration Tool =-.

    • I think that many people do it for self-promotion, Mike. But the big issue is not just the motivation but what that motivation might drive you to do. If it drives you to leave cheap, spammy comments then it’s not going to help your self-promotion anyway and you are wasting your time.

      Contributing your opinions and your ideas is exactly what it’s about for me also. I think that as long as we approach comments sections as if they are actually conversations that are taking place between real people then we will be much better off.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

  • I believe that comments are like getting tips at a restaraunt. While getting a commment doesn’t make my day, it does make me feel gratful that a reader has taken the time to leave a little message.

    Also, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, comments are important for communication so even if we don’t say “I’m going to hold a comment contest!” we must always, always give our readers a reason to comment.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Hands-On : First Play (The New Interactive Service for PS3) =-.

    • As a blogger you are right that they do feel as a great as a tip at a restaurant. As a casual reader, however, I’m not going to comment on every blog that I come by just to say thanks. There are literally millions of blogs that I could leave comments on. I’m going to comment on those where the author inspires me with a passion for the conversation that is taking place.

      You’re right that we should give them a reason to comment. The reason should be that our writing so moves them that they feel compelled to leave a comment.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

  • MariamCisse says:

    What I find sad about some commenters is that they don’t use their name.

    I mean, if you really want to connect with others and try to get to know them a bit better, why the hell are you pushing your blogs’ name?!

    Such people make me really think about who they try to kid. Don’t they know that their name is linking back to their blog? Sorry, but I felt like having to ask this question here.

    What do you think about this?
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: This Blog Is Not Ready Yet, But I Can Drop You Line =-.

    • I actually seldom allow comments to be published here unless they actually put their name in the name field in the comment form. That field doesn’t ask them for their blog’s name and for that matter I don’t want their blog commenting here. I don’t want websites, blogs, or bots commenting on my site. I don’t care what they have to say. I want real people commenting here. I want to have a conversation with real people.

      For that matter it transforms the level of personalization of the conversation. Think about. What is more effective, and anonymous comment on a blog or a face-to-face conversation with a friend? Probably the face-to-face conversation with a friend.

      So with comments I use a real name. I have an avatar with my picture on it…not a logo. I write personal and thought out comments. I try to transform my comments into the closest thing I can to a face-to-face conversation. That’s always my goal.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

  • I completely agree! I have also run into problems when trying to comment on a blog. People don’t have a section obvious for me to find or it requires some kind of log in that I don’t want a part of! I tried to comment on site today and it called me a BOT!! Just some things for bloggers to consider. Thank You!

    • Ha ha. Maybe they saw those big goofy classes that you are wearing in your gravatar picture and it fooled them. I’m just teasing. They’re actually pretty cute. Where did you get them?

      Seriously though, often times people want to be able to comment quickly and conveniently if you require a login or even a captcha or any other thing that might even remotely hinder a user from leaving a comment then you can expect less comments then the folks who aren’t using them.

      Keep commenting simple. Make it as easy as simply letting people know who you are and then saying what you have to say.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

  • Trece says:

    Wow, Nick, you certainly got a conversation going today!!

    I comment for many reasons, just as I subscribe to many blogs. First and foremost I need to have a point of contact with the author. Usually they have said something that I was thinking/feeling.

    Many times there is a nugget for me, either a methodology, or a different vantage point that I might never have considered before.

    Sometimes, I comment so that the blogger will know that they have been heard. For example, Cherry Truffle. I can find a point of connection, which provokes a comment, but principally, I want the author to know she’s not writing into a void.
    Who knows? A blogger I encourage might go on to change the world – you never know.

    That said, I never comment for the sake of a contest. In fact, I’d rather email to comment than get sucked up in the vortex.

    One of the first things I read about blogging said to leave comments. I try not to leave any if I’m not moved. But since I blog to belong, and that tends to make me a nosy parker, I mostly read blogs that help me get more of a grip on what I’m on-line for: to blog, which may get me money, which will get me freedom.

    Have a great day y’all!

    PS And I always use my own name.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Why I want to marry Bobby the lawnmowing boy =-.

    • Trece » First and foremost, I feel obligated to let everyone know that the girl that writes that Cherry Truffle blog is a total hottie. I don’t say that about many girls, but she really is. She’s amazing in every aspect.

      And that attitude, “Who knows? A blogger I encourage might go on to change the world – you never know.” is the right attitude to have. I absolutely believe that we should be supporting every person we can. We should believe in people and be encouraging everyone we can to be all that they can possibly be.

      P.S. My wife is the author over there so I can call her a hottie and get away with it. 😉

  • Bruce says:

    One word “community” I believe in it.

  • Elena says:

    You gave some exceptional reasons of what makes a great or memorable comment. There’s another type of comment that #1 touches upon but doesn’t describe it enough for me. That one is appreciation.

    Maybe someone read your blog and they were having the worst day possible and your topic gave them something to think about. Maybe your article put a huge smile on their face after they read it.

    Sometimes, all you want to do is say thank you. Some blogs are like a port in the storm and it’s just great to know that they’re there.

    Many people can be very shy when it comes to commenting and for them, writing “Great Post” is huge because commenting on blogs, doesn’t come easily to them.

    So my point is that even if there are comments may seem sub par, remember that every person who writes did so because your blog post was strong enough to make them take the time to say something.

    As for self-promotion, it’s been uncomfortable for me as a blogger, but as I’ve learned, you need to get the word out. As long as you stay true to yourself and don’t overdo it, then you’ve found the balance that ever relevant blogger needs.
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    • I actually agree with you. I think that the concept between self-promotion and conversation is all about balance. Learn how to be conversational and it won’t be difficult to promote yourself.

      You’re also right about appreciation. If something that was written was especially helpful or entertaining then leaving a comment is the perfect way to bring that to the table and let that author see that.

      As far as people’s ability to comment in different ways goes, you are right that for some it is a big deal just to leave the “Great post” type of a comment. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t stop growing in the way that we interact.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

  • I leave comments first of all with the intention of inspiring a person to keep writing and then the other reasons will come based on the topic and article quality.

    That is why the most successful bloggers are the ones who seriously and genuinely engage their blog’s community and truly connect.

    I will continuously comment here at Site Sketch because I really like your style of writing and I can’t help but get involved.

    Keep up the great work Nick!
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: 5 Tips to Super-Charge Your Blog Like a Successful Restaurant =-.

    • I appreciate that Robyn. I hope that you’ll always feel that inspiration and that excitement that fuels your comments here. I also hope that you’ll consider guest posting here again in the future. 😉 I really enjoyed that last one.

      I also hope that as you think about how you enjoy commenting here that you will take to heart what it is that makes it so comfortable for you here and that you will take that back to your own site and make it a reality for your readers. Make them feel that same excitement, Robyn.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

      • Sanford says:

        I agree with Robyn totally.

        Nick, you are involved in your community. You interact with your commenters more than any blogger I know of. It makes your community come alive.
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        • Sanford » Sanford, I really do appreciate that and as you can tell, I try really hard to reach out to as many people as I possibly can. I’ve actually been criticized for not answering comments properly when the Army calls me away for field training or something like that. There are sometimes when I just can’t be on here and I hate it when that happens but sometimes it’s just a part of my life in the military. And I understand that people might not like that, but sometimes we also have to balance the idea that some authors might have to also choose between commenting and spending time with their families.

          • Sanford says:

            Yeah, I can understand that.
            In the “real world” I used to get more grief from clients for the times I took time off or changed positions in the company than any of the mistakes I ever made.
            We get used to a certain quality of care and service and hate it when its not there.
            .-= My Latest Blog Post: Sanford49: Seth’s Blog: The Levy flight http://goo.gl/mvvl Hmm – Interesting 🙂 =-.

            • Sanford » Exactly. We need to get back to treating people like real people. I mean I have a wife and a daughter and the bottom line is that if they need my attention they are going to get it before the blog is. Now, as you can tell, I still try to get involved on here as much as possible. I hope that’s obvious. But if you’re best friend blew you off to take care of his family, would you be upset at him? Probably not. And yet so many people are like that to many bloggers. I’ve heard Darren Rowse and Chris Brogan take a lot of grief for this exact thing even though they get hundreds of comments a day and have thousands of people trying to reach out to them. We need to be patient and respectful.

  • I comment for a couple of reasons. The main one is to encourage the blogger. If I like the content that a blogger consistently gives, I leave them comments that I feel adds value along with my 2 cents worth.

    I also hear bloggers complain that they don’t want people to leave comments if the comment doesn’t add value. But what’s of value to me might not be to them. It’s like saying who’s normal? How does one determine the true value and weight of a comment?

    What I find interesting about the whole subject is the fact that I will leave comments, which I believe are good ones, and then the blogger will reply back to other comments on the post and skip over mine. Frustrating! Do bloggers not want followers? What kind of selection process is this? Or do they only want followers that they feel will help them further their own success and nothing more?

    • LOL. I love your comment. To me value isn’t about meeting some strange standard of monetary worth. I paid good money to fly home over Christmas break and spend time with my family. We laughed until 3AM a few nights and had a great time. It was one of the most enjoyable times for me for the entire year of 2009. It was a blast. My wife and I had a lot of fun. I even called the local bank manager and reamed him out for flying a tattered flag (I’m a soldier, you know).

      That time that I shared with my family was worth enough to me to spend hundreds on plain tickets and I would do it again in a heart beat. I wouldn’t hesitate to pour money into another trip like that. That trip had value to me. Those relationships with my parents, my siblings and with my nieces and nephews are important to me.

      So in commenting the same is true. If you provide a comment that adds nothing to the topic at hand but it actually builds a genuine connection between you and the author or between you and other readers then you’ve added value to the post.

      Our modern online society is being transformed in such a way as to recognize the value in these types of connections. That why twitter, facebook, myspace, etc. are so incredibly popular. People want to connect. Do that and you are adding value.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: An Untraditional Look at Blog Commenting =-.

  • Ron Leyba says:

    Honestly, I comment because of so many reasons. But quota is not included on those reasons of mine.

    When you have quota for commenting set in mind, it decreases the comment value you will add to a certain blog or post.

    Just my 2 cents.
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    • Ron Leyba » Yes it does. It absolutely reduces the value of the comments. I don’t want you or anyone else to comment on the site here because its part of the obligatory part of your daily routine. I want you to comment because you feel like you’re welcome here and because you feel like you’re a part of the conversation.

  • I comment because I often have feedback for the author. Sometimes it’s praise and sometimes it’s constructive criticism.

    I find it hard to “be the first to post” Id rather my comment be for the author, not his guests.

    Great article Nicholas 🙂
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: What I Learned From The 7-Day Challenge =-.

    • Jay Willingham – CampusByte » There’s nothing wrong with constructive criticism. I think that too often people are afraid to share differing opinions in the comments sections but the truth is those often help to bring out the greatest truths. Of course, some authors get upset and stifle that spirit of openness and that certainly makes it no fun at all.

      I also agree with you about the concept of being the first person to post. We shouldn’t be racing to get some personal gain out of it. We should be doing it to carry one real conversations with the author and with other readers. We’re not supposed to be showboating. We’re supposed to be acting like a real person.

  • Aditya Kane says:

    I agree that a feeling of self validation of the writing because of the comments is not a good idea because often a genuine comment can be worth 100 odd comes telling you nice post or good info. I feel also the writer can feel swollen headed and not check his facts or stay honest with the writing simply because many people are commenting.
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    • Aditya Kane » That’s exactly right. And a whole bunch of comments can make an author feel like they are successful to the point where they will stop improving. I don’t want to validate mediocrity. I want to challenge people to go onward and upward to excellence.

  • For credibility and authority I think.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: This is blog is now Do Follow =-.

  • Ned Carey says:

    I comment because I enjoy commenting. I used to comment on forums long before I found blogs of interest and long before I had a website to promote.

    Today I often choose which blogs I comment on based on whether they are do follow or not. Over 100,000 blogs are created PER DAY! With so many to read and comment on I prioritize by choosing those that 1) the owner wants to reward me with a do follow link and 2) That I get the benefit from the link.

    You wrote:
    >Too often we consider comments as a type of validation for our writing.

    I often wonder why so many bloggers heavily promote commenting on their blogs. I understand wanting validation but does lots of poor quality comments really give you that? Do comments you ask for or have a contest for give you validation? It sure wouldn’t for me. It’s like cheating mentioned in the comment above.

    I note all of the comments below seem to be high quality. I also not the avatars seem to be high quality. Coincidence?

    PS great post. 😉
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Marketing tip from Walt Disney =-.

    • Ned Carey says:

      That’s odd, I mentioned avatars but my avatar isn’t showing up.
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: Marketing tip from Walt Disney =-.

    • Ned Carey » Some people really feel like those cheap “Great Post” type comments do validate them. A lot of people think that. However, don’t you think there could be a better reason to talk to people than to simply see what you can get out of it in the form of a dofollow link? Would you rather comment on a low quality article with a worthless article who offers dofollow links or with a high quality site with an author who has the potential of changing the way that you think who cares about conversation…not links?

      • Ned Carey says:

        Typo in my e-mail address before so my avatar should show up this time. That also explains why I didn’t get e-mails of your replies.

        I must not have made my self clear. I agree with your points. There are lots of do follow blogs which are low quality that I don’t bother commenting on. I also will comment on a no follow blog if it is quality and there is a valid point I want to make.

        However There are many more QUALITY blogs than I could ever get to. So I am more likely to go back to a blog that is do follow. It is a way of filtering. I can’t read them all.
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  • mk akan says:

    i make comments on blogs for many reasons..mostly to build relationship. but i would be lying if i say i don’t do it to get backlinks too.
    backlinks are just the secondary benefits…
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: How Too Many Backlinks can Increase Your Bounce Rate =-.

    • mk akan » They are secondary benefits but they really aren’t necessary. Matt Cutts, a Google executive, has made it incredibly clear that comment links weigh almost nothing in comparison to the links found within the content. Focus on building relationships and offering dazzling content and you’ll be able to attract some links within the articles of blogs.

  • While I do not believe in political correctness on any level, I do believe we should be very careful in how we phrase things and what we decide to quote.

    You came damn close to losing a good subscriber yesterday based on certain sections of this article.

    I’ll be back again to leave the reason why if you wish; I’d rather not write out of anger.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: DEDC Remains DoFollow – BUT… =-.

    • MariamCisse says:

      Uuh, sounds like a threat… Why don’t you just say what you don’t like about the quotes or whatever instead of threating to come back or that Nick almost lost a “good” subscriber?

      A “good subscriber” would say what makes him angry…
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: This Blog Is Not Ready Yet, But I Can Drop You Line =-.

    • MariamCisse says:

      Hey Dennis, I didn’t want to blame you. Really.If you two know each other that well, than keep on moving.
      I’m sorry. I’m really sorry!
      .-= My Latest Blog Post: This Blog Is Not Ready Yet, But I Can Drop You Line =-.

    • Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing » I angered you? I’d love to hear why. Don’t hold back. I’m not intending to upset people. My intentions are only to get people to start thinking in new ways about the way that we interact online. I’m very curious to hear your feedback.

      • Nicholas – Really sorry man, as I said above I never should have written that…I didn’t want to write in anger, and I did anyway.

        Now then (heh!) While i do agree with the 5 points and 3 points, I strongly believe you DEEPLY insulted me and MANY other bloggers that believe in do follow, commentluv, keyword, and whatever else.

        Guess what? Surprise! I STARTED reading/commenting here BECAUSE I saw the Commentluv links.

        I thought to myself, cool man, another good guy that believes in giving something back to his community for their time in reading/commenting…I’ll stick around some and see what he’s got.

        But hey, ya know, if my comments “barely count” and “aren’t the kind of comments that are worth having” then please let me know.

        As someone else commented, 100,000 or more created daily, and our time is limited. (our = DF, CL, KWL believers)

        This may read as anger, but it isn’t. It’s the plain truth of how I feel and quoting you directly.
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        • Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing » I don’t take it as anger at all. I understand that feeling but as a prominent member of the Dofollow and CommentLuv community, I don’t feel like I’m entirely out of place by putting on display and recognizing some of the points that the nofollow crowd brings against us. I’m sure that you’ve noticed (since you mentioned it) that I use CommentLuv and that I use Dofollow for anyone who leaves 5 comments on the site. I believe in that stuff. But having said that, that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to challenge those in our camps to not base our commenting and relationships solely on those factors. I would rather comment and interact with an author who I believe has the potential to change the way that I think rather than to comment and interact with someone who is subpar but uses these plugins. My ultimate point is that we should be building our conversations on things that incite our passions and not just on those sites that inspire our greed for self-promotion.

          I find it that those who feel compelled to comment at least 5 times per day on dofollow sites are often missing the really big picture. It’s better to carry on a real conversation (which you do terrifically) than to simply slap comments across the blogosphere in an attempt to build backlinks. And I know a lot of people who are both doing that and teaching that to their readers. There are better reasons to comment then just for what we can get out of it.

          One man who has changed the way that I think is Seth Godin and he doesn’t even allow comments. Does that make him a bad person? Absolutely not. That is his preference.

          I’m not saying that you’re wrong for chasing backlinks. I want backlinks also. I’m not saying you’re wrong for using dofollow. I use dofollow also. I’m not saying you’re wrong for using CommentLuv. I use it also.

          But I am saying that we should recognize, understand and respect the reasons that others may be opposed to these things. We shouldn’t go into with a naive attitude that teaches that those who use these plugins are “more giving” or “more community focused” than those who don’t use them. That is untrue. People who use them are in the right and people who don’t use them are in the right. It is preference. There is a lot of evidence on both sides of this movement and every time we simply dismiss or ignore the other side it makes us look naive and it destroys our credibility to speak on the issue. We appear as biased and opinionated and as though we are ignoring the facts.

          When we can clearly recognize the merits of both sides and then we make a decision to be dofollow (which is what I’ve done) then I believe we can stand with authority and show to the world that I am dofollow because I’ve carefully weighed the debate on both sides and have decided to use this because it was works best for me. I respect and understand the other positions. I don’t reject or dismiss them. But this is the way that I’ve decided to go. And in these articles about this issue, I’m trying to challenge other dofollowers to do the same thing. Let’s be dofollow but let’s not demonize or reject those who aren’t. We can all work together and continue to learn from each other.

          • “I would rather comment and interact with an author who I believe has the potential to change the way that I think rather than to comment and interact with someone who is subpar but uses these plugins. My ultimate point is that we should be building our conversations on things that incite our passions and not just on those sites that inspire our greed for self-promotion.”

            OK this is exactly where we collide. And we collide because you don’t seem to be getting our “ultimate point”.

            “our” = me, Gail and a few others I’ve seen collide.

            You are absolutely 100% right, no question about it…in an ideal world that is.

            OUR point, referenced many times, and even eluded to by me above is exactly this – there’s how many blogs created daily? How much time does an individual have to read and comment on X many blogs?

            FACT – If you’re in the IM/AM/Blogging niche, you’re content is not THAT unique. There is a damn good chance I will find what you write about on I dunno how many other blogs…in a different voice and style perhaps, but still.

            Are we agreed on that?

            So…we prefer to patronize those that see the importance in relationships and helping one another by offering a wee little back in return…the plugins.

            How does that not make sense?

            It has NOTHING to do with chasing links, especially for me (so you can go ahead and delete that part of your comment)

            Saying blogs with the plugins are subpar info is the same insult as above in different words. lol

            We ARE engaging in real conversations, real relationships; we see the broader picture…the broader picture for me is, there’s 472 million bloggers I want to get to know…time is short, you better have an edge.

            Btw, I utterly refuse to read Seth’s blog due to closed comments…don’t EVEN get me started on closed comments. 😉
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            • I think this mindset is what holds so many people back from stepping up into larger playing fields. In the broad scheme of things dofollow and nofollow is nothing. Content is great and we echo that phrase but yet you have it trapped in your mind that there is no way to truly and dynamically set your content and your style apart from the thousands of others bloggers on the internet.

              I think that is the base flaw in your logic. I believe that we should be focusing on rallying around content and these “little things” aren’t really giving each other anything. Your dofollow links won’t attract as many people in the long run as content that really fuels people’s success in your niche.

              I think my site shows that we can start and create powerful communities around topics that are already crowded.
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        • Dennis Edell | Direct Sales Marketing » Also, please don’t be upset over the issue and please don’t take it as a slap in the face or at least if you do then try to recognize that I’m slapping you in the face for something that I do also…using dofollow links and commentLuv. I’m trying to challenge you and the rest of the readers here to see the broader picture of blogging. I’m trying to challenge myself to develop deeper relationships with people and to carry on real conversations. I’m not intending to slap anyone in the face. I’m trying to challenge both myself and my readers to step into these issues with a greater knowledge of the facts and opinions that surround it.

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  • D'MarieF says:

    Whew! Yesterday’s fast-paced, diverse conversation in response to this post was fun! (A first for me.) Good subject choice and great job responding to so many posts, Nicholas.

    IMHO, you’re doing an outstanding job creating and maintaining this thriving community, and keeping us all engaged and coming back. Kudos!

    I’ll find of something in your next post to complain about. A little spice is good … ya know? 🙂
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  • Ed says:

    I typically will leave comments to encourage the author to keep writing good content…to inspire…to keep one of my favorite sites (this one) up and running…
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  • Olusegun says:

    Hey man, Valid points but if you have to make a quota, at least let the comment be sensible.

    I think quota commenting is good to develop a habit of commenting daily though as long as you add value
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  • Tony M says:

    I leave comments when I have taken the time to read and receive some valuable information.

    If an author has written something good, I want to make sure they know it. Or I might leave a comment to encourage a follow up post.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: How To Put Images on Blog Comments =-.

  • Eric says:

    Ultimately comments are there to help the blog and show a community of people showing support and coming together to add value.

    That’s what anything even as little commenting on a blog comes down to: Value. If you can’t add any, don’t add any.

    Awesome topic here Nick!
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: My Best Blogging Tip =-.

    • Eric » Comments really are valuable especially when we become fluid with them in way that shapes them into conversations the way that we would experience in person. These conversations are brilliant and vital to really developing and exploring new concepts and ideas and fueling the excitement that can exist within a blogging community.

  • Tushar says:

    a very nice theme for the blog, i must say….and an all new approach to commenting
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  • Ellen says:

    The reasons you gave to comment are very good , and the reason NOT to are equally as good. I would like to add that many times you have readers who may be reading and who may never comment.
    I do not have a blog, but do read alot of them (this one now too darn you!) Out of maybe the 20-30 articles this is my second comment.
    If you do blog and not many comment or there are no comments.. dont feel discouraged .There are people out there reading! We know if you are doing it because of your love for what you do or if youre fishing for compliments.
    Also, if you blog, some might not comment with a differing opinion in the hopes of not offending you. This is especially true of those of us who read Mommy Blogs and those type of blogs.
    We are reading- so write well 🙂

  • do you think it is a good idea to write a suggestion or critic in the comments?
    you know, a suggestion or good heart critic may annoy the blogger who may not approve your comment so that you just did no use comments.

  • Boni says:

    Why I leave comments on your blog?
    Most of my reason comments here is because you inspire me something.

    Many times I cannot give comments here, that’s because i don’t get a good points to share or to tell you.

    But sometimes the way you respond my comments makes me comfortable to talk here.

    Maybe respond other people comments is a good way to get comments in your blog. I’ll apply it also on my blog 🙂
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  • scheng1 says:

    The other day I left a comment on the article of my friend to tease her about it.
    Her article was about “saving cost”, so I suggested that she crawled over the fence into the zoo to save cost.
    I guess my comment doesn’t fall into the good or bad category, just harmless idiotic nonsense.
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  • Spyros says:

    I honestly didn’t even know about the dofollow attribute before i reached your blog Nick. But even if did, i would still not rely on that for sure. Backlinks are useful mainly when the anchor text is good and a link text like “Spyros” does not really mean anything 🙂

    I mostly like to comment when i have something to say about what i’m reading. If there’s not really any value out of my comment, then no comment is needed.

    Hope that everybody followed that pattern. This way we would be having more interesting conversations and get real value out of them.
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  • You surely hit it right. Most blogger post a comment just to promote their site.

    But in my case, I usually leave comments sharing my thoughts about the topic being covered. I also asked some questions and quick reactions about the issue.

    Thanks for sharing this great advice of yours.
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  • Claudia M @cdmtx65 says:

    i do try to comment – even just to let them know i Did read the Blog/Article. Now i dont reply in the lengh of Book on something i have no idea about what is going on 🙂 and if you ask of what people think about your Article – expect different opinions – good & bad ! If you dont like to hear critic – dont ask 😉

  • Kim P. says:

    I comment to show that I am listening and that their post interest me usually. I’ve also been commenting primarily to enter contest also, but is it fair to do it that way?

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