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.
- Inspiration: Leave a comment on those articles that have inspired you to action or have filled you with a sense of urgency.
- Passion: Leave a comment when the topic of the article is something that you are passionate about.
- 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.
- Addition: Leave a comment when you feel like you can add something unique to the conversation or that you can provide a different perspective.
- 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.
- Quota: Don’t leave comments simply to meet a goal of leaving a certain amount of comments each day.
- 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.
- 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.
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?