We all love comments and we all want as many comments per post as possible. Why? Simply put, for some of us comments give us feedback, it offers us a way to interact with our readers, it is also a sign of approval. Approval? Yes, often we think that persons like the post by the number of comments that post is able to generate. Often this is not a bad thing because we are able to see what our readers like. This in turn informs our blogging.
However, we tend to grade our blogs by the number of comments that we are able to generate. Often we think that our blogs are not worthwhile because we are not bun-barded with comments. This idea I disagree with. Have you ever read a great post, one that you totally love, one that makes you crack up and then you just don't comment. This can be for many reasons: you have nothing to add, you are too busy to comment, the commenting process is too tedious and the list comes on.
So my suggestions are:
- Add reaction buttons to the end of your posts. Therefore, people can click on a reaction if they cannot comment.
- Make the process easier. Take off the code off your comment box (this goes for me too). If you choose to do this you can click on the approval button. Therefore all comments will be approved by you before publishing. This way you can spam anything that is offensive.
- You can covert to the new Blogger dashboard if you have not. In this new format you are able to see how many views each posts receives. What i am saying is that often your stats will be an indicator of whether your readers like your posts, not comments.
- Ensure that your comment is set to anyone. Therefore, anyone can comment on your blog, not just member of your blog.
Finally a note on comment etiquette. If you go to a blog and you don't agree with the bloggers view. Do not blast the blogger; like my mom always say if you have nothing good to say, say nothing at all. Remember words take on a life of there own. Be positive in your commenting.