Us bloggers work our butts off on our blogs. We all know that. One of the big things that helps me keep going is comments. I read each and every one of the blog comments I get and I adore them all. I kid you not when I say that every time a comment shows up, I smile. Taking a little time to comment on a post shows me that people read what I write.
I know my blog is just a place for me to get my thoughts out but I really do like knowing that people read what I have to say. Sure, I can go to my Google Analytics page and see how many people have actually looked at my post but it's just not the same as a comment. I don't need a paragraph left in the comments, something short and sweet is just fine to me. I just like to have some interaction on my blog.
However, I know there are lots of reasons why people don't comment. It takes up quite a bit of time, sometimes I feel like I have nothing to say, and I hate CAPTCHA. Yes, I know that last one isn't a very good reason but it honestly makes me not want to leave a comment. I'm kind of blind as it is so asking me to try and read those blurry little pictures is not a good idea. If I can't figure it out on the first try, I just leave the blog without commenting. Truly if you want more people to comment on your blog, take CAPTCHA off. There are other ways to avoid spammers.
I do want to point out though that commenting on other blogs really does increase your blog traffic and comments. Since the start of 2013 I've been trying to comment on more blogs, meaning not just the blogs I follow and comment on regularly. I've spent time looking for new blogs and I try and take the time to comment on at least one of their posts, usually one that doesn't have a ton of comments, like a review. Reviews take the most thought and work and they are usually the posts that get the least amount of comments, at least for me. Just in these past couple of weeks though, with me leaving comments on tons of blogs, my blog has gained a ton of new followers and a lot more comments than usual. I recommend trying it out yourself and seeing if it works for you!
So I know I've mentioned things that make me not want to comment but there are lots of things that make me want to comment as well. I comment to show my appreciation that the blogger has taken the time to write a review or a discussion or even a meme. I comment to share my thoughts whether they be the same as the bloggers or at the complete other end of the spectrum. I comment to show other bloggers that yes, people do care what you have to say. I comment because I know it's what I want on my blog so why not share the love?
What about you guys? What makes you want to comment or not comment? Also, seriously, try commenting on some new blogs over the next couple weeks and see what happens.
Also, I just want to add that leaving "new follower. check out my blog." in the comments doesn't actually equal a comment. It just equals annoying spam.