Blogging Insights #46 – The Value Of Comments


I am joining in with Dr Tanya’s Blogging Insights questions again this week.

TODAY’S QUESTION

Do you think that comments add value to a blog post? If so, how?

Dr Tanya answered her own question in her post which I have linked to above. I pretty much agree with all that she said because I have found much the same thing myself.

This Underwood Typewriter is from around 1911

When I was a new blogger I was always excited to get a like or a comment because it meant that someone had read my post. When you are just starting out and maybe getting only a handful of views of your posts each week comments and likes are very reassuring. Those people who read my early posts gave me the confidence to keep going. They can take the credit (or blame ) for that. 🙂

When I read a blog I usually stop to read the comments too, at least some of them. I’ll be honest and say that sometimes I skim but I like to see what others think about the subject matter and by following the links on challenge posts for example, I’ve found other like minded bloggers. The comment section can be like a conversation between friends. In fact it is by writing and replying to comments that I’ve got to know and become friends with several other bloggers.

One of the two blogs I’m involved in is specifically about doll collecting and I encourage comments there particularly because one of the aims of the blog is to share information. I have probably learned far more from our readers than they have learned from me. I write a post and someone has an interesting story relating to the subject or supplies some information that I didn’t have or corrects me if I misidentify a doll. I think we inspire each other and as many collectors don’t have friends or family that share their love of dolls it is also a place to share the pleasure they bring to us without being judged.

My new computer.

I think there is also a place for the “likes” and “good post” type of comments. Many bloggers including myself use them as a sort of greeting if you like, just checking in with a friend or maybe offering a bit of encouragement to another blogger even if you haven’t got a strong opinion on what was posted.

Writing comments often inspires me to write a post of my own on the subject. I do sometimes write longish comments but if I find myself really going to town on a subject I will sometimes turn it into a post. I am sure many others do the same thing.

So, yes I do think that comments generally add value to a blog post. I think there have to be a few rules if you plan on writing about subjects that can be controversial. You have to be prepared to close comments or delete them if people are rude or disrespectful but mostly I think that they are a positive thing.

Taswegian1957

I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. My current housemates are Cindy, my 14-year-old Staffy-Lab X dog and Polly the world's most unsociable cat who is seven.

10 comments

  1. The comments are the reason for blogging – for me, anyway. I want to know how other people are feeling and thinking. I think “like” is a greeting. A comment should say something besides “Nice.” So I chime in when I feel I have something to say that no one else has said. It also opens up NEw areas of conversation, sometimes on completely different areas.

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