The one thing that I really love about blogging is that unlike visiting a static website it allows you to interact with your readers, and as a commentator it allows you to interact with the blogger and his visitors. One of the reasons I am so passionate about this is because in the real world, unless around family and friends, I tend to keep to myself.
As a blogger I write basically so that I can express myself but also to entertain and sometimes to instruct anyone who happens to land on one of my posts. But all that comes to nothing unless those posts elicit a response such as comment. I thrive on my comments, almost as much as being able to comment on those blogs that I visit. Yet even though I love to comment there are certain things that bloggers do that irk me so much I just leave in disgust.
Ten Reasons Why I Don’t Comment On Your Blog
- Closed Comments: I just finished reading a blog, one that I enjoyed reading so much I couldn’t wait to finish so that I could leave a comment. Imagine my disappointment when I found out they had disabled comments on their blog! Who would do that? I know there are some who say I could still have tweeted it but I could have but I didn’t because I didn’t want someone to go through the same thing I did.
- Comment Moderation: I really dislike it when my comment go into moderation, especially when the blogger doesn’t have a plugin installed that notifies me that someone has replied. This means I never know if my comment was accepted and I certainly don’t have the time to continually pop in to see if it ever goes live. What with all the plugins available to combat spam I don’t believe comment moderations is necessary.
- Third Party Comment Systems: I’ve touched on this several times, the last one being the time I wrote about What Was The Best WordPress Commenting System, and every post showed not only that the default system is the best system but that using a third party system will cost you comments. More than that I know of some bloggers who will scroll to the bottom of the post before reading just to make sure they’re not using disqus or some other third party system. Something that I plan to do in future.
- PoUps: I hate it when I’m reading a post and this annoying thing pops up trying to get my attention. I never know what they are because I either close it immediately or I’ve moved off the blog.
- Being Ignored: The blogger has done all the right things, they’ve written a good post, use the default comment system and have installed a subscribe to comment plugin but they stop there and ignore their commentators by not replying to them. Its like going to visit someone who instead of listening to you and contributing to the conversation is too busy watching their favourite soap.
- Are Just Plain Rude: Just because someone has graced your blog with a comment is no reason for you to be rude to them just because you disagree with something they have said. Not only does it belittle them it affects the way others perceive you. If I happen to read a good post and then see you acting bad towards others who have commented on your blog I’m sure as hell not going to get involved and more likely than not I will never come back.
- You Want Me To Subscribe: You’re kidding right? What makes your blog so special that I would go out of my way to subscribe to it? Heck, if I had to subscribe to every blog I comment on I would stop commenting altogether.
- You Have A Blogger Blog: I’m sorry, you may be the best blogger out but unless I know you personally I rarely comment on Blogger blogs and my post on Why I Don’t Comment On Blogger Blogs explains why.
- Poor Content Or Your Grammar Sucks: If you don’t take the time to proofread your post and fix all the grammatical errors, using paragraphs, sentences and capitals when necessary, why should I take the time to comment?
- What Prevents You From Commenting: They say you should always finish a post by asking a question to solicit information from your readers and so I leave it up to you guys to add to the conversation.
Actually I think that what this post really requires is a poll.
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