The nice thing about blogging is how it brings like minded people closer – you won’t be reading my blog if you didn’t share my love for beauty and beautiful things right? :) And sometimes, when something a blogger posts resonates with me I feel the need to make my mark and add my 2 cents – enter the comments!
As a blogger and a blog reader, I love looking through the comments box. Sometimes, the most interesting things and discussions take place in there among the readers and that is really fun!
As a blogger, you can facilitate this by showing off your comments and ensuring that the link to the comment box is easily found and accessible from the main page, and from the inside of your post. As a reader, I’m sure you too will be more likely to click through a post with high comment count to see what the fuss is about, right? I know I do :D
Now most blog themes will have this link set up already so you might think that this is a redundant tip. I thought so too once, the first time I read it but that was also when I realised that the blog theme I was using then didn’t show the link to comments on the home page properly! I quickly remedied that and now you can learn from my mistake :)
I have also noticed an increase in the use of alternative comment scripts these days, predominantly Disqus and IntenseDebate. Once mostly found on the domains of tech bloggers, they have slowly become mainstream and quite commonly used now.
The thing about using an external commenting script however means that sometimes, the theme may not recognise it or you may forget to code it in, and so people will visit your site, but may not notice that your post has any comments, or even if there is a comment facility, because there is no link from the home page. Sometimes, some scripts hang and if so people may get impatient and leave anyway because they can’t view the comments or the link to comment. You don’t want that! You worked hard on your blog post and you want people to read it right?
Speaking as a blog reader, I like knowing that I can comment on a post if I wanted to, and when I see a post with a high comment count, I am more liable to click through – it must have been interesting to generate that much interest right? Most of the time, it is! If it is a post that teaches me something, I always scan the comments because sometimes, readers leave invaluable tips in there too.
So if you blog, be sure to check if your blog theme displays your comment count and comment link prominently so people know where to click through to read the comments and to leave a comment if they want to join in the discussion. Make the link as large or as small as you like, but make sure its there.
Blogging is a community project, and the comment box is where we all meet and hang out. For the blogger, its a way to get feedback or affirmation or just recognition of a job well done. For a reader, its a way to let the blogger know you’re out there :D In the process, everyone learns something from each other :)
If you blog, does your blog theme have a prominent comment link on your post and on the main page? As a reader, are you more liable to click through a post with comments and do you look out for the comment button or links to read what others have to say? I’ve learnt a lot from readers as well as fellow bloggers who leave comments, and as shown in the previous post about how to dry makeup brushes, it can even lead to a blog post of its own! :)
Simple Blogging Tips are some simple tips I have for fellow bloggers, based on my own experiences. I’m no ‘guru’ but I hope they will help you. You may read up on previousSimple Blogging Tips here.