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Care To Comment?

A small introduction first …

Something I have noticed since the start of 2020 is that some blogs have disabled Likes and some have also disabled Comments intentionally, as opposed to unwittingly.

Admittedly, l struggle at times to understand why the disabling of Comments is present? Although, l can understand the disabling of the Like function and had thought of performing this myself back in 2018 when mass serial liking of posts was a major problem.

However, two years later and l am 1] not so bothered by mass serial likers and 2] admittedly don’t experience that as often as l did in 2018. Back then, l would see mass LIKING once a day some weeks, now it is an occurrence of rarity and l witness it maybe once every 6 months – so no cause for any bother.

Not everyone wishes to comment on every published post they read and of course we mustn’t forget that at times not all published posts have made allowances for comments – in so far as ‘ you can read, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you have anything of value to add to the discussion or topic.

LIKING without commenting l have learned in my time as a blogger is a much-preferred form of communication by many readers as well as a form of supporting salute of sorts if you wish. Although there are some bloggers who LIKE not just to salute the post, but merely because they can’t be bothered to read the content – harsh – but factual.

Bloggers cannot be expected to read and write comments on every single post they read – it isn’t possible! I read some staggering figures from a blog earlier this month … see below:

How Many Blog Posts Are Published per Day – 2020 Statistics
Each month, 70 million new posts appear on WordPress blogs alone.
They instigate lively discussions – 77 million comments attest to it.
The monthly readership on the platform is 409 million people.
For comparison, Tumblr is the home of about 450 million blogs.
Even though the average blog post contains 1150 words…
…the average time spent on blog posts is only 16 seconds; of course, this number is skewered by bounce rates.
But How Many Blogs Are Published per Day?

According to WordPress statistics, users produce more than 70 million new posts each month. My in-depth research showed that almost 2.75 million posts are published each day on WordPress alone.
All figures accredited to Radoslav Ch

I would advise reading his entire post, it’s absolutely fascinating!

So, it’s hardly surprising that readers/bloggers and writers alike can’t comment on every post and hence why some posts see more LIKES than comments.

If you were to configure that even further – how many blogs, follow you? How many do you follow? How many WP Notification emails do you receive daily? From my perspective and the fact that l do not read 99.8% of the incoming notifications arriving in my inbox as opposed to reading direct from the blogs – l delete on average every 24 hours close onto 4000 notification emails never mind those that instantly hit my spam box which can add a further 2000 daily!

It’s a lot isn’t it? I am always baffled by it personally, because l have everything ticked inside my Dashboard to say don’t send email notifications to me and yet …. phewee, that would be a lot of reading so alternatively we see more LIKES on published posts than we do comments. It’s just easier for many folks to LIKE.

You know me, l am always behind on my reading … l have given up these days trying to read X amount every day – l read as often as l can weekly and on average l guess l am reading from 30 blogs a week and from that l am reading 3 – 5 posts per blog and further on – l tend to LIKE only what l have read and l try to comment on perhaps 50% of everything when l am actively reading.

Of course, some posts are extremely hard to comment on for whatever reason.

The reality is MOST people don’t actually comment on published posts – now l should elaborate further – many posts DO receive comments and Informative/How To posts are almost always commented upon – people love to learn from relatable content – so they almost have to comment by instinct!

Not all, personal blog posts receive comments unless the topic or subject once again can resonate with the reader in some way – emotional, humorous or understanding and so on.

Many a time bloggers and their published posts only tend to motivate or encourage a small portion of their overall active readership. If l was to think on my numbers alone and comments received … l would have to be brutally honest and say l am probably below par on some statistics in relationship to my content.

2476 followers and of those, l have perhaps 15% overall active readership over a four weekly period and of that 15% – 75% LIKE only and 25% LIKE and Comment and if you are not great on figures then l will break it down further for you.

2476 15% 37075% LIKE = 277 Readers
247615%37025% Comment and LIKE = 092 Readers

Obviously, these are rough monthly figures, however from what l have observed over the last 3 years with my figures they are not that inaccurate. It’s a good job, my blog isn’t an income earner!!

I have noticed distinct changes in the last 6 months with the introduction of various features and series and new seasons and so on. The more variety l offer, the more comments l entice. I have always been a frequent poster, but since dropping down to three posts per day l encourage and motivated more engagement and interaction from my readership figures.

It doesn’t always work of course – but it used to be that IF you asked your readership something you were almost always guaranteed response comments – but that is NOT always the case today … people are in fact commenting less on posts irrelevant to the content and whether it be engaging or interactive or open to comment.

The fact is that the Todays of now, more so than other years people are becoming more overwhelmed by the sheer volume of data out there on the Internet! There are now more platforms in which people can socialise and communicate with other people. More blogs are created, and more blog posts are published and more importantly, more longer content posts are produced which eats at another more valuable commodity and resource …. Time!

People simply ‘run out of time’ and they can’t do everything ….. and THAT can take its toll on commenting too!

Now, to the questions …..

What and why do you comment on blog posts and what encourages you to comment on blog posts?

Let me know below in the ‘haha’ Comment section please.

37 thoughts on “Care To Comment?

  1. I comment on posts that move me. I also comment on the posts of bloggers who always spare time to read my posts and comment on them. And I always leave a comment on my friend’s posts. Even a short one would do to show that I visited, read and understood.

        1. That’s an interesting comment all by itself Sadje, and something l may explore further.

          I am guessing you mean … you prioritize all commenting before you work on your own posts?

          I respond to all comments received the moment l get them … but do you also mean that all your reading is done before you do any of your posts?

          1. Yes, that’s what I do. I first read and answer all the comments via my WP app. Then I read the posts from the blogs I follow. Lastly, I write my posts for the next day! Which incidentally is before sleeping for the night.

  2. For me, commenting is very much dependent on whether something pops into my mind to say. I would be less likely to follow a blogger who had likes disabled because it takes away a sense of interaction.

  3. I like likes as well as comments. I often leave only a like to show I’ve read the post but have nothing to add. I assume many do the same. (Yes, I’ve also experienced a huge reduction in the mass-likes.) I like to comment but often there is nothing to say, especially when a post is just about a song or a collection of memes or quotes. I’ve also been avoiding super long posts because I’m not in the mood for them. Sometimes I write one too and I totally understand if readers give it a miss. Same with serial stories. It’s pretty arbitrary what I comment on!

    1. Hey Paula, Happy Thursday and Thanksgiving to you – l hope you haven’t gorged yourself on too much turkey and stuffing 🙂

      The mass liking thankfully is a thing of the past – l am not sure why it stopped as abruptly as it did, but l know that you can probably remember some days it wouldn’t be unusual to witness five bloggers hitting LIKE on up to 30 posts at once! I wonder now if WP altered their spam algorithm in some way to reduce that? Otherwise – it’s almost like it was some kind of weird fashion craze.

      I can completely understand what you are saying, on so many levels strangely enough and more …. but l think that is down to a kind of chronic fatigue for many people. I read an article about it the other day about how many people – readers – especially are suffering with this ‘data overwhelm’ and long content writers [like me guilty as charged] – are not flavour of the year.

      .By the way ……… thanks for commenting in the comment section 🙂

  4. What and why do you comment on blog posts and what encourages you to comment on blog posts? The only time I will comment is (well there’s two scenarios) 1) I’m contributing something to the questions or challenge the blogger has offered and I’m a firm believer in ping-back power. And 2) The post intrigued me and I felt moved to comment about it. Now I’ve heard it said that the ‘like’ option can be disabled, but I suspect that must be for paying customers of WP, not us ‘free-loaders’, because I’d take that off my own blog immediately, were it possible. It sort of annoys me if you wanted to know, even though I’m perhaps ‘guilty’ of liking and not commenting.

    1. Hey Melanie, l don’t know if the disabling of LIKE is only on paid for blogs in truth. I have never disabled so l don’t know.

      But l am curious, why would you disable LIKES to your posts today?

      1. I think I got the wrong end of the stick. The ‘disable likes” is for one’s own posts, right? So people can’t ‘like’ them? I thought it would be to take away the ‘likes’ option from my Reader. It’s always annoyed me. Seems like WP is trying hard to become Facebook. But I’ve adapted and I admit it’s a nifty way to say “Hey! I read your post, but didn’t have a comment to make.” I will allow that it has its good points too.

        1. Yes it does have good points. It is a twin sided devil in many respects – but if you learn to accept it for the good points you can cope with the negatives 🙂

  5. A like is akin to a bookmark. I’ve been there, read it and enjoyed it, but have nothing substantive to say. A comment is for when I think I can add something to the discussion. I don’t like taking up space with blather, and don’t even add words to items I repost when my words won’t enhance the post. Turning off these tools seems a bit arrogant to me.

    1. Hey Vic. Good response and l agree.

      With regards the disabling l also agree. Two years ago, the spam liking was a serious problem for many of us and disabling comments for a short period of time seemed like a way of deterring the phase, but it would come as a cost and potentially lost readers.

      Now that has passed, l too would not completely understand the LIKE function being disabled – as this prevents readers from the silent acknowledgement – yet bloggers disable because they feel this would motivate more comments and the reality l feel is this would actually create the opposite and have seen that in action – it is quite disconcerting.

      Bloggers who disable comments however, are sending another message entirely – they are saying READ ONLY, but l don’t want your comments and then yes, that then makes me think like you – ‘well how arrogant!’

          1. Absolutely Vic, if it is only a few per week you are quite right, Del is a good key to have.

            My blog is an eCommerce blog, l got it not for the shop facility but for the additional storage. Prior to that my Plan was Premium. With that plan l was receiving upwards of 1200 spam comments a day, once l switched to eCommerce it dropped instantly to nothing.

            But pre eCommerce and my Delete key wasn’t enough, l was overrun with botters comments.

            I then took drastic actions like reducing the commenting down to 2 weeks only and what bots love is open posts where they can continue to comment.

            But l am not even sure how you would stop it via email .. and yes l am sure there is software to prevent it, but if the number is manageable then no need.

            Do you have the ability to maybe adapt WP Filter systems to help you?

  6. I started to write a comment and then erased it because- what would be the point. I have nothing of substance to add to the conversation.

  7. I’m a serial commenter😈 I almost always have something to say.😂

    I don’t follow very many blogs, because I want to read the content from those I follow. There are peripheral blogs that I read occasionally, when time allows.

    I comment because, it’s my “social life”. Other than a few fellow bloggers I interact with offline, my Blog Buddies are my only friends. “Real Life” there is only my daughters. I don’t have time to maintain friendships in person. It’s totally a choice, but I do think staying connected to others socially is important, and I do that through comments.

    1. I think that’s perfectly the norm, most assuredly with me … if l have something to add great, if not, l don’t try and make some banal anal comment for the sake ot it either 🙂

  8. If I feel I can contribute I will comment otherwise I’ll like a post as a shortcut way to say ‘thank you for writing that, I enjoyed reading your post’. ☺

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