The Animated Blogger
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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:
|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%||370||75% LIKE = 277 Readers|
|2476||15%||370||25% 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.