Why Comment?

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

I have had several discussions with people about blogging. Usually the conversation centers around the idea of how to get more people to comment on your blog. Several people tell me that people come up to them all the time and say, “I read your post the other day and loved it, what do you think about….” You can see the frustration with this response. In previous post I talked about the reason for commenting (commenting to bring about community). To hear someone tell you that they read your post, they liked what you had to say, but they did not leave a comment can be rather irritating. Not because you want other people to know that they liked your post, but because you want other people to not miss out on the conversation that is had with that person about the blog post.

I have had several conversations with people who do not comment on blogs. I try to encourage them to take the time to leave a comment and a thought. It does not have to be long and super wordy, just leave a reflection on what the post meant to you. Often times when not leaving a comment you are robbing others the chance to be challenged. We all have opinions, we have opinions on everything. Most of the time we do not have a platform to share those opinions and thoughts. The blogging world is calling everyone to share something, an idea a thought, but mainly it is  asking for you to share. You are not only robbing others of great conversations and thoughts, but you are robbing yourself of the chance to gain understanding and insight into the subject that is being discussed.

Couple of questions to consider
1) Do you Comment or Not?
Why do you comment?
3) What has kept you from Commenting?


Here is a post to check out about commenting from the Comment Ninja (more to come on him later, a little announcement of sorts).

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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
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  • Andy Unnerstall

    Appropriately, I am invited by the directions to be the first to comment. Everyone else is probably just trying to be ironic.

    If I have something to say or to add to the conversation, I will always comment. For those of you who know me personally, this is just an extension of my real life self. I love to hear myself talk, and I pretty much have an opinion on everything.

    But I believe that truth can never be held up as such unless it has been through the test of thorough debate, so I feel that it is important to say what you have to say, both to temper your own opinions, as well as temper the opinions of other truth seekers.
    I do not comment, however, unless I have something new to add. I won't write just to say "I agree" or "you're right."

    Comment on!

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/JRallis JRallis

    I had just blogged about this type of stuff as well.

    To answer your questions:
    1. I used to NOT comment. I called myself a 'closet blogger' But I have recently decided to come out of the closet.
    2. I now comment because I either have something to say about the original blog post, or I want to add to the original post, or I just want to build community and get to know other people and share with them.
    3. I don't know what kept me from commenting in the past. Maybe I was just lame?

    I totally understand what your saying about having people come up to you telling you they read your blog and then wanting to comment about your post in person rather then type it as a comment into the blog. I get that a lot too.

    • klreed

      well glad you came out of the closet and are commenting now.
      what is the link to your blog?

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