In our monthly Southern Bloggers Jubilee meeting today we talked about how disappointing it is that comments in Blogland are down in number. Bloggers across the globe are experiencing lower numbers in the comment section of their blogs. So, I’m asking you, my readers, why is that? While the number of hits may remain the same or even increase, comments have become golden and precious to bloggers. Rarity is always more valuable, but most of us want more in this instance.
Why are comments so valuable? Here are 8 reasons to consider commenting on your favorite blogs:
- It shows kindness. For me, reading a genuine, heartfelt comment that someone has taken the time to type in that little window is like receiving a random act of kindness. It just does my heart good! I feel appreciated, valued and pleasantly surprised at the things people say.
- You never know where a comment might lead. I made a comment on a new friend’s blog recently, describing her posts as a devotional picture book. I love her blog and told her so. A few weeks later I received the most precious gift in the mail from Marcia Pilar, Simply Me. She makes tea tags and sends them out occasionally to special readers and I made the list. I felt more honored than I can describe here.
I immediately tied the tea tag to a pitcher that I purchased in Cambridge, England. Now I cherish them both.
She also sent me this little bookmark. I tied my childhood “New Testaments” together and added her sweet gift. A true treasure. I will think of her daily. It amazes me that it all started with a comment.
- There’s little-to-no obligation. Unlike other social media, when we leave a sentence, paragraph, essay or sentence fragment on a blog… we only receive notifications of other comments if we have subscribed directly to that posts’ comments. Readers can choose which posts they want to hear more from and which ones they don’t. If a post is very popular and I still want to comment without the added ding, ding, ding, of my mobile notifications, I simply do nothing. If I do want to hear what others are saying about a post, I simply check the notify box.
- Comments are helpful. Truthful, heartfelt comments and reviews offer guidance to our neighbors and communities in choosing goods and services.
- It’s fun. Sharing comments is like being a member of an exclusive pen pal club.
- It seems almost magical on some days. To see a number pop up on my little speech balloon, is like fairy dust has been sprinkled on my blog.
- Comments can help you recognize and remember names. In the picture below, the second lady from the left is Judy, who was new to our group today. But, I knew her name immediately because of comments she’s so graciously shared with me. Welcome to SBJ, Judy!!! We missed you, Karyn, Debbie, Hope, Beth Anne, and all of you sweet ladies who travel from out-of-town to join us occasionally. But, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for staying in touch through your comments, likes and favorites between meetings.
From the left you have: Moi, Judy with Sharing My World, Linda with Coastal Charm, Leslie Anne with Fairhope Supply Co. and Lorraine with We are Clamco. Missing from the photo is Alan with Stump the Librarian. I wouldn’t know any of these precious people without my blog.
- Comments build relationships. I may not meet all the people who I have the privilege of hearing from or talking to in the comment section of blog world; but I can honestly say that after 1 year and 3 months of focusing on numbers, stats, page-views and bounce rates, that only comments lead to relationships. There is no numerical value that can be accurately attached to that. This makes comments all the more golden.
Speaking of golden, we experienced a little something else in the golden-treatment department today. Christina Hill, Director of Sales at the Fairhope Hampton Inn welcomed our group into their conference room this morning. We had plenty of room to spread out in the conference room, free wi-fi, convenient parking and a great Fall atmosphere in which to work.
When was the last time you had something like this greet you as you entered a hotel?
This sweet lady had an answer to my every question. Thank you, Haygen!
Gold and orange leaves, scarecrows, pumpkins and flowers create a festive atmosphere in the Dining Room.
These folks think of everything. Meeting around the water cooler offers aqua with and without lemon.
So, Hampton Inn, of Fairhope, AL…. we thank you for hosting our group today, for being such an asset to our community and for welcoming friends to our fair city.
May all of your reviews and comments be golden.
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