Blogging Insights — Speak To Me

Blogging insightsFor this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya wants us to talk about the value of comments, and she’s especially interested in the longer, “meaningful” comments that are the subject the discussion. Dr. Tanya asks…

Do you think that comments add value to a blog post? If so, how?

Dr. Tanya points out in her post that, being human, she sometimes leaves comments like “Good one,” “Great Post,” or “Loved this.” We all do this at times, don’t we? Or we comment with emojis like 👍 or 👏 or 😉 or 😂 or maybe even 😡. But Dr. Tanya wants us to talk about long, meaningful comments, comments that demonstrate that we have read the post and have something valuable to say in response.

I previously answered this question about whether comments add value to a blog post when Dr. Tanya, in her Blogging Insights post back in May, asked “How important is the comments section to your blog?” As I noted back then, I love my blog’s comment section. I love reading what others have to say. It’s that sense of community and the interchange of ideas that make all the hours I spend writing and reading posts worthwhile. It’s that feeling you get when you know that something you wrote and posted resonated enough with someone else that they actually took their time to write a comment in response.

In my opinion, the best part about blogging is the interaction and engagement one gets through comments. Were it not for that aspect of blogging, why not just keep a personal journal in Word on your computer or in a handwritten paper diary? It’s the interaction — the comments on what you posted — that is the true allure, for me anyway, of blogging.

As to “longer, meaningful,” I am not sure, in the case of comments, anyway, that size matters. What’s more important to me is that someone took the time to read and write a comment that demonstrated that they appreciated what I wrote, and felt compelled to respond via a comment. That can be accomplished in a few words sometimes even better than in a long-winded comment.

And sometimes it’s rewarding when a blogger is so inspired by something I’ve posted — and I’m not talking about my prompt posts — that, rather than posting a long comment on my post, they will write their own “spin-off” post in response to what I wrote and link it back to my original post.

Okay, I think I’ve said about as much as I can on this topic. Your comments are appreciated.

27 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — Speak To Me

  1. newepicauthor September 14, 2020 / 9:58 am

    Without the Comments section, I don’t think that I would have ever made any friends here.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Fandango September 14, 2020 / 10:42 am

      Very true. Without comments, blogging would be a very lonely avocation.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Liz September 14, 2020 / 10:01 am

    Yes, I agree, comments from others makes it a community feeling. And when someone really goes their way with conversation, or several conversations, because they can relate, makes is special.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. rugby843 September 14, 2020 / 10:40 am

    I love comments too, I think we all do. I write for myself but if someone gets a kick out of it and says so, it makes my day. I love the last line, F!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Fandango September 14, 2020 / 10:51 am

      Thanks, Cheryl. I appreciate your comment. 😉

      Like

  4. Dora September 14, 2020 / 10:56 am

    I appreciate the sense of community, especially as an introvert. I still get foot-in-the-mouth disease but the writer’s community I’ve found here, with blogs like yours Fandango, is for the most part nurturing and non-judgmental and I appreciate that so much.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. tylermdeal September 14, 2020 / 12:39 pm

    I often write about things that I enjoy, and I get a certain amount of satisfaction from that. But I find a great deal more satisfaction in writing something that others enjoy or are (in those rare instances) inspired by.

    We NEED honest comments. How else could we know what others enjoy reading? Comments let us know what kinds of gifts to give.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. cagedunn September 14, 2020 / 2:38 pm

    It’s about community, but due to ar-fur-itis, I don’t always have the hands capable of doing too much, so it’s either look or talk. Often, I’m scrolling through WP after I’ve done the work on my story, so hands are painful and it’s more walk than talk. I still feel the community, though.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. amoralegria September 14, 2020 / 6:00 pm

    I think the comments are important – I agree that a thoughtful response is better, but sometimes one just can’t think of a thoughtful response, so they end up just saying “great post” or something like this, which is good too. I always look at how many people liked my posts, but I get excited when there are comments to read! I also try to comment on others’ blogs, but again, sometimes I just can’t think of something intelligent or witty or thoughtful to say.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango September 14, 2020 / 11:07 pm

      And sometimes, after reading the comments other bloggers have left, if they’ve already said in their comments what I would have said, I won’t leave a nearly duplicate comment just for the sake of leaving a comment.

      Like

  8. Taswegian1957 September 14, 2020 / 6:37 pm

    I agree with everything that you and the previous commenters have said. Blogging, at least for us hobby bloggers is about forming a community and the comment section is where we meet to chat.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Brendan Birth September 14, 2020 / 8:08 pm

    Personally, I don’t think it needs to be a super long comment (like this one isn’t). But something more than “great post,” something that (as Dr. Tanya points out) indicates that someone actually read the post, is I think good.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Elle September 14, 2020 / 9:00 pm

    I agree, it makes writing much worthwhile when you interact with your readers. I have found real good blogger friends here on WordPress and every time I post a new blog, I look forward to interacting with them. I also go to their websites to see if they’ve posted something new and I’ll read and comment and ask them how they’ve been doing. I really value interacting with my WordPress friends because they are what makes this community enjoyable. Thanks for this! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  11. s.s. September 14, 2020 / 11:53 pm

    Well said. I completely agree, it’s the comments that keep this community writing. And share that writing. Thank you for this🙏

    Liked by 1 person

  12. leigha66 September 19, 2020 / 11:15 pm

    It’s like a miniature book club… we read a blog and discuss it. It is a wonderful community.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.