For 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.