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Why Do People Comment On Blogs?

Ever thought of blogs as social media platforms?


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If you can see them that way, then comments are the main driver of the “social” part.

The “media” is what the blogger presents.

Although, bloggers can write in ways that create a social atmosphere in their posts and commenters can add to the media content.

It’s rare to find someone who doesn’t care about comments on their blog, or doesn’t even allow comments

In an article that seems to reduce blogging to just one part of a “branding machine”, I did find one interesting bit:

“There are some famed bloggers (like Seth Godin) who don’t even allow comments on their blog posts, there are people like yours truly who allow people to comment freely but rarely add to the discourse, and then there are those (like Gini DietrichChris Brogan and Mark W. Schaefer) who spend a lot of time playing in the comments.”

I “play in the comments” on this blog and I consider them the most important part of what I’m trying to do here—though, many folks have never considered how a comment from them adds Value to a blog post

Some of the “professional” reasons for taking the time to comment on others’ blogs (though anyone can co-opt these for their own “non-professional” use) are nicely summed up in a post on Darren Rowse’s blog—The Ultimate Guide to Leaving Comments On Blogs:

“1. Building your own profile….

2. Showcasing your expertise….

3. Getting to know other bloggers….

4. Driving traffic to your blog….

5. Idea generation….

6. Staying sharp….

7. Opportunities May Follow”

My main reason for commenting on blog posts, which may seem prosaic or passé, is to join in on the conversation the blogger began

I’ll finish this post by linking to 9 other posts on this blog that have garnered the most comments:

Writing Challenge ~ Use The 1200 Most Common Words To Write A Story…

Is Self-Publishing Prone To Producing Crap ?

Who The Heck Knows The “Right” Price for An Ebook?

In An Attention Deficit World, What Kind of Novel Do You Write?

Social Networking and Insanity . . .

Diagramming Sentences ~ A Lost Art?

Fiction and Social Justice ~ Can They Coexist?

Passion’s Gift . . .

I Need Your Help ~ Let’s Decide Which Is Better: Traditional or Self-Publishing . . .

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