Reading And Commenting On That Blog Post

I sometimes am hesitant to post links to my blogs on Facebook these days because most people do not click through to read and comment.  One friend told me awhile back she reads only what I post on my Facebook wall, and I was not sure how to respond to this.  Obviously whatever I am writing about is not of interest to this person, and it makes me think posting links on Twitter and my Facebook website pages is the most conducive use of my time.  My honest opinion is how can you get the gist of what someone wrote if you did not click through and actually read what they posted on their own website.  I know posting blogs is considered spammy and overly promotional, but how else are bloggers going to get their writing out there?  Meanwhile no one thinks much about the abundance of Coca-Cola or Crest ads, but get quite irritated when a  blogger posts something they wrote on their own wall.  However, the truth is if you do not promote yourself, then who will?  Major corporations have PR  teams and resources to do that, and the lone blogger should take enough pride in their work to actually want to share it with others.  I suppose my wall is not the best place to do that, but this is besides the point.

The next issue I find perplexing is why do people actually read a blog post, and then only comment about it on Facebook.  Is it really that much more difficult to log into Google to post a comment?  It just seems if readers were truly interested in supporting a blogger they could take the time to make one extra step and post the comment on the actual website rather than Facebook.  I get some traffic from Facebook, but increasingly it seems like no one really likes bloggers to post things on their walls.  Some seem to have success with it, but I am feeling Twitter and other social networks are better for this.  The thing is as a blogger this is how I make my income, and why should I be ashamed for promoting myself?  People are never reticent to promote themselves in a myriad of aspects, but it seems taboo to ever call attention to the blogs one invests time and effort in.  Well, since those people are not running after me telling me they willing to hire a promotion team to share my blogs with the world, I am just going to arrive at the conclusion they are not very supportive of my goals.  No one has to support my goals, but I am not going to apologize for promoting my writing either, especially when it is okay to promote everything else under the sun.

Now when it comes to the strenuous effort involved with commenting on a blogger account, there is really not much to it.  The picture below shows a drop down menu of all the options blogger gives for commenting.

The picture  with the drop down menu below illustrates how easy it is to comment on a blogger.com post.  If someone does not comment there it probably is because they just did not want to put in the effort to do so.  WordPress is even easier because you can post anonymous comments on that platform.

The picture is a screen shot from my blogger.com blog. It illustrates how easy it is to comment on a blogger.com post with many different options. If someone does not comment there it probably is because they just did not want to put in the effort to do so. WordPress is even easier because you can post anonymous comments on that platform.

WordPress is even more lenient when it comes to people commenting on a post, and you can comment anonymously.  So why do you not comment on a blog post? Maybe you just find it boring and could care less.   That is fine, but telling a blogger you read the first three lines of the post on their Facebook wall and got the gist is kind of dismissive to that person.  I guess I will not comment on much of what you post either, since I know you feel about my posts.

 

About Sweetbearies

My pen-name is Sweetbearies, which is based on the name I use for my arts and crafts site: http://sweetbeariesart.com. I write about subjects such as artwork, photography, crafts, books, and whatever subject tickles my fancy at the moment.
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6 Responses to Reading And Commenting On That Blog Post

  1. Aya Katz says:

    There’s a lot of food for thought here, Julia. I am glad you wrote about this.

    I have wondered about some of that myself for years now. I know that on well known content sites like Hubpages or Bubblews, people do comment quite a lot, and it seems they often do it because they are hoping that people will comment back. So reciprocity is a big motivator there.

    On Blogger and on our own WordPress sites, there’s a lot less commenting. This can be discouraging, but it is good to know that we actually have many more readers than commentators, and some of those readers are actually reading for content and not just as a way to interact socially or to get others to comment on their blog. So in that sense, it’s not so discouraging. Our readers are perhaps less mercenary when they just enjoy the post and don’t comment.

    However, I certainly do like to see comments on my blogs and would like to make it as easy as possible for people who have something to say to post a comment.

  2. Sweetbearies says:

    I see what you mean about the perks to readership over comments. I have always appreciated search engine traffic for what it is, but then I thought this morning how weird it felt to be told by a friend that they read the first three lines of my blog post on my wall, but do not click through. Also this is not any criticism of people who are married with kids, but it seems like people who do have kids and post pictures want you to comment on those, but then a blogger who might not have kids posts something on their blog about what they are creating or writing will never receive comments from those friends. Well moms who blog will comment, but I did start realizing people ask when I will write them or comment on a photo they posted, but will not take the time to post on my blog, even once. I never expect this, but it just starts to feel like only one form of communication, the one a friend prefers, is the only form that should take place.

  3. KathyF says:

    Ok, I’ll comment on this topic. I do click through to Aya’s articles to read them and I often try to make a comment on Facebook about some of the content that struck a particular chord with me. I think a lot of people just click “Like” on FB, without ever reading the actual content. Anyway, as to commenting in other venues, I can only give my personal perspective; I work with a high-tech company and as such, we have to remember many passwords to a variety of systems. Combine that with working full-time, then reading a person’s blog and trying to comment in so many different systems, it gives me a headache to try to remember all my passwords.
    I prefer to comment only on FB, just because it keeps my password and everything is in one place.
    I like site’s commenting abilities as I don’t have to remember a login ID. I have one, but I’d have to go look it up to post with my pubwages ID. What a pain – especially when you just want to post a comment. I have 100 friends on FB and I can’t possibly keep up with all of them. I don’t know how anyone that has more than that could possibly provide any meaningful input to any of their “friends”. I think they’re just FB “collectors”. Anyway, good post!

    • Sweetbearies says:

      I understand you are busy Kathy, and but you actually take the time to read Aya’s blogs, and I still see you have posted things on PubWages from time to time. I suppose my consternation about this issue is I have quite a few friends on Facebook, but I am really only comment on the things people I know well and like post. I do not comment on everything, but if I have a friend I know for awhile I do comment on their pictures and anniversary announcements. As a fellow blogger I even take the time to visit websites other people post and write a comment or two. I enjoy seeing what people post, but awhile back I was just a bit floored when a friend told me she never has the time to go the websites I post, but she knows what these are about because of the snippet I post on Facebook. However, the snippet is just a preview, and it made me feel a bit glossed over when she told me how busy she was, but that she had a tiny bit of time to look at that. As an artist and writer I invest a lot of effort and time in the websites I am creating, and I just have come to the conclusion that posted a great deal on Facebook is not conducive to that goal since my friends seem to busy to look at it. So I do still use pinterest, which is connected with my facebook page, and I use the facebook page for my websites to promote what I am doing. I also work at another job in addition to my art websites and blogging, so quite a full plate. If a friend asked me to look at something, I never told them I was too busy, and I often do more than most would, I am now beginning to see. This experience has taught me to do a lot less with promoting myself on my personal Facebook wall.

  4. Pam Keyes says:

    Although I do have a Google id, and sign in to my account, I still can not comment on any blogs through it because for some reason it will not allow the comments. I’ve tried several times on different Google blogs, with the same result. Not sure how to correct this.

    • Sweetbearies says:

      There is something on blogger.com that lets people comment with an open ID, and that is another option. The Google plus profile should allow everyone to comment on any blogger.com blog easily, though, so if It is not working for you, I highly recommend emailing Google about this.

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