A couple of weeks ago I asked if you had any blogging-related questions you wanted me to have a go at answering, and Nicky said:

“I really need some tips how to get visitors to interact on blog posts. Though it may of course be a problem with my posts themselves!”

Now, my first thought on reading this was, “You and me both, sister! I hope someone answers this!” Then I remembered it was ME who was supposed to be doing the answering, so my next – and hopefully more helpful – thought was that no, Nicky, it’s not you: it’s THEM. It’s the visitors. They just don’t interact the way they used to. I mean, SOME of them do, of course: some blog readers still like to interact with the blogger and with each other, but the vast majority don’t, and I know I’m not the only blogger who’s noticed that things just ain’t the way they used to be down there in the comments section.

It’s not the readers’ fault, either. I actually think it’s probably mostly the fault of social media, to be honest: it’s much easier to just click the “like” button on Facebook, or to favourite a tweet, than it is to fill out a comment form, which means that a lot of the interaction that used to go on in a blog’s comment section has now moved to social media. The good news is that the conversation hasn’t stopped completely, because obviously interaction is interaction, wherever it happens. The bad news is that we bloggers are a pretty needy bunch, really, and when we put a lot of time and effort into creating a blog post, it’s disappointing to get crickets in response. My first two tips, then, aren’t really tips at all, but they are worth bearing in mind:

How to write blog posts that get tons of comments, by working out which types of content are most likely to generate discussion, and how to encourage more engagement on your posts01. People comment less these days…

I don’t think I know many bloggers who haven’t seen a downturn in the number of comments they get on each post over the last few years. It’s something that gets discussed a lot in blogger circles, and I guess it’s comforting to know it’s not just you who’s experiencing this, so you’re probably not doing anything “wrong”. These days I set the bar much lower when it comes to comments: I know it’s much harder now to get people to leave them, so whereas a few years ago I’d consider a post to be a failure if it didn’t get X number of comments, these days I’m happy to get any AT ALL on some posts.

02… but that doesn’t mean they’re not reading.

People read blogs, and interact with them differently now. I think one of the consequences of blogs becoming that bit “glossier”, for want of a better word, is that people tend to read them a bit more passively, almost as if they were magazines. You don’t normally read a magazine and feel the need to comment on it, and the same is true of a lot of blog posts, really: sometimes people don’t have much to say in response to them, but that doesn’t mean they’re not reading them. As I said, social media has played a huge part in the downfall of comments, so just because you’re not getting comments, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re not getting any interaction: it could just mean the conversation is happening elsewhere, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

Of course, that doesn’t make it any easier to look at your precious blog post that you slaved over, and see that big ol’ “no comments” at the bottom of it, so although Nicky asked about interaction in general, rather than comments specifically, the rest of this post will focus on encouraging people to comment, and my first tip is this one:

Understand which posts generate comments and which ones don’t.

I realised a while back that not all types of post generate the same number of comments. This probably differs from blog to blog, but in my case, it breaks down something like this:

Posts that get the most comments:

  • Opinion pieces.  Standard advice would be that the more controversial your opinion, the more comments you’ll get, but I’d advise against controversy-for-controversy’s sake – it comes off as trolling, and tends to create drama, so if you’re going to be controversial, then a) only write it if you genuinely believe it, and b) understand that you’ll get a response, but you might not like it!
  • Personal anecdotes, especially the type of posts people find honest or relatable: I find that readers respond well to posts which strike a chord with them – for instance, my posts on being an introvert, or wondering if I’ll ever feel like a “grown up”  got quite a few comments, mostly because people seemed to relate to them.
  • List posts – i.e. Things Redheads are Sick of Hearing; Things People Say About Scotland, etc…
  • Requests for advice – i.e. me asking readers for feedback about something. Even posts which don’t specifically ASK for advice, but which people CAN offer advice on will tend to get comments: i.e. when I write about what I’ve been watching on Netflix, people will often want to offer their own suggestions…
  • Long posts – everyone says they don’t read long posts, but my longest posts tend to be the ones that generate not only the MOST comments, but also the most thoughtful comments (my longest ever post currently has 80 comments, for instance, which is about 10x as many as my shorter posts typically get), so don’t be afraid to write something a bit more in-depth if you feel like it.

Posts that get the most likes and pins on Pinterest:

  • Outfit posts
  • ‘How To’ posts
  • Home decor-related posts

Posts that get the most likes and comments on Instagram:

  • Outfits
  • Random photos of Rubin
  • Anything related to shoes

Posts that do well on Facebook:

  • Opinion pieces
  • Blog tips
  • List post
  • Outfits

Posts that do best on Bloglovin’:

  • Blog tips
  • Tutorials/’how to’ posts

So, by analysing this list, I can see that if I want to get more comments, I need to write more opinion pieces and personal posts, and if I want to get more Pins and shares, I need to do more outfit posts, tutorials etc. In the end, I tend to do a bit of a mix, and just accept that not every post will get an equal amount of interaction everywhere. Of course, it’s not quite as simple as that (If only, right?): you can write the type of post that you know is likely to get the most interaction and STILL hear crickets in return, so here are some more tips to increase comments:

tips and advice to help bloggers get more comments on their posts
01. Make it easy for people to comment

It sounds really obvious, but not all comment systems make it easy or welcoming for people to leave a comment. If you’re using a Captcha code, for instance, or you have the kind of commenting system that only allows comments from certain sources (all of those Blogspot blogs that only allow comments from other Blogspot members, for instance), or force you to register or log in to their commenting platform to post something, you’ll undoubtedly be getting less comments than you could be.

I, for instance, normally read blogs on my phone, and I find it really fiddly to try and log in (that’s assuming I can even remember my user name and password) and type in a captcha code on the small screen, so if your blog requires me to do that, I normally just won’t bother. Similarly, I know a lot of people dislike comment systems that force you to comment under your Facebook ID, because that means your full name gets published alongside the comment, which then also sometimes appears in your newsfeed: even if you’re not saying anything controversial, that can still be off-putting, so my main piece of advice is to open your comments to everyone.  (If you’re on WordPress and are worried about spam, there are tons of plugins that will pretty much eliminate it.)

02. Make it clear that you welcome interaction

The last time I talked a bit about the downturn in comments, I had a couple of people tell me they were surprised to hear that bloggers want comments, and that they deliberately DON’T comment, because they worry it’ll annoy the blogger. I, in turn, was really surprised to hear this, because it seemed obvious to me that bloggers won’t want to write something and not get any response to it, but then I remembered that there have been times when I’ve been about to comment on someone’s post myself, and have thought, “Wait a minute, what can I say that they won’t have heard before?” or “What if this sounds stupid?” The fact is that it’s NOT always obvious to people that you want them to comment, so you need to find a way to make it clear that you welcome interaction. One way to do that is simply to tell people, by saying something like, “I’d love to know what you think,” and another way is to…. (drumroll)

03. Ask questions

I feel like every post I ever read about boosting interaction offers the advice to end your post with a question, but honestly, I’m in two minds. Yes, it CAN help generate comments, but it doesn’t always, and asking a question and not getting a response feels even worse than just writing a post which doesn’t get a response. Also, this is possibly just me, but I always find it quite cheesy when a post ends with a question which is obvious comment-bait, especially if it’s transparent fishing for compliments (“Which part of my outfit do YOU like best?”) or oddly specific (“When was the last time YOU wore a blue dress with green spots, paired with a yellow cardigan and red shoes?!”). If you’re going to do this, then, my advice is to choose your question wisely: make it interesting (asking people what their favourite colour is, say, is probably not going to kick off a scintillating conversation…), but don’t make it too complicated – people don’t want to feel like they’re sitting an exam!

04. Respond to the comments you do get

This is another one that sounds obvious, but if you want people to talk to you, you have to talk back to them: it makes sense that if you don’t like feeling like you’re talking to yourself, your readers won’t either. I don’t think – and I know a lot of people will disagree – that it’s necessary or practical to respond to every single comment you ever get, but if you never respond to ANY of them, people will stop leaving them, so if you want to increase interaction, you have to be prepared to, you know, interact.

05. Keep the conversation going

On that note, one of the reasons I don’t think you need to respond to EVERY comment is simply that a lot of readers aren’t expecting a response, and don’t come back to read it. It’s obviously not a good use of your time to sit and write responses that no one will ever see, but if you use WordPress, you can use a plugin to allow people to be notified by email when someone responds to their comment. (I use Jetpack for this, but there are lots of other plugins that will do the same thing.) By doing that, you’ll be able to keep the conversation going, and gradually build a community around your blog: at the end of the day, the number of comments you get on each post might not matter too much (especially now that so much interaction happens on social media instead), but building a community is something that will be invaluable to your blog, so it’s well worth encouraging people to interact, for that reason alone.

06. Consider changing your publishing schedule

I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ve noticed a drop-off in comments during the summer, and also on national holidays (both UK and US ones). I also get less comments on Fridays (I’m assuming it’s because people are too busy thinking about the weekend to bother with blogs), so I bear that in mind when I’m working out my publishing schedule: it always feels like a bit of a waste to publish something I’ve put a lot of effort into on a day when I know it won’t get much interaction, which is why I think so many bloggers do ‘Friday Favourites’ or list-type posts at the end of the week – we’re not being lazy, we just don’t want to waste our best content on a day we know people won’t read it!

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Would it be too cheesy to end this post by asking if anyone has tips of their own on this? I think so…

  1. I was just reading this and realised that I’m one of the people who doesn’t comment so often – despite being a blogger and knowing how much bloggers love it – so thought would say hello. I think for me lots of it is a time thing, and as you said is it easier to like or RT, but then it doesn’t take that long really, does it? And I’m mostly reading on my phone and it is a lot more fiddly. But this has inspired me to write more comments. Great post x

    1. The phone is a huge comment killer for me – I’m constantly reading posts and thinking, “Oh, I’ll go back and comment on that when I’m at my computer!” but of course, I never do… It takes me forever to type out a comment on my phone, though, and then it’s always riddled with errors, so I almost never do it!

  2. *Feels obliged to comment* lol

    Lots of great tips here Amber… my new blog template doesn’t allow comments via mobiles, which is SO annoying. Trying to sort it but something worth considering as I’d no idea it could happen.

    Commenting on others’ blogs can also encourage comments on your own, though it really irks me when people comment just to get comments back (it’s so obv when someone does this). Saying that, I’m more inclined to comment on the blogs of those who bothered to comment on mine, simply as I appreciate it so much.

    I think non bloggers are often the least likely to comment, partly through discomfort and partly as they don’t realise how much we want them to! My friends & family read but never ever comment – it honestly wouldn’t occur to them & they wouldn’t know where to start.

    1. Ha, I feel obligated to respond now!

      I think the mobile part plays a big part of it: as I said, even if the blog does have comments, if I’m reading on mobile I probably won’t comment because it’s always such a faff. And SO many people read on mobiles now!

      My friends and family are the same with comments – there are a couple who comment, but I find most will comment on the Facebook link to the post, rather than on the post itself, which seems to be true of a lot of people. I, meanwhile, always forget to check FB for comments, so I think I didn’t get any!

  3. I am much more likely to comment when the blogger uses a chatty, conversational tone, as opposed to a more didactic one. Amber, you have a fab style, very engaging and warm.

    *waves up at Nic* I tried to comment on your Bobbi Brown post earlier, glad to know the lack of success was not due to my general technical incompetence!

  4. I thoroughly enjoy a ton of blogs that I read regularly and I can count on one hand the number of times I’ll have commented…I’m sorry! Until recently I didn’t realize it mattered to the blogger how many comments there were, and also there is so much hate online that I have occasionally had a funny comment to make but then worried that people won’t realize I’m joking and will jump all over me. Or worse yet that the blogger won’t get it and think I’m some wierdo trying to interact with them.

    1. Awww! I’m sure they won’t, but I do know what you mean – it can be so hard to interpret someone’s tone in a comment – I worry about that too!

  5. As a blog reader who almost never comments (I’m pretty sure this is the only blog I ever commented in) I can give my two cents on why:
    – If it’s an outfit posts with no content, or very little content (like a short description of “It was a sunny day so I went to buy ice cream wearing this”), I won’t bother commenting, because I think there are so many times a person can read “I love your outfit!” “Enjoy the ice cream” etc
    – Some bloggers send a vibe that doesn’t invite comments. I don’t really know how to explain, but it sometimes feels like that blogger just wanted to share their private diary online, and I feel uncomfortable commenting.
    – Similarly, when I read blogger’s responses to other people’s comments or their “about” page, they can sometimes come off as very private and unwilling to communicate, which is also off-putting to me
    – The most important thing in my mind is the communication part – if you don’t reply to my comment, I feel like you didn’t even read it and don’t really care. I know it’s impossible to reply to every single comment (there are so many times you can say “Thanks” and “I did enjoy the ice cream!”…), but if I comment a couple of times and I get no response, I wouldn’t feel like commenting anymore.

    And thus concludes the longest comment I ever wrote…

    1. It’s really interesting to know that so many people think bloggers won’t want comments on something: I’d always assumed it was obvious that we would, so it’s really helpful to know that’s not always the case!

  6. All true, but in addition I think there are more and more bloggers, so people (bloggers included) are reading more online and don’t have time to comment as much.

    1. That’s very true – back in the day when blogs used to get a lot more comments, there were definitely a lot less of us! Now people might be subscribing to hundreds of different blogs, and if you were to comment on them all, you’d have no time for anything else!

  7. My blog is not a professional one; I tend to post about life, the universe and whatever mind vomit is uppermost so any comments are welcome because it means that somebody is reading my drivel!!

    However I feel that I need to be better at commenting on other blogs and replying to comments. How can I expect somebody to go, read and then comment on my blog if I don’t comment on theirs? Not every post, but reasonably regularly.

    Just another piece of Anna mind vomit there 🙂

    1. Good point – I have to keep on reminding myself that if I don’t have time to comment on lots of blogs, other people probably don’t have time either!

  8. I so carefully read your post. I’m new at blogging and I was wondering what I was doing wrong as almost nobody comments on my textes. I’m on blogspot so that might be one of the reasons.

    Anyway, usually, I will put a link on a women’s forum I’m participating in or on my Facebook page inviting my friends to read and comment. When I do so, I receive several answers.

    Thanks again for your good advice.


    1. It’s not Blogspot itself that’s the issue, it’s that a lot of people who use it seem to have their comments set to only allow comments from other Blogspot users, or from sites you have to register for first … if you do that, then you will definitely get less comments than you could because some people just won’t be able to comment!

  9. I am also one of these lazy readers a lot of the time! Here are some of my (mostly stupid) reasons. Bloggers who don’t reply to comments ever will stop getting comments from me, but I think they also make me less inclined to comment on other blogs, even though I know that isn’t fair! But they contribute to my general feelings of “this person is cooler than me and probably doesn’t care what I have to say.” The more successful I perceive a blog to be, also, the less I feel they “need” my comments. I actually worry that commenting is making me seem needy and self-centred – like I just read a post all about you and now I feel the need to talk about ME for a while. I worry that it will just look like I’m trying to get people to visit my blog by commenting on theirs. And on a practical level, I am mostly reading on my phone, so my typing is much much slower and more irritating.

      1. If it helps, it’s always *really* obvious when someone is commenting just to get their link out there (they almost always just go “Great post! Visit my blog!” Or “love the skirt” when you’re wearing trousers or something…) – I think most bloggers learn to spot those people a mile off!

  10. i feel like a creeper if I comment ON EVERY SINGLE blog post so that is one reason why I don’t comment often, another is that I read a lot on my phone and typing out a well thought out response on it is tiresome (I also like to read through other peoples comments so I’m not typing out the same old thing and that takes more time).

  11. Some great tips here thank you! I’ve definitely seen a nosedive in the number of comments I receive but my visitor numbers are at their highest ever. I do seem to get more interaction via social media like you’ve said which is great but actually when I look back on old posts where I would regularly get 50+ comments, I can’t help but miss it sometimes. The comments were often better than the post itself and obviously they are there to read back on whereas social media likes/favorites/comments are gone with the click of a refresh button.

    1. I totally agree – I appreciate someone commenting ANYWHERE, but on social media it’s so easy to miss a comment, and you can’t look back on them either. I also find it really hard to keep up with it – in the “old days” you’d write a post, people would comment on that post, and that would be that: now you write a post and if you want to know if anyone commented on it, you have to go and actually search for comments, which could be on FB, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest… I don’t always get the time to monitor every single network every day, so I always end up missing comments, then feeling bad about it. At least when people used to comment on the blog itself, you knew you’d seen their comment!

  12. I read all your blogs, Amber, but I rarely comment. I’m the quiet type anyway (introvert!) and I’m more of a reader than a writer. I don’t blog myself, but I’ve recently realised the value of the blogosphere and I’m very grateful to you and other bloggers. I am impressed every day with how generous you are with your thoughts, your images of yourself and your experience. Thank you for sharing.

  13. It is absolutely true that people still read even if there’s not much feedback – I even unsubscribed from foreveramber.co.uk blog notifications because I personally prefer to obsessively check foreveramber.co.uk first thing every day to see if new posts are up. I dunno, I just like being on the site even if there are no new posts, so I like this way of doing it better than being notified.
    So even if a blogger may get the impression not much is going on reader-wise, the exact opposite may very well be the case.

    1. Ah, that’s good to know! I always assume that when people unsubscribe it means they stopped reading, but I really appreciate it when people actually click through and read the blog , rather than just looking at the notification!

      1. Hehe I thought I was the only one who did that! I don’t check everyday, but I do check at least once a week, and I really like reading a lot of posts in a row. I comment more now that I ever used to (mostly because I feel slightly less awkward about it now, I used to overanalyse my comments after typing them out, and delete them before actually posting because they seemed redundant/silly/whatever). When I first started reading, I went back and read ALL of the archives…not even exaggerating. I’m definitely awaiting your book with anticipation 😛

          1. I *finally* figured out why I keep unsubscribing and like to check your blog myself for new posts – I feel like my surprise is being spoilt if I see a new blog post notification in my inbox and read the first few sentences 🙂 It’s like, noooo, that totally takes away the wonderment! Aah! 😀

  14. Well as a long time non-blogger reader, I try to comment where I feel I can contribute something new, other than those “I love your outfit” or “this was hilarious” comments. But I guess a few repetitive compliments never hurt anybody, right?

    1. It’s not so much that bloggers want repetitive compliments all the time, it’s more that if people don’t ever comment, you assume they’re not reading, or that you’re doing something wrong. A lot of people have said they deliberately don’t comment on outfits, for instance, because they don’t want to just post a compliment, but that makes the blogger feel like no one likes those posts, so eventually they stop doing them, because they assume no one wants to see them!

      1. That would be a terrible shame though! 🙂 I definitely noticed, even as a non-blogger, that people now comment much less than a few years back, and I guess it makes me go with the flow, but it’s really great to see how you as a blogger feel about it!

  15. I agree with most of the above comments but I think one other reason for me to stop commenting on blogs is when the blogger moderates heavily and it’s well known that they do.

    There is a certain London blogger that I would never give a comment to because the only comments she lets through are compliments (with the occasional troll for good measure) and replies with sickly sweet super short sentences and no meaningful interaction whatsoever.

    With some other bloggers, I’ve had my comments not go through even though they weren’t offensive but because they were questions that the blogger didn’t want to respond to and that didn’t “look right” (I’m guessing) because the only ones that were let through were compliments etc.

    So I guess, what I’m saying is that I generally don’t comment on blogs that use their comment section as a self-promotion tool 😀 Just my two cents!

    1. I can only speak for myself, but I only delete comments if it’s a personal attack that’s obviously intended just to provoke me, or if it’s spam. With that’s said, it doesn’t happen a lot, but sometimes genuine comments will get caught in the spam filter, so it might not necessarily be that the blogger is deliberately deleting your comments!

  16. I only ever comment if I have something to say (is that a silly, obvious thing to point out?), and on this blog, since I am only into looking/reading on the fashion front, that means I only ever have something to say on the non-fashion posts (is it weird to read a fashion blog when you’re not really into fashion?). BUT, you are not the only fashion blog I read, but you are pretty much the only one who also does non-fashion posts (would you consider this particular blog a Fashion Blog? i’m not even sure), so I do sometimes comment on your other posts, whereas I read other blogs and never, not even once, comment, because I just want to look at the outfits and can’t talk about lipstick since I don’t own any, and I’m wearing the same black flats I’ve been wearing to work for the past three years, and as I’m putting on mascara for a night out I vaguely recall something about two coats on foreveramber, and where is that post again?

    I seriously doubt I’m the only person reading fashion blogs without anything to say about fashion, so keep us in mind when you’re wondering about the crickets on certain posts!

    Re: responding to comments: I like when bloggers have discernible patterns on this one. Like, I only read your blog once a week or so, which gives me multiple posts to read at once, but the result is that I often don’t read a post until a few days to a week after it’s written, and by that point I can tell that you probably won’t respond to my comment, since I only ever see you responding within a window shortly after publication. So even if I feel like my comment is SO AWESOME I know you’re probably not going to respond if I wrote it four days after the post was published 😀

    1. No, I don’t consider it a fashion blog – I do post outfits, but it’s just what I wore, it’s never anything fashionable! (I actually don’t have any interest in fashion at all – I just like clothes!)

      Regarding the “window” for responding to comments – for some reason I’ve always assumed that if someone’s reading older posts, they’re probably not going to come back and find them again to read a response, but now that I think about it, I don’t really have a good reason for assuming that (Other than that there have been a few times where I have responded to something on a older post and maybe asked the person a question or something, which they haven’t come back to answer. That happens on new posts, too, though, which makes me think quite a lot of people don’t come back to the post once they’ve commented), so I should probably re-think that!

      1. Oh, I don’t mean “fashion” like Fashion, I know you just like clothes (you do say it all the time, I’ve been paying attention!). I was more or less just trying to say that I don’t comment on the outfit/beauty posts, not because I don’t read them, but because I have less to say about clothes than other people who do like fashion/clothes/outfits/shoes/whatever might. And I was just trying to clarify that it’s not just you, I do read other blogs that are probably legit fashion blogs, and on those I NEVER comment.

        I wear the same pair of jeans over and over again, and steal my husband’s t-shirts, and I hate wearing most dresses, and I’m currently wearing a t-shirt that was required under-the-uniform for high school marching band, and honestly I’m more of a person you’d expect to see on What Not to Wear rather than reading blogs that post outfits and review makeup 😀

        I’m not sure what to call the blogs except “fashion blogs”, but my point is, I bet you have a lot of readers like me (for this blog, anyway), which is probably why you get more comments on regular life posts etc.

  17. Thanks for the tips Amber. You got me commenting, again. But then I love reading your blog…:) On my blog I just tend to ask questions and love interacting with my readers. Personally, I stop going to another blog if bloggers do not even bother to answer or be polite by thanking me for taking the time. Sabina | Oceanblue Style

  18. Thanks Amber, those are really great tips. I’m in the very early stages of my hobby-blog and look for any advice I can get. Comments from readers is one thing I’m really aiming for as it’s nice to know that there are actually people out there reading the blog and what they think of it.
    Your blog has inspired me, this is my first ever comment on one of your blogs!

  19. I’m actually quite terrible at commenting because I think the opposite – the blogger has so many comments on top of all their work, they don’t want to read mine – especially if it isn’t asking any particular questions or saying anything of interest.

    One of the reasons I am commenting, though, is because I think something is wrong with your blog on Bloglovin’. It hasn’t updated in 4 days and I’ve tried logging in and out and reinstalling the app on my phone. Typing in the address on Chrome isn’t a huge issue for me, but in case it is for other people, I thought I would let you know.

  20. Technical difficulties seem to kill most attempts at blog dialogism. There is nothing more frustrating than crafting a witty and apropos response to an excellent post…and then having the comment engine hang on log-in and the whole response disappears. (I’m looking at you, Disqus.) Or the number Captcha displays isn’t the number it thinks it is displaying, and I end up getting a little shouty. Incidentally, how long have you used Jetpack? I ask because I have had responses from you, but never notifications–I fall over your answers only if I return to that post. Fortunately, I’m an inveterate rereader of thing with Rubin in them. 😉

    1. I don’t recall how long I’ve been using it, but I do know it’s working for some people, because someone emailed me to complain that they *were* getting notifications from it just last week. Maybe check your junk mail?

  21. I don’t often comment because I normally sit down and read a few of your blogs in a row, which means some of them are already nearly a week old, and I don’t know whether you actually still read any comments that come through after that amount of time! I’m guessing you still do 🙂 Sometimes I think ‘Oh she’s already got lots of comments, anything I have to say has already been said’, so I don’t comment. Now I know you do read them I’ll try and chip in a bit more regularly!

    1. Oh, I always, always read every single comment, regardless of when it comes in – I get them emailed to me, so I never miss one 🙂 I normally don’t reply to ones on old posts because I’ve always assumed the people probably wouldn’t come back to check for a response, but a couple of people have said they read in “batches” now, so I’ll make an effort to do it!

  22. I’ll add a tip – don’t let Bloglovin’ break your blog feed 😀 Ha, that’s why I haven’t commented on this one – I’ve only just seen it and then I realised I seen you mention something on Twitter and the pieces fell into place. I don’t randomly hate you now 😉 I think these are all very good tips and I’ll add one: If you want people to comment on your blog, show them the same courtesy and comment on the ones you have a connection with. I hate comments for the sake of getting a comment back (and I won’t do it, I tell you), but I can tell if someone’s a) read what I’ve written and b) is probably a decent enough writer themselves that I want to check out their content too.

  23. I definitely comment less than I used to. I spend more time on Twitter, or reading posts on my phone, which is a massive pain to comment on. I assume I can’t be the only one who does that.

  24. The best question I’ve seen at the end of a post was something like: “When is the last time you break a world record?”. I see the point of asking a question at the end of a post, but sometimes is better not to ask anything 🙂

  25. So glad I read this, my last few posts in particular have plummeted and I love getting comments – otherwise I just assume that my pageview stats are random spam! I definitely need to start writing more opinion pieces and lists, especially as I love reading them so much too! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua Italy

  26. That’s a very interesting subject Amber! I’ve also noticed a drop in the number of comments on my posts over the years and I also think it’s mostly because of social media, and people reading on their mobile. But I always love it when people take some time to comment on my posts.

    I read some of the comments here, and I found some other reasons why people might do this, but I’m going to write a few of my own reasons too. First of all, I don’t have as much free time as I used to in the past, so I tend to catch up with the blogs I’m reading in days when I have more free time. As a result, I might read 10-20 posts of the same blog in one day, if I hadn’t time to do it sooner, so it might seem weird and creepy to leave a comment in all of them. I try to leave a few comments in some of the posts, but mostly in the newest ones or when I really feel I have to say something.
    Another reason is because sometimes I feel like my English is not good enough, and I can’t really express what I want to say in the best way, so I decide not to comment on the post after all. I always fear that others might judge me because of it.
    Thank you for your tips though! I’ll keep them in mind for the future! 🙂

  27. This is such a great post Amber and I can definitely relate as I started blogging a few years ago and the drop off came about and I think was surprising to a lot of bloggers but there are so many other social media options like you mentioned that it is a lot easier to just click ‘like’ or ‘favorite,’ but I still think it’s so important to truly connect with other bloggers through conversation and I still comment on a handful of bloggers I’ve followed for years. Your tips are so helpful and honest!


  28. This is a huuge thing I struggle with, I feel like I have found my blogging niche but I’m just not getting people’s interest 🙁 I don’t know if this is down to me or the layout of my blog I just don’t know! I do post on a Friday actually so maybe a change of schedule is in order.

  29. Great article – I wasn’t sure if anyone was looking at my blog due to lack of comments, just checked the stats, and I have had quite a few visitors/readers! So will keep it up and try your tips! Thanks

  30. And I thought it was just me that was doing something wrong on my blog! What a relief to know it’s a trend! Because I have indeed seen the conversation transfering to social media. What I find most annoying is when people click and read my post via a Facebook post about it, then go back to Facebook to leave a comment there! And my comment system is jetpack’s, so it’s relatively easy to use! Isn’t it more trouble to go back and forth between sites to leave a comment rather than just type it on the spot on the blog?! I don’t get it. I guess people feel more familiar with Facebook? Or more familiar and comfortable with ME on Facebook? As if I was one of their facebook friends maybe?

    1. I can’t tell you how relieved I am to hear you say that! I have never understood why people will click through to my post from Facebook, read the post… then totally ignore the comments box at the bottom of the page in order to go BACK to Facebook and comment on the link to the post instead. I mean, why? Like you say, it seems like more trouble to have to go back and forth between the two sites, and it means that I often miss the comments completely, because my Facebook notifications normally end up in the spam folder, and I always forget to go and check the page for them. Someone once told me they do it because they don’t have to log in on Facebook, which makes it easier: my comments system isn’t complicated, though, and if you’ve commented once, you’ll be automatically logged in next time, so it still doesn’t really make sense to me. I’ve never once heard anyone else voice that frustration, though, so thanks for reassuring me that I’m not alone!

  31. This is probably completely irrelevant (but in a way, also relevant because it’s about commenting) but you have absolutely gorgeous coloured hair! I have red hair myself but I have been more blonde for some time now, and I was debating whether to go more natural for the winter or not. And seeing how beautiful your hair looks made up my mind for me! I was like – right! Time to support fellow gingers and fair skinned beauties!
    It makes me appreciate what I have much more when I see someone else rocking it!
    So thanks!

  32. Great tips! Thank you! As obvious as some of these are I didn’t even think about some of them! Is there not a way to show the comments from other sites on your blog? I know that blogger does this with Google+, but I wasn’t sure if I could do the same with other social media?

  33. I love this post so much Amber! I’m in the same boat, my blog gets great traffic and my community is always sharing and commenting about my posts on social media but my comments are still lacking. I do all the right things with my call to actions but sometimes I feel like its easier to retweet and comment on instagram than to go through the posts! either way at least its getting engagement! lol great post!

  34. Great article about blog comments, it takes more time these days to comment on a blog than visit your Facebook page and LIKE it, the good side to read the full post is to get a better idea of what the writer is sharing with her or his readers.
    Thanks for sharing.

  35. I’ve just read this blogpost and found it extremely helpful. One of my blogs is very localised and if you didn’t live in my town you probably wouldn’t find it very interesting. What suggestions do you have for me? The other is a history blog focusing on the aristocracy and women in particular. Perhaps your readers might like to look at them http://www.swindonhistory.blogspot.co.uk and http://www.goodgentlewoman.wordpress.com with their ideas. I found your suggestions very interesting and I shall definitely comment more often on the blogs I read. Thank you.

  36. Some great ideas there! Whilst it can be disheartening to see no comments it is definitely hard to write something meaningful on everything you read !

  37. I don’t comment on every post, but I usually try to comment on most posts that I read. I share more posts than I comment on. I have 2 Blogger blogs and it seems that most of my comments are anonymous and spam lately. I don’t comment on Disqus blogs because I lost my password and for some reason, they can’t seem to contact my email address. Usually, the blog posts on which I’ve worked the hardest to put together get less comments than the others.

  38. Haha clearly the way to get more comments is to write a post about comments, this is fast becoming your most commented on piece. I think the blogging world is changing so much, some of the things that made it so great for the blogger, like the interaction with your readers are becoming fewer. Sad really, that’s what made blogs different to online magazine articles. Hopefully there will always be some that keep commenting.
    Great post!

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