Dr. Tanya at Salted Caramel asks, “Do you think that comments add value to a blog post? If so, how?” In my opinion, comments are the most satisfying part about blogging, but since people are different and they may get different meanings from your writing, comments can be rewarding and well as upsetting. Followers is a useless statistic and that can’t be controlled. Views is another almost meaningless statistic, as you have no way to determine who has viewed your blog. The Like button is an important statistic, but it does not tell you all that much about your writing, as some people just click on it to be polite and they don’t bother reading what you wrote.
I am guilty of clicking on the Like button for some stuff where I feel the writer didn’t do a very good job, but I did read their post and the reason that I Liked it was because of the effort that they put into it. If I am not completely bored reading a particular post, I will click the Like button as it does not take all that much effort on my part to do that. I don’t give critical comments, so my comments usually say how much I enjoyed reading a post, but those here who I consider to be friends, I may make some sarcastic statements. I appreciate Followers, Views and Likes, but when somebody takes the time to write a comment, that makes me feel special. What I don’t get is the bloggers that do not feature the Like button or a Comments section on their posts, as that always adds just a little bit of light to make your post a bit sweeter.
Written for Blogging Insights #46.