In my class at Bemidji State University’s online magazine Cre8here we came across a problem we were running into that led to a discussion. Why aren’t people commenting?
Our Facebook page gathers follows and likes but not many comments. Even when we gave commentors a chance to win a prize not many people would leave comments. Instead several will like a status update and the occasional rare comment usually from someone in the class or from the author of a certain published piece.
On Cre8here’s webpage administrators can see how many hits the website gathers a day and although it is a rather high number with viewers from all over the world, with such a vast community surrounding this solid foundation of creativity it’s surprising that it’s such a rarity to come across a comment.
It’s also frustrating because what do likes really mean? Do people really like a piece, or are the just liking posts in hopes for a follow back? When I first came across that idea, I tried it out and liked a bunch of different posts but then I didn’t have any more hits on my blog then usual so maybe I did it wrong but that technique didn’t quite work out for me. Same thing with comments, I went around commenting others hoping for a comment back, but that didn’t quite work they just replied to my comment. So those theories don’t quite always work, also I tried linking to a two different bloggers and they never linked back. I think every situation is different some advice works some quick tips are just spitting in the wind.
Either way, alas, no comments. But why?
Cre8here is fairly new, and I’m even newer to the world of blogging and online literary magazines. Our class came up with several ideas and then moved on to more work. Here’s a glimpse into what we discussed as well as my own perspectives of possibilities on why we weren’t receiving comments…(Depending on a blogs content I see how these could vastly differ so I suppose I’m mostly thinking about fiction blogs or creative writing here.)
- Reader wants to remain anonymous online for various reasons.
- Reader doesn’t want their comment to be taken the wrong way.
- Reader isn’t sure how they felt after reading a piece.
- Reader is afraid they might interpret a piece differently than the authors intentions.
- Reader doesn’t have an emotional response to the piece thus not worthy of time to react past a simple ‘like’.
- Reader sees so many other comments maybe the feel they are just repeating what someone else already has mentioned.
- Reader doesn’t want to be the first comment to break the ice.
- Reader doesn’t want to take the time.
- Reader doesn’t know enough to defend their point of view in a specific genre.
What other options are there? What could another reason be?
-Sarah D. 🙂