I was recently told by not one, not two, but four different people that they were afraid to leave a comment on our site. What? Why? Apparently they all felt a little intimidated by it. One even admitted that she had started a comment but then erased it all before she hit the submit button. OMG (Oh My Goddess)! Never be afraid to leave us a comment! We live for comments!
We are always anxious to hear what you think about whatever it is that we have just written about, the good, the bad or the indifferent.
Whenever a comment is left on our blog we get an email notification asking us to accept or deny the comment. Unless you are spam, we always accept your comment. The only other reason we wouldn’t accept your comment would be if you were…well actually I can’t think of a reason why we wouldn’t. Even if you were being incredibly rude or slanderous we would still probably accept your comment because we are desperate for more comments would then be able to respond with why we disagree with your rude or slanderous behaviour. That way we would then have just logged two comments rather than no comments and we are all about getting comments here! The site is meant to be a conversation between us and you after all.
I have my cell phone programmed to receive these notifications and to play a really cool little tune called “Inspired Epiphany” whenever one arrives. How perfect is that?! We want your voice to be heard right away!
When I hear “Inspired Epiphany” coming from my purse or pocket or wherever my phone is, I get a warm and fuzzy feeling all over. It feels like Christmas morning or a birthday or any other gift receiving time of the year. That’s how excited I get about receiving a comment on our blog.
Oh, and don’t think it’s just me either. When Tracy and Jacquie were here recently they too raced for a lap top or pc whenever they heard that little tune. The person posting that day would check her computer every half hour just in case a comment had been left and we hadn’t heard my phone. I think you’re getting the picture now.
When we do receive a comment it means, to us, that we have written something that you have found interesting and compelling enough that you wanted to participate in the conversation regarding it. Plus it gives you the opportunity to tell us if you appreciate or do not appreciate our point of view. I have to admit a lot of comments are a boost to the ego but they also help to inspire us to want to write more. So please don’t be afraid to leave a comment on our site (which is waaay better than emailing us privately or leaving a comment on Facebook, although we do really appreciate those too). You don’t have to say much. Just let us know you are out there and what’s on your mind. Pleeeese make my phone play “Inspired Epiphany”. It means far too so much to us.
I found the following list written by Liz Strauss at successful-blog.com and I’ve added my 2 cents worth in blue.
10 Reasons Readers Don’t Leave Comments
1. What you write is so complete, that I don’t know what to say except good job. I feel silly writing that, so I read and move on. Oh don’t feel silly. We’d love you to say “good job”!
2. You’ve taught me something I didn’t know and I need to think about it before I even have a question. Much like number 1, I don’t want to embarrass myself. I’m better off moving on. We are certainly not judgmental so you should never feel embarrassed by your opinions. Everyone’s opinions are valid.
3. I get ready to type a comment, but I notice you only respond to a few friends who mostly share inside jokes. I won’t take the risk of being overlooked in public. We don’t do this. Besides we don’t have enough people who leave comments to be accused of this yet…and then we still wouldn’t anyway!
4. The folks who comment on your posts like to argue and I don’t. I’m not sure I’m brave enough to fight my way into the crowd. Sheesh! I wouldn’t blame you, but we haven’t experienced this at all on our site.
5. You rarely respond to comments. So, there’s no point in writing one. We do respond! Sometimes we feel like we do it too much…like we are just so glad someone is saying something to us that we can’t stop talking…it’s a nervous thing really.
6. Your blog has geeky attitude and I’m not geeky enough to keep up. I’m pretty sure we can’t be accused of this one!
7. I really like your blog and your post, but I’m too tired, busy, or any one of a number things that you can’t control. I’ll comment the next I come back to read. No worries. We wouldn’t expect you to feel like you always had to comment.
8. You end your posts with a giant general question like “What do you think of the Big Bang Theory?” That question is such a big one. I don’t have time to answer it. I feel strange answering with a lesser comment. This doesn’t fit our blog either. We aren’t trying to solve the world’s mysteries…just trying to connect with people.
9. You put up a fence by making me login to comment. I have too many passwords already and I don’t know you well enough to add one to my list. We don’t do this either. You just have to give us your name, email address (not shared), web site (only if you have one) and then the comment. Easy.
10. Your content wasn’t fresh and exciting, and I couldn’t find anything YOU inside it. It seemed the same post that I’ve read on 10 other blogs. If I commented, I would have to tell you that. Ugh! Leave us a comment telling us to quit if we ever get like this!
PLUS ONE: Your post was negative. Negative is scary. Most folks don’t like negative stuff, because they know they could be next to be the recipient. I don’t comment, because I don’t want to be part of it. Again, same as above. Our focus at Tara Cronica is to inspire and to share and connect with you.
A heartfelt thank you to those who do comment on our site. Now, Ready. Set. Comment!