Wednesdays Question

It’s Wednesday so that means it’s question time. It’s time to ponder and then answer just one question. Okay, you can add all you want as a reason for your answer too. We’d all like that.

So here’s this weeks question: What is the best way to get readers to comment your blog posts?

Well, if they are going to comment then you need to visit them on a regular basis and comment on their posts. With some this still doesn’t work, but for the most part if you’re leaving meaningful comments on their blog posts most will eventually comment on your blog. Some folks don’t get that though.

Another way is to ask a question. I get more comments on my ‘Wednesdays Question’ posts than any other.

  62 comments for “Wednesdays Question

  1. March 18, 2015 at 2:37 am

    I love your Wednesday Question posts and I especially love your Fragments posts when you talk about yourself and your life!

    Of course you know that I no longer blog but when I did I hated getting all of the many variations of "nice post" comments. Really? I'd rather they didn't comment at all. If that's all you have to say, just move along, darling. I think back then everyone actually thought they'd get rich by driving traffic to their blogs. Bless their hearts.

    Have yourself a perfectly marvelous day! big hugs xoxo

    • March 19, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      The nice posts ones don't make it on my blog either. So much spam. πŸ™‚

  2. March 18, 2015 at 2:45 am

    I completely agree with you Sandee also the wording of the heading of the post too

    have a questiontastic day :-h

    • March 19, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      There is a lot involved in blogging. πŸ™‚

  3. March 18, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Sandee, you are so correct. To get more comments, you do need to go comment on other people's blogs. The title of the post does make a difference too. I just enjoy visiting other blogs and learning what is going on around the world. Sandee, you have a fantastic day and Zane and Little Bit too.

    • March 19, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      That's how I do it and if you don't come to visit me at some point I'll quit visiting you. πŸ™‚

  4. March 18, 2015 at 5:16 am

    Very true πŸ™‚

  5. March 18, 2015 at 6:00 am

    You are right, Sandee. The people who generally comment on my blog are the ones who I read and comment on. Twice in three years I made a direct appeal to get more people to comment and a few newbies did, but then it dropped right back off to the regulars again. I have not tried the a direct question like you do on Wednesdays but I really like the idea. It's fun to compare the answers you draw in on those days.

    • March 19, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      I love the Wednesdays Question. I saw this on another blog years ago but it was a Thursday Question. I just liked the idea. πŸ™‚

  6. March 18, 2015 at 6:04 am

    I've tried but I still aren't able to keep a constant group of commentors like you & Bee get. I'm very happy & thank those that do once in awhile comment on my blog. It's nice to know that there are others around the world visit my blog. Thanks again Sandee for visiting my blog & commenting every day. It's important for my ego. Ha,ha,ha. Have a wonderful Wednesday Sandee. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

    • March 19, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      It takes time Paul. Patience and they will come. πŸ™‚

  7. March 18, 2015 at 6:06 am

    I have been blogging since 2009, you have been blogging MUCH longer than I have been. Many, like you and I, "get" the social media etiquette…if someone comments to us, we return the kindness and subscribe/comment back…sadly, I cannot begin to tell you the enormous number of people who do NOT "get this" basic and most common courtesy. I seriously think that some feel above it all….that they are superior…….there is no rhyme or reason. I follow well over 200 blogs and leave comments on the vast majority of them, trust me, I don't get nearly the same number of comments back lol.

    • March 19, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      I follow about 100 blogs and visit and comment on new content for the most part. It's some work, but it's important to be a good friend to those you have in your world. πŸ™‚

  8. March 18, 2015 at 6:30 am

    Sometimes I leave a "courtesy" comment, sometimes I don't have much to say and that doesn't mean I did not like a post. I like to let people know I stopped by, but if I say "Nice Post" it is because I thought it was a nice post.

    Some posts just lend themselves to comments better than others. I follow about 100 blogs, and I read everyone…mostly, I do not follow blogs that are just not aimed at my interests even if that person follows me. I appreciate a follower but do not follow back to read about making bread…well some can make bread interesting but in general..you know.

    • March 19, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Yes, I love all the pet blogs. I get to know and appreciate other peoples babies. I really enjoy that. Sometimes some blogs are not for me either. I get that. πŸ™‚

  9. March 18, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Asking a question is the best way …..after being a "regular" on other's blogs and "following" blogs that truly interest you. . Have a super duper week!

    • March 19, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      I've one blogging buddy that has a question at the end of every post she does. Not a bad idea. πŸ™‚

  10. March 18, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I think visiting others is what works best (or requiring a comment on a giveaway form if you're one of 'those' bloggers, which I am, hahaha). πŸ™‚

    • March 19, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      I love your blog Rose. You have tons of great giveaways, but you also have some great post about you and your family. πŸ™‚

    • March 19, 2015 at 2:06 pm

      You are very nice. And I love your blog too!!

    • March 19, 2015 at 2:08 pm

      Excellent. πŸ™‚

  11. March 18, 2015 at 7:47 am

    I think you are correct. I'm kind of hit and miss right now. Still a little unsettled after the move and can't quite get my blog rythum in sync. I'll get it figured out eventually. This could be a slow blogging year for me.

    • March 19, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Moving is a big deal and you'll figure out what you want to do. If you don't blog often then that's what it will be. I do hope you do your Christmas videos though. You know how I look forward to that every year. πŸ™‚

  12. March 18, 2015 at 8:41 am

    To have a friend, be a friend.

  13. March 18, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Hi, Sandee!

    This is a great question!
    Also, one thing I'm doing is making a list of those blogs I really want to visit.
    G+, Bloglovin, (and the list goes on…) became a headache to try to keep up with.
    So, I'm making a list and adding it to my sidebar! d-)

    • March 19, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      An excellent idea. I use Feedly and that works for me. I know when someone posts new content and I don't need to do anything else. πŸ™‚

  14. March 18, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Very true. Unless you are a big blogging star, ya gotta comment on other blogs. Fortunately, I like to comment. πŸ™‚
    Also, we need to give the reader something to comment about. Something to which the reader can relate or ask questions and opinions.

    • March 19, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      I love your blog and enjoy reading about your family. You're a very funny lady. πŸ™‚

  15. March 18, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I'm with you and the majority, Sandee. Commenting on other blogs works best. I also try to end my posts with a question – but seldom do I ever get comments from non-bloggers. Great question and I'm enjoying reading all the replies here. πŸ™‚

    • March 19, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      I know you've worked hard on your blog and it shows. Finding the right mix is key to success. πŸ™‚

  16. March 18, 2015 at 11:11 am

    I've tried some blog traffic places and they do increase traffic, but, with very few wonderful examples, they don't necessarily increase people who like to visit your blog. Visiting and commenting on other blogs is important, but it's also important that the blog content is appreciated and the comment is more than a hello that avoids the topic.It's an iffy thing.

    • March 19, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      You can often tell if someone reads your post or not. Often people don't. I think they are just looking for a link. πŸ™‚

    • March 19, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Look, I love comments as much as any other blogger, but if it's just going to be a sales job or a trollish, agenda-driven comment, I can do without those. I can be secretive about my personal identity for security reasons, but I welcome all opinions, diverse or not, and often interact with fellow bloggers behind the scenes after I feel comfortable with them .I'm not the most automatically trusting soul on the Internet.

    • March 19, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      Yep, I'm with you on this. I delete a lot of comments and I check out the new ones very closely. If they have a nice site fine, if they are playing poker or selling something I delete their link. πŸ™‚

  17. March 18, 2015 at 11:16 am

    To have a friend, BE a friend. Blogging brought you and Zane into our real world, and I am forever blessed by that. I also love comments, and visit other blogs, leaving comments because I know they are appreciated.

    And I leave hugs for my friends…times two, honey…

    • March 19, 2015 at 1:06 pm

      It sure did honey and we spent a wonderful week cruising in the sunshine. I'm so happy we got to meet. πŸ™‚

  18. LAC
    March 18, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    I'm the wrong one to answer that question. I came back to blogging and only get a handful of comments. But that's ok, because I write for me. Not for validation. I do find for myself, I have limited time to read and commenting, clicking through windows, signing into different platforms to leave comments takes time. I read, and move along without commenting most days. I guess that's a bit rude to the writer. If its dear friends, I would hope they understand, and if its a post about something serious, important I tend to email or facebook them when I can give full undivided attention to the matter at hand.

    • March 19, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      You visit when you visit. You're a young mother, working full time and you have much to do. I so remember. πŸ™‚

  19. March 18, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    I guess I never figured that out, lol.

    • March 19, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      Some don't really care. Some have blogs and have turned off the comments. I get that too. πŸ™‚

  20. March 18, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    I totally agree with your answer. Asking questions is a good way to get people to comment but returning their visit is a must. I've quit following a few blogs because even though I visited and commented regularly on theirs they never returned the visit. I think that just sends the message that their readers aren't that important to them.

    • March 19, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      It's get tiresome after a bit doesn't it. If I visit you it seems logical that one would visit me. It does send a negative message indeed. πŸ™‚

  21. March 18, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    You are exactly right. If a reader takes the time to comment at your place, by all means answer back and visit them and comment at there blog. C-)

    • March 19, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      It's only polite. I agree. πŸ™‚

  22. March 18, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    I love your WEDNESDAY question and comments post. I like reading the answers. Enquiring minds want to know. Lol!

    • March 19, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      I do too and I learn so much. Many things that I hadn't thought about. I love that. πŸ™‚

  23. March 18, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Odie got it right comment on their blog and most will return the favor!

    • March 19, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      Yes indeed Ron. Scritches to the babies. πŸ™‚

  24. March 18, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    I agree that commenting back is important and I try to keep up even in tax season when I'm feeling like I'm burning a candle at both ends! I enjoy your Wednesday questions too!

    Hope you had a wonderful day Sandee! Smooches to Little Bit!

    • March 19, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      You do very well, and I'm well aware of how busy you are this time of year. It's much appreciated. πŸ™‚

  25. March 18, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    If people never reciprocate, I eventually stop commenting on their posts.

    • March 19, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      Me too Binky. Many have gone to the wayside and I really enjoyed their blogs. I'll save my comments for folks that comment on my blog. πŸ™‚

  26. Jim
    March 18, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    I'm with you, Sandee. d-) Got to have something they like to read first, then asking questions or causing them to relate really well helps to get them to want to comment.
    Facebook and other entice some to quit blogging. A good relationship may keep the other person reading and commenting but most don't. So we have to get new readers too.
    BTW, we have a mutual reader and blogging friend who has stopped posting, at least for a time. But she still comes to visit us. I like that. She is on Facebook. Quite of few of my FB friends were former blogging friends.
    ..

    • March 19, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      Many have quit blogging. I'll probably do the same at some point. I'm enjoying it now, but it is a lot of work. πŸ™‚

  27. March 19, 2015 at 3:36 am

    Great question Sandee, and it sure seems to be getting response for you. I agree with following back, but also including a call to action – a question at the end of the post.

    • March 19, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      You are the queen of putting a question at the end of your posts. I always try to answer those questions too. πŸ™‚

  28. March 20, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    Dear Sandee, I think you are right. It is forming a friendship and bond with someone.
    xoxo Blessings, Catherine

    • March 21, 2015 at 7:41 am

      I've sure formed a lot of bonds and friendships blogging. πŸ™‚

  29. March 24, 2015 at 11:23 am

    I agree with you Sandee & what Binky said too. I have a few exceptions to the rule though as there are several comic sites I really enjoy reading even though they never visit mine, but for the most part if I discover a new comic/blog after a handful of visits they don't respond then I usually don't bother anymore. I only have so much time like everyone so I focus on the sites that I can have more interaction with

    • March 24, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      You have to return the visit if you want folks to follow your posts. It's just that simple. I don't think some folks get this though. πŸ™‚

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