Why Blog, if You Won’t Respond to Comments?

I must say, the bloggers who do not allow comments or do not respond to comments. Why blog if all you expect is for readers to read and like? Why blog if you do not respond to comments.

This is what I don’t understand, you took the time to write and publish. The reader took time out of their day to read what you wrote, yet you do not respond or you disable comments. Why blog if you either ignore comments or if comments are not even enabled on your blog?

I have decided to unfollow every blogger who has their comment section disabled. I am scrubbing my list and slowly unfollowing those bloggers who do not respond to my comments.

Your time is precious just as mine is. Blogging from what I gather so far is “give and take”. If you cannot be bothered with comments, then I cannot be bothered with your blog.

66 thoughts on “Why Blog, if You Won’t Respond to Comments?

      1. That annoys me too. There is one particular Blogger I unfollowed because of this. At first, I thought she was just busy. A bit overwhelmed but she kept publishing pieces and not responding to comments thereon or she chose who to respond to. Later for that ish!

        1. bottomlesscoffee007

          Yep, my time is just as valuable. If I take the time to read, they should take the time to respond. To show appreciation for my readership.

      1. 007, how about the ones who follow you just to get you to follow them back but never read your stuff?! I have so many of them. They’re following me but never read a damn thing I write.

        1. bottomlesscoffee007

          I’m fine with that to be honest. There are some that I follow myself, where I don’t always comment. Only because I have nothing to say that is really worthwhile.

          If they want to follow me and they never read, no harm no foul. If I follow them, I definitely read, if I cannot find anything of interest within 2-3 months, I will usually unfollow them. Not for nefarious reasons, I just want to read the opinions and thoughts of others that I find interesting and that make me think.

          The last thing I want to do is to just randomly follow people, since it gets hard to keep up with the other blogs that I read whenever there is a new post.

          1. You made me look up “nefarious” 😂. My word of the day.

            I appreciate your take on that but since I’m here for readers and feedback, not just followers I feel differently. 🙂

        2. bottomlesscoffee007

          Then again, you never know. One day you may compose something that they will find irresistible. Always leave the door open, they may comment one day.

            1. bottomlesscoffee007

              Ha, the ole “give and take” model. More need to blog by that standard.

              It creates more discussion and conversation. I ain’t one to be lectured to and I don’t get star stuck. Don’t expect me to simply listen without asking questions or adding my “two cents”. Ain’t no one better than me, I heard you out, now it’s my turn!!!

              That’s how conversation happens.

                1. bottomlesscoffee007

                  I think it’s one reason why so many are turned off by “news” media and elected representatives. They never hear us out. They always cut to commercial and they never respond to comments.

                  They all like to think that they are not beholden to us, the audience, their financiers!!! Our questions and criticisms of them or their words are beneath them, in their mind anyway.

                  This applies to the bloggers as well who, never want to be bothered with the readers questions, comments or criticisms. Since, they are lecturing us and they are speaking DOWN to us.

                  1. I agree with you wholeheartedly on this one, 007. Too many people see themselves as smarter and more “be-knowing” than others because they have a little education or is an elected official in some capacity.

                    Elected officials seem to forget that they work for us. We put them in their so-called official position and we can sooner take them out. People tend to forget that.

                    Yes, a lot of snotty bloggers exist among us. I just don’t bother with those, as you said, it’s a 2-way street and your opinion is not better than mine. People (bloggers) tend to forget that opinions are just that – opinions; NOT cold hard facts.

                    As for criticism, I’m not that sensitive that I can’t take a few, but it’s not what you say it’s how you say it. DO NOT BE DISRESPECTFUL; you don’t have to agree with my opinions but don’t come for me in an aggressive, argumentative manner. Choose your words carefully. Don’t use fighting words with me. You don’t have to agree but do not come for me!

  1. I’m right there with you on this one.

    I don’t follow bloggers whose comment section is disabled (or you have to log in via Facebook to comment), because what is the point? I’d rather go read a book.

    And as for people who don’t respond (or engage properly), I detach. Slowly. Give them plenty of chances. But I have unfollowed a person or two because of that.

    They must be too good for me. Since I’m not worthy of a proper reply, I must not be worthy of reading it in the first place, anyway.

  2. Honestly, I really don’t get it. I don’t always comment, sometimes believe it or not.. I just don’t have anything to say! Interacting with those that leave me comments is probably one of the very best bits of blogging for me

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      Exactly Britchy, you’re expressing yourself in the public square per say (you are quite good at it, not to mention). And the interactions that you create with your readers is why you blog. To talk about what you want to talk about. It’s only a sign of respect to the reader to respond to their comments.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      I was speaking to those other bloggers who do not respond to their reader’s comments or their comments section is disabled.

  3. I rogered that, as I don’t
    resemble that comment.
    Since I knew, from them,
    you’d get no response …
    I believe some of the lady
    bloggers, troll wise, have
    had no choice …
    Wordpress is meant to be
    a publishing site, but it also
    social media.
    So the anti social writer has
    on his/her hands a dilemma
    . . . to Interact or perish.

  4. I don’t always comment on posts as I don’t have anything worthwhile to say. And I like to interact with commenters on my blogs, and try to always respond, but, very occasionally, I have found that there is nothing to say. Thankfully, that is extremely a rare case on my blogs.
    I will always have the comment section up and do my best to respond as I love comments and hearing what people say! I love to engage in a good conversation with someone on here.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      You’re a solid writer Rue. You show respect to your readers by responding to their comments. I think you will build a more loyal following by responding. Your readers know that their take on your writing is very important to you.

  5. I remember the days before there was a “follow” button. That is WordPress mimicking Facebook. When I started blogging in 2008, there was no WordPress reader, there was no Follow Button and there weren’t any “Like” buttons. You saw your “viewers” via site hits, you might get email followers and the occasional comment. WordPress did not start out like Facebook. Blogger doesn’t have a Follow option. You can sign up for emails and it ‘might’ have Like buttons but, it is older than WordPress (1999)…and is slowly being sidelined.

    Blogging started out as personal “web logs”. You blogged for yourself or your long distance family. It is older than Facebook but, started the same year as MySpace. MySpace was for personal use almost like a school locker or college dorm room. People put stickers all over their pages.

    I blogged for two years & I knew I had readers by the site hits. I got a comment here & there, mostly pingbacks but, it was different back then. Most of the time, sites had email addresses attached to them & if someone wanted to talk to you about something, they emailed you. And, if you liked someone else’s blog, you put it in your blogroll in a side menu. You paid homage to them by linking to them.

    Things have really changed. But, if you really like someone’s blog…you like what they post, suddenly ignoring them because they don’t respond to comments or they are disabled? They will continue to blog and you will miss out on content. Many blog just to get information out that would be considered “alternative” amd they don’t want to be hassled about it. They still get their content out & tags make sure search engines find them.

    Why do YOU blog?

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      Yeah, for sure Victoria, to each their own. I can understand where you are coming from. I just want to engage and discuss. If they do not want comments, it’s their choice. I would like to ask follow up questions or offer counters and if they do not respond or their comments are disabled. It signals to me that they are too busy or do not care. If they want to speak in the public square, why won’t they allow their audience to engage back with them.

      I blog because I want to have discussions and conversations with various people from different walks of life. Even you have opened my eyes to different things based on your comments.

      1. I understand the want & need to discuss. We all want to communicate & understand…well, most of us. There are those out there that want to shout down others, it seems and care nothing about a different opinion.

        Don’t get me wrong…I like having followers & I like feedback. But, I remember the days before it. And, I keep running into bloggers that complain that they aren’t getting a response from a blog they follow and/or comment on. Have you ever been to http://www.zerohedge.com? Technically, that is a blog with different writers and the ‘Tyler Durden’ that seems to run the thing is a fake name taken from “Fight Club” & the gr/avatar is Brad Pitt. It has incredible information. And, people get on there and comment to the point of building a novel with their thoughts. It is a huge, huge site. Will you get a response from the owner? Nope. Read or don’t read. Comment or don’t comment. If you don’t visit, you miss out.

        I hear bloggers whining about ‘serial likers’ and no comments. Seriously? Someone made it to your blog, read it and WordPress decided to give you your dopamine, feel-good, Facebook, feedback loop and you want to bitch because they didn’t TALK to you about it? Be thankful they read it. Be thankful you have a different way to track site hits than digging into stats. Some bloggers on here want adoration and when they don’t get it, they cry about it. This is not Facebook or Instagram. Everybody wants to be a rockstar…*sigh*

        Also, in the past, when folks wanted to engage and discuss…forums. They do still exist. Facebook groups are pretty much destroying those. ‘Above Top Secret’, ‘Project Avalon’ & ‘The One Truth’ are still active & huge. They talk about EVERYTHING…even the woo-woo stuff.

        In general terms (not directed at you, specifically), if you have something you want to share…advice, poetry, art, storytelling, life experiences, travel information, health data, photography, book reviews, movie reviews, music reviews, (in my case, I love history & I maintain the Chris Thomas Files), news gathering, weather reports (yes, I have seen those blogs), fashion, recipes (that is how Brigid got started over at http://mausersandmuffins.blogspot.com/ in 2005) and the like, blogging is the best way to do it. If one is here simply because they want attention for the sake of that, they are here for the wrong reason and, eventually, without some decent content, they will lose interest.

        Eh. I’m done ranting, love. Thanks for letting me. You have brought up an excellent topic…as usual. 🤔🤨😤😖🤐💕

        1. bottomlesscoffee007

          I hear ya girl. No hard feelings here. I wasn’t so much asking for more traffic on my blog. Just for the other bloggers to respond to my comments on their blogs. If anything, I’m providing them feedback on their work, yet they don’t take the time to acknowledge and respond. Over time, I begin to feel as if I’m talking to a wall or a rock, never knowing if my comment was read or not. I lose interest rapidly once I discover that the comments section is neither here nor there. I also enjoy reading and commenting with the other commenters. Discussions abound in the comments section.

          If bloggers don’t want to respond to comments or they disable comments, it’s a free ecosystem in the blogosphere. To each their own. I probably miss out on a lot, by not following those blogs. Then again, I’m still alive and kicking. It ain’t the end of the world. It just grinds my gears from time to time. 1st world problems my friend, plain and simple. We all have our preferences.

          Thanks for being so passionate Victoria, I know that you always tell it the way it is.

  6. I guess it depends on the blog and its author. Gavin Ashden disables all comments, but I still enjoy most of his posts (he’s a British Anglican priest – but a politically incorrect one).

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