We’ve just had a crazy fast Twitter chat, all about people and the connections we make with them through blogging. Much of the conversation centered around comments and followers. Here are a few things we discussed:
How do you get more comments?
- make sure it’s easy to comment on your blog. No CAPTCHA
- get out more! participate!
- end your posts with a question
- visit other blogs and leave comments there
- engage on Twitter
What comment platforms do you like?
- Disqus is a favorite, though some people have issues making it work on their blogs
- CommentLuv is a popular one too
- Everyone seemed to dislike Intense Debate
- WordPress has a good default system
- Blogger’s is not liked, though some people haven’t ever really had an issue with it
- Make to use something that gives readers options, and don’t force them to sign in
Any rules for comment? Do’s and Don’t’s?
- Don’t promote your blog and add a link
- Write in your own voice.
- Be polite if your comment is to disagree with something.
- Did we say, no links?
What posts get you the most comments?
- NOT book reviews! Least amount of comments usually.
- Discussion posts
- Sunday Salon posts
- monthly updates
- Top Ten Tuesday
- Book haul posts
- any sort of creative post
- posts on life and motherhood
- reviews on back list books get more comments than reviews on front list books
Other random tidbits:
- most people don’t worry about numbers much, but it is nice to see which reviews are more popular than others
- Twitter is better for a conversation than blog comments
- “Twitter is for conversation, blog is for content.” — Belle
- “Numbers matter to brands, people matter to bloggers. ” — Create With Joy
Ah, there was so much more! Sorry I couldn’t catch it all! I’m telling you, it was FAST! But this will give you a feel for the conversation. Tomorrow at 7 pm Eastern we’ll talk more about social media. Come with questions!