On The Decline

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Alternatively Titled "A Little Blogger Pep Talk".


I was doing some blog maintenance the other day, and came across an old post that I wrote three years ago about a right-hand ring Derek surprised me with.

You can check it out here, but don't expect anything particularly eloquent.  I think it took me a grand total of 5 minutes to put together.  Not my best work, but it was sweet of him to give it to me for no reason and it was something I wanted to remember!

Why do I mention it here?  Because, guys, I got 20 comments on that post.  Twenty comments!  On a post with a couple pictures and a hastily-typed brag session on my husband.  I'm lucky to get 20 comments today on a post about one of my kids with tons of good pictures and beautiful words.  And I had way less followers back when I wrote that post than I do today.

For those of you have been blogging for a while (by a while I mean more than two years), you know what I'm talking about.  You remember the day too when your most boring post would still yield at least a 1:5 commenter to follower ratio.  

Those were the good ole' days.  Commenting is on the decline.

No, it's not because you are getting more boring.

Two words.

Mobile devices.

More people are reading blogs than ever before, but alas, they are doing most of that reading on mobile devices.  And it's hard to comment on smart phones and iPads.  

Trust me, I know.  Commenters, I do not blame you one bit.  I don't comment much with my smartphone either.

I've done a brief survey (i.e. checked a couple other blogs), and I think 5% is the best you can hope for now.  5% of your reported number of followers may comment on any given post.  Scratch that.  Only on the really good posts.  Usually the percentage is lower than that.

I'm just telling you all this to say - never fear!  It's normal.  And even though not many are commenting, people are still reading.  Which is why I never let the number of comments get me down!

There ya go.  Blogger pep talk of the day.

 

P.S.  The picture has absolutely nothing to do with this post.  The other day Wyatt decided that it would be fun to take his Easter stickers and put one on each of his cars.  I thought it was so cute!

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The Clem Family said...

Thanks for the pep talk. The shear absence of comments on my blog does make me sad! I too miss the days of multiple comments. That is why I am trying to post comments even while reading on my phone.

Wendy said...

Yikes! I am terrible about commenting! But I do read and enjoy your blog very much! Hope you have a wonderful, blessed weekend! :-)

Jenna said...

It's definitely a little disheartening to get non, or very few, comments sometimes! I'm also so frustrated because I've been trying to get used to reading everything in Bloglovin (which I don't like a whole lot) and for some reason I can't comment through it. When I hit publish for the comment, it just disappears... So I have to open it in Safari then type my comment. Soooo annoying since I never read anything on my computer!

MSDeyle said...

I'll take this moment (even on my phone!) to thank you for this post. Its so true and I'm guilty of it too.

E said...

So true... It might have been you that reminded me of this a few months ago when I had a little comment-induced break down; and it totally makes sense. Thanks for the pep talk! :)

~M~ said...

I commented on that post! Ha :)

Sarah said...

I have definitely stopped commenting since I have had a blog Reader, and I feel bad about it. I miss the back and forth that used to take some effort but was worth it. I don't even read on a phone, but have gotten lazy with commenting in the past few years. Definitely know that I still read from my little reader box!! I am glad that you have not given up posting even though you don't get as many comments sometimes. We are all still here!

lindsey said...

I so needed to read this. Thanks, Callie! :)

Melissa said...

Haha. Thank you! I never read blogs on my phone. I don't know why. I just prefer to read them on the computer. Then again, i am at a computer most of everyday. So, that helps!

I have never had a wonderful commenting ration, and have been blogging since 2009. I have one friend who gets like 25 comments on every post & she has as many followers as i do. CRAZY! I am not one to care about how many followers i have, but more comments would be nice! :)

I know some have told me they don't comment b/c they read it through reader. Maybe now that google reader is about to be gone, they will since bloglovin lets you go to the actual blog.

Natalie said...

I know exactly what you mean! I was actually just talking about this the other day with some other bloggers! my post views are way higher than several years ago, but comments are much much lower!

Lauren said...

I definitely needed to read this...I didn't get a ton of comments before, and they are definitely lacking now. But you're so right, with people able to read on their phones, it's a lot easier to just click the "mark as read" button instead of clicking over to comment.

Tiffany @ Austin Family Diary said...

It's so true! And I hate commenting with my phone when people have the word verification up. It takes that much longer and is that much harder. Thanks for the pep talk!

Emily Powell said...

I've noticed this too...I always thought maybe it's because we all have kids (or more kids) now and less time at the computer???

Brittney said...

This made me feel better - thank you for posting! I have wondered before if people were still reading my own personal blog;) It's reassuring to know that they likely are, even if comments have dropped off.

Sarah said...

I could not agree more. Thanks for the pep talk because it does stink especially when you put a lot of effort into a post and are quite proud.
I will say that using "blog lovin" is helping me a lot to follow blogs and comment. The new blogger made it more challenging for me. I'm a mobile user 90% of the time.

AgnesandAmy said...

I don't even remember the last time I got a comment! But then again, comments aren't my goal for my particular blog these days; sales are ;)

Jessica said...

This is so true! I have to keep reminding myself, because it feels like no one is reading my blog since very few people comment. But I do the same thing - I read on my iPhone where it's very difficult to comment. I guess I should look more at Google analytics than my number of comments to prove that people actually are reading! haha

Jenni Lynn said...

Yep, mobile devices play a huge role, but so does google reader, I read so many of your blogs through google reader, but don't click through to comment often enough, totally my laziness. I am sad google reader is going away, it is just one of those things I am so used to, i don't know how I am going to do without it. I post a lot through facebook and get wayyyyyy more comments on my facebook page than my actual blog, so many of my readers don't have a blogger account, or they would just rather comment on facebook, I don't really know why. Sometimes I will have like 20 comments on my facebook and 1 comment on my blog, weird.

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