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Getting Likes, Comments, and Engagement on Your Blog

Getting Likes, Comments, and Engagement on Your Blog

 


Do you write for yourself? Do you write for others? Do you write to write? Do you write about writing? You know, I see these questions often intertwined in posts with listicles offering advice for those of us that like to write. My intent is not to address the Why, What, When, Who and How of writing. My intent is to entertain what transpires after our post publishes for all the world to see.

Let’s jot down a 4 pointer listicle of some of the reasons we write.

  • We write for ourselves because it’s satisfying
  • We write for others because it’s fulfilling
  • We write for others because it’s our job
  • We write about writing

So we stampede our mind and say what we want to say with the hope that others read our work. I believe most of us want our publications read. I know that I do! Yet, some writers may jot down their thoughts for their eyes only. Perhaps, as a personal release of feelings.

Then, here’s the “Okay, someone read my post because I got a thumbs up!” Well, hallelujah! But, it’s way too easy to click the “like” button, isn’t it? I guess getting a “like” is better than zip and not all platforms have a “dislike” or thumbs down option.  Anyway, getting a “like” doesn’t mean the post got true attention. It’s like entering an elevator and the buttons to all floors are lit up because of someone’s foolery. Don’t you just hate that?!

Why did you not leave a comment? For those of us who like to write, we appreciate your comments. Your opinions are important as they help us improve and learn. I don’t necessarily mean learning by a comment informing of a misspelled word. I mean a comment where you I and/or other commenters engage in conversation. IMHO, this is a great way to mingle and get to know people.

And while I am on the subject of commenting, let’s be respectful to one another. Blogging is diverse from all aspects. I mean, just think about the many different cultures of the world that put the pen to the paper. If we disagree, so what! We are uniquely formed individuals with varying EVERYTHING. You have to have your head in the sand if you believe we are going to have the same thoughts relating to ANYTHING and EVERYTHING!

The message that I want to convey is to leave a sincere and worthwhile comment after reading another writers post. Don’t just leave a one-word comment like cool or phfttt, elaborate a little. Show the writer you read their post by engaging with them. You’ll be a better person for it.

We write to write

We’re not necessarily right

But, don’t prove us wrong

Hey, it’s not your song

If the leave is just a “like”

I get a little uptight

So say what you want to say

And we’ll call it a day

 Written by Millionaire’s Digest Staff Member and Author: Franci Hoffman

Founder & Owner of BrewNSpew and ThusNSuch

Millionaire’s Digest Staff Team, Author, Successful Living Writer

Article Credits: Franci Hoffman

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132 thoughts on “Getting Likes, Comments, and Engagement on Your Blog”

  1. Even though it was not your intention to answer the “W” this helped me to understand my “Why”. A like is good but a comment is so much more meaningful.

  2. Thank you putting the desire of this blogger in well written sentences. I do get excited when some one likes my blog (especially someone other than my grandma or my friend), but I almost cried tears of joy when I got my first comment (also not by my grandma or friend). My goal is create a dialogue with people who love books as much as me and it’s great to know that people are open to reading my ideas and sharing their own. Because idea sharing is just…. magic.

  3. Thank you for commenting. And yes it shows appreciation. It also means a lot to seasoned bloggers. Part of blogging is the camaraderie and support.

  4. Grateful for your encouragement on commenting as a way to relate one to another ?? I love getting comments on my blog but what I like best is to thank each one! Thank you Eugenia ?

  5. Thank you for sharing! I enjoy interacting with people that like, follow and comment on my post.

    I want them to know that I appreciate their feedback and encourage them to do it more. Plus it’s always nice to return the favor to them as well.. ?

  6. Thank you for sharing. This post was really important to me as a new blogger looking to grow and generate meaningful engagement. I am making an effort to provide thoughtful feedback to the bloggers that I read and will continue to focus on this.

  7. So true! I certainly appreciate other bloggers comments;especially when it comes across as genuine. When I get very brief comments, it is not that I am ungrateful for them, it just makes me think that they were not interested in my content itself, just in getting attention back to their own blog. Anyway, Thanks for the insightful post!

    Authen ~

  8. It’s very true that having someone comment on something I’ve written makes me happy. Whether we have a tiny blog or a big business it’s good to get feedback. Thank you for writing this.

  9. Eugenia, loved your post. I couldn’t agree more, it’s nice to have a like, however I often want to know what is going through the mind of the reader.
    So you like my post, what is it that you like? Can I improve it some how? If so, tell me PLEASE.

    You have said it all and written it so well. I love the poem at the end too.
    Thank you so much.

  10. I would just love to get more involved with other people. To not feel like a lonely fish in a big ocean with other way bigger better fish than me. Its not so much about the popularity but more so the company. Great article though, per usual.

  11. Any comment – pro or con -is better than no comment. Does a like mean you agree with the blog or just think the subject was fine. While I appreciate likes I would rather have an opinion ,

  12. A majority of the comments come from fellow writers, or someone who strongly agrees or disagrees. The rest of the viewers fall somewhere in between. Number of likes being greater than views also, frequently happens on WordPress, and it speaks a lot about the kind of engagement that we get.It is not a very satisfying process, but yet, a good ground to practise on, till one reaches somewhere.

    1. IMO, WP has a lot to offer but I don’t consider it a social media site. I think of it as a bloggers/writers site where there is a lot of camaraderie depending on how engaging the writers are. I recently met a blogger with over 60,000 followers and the number of comments were in the hundreds. I was shocked. It takes time and persistence and yes, a great site to practice on.

      1. Its interesting to me how you I hear a fair amount of good feedback, but that is written on my associated IG account or facebook. I think the comments make us feel validated, especially amongst our peers.

  13. I so agree with the part about being respectful. WordPress is such a large community so you are bound to come across someone you don’t agree with. Appreciate that to them, you are just as wrong as they see you. Try to see feedback as a discussion, rather than an argument.

  14. I think people don’t leave a comment because they are short with time or they’re trying to rush the process. If they’re trying to rush the process, it’s much better to take the time to “like” and also leave a “comment.”

  15. I couldn’t agree more with you. People can just go through liking anything, but when they take the time to write a comment, if they are in agreement or not, it shows that someone had acknowledged your writing and that’s a great feeling. Thankyou for sharing this with us 🙂

  16. So true! I am new to blogging and am always a little discouraged when I get just a ‘like’ without a comment. So many people just hit the like button without actually engaging. I had someone comment something today that was deep in what I had written and I was so tickled to know that she actually read my article all the way through!

  17. Love this!!! I haven’t received many likes or comments yet. I’m new to blogging (not quite a month in yet). But so far, I appreciate the likes, but I love the comments. To think that it spoke to you enough for you speak back is very moving and rewarding.

  18. We all know that blogging is a step of faith and putting your ideas out to the world can be daunting, at times. However, getting meaningful comments or likes that indicate the person is truly engaged in what the heck you’re saying is very rewarding in the end and makes what we do even more purposeful.

    1. Yes, I agree. Some bloggers write for themselves and others write for an audience. Either way, it’s a nice feeling to know that your work is appreciated.

    1. Thank you for commenting and I am glad you found the post useful. I feel time constraints have an impact on whether or not someone leaves a comment but it means a lot to an author.

  19. Blogging etiquette, that’s the best word to summarize this I guess 🙂 I totally agree with everything you say.. For me a good writer comes with a good reader as well. You don’t just write blogs, you read other peoples blog too and as much as possible commend it.

  20. Forget about commenting, i have friends who don’t even hit like or follow, as if it’s gonna cost them some bucks! probably they din’t like my blog 😀 well i hope at least one person will like my words just like how i liked yours 🙂

  21. You are absolutely right! When a person comment on my post, I feel this kind of satisfaction and pleasure, as a writer I wanted to connect to my readers as well as interact with them, I really hope that will engage more and interact more ’cause that’s what I love.

  22. For the longest time, I have been writing just to let out my thoughts and it is only later that I realized I have to engage in a community of writers and bloggers if I wanted others to be inspired by my posts. Thanks for reminding me! 😉

  23. one of the reasons of why we want to write, we want to get attention, like hey am here, and that is why, likes and comments are created. is to show us we have a chance of getting someone’s attention, even If it is not from those who closest to us. and I sometimes get nervous when I wrote something and no one liked or commented on it. the state of being predicting someone would like and get interested on what we share It is Not a pleasant so I prefer most of the time to write to myself, or for the writing itself!

  24. it can be frustrating to have only likes on a post, and not a single comment. it makes us wonder if our post isn’t worthwhile of something more than a push of a button.

    i try to leave a comment with my opinion as often as i can, even if it’s only to tell the author how much they’ve helped me or how inspiring they are.

    thank you for letting me know that i’m not alone! 🙂 <3

    1. Thank you for commenting. I feel commenting is the most important part of blogging because it tells the author that their work was actually read – hopefully.

      1. yes, i think that as well. when someone puts a like, i don’t know if it’s for pure kindness or if they enjoyed the title or the first paragraph. when someone comments, they are taking a step towards making a connection with the author and giving some value in return, some appreciation and telling them: your article is good enough for me to invest my time in reading it and leaving some words. it’s a way of being grateful. 🙂

  25. Comments are getting automated with response buttons. LinkedIn Messaging offers that. Others will soon follow. Writing a genuine, non-robotized remark will become an art.

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