It’s true that this blog never really landed a lot of comments. 5-10 was pretty average, but lately I’ve noticed a big change. Most posts don’t have a single comment, while others will get 1 or two (hello Marsha Drews!).
This is not a cry for more comments (though that would be nice), it’s just a commentary on the state of comments.
I think comments over all may have dropped off and I think I know why. I know this because my personal comment frequency has dropped dramatically and I blame it all on the iPhone.
I do most of my blog reading now from my iPhone using my reader while I’m getting the kids to sleep at night. It’s such a hassle to comment using my iPhone that it takes great motivation or something I must say before I will actually do it.
But I think I have a solution. You know how easy it is to comment on Facebook or Instagram on your phone. No problem, right? There’s that text box right below just waiting for you. But in a reader, you have to click over to the blog, find the leave a comment place, sometimes log in or even type a (heaven forbid ) catchpa (is that the right word for those crazy letters I can’t tell apart?) phrase. To say that it is not easy to comment on a blog is putting it mildly. It can be a loop of interconnecting web pages that you can get lost in for several minutes (and then your comment may not even post!)
Here’s my solution: a comment box like on Facebook below every post you read in your reader. The reader is just so darn convenient, those of us who use it are not going back to the old-fashioned way of browsing blogs one by one, but the reader needs to catch up to the rest of the world. Add a comment box that we can stay logged into. Logged in, just like we are when we are in our reader. So easy.
I’ve designed a little snapshot of what it could look like using Meredith’s blog. What a simpler world it would be.
So Google, you up for that?
What do you say? Would you comment more if it were easier to do directly from your reader?