I visited a number of blogs yesterday, and left a comment on many of them.
On some of them, however, I could not leave a comment.
Some blogs were closed except to a select group, and I don’t mean friends and family!
Most commonly there are Blogger bloggers that will only allow comments from people with a Google/Blogger account, but there are other bloggers that will only allow comments from people with other types of accounts, some of which I wasn’t sure how to even become a part of.
I have an OpenID account, but some bloggers wouldn’t even accept that!
Ironically, there was one blogger that was complaining about how hard it was to network and promote his blog! I was going to share some tips, but he only allowed comments from other Blogger users.
That may explain why he’s having a hard time networking! A lot of bloggers, and I do mean a LOT, use WordPress and many of us probably don’t have a Google/Blogger account. And, even if I did, I’m not likely to sign in just so I can leave a comment on a smattering of blogs. I’ll just move on to the next blog, as I did.
I don’t mean to be harsh, and I would like to leave a useful comment, but you can’t make things too difficult for your potential audience. You’ve got to seize every opportunity you can to grab a new reader, especially if you want to grow your blog, and if you make things too difficult for them, they’ll move along to the next blog.
It’s not that we’re trying to punish you for not letting us comment, though it seems you want to punish us for not having an account on the “right” service, but it’s just the way it is.
So, if you’re not getting the amount of comments and interaction on your blog as you’d like or as you see on other blogs, maybe, just maybe, you might want to check to see if you’re not shooting yourself in the foot! Open up your comments. Let people leave comments!
Yes, you will have to fight comment spam, but if you want to get your blog out there and really promote it, that’s part of the price you’ll have to pay!
Alternatively, if you don’t open up your comments, you’re going to have to try twice or even thrice as hard to get new readers and keep them coming back! Most bloggers want the interaction, and if you’re not going to allow that, you’re going to have to find alternative ways to bring them in.
Otherwise, you might just end up sitting there, posting to yourself.