Where Have all the Comments Gone?

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Discussion on blogs has significantly dropped over the last couple of years. Going back, you will see people fighting or immensely contributing their knowledge on blogs via comments. There are actually only a few websites/blogs left with a large number of commenters that deserve praise. Most of the comments we see now are either spam or a little thank you note to promote their websites. WHY?

Thinking about it, what has suffered most (or might suffer soon) are opinion blogs  because anonymity is not what it used to be.

1. Too Much Security

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Today we are enjoying the internet and all of the places you can find information for free, anonymously. Joke! Many agencies around the globe actually collect information for each user connected to the internet, making anonymity much more difficult to achieve. Of course we would understand if it was for our protection, but who will dare browse the internet if everything you do is logged?

In contrast, there is censorship. China has already censored tons of information on their network. Censorship is so tough that it’s been called The Great Firewall of China, see for yourself by clicking the link. Come on, try it before proceeding.

Tested it?

Now imagine that the majority of nations will do the same thing: censoring news websites, entertainment blogs, and anything in the blogosphere that gives an opinion.

Hypothetically, if news and entertainment blogs are to be censored you really can’t say that design, development, and many blogs like 1stwebdesigner will continue to thrive.

Just recently, not over a month ago, a revolution started in Egypt. After several days the internet in Egypt was unplugged. Yes, apparently governments can do that. There has been a lot rumors and chatter online that an “internet kill switch” might take form in the US.

2. Everyone’s Blogging…oh, Facebook and Twitter!

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When avid readers and first-time visitors become bloggers too, the market will become over-saturated like what is happening now with WordPress themes. Taking it to the extremes there will be too many blogs covering the same topic, even those who have credibility and history within their community will be affected too.

How, you ask? It is not a secret, every blogger knows that over the years discussion in blogs has decreased. I bet only 5% of the people who read this will comment. Wherever you go, even the most successful blogs sure have lost a lot of discussions. Where have they gone? Facebook and Twitter for the most part because they are easy to use and require no setup.

Gone are the days when 90% of people connected to the internet actually bookmark their favorite blogs and visit them before Facebook or Twitter. As you are reading this Facebook is extending its reach, trying to conquer the whole web community. Of course social media can be beneficial to blogs as articles are easily circulated throughout the globe using Facebook, Twitter, and other bookmarking sites.

3. No More Original Content to Generate

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Nowadays it is hard to be unique because of thousands of bloggers we are in competition with. But what’s harder is researching. Go to Google and do a quick search on almost any topic. Where does it lead you? To another blog, and from where did that blog get its information? The thing here is that the internet is filled with misinformed blog posts and the remaining people who follow these blogs rarely do research to back up the claim. It is very rare to find unique articles, not that it is hard to come up with a unique article, but it is hard to deviate from the trend (you know, SEO purposes).

The secret to coming up with a unique idea for a blog post lies in a person’s experience. Every experience is unique, and when a person writes from experience people who re-write articles will find it very difficult to restructure, making it less appealing.

When a friend learned that I write for 1stwebdesigner, after looking at the website, he asked “what happens when you run out of things to write?” What was my answer? The first person who can correctly guess wins glory and prestige. *laughs*

4. Too Much Content

Now, this might seem absurd, but having too much content available on the internet also contributed to the problem. There is too much to read and learn and we only have 24 hours in a day, and a fourth (or third) of it is spent unconscious. Too much content means people need to bounce from one place to another. Oftentimes, people are already writing down their comment but an evil wind blows and the thought “ah, never mind” comes in. This happens to me too.

With the fast changing world and massive out pour of articles no one can really visit them all and comment. Sadly, most of the available information right now is taken for granted. I know tons of blogs that have real great content but are eclipsed by blogs that have the budget to market themselves.

To compare, it’s like entering The Great Library of Alexandria and being able to read only one or two scrolls. You are limited to just two scrolls, those are the only objects that you can think of and comment on. “Wow, this is totally way ahead of our time. Hypatia really was right when she backed up Ptolemy’s claims!” Now that’s some trivia for you. But wait! What about the other thousand scrolls?

Then again, people might just be too lazy to discuss things. Or let us face the fact that there are actually less teenagers who are engaged in reading nowadays.

What do you think?

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Rean concurrently served as the Head of Operations and Editor-in-Chief of 1stwebdesigner from 2011 up until Aug 2014. He regularly writes about freelancing, technology, web design, and web development with a little touch of internet marketing here and there.

53 Comments Best Comments First
  • Tom Ross

    Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 13:34

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    I totally agree with Emil’s comment that most blog posts simply don’t encourage discussion. If you post ’10 things to improve your workflow’ then the best you can expect is ‘number 5 was my favorite’ or a simple ‘thankyou’. Comments spawn from emotional response to issues. Take this post, it’s attracted a good number of comments as it deals with an issue that people care about. I attract the most comments to my weekly redesign series because it’s totally unique and can’t really be duplicated. People respond to originality and provoking issues.

    +1
  • Renato Alves

    Monday, March 14th, 2011 23:18

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    I agreed totally with you about the hundreds of websites online for us readers to catch on. Mainly in the webdesign niche, where there are tons of thousands (in English and in Portuguese) online. Ans one of the things I try to think about lies in the blog quality.

    If I were read every blog that is bookmarked in my web browser, I could pass the whole day just reading, so what do I do? I take the best one, or the ones I think it’s gonna help me most and put in my browser bar. Following this blogs I know I’ll be reading good quality content, otherwise wasting my time reading a bunch of webpages trying to appear from the rest.

    Other good point that agreed in the article above lies in the lack of good quality. People indeed are only trying to show their blogs up. That’s all. It’s a shame.

    Unfortunately the only thing that we bloggers can do is create good quality content and hope one day this situation changes. Cya!

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  • emil

    Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 05:28

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    there is not really anything to comment about. sure, all your points are valid but ultimately what can you comment on :

    ’10 things to do before you start your online business’ / ’20 resources for a better workflow’ / etc

    these are not articles that have the ability to spawn a conversation. there simply is nothing to add to them. and most blogs ( at least design blogs ) go with this style in mind.

    if you look at smaller, personal blogs where various designers just talk about their experiences/opinions about a specific topic without trying to teach anyone anything – then you will see that the discussions there are still very detailed and end up having hundreds of comments/replies .

    the idea of a blogger simply vanished in between facebook and list posts. i’m not saying that list posts aren’t good. they’re actually excellent. i’m just saying that you can’t expect any feedback for a list post. when you’re not actually discussing/expressing an opinion but stating some common facts then you can’t really expect people to have anything to add to that. they’re just there – they’re facts and you can’t comment on them.

    that’s the actual problem. discussions on blogs still exist. just not on the big / popular blogs – because most of the times there simply isn’t anything to add.

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    • DAS_STROMKOPF

      Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 16:26

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      Very good point, haven’t thought about that! My Blog is about opinions, i always try to explain what i like or dislike about something, that is rhe whole point of a blog, if you ask me. Maybe the replies will come sooner or later, it’s a relatively new site. We’ll see, i’ll be patient and do what i gotta do, anyways…

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  • Claire Winehouse

    Monday, March 14th, 2011 11:35

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    Where are the comments?
    The comments are gone to the original content as always.
    If you write the same article which is on Smasing Magazine,then it means that you are not original

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    • Rean John Uehara

      Monday, March 14th, 2011 19:51

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      We really can’t just disregard about the blogs that came before SM, 1stWD, and other design blogs. If we are to talk about originality then it is only proper that we go deeper than SM, because as far as my puny awareness goes they’re not the first in every topic they write, no? Of course I am working under the premise that SM is the original source as you put it, which is in this case a hypothetical scenario (for argument’s sake).

      “The comments are gone to the original content as always.” << Not really, I can write something very original and it won’t go anywhere. Someone writes using the same idea and already has a good publicity *boom* instant karma points. I can go on and on and insert valid arguments and dissect fallacious statements but it will only make me kind of harsh. :p

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    • Saad Bassi

      Monday, March 14th, 2011 13:56

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      So you mean to say, 100’s of other blogs including us should change the topics because Smashing Magazine does cover design already?

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      • Alex

        Monday, March 14th, 2011 20:48

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        Excellent answer. I admit I’m not one for commenting regularly on blogs, although I visit dozens each day. I only comment on articles I feel I can make a valuable contribution to and to articles I like.

        I think that content is the biggest issue here. I think most of the design blogs around focus too heavily on articles like “43 Awesome Wonderful Inspirational bla bla Photoshop Tutorials”. If you look at most of the blogs in the design blogosphere today, 90% of the articles are like that. These type of articles are fine from time to time especially when you search for “awesome wonderful inspirational Photoshop tutorials”, but being a generalized phenomena, it’s too much. It just seems like a blunt lack of inspiration and originality in a world where inspiration and originality should be laws.

        And this trend was started in design by the above mentioned Smashing Magazine, but they knew when to put an end to it, they grew over this trend, because that’s what it was, a trend. If you look at their articles now, you rarely see a “list article”. That’s what’s making them great. They invent trends, they don’t follow trends. This kind of articles might still work in magazines like Cosmopolitan, but in design people just got bored of it.

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        • Peter Flag

          Thursday, July 14th, 2011 15:36

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          Agreed !

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  • Derek

    Sunday, March 13th, 2011 19:55

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    Commenting is such sweet sorrow…

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  • Sandra

    Sunday, March 13th, 2011 19:44

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    I think all opinions are somehow right here, there are many causes of people non commenting.

    Firstly, I think it’s laziness, true is also that there is simply too much information and it is so much easer to stick around facebook reading short notes and pushing like button – some are too lazy even for this task lol. Seriously speaking I myself am feeling guilty spending too much time on reading and interacting when I should be working.

    I think we all should use common sense and take the best out of flood of information and give our own contribution as much as we can without being drown in it.

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  • Somebody

    Sunday, March 13th, 2011 17:13

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    I don’t think commenting now is any different from years ago. The only reason that I don’t comment on a site is they ask me to fill yet another form. You’d think Facebook and Twitter integration with some blogs would slow down the form-filling annoyance, but it hasn’t.

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  • Joe2PointOh

    Sunday, March 13th, 2011 13:50

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    Wondering if you’re not really just wondering where all of “your” blog comments have gone.

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Sunday, June 17th, 2012 13:50

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      Valid point – look at this article discussion and ask the same question again! :)

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    • Saad Bassi

      Sunday, March 13th, 2011 14:08

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      Its not something specific to 1stwebdesigner. Smashing Magazine is the biggest design blog. With more than 230K feeds smashingmag manages to get 90-100 comments. Usually there are 60-70. Not to mention they have more than 300K twitter followers. Which I consider pretty bad because you should compare this with engadget and other big tech blogs where every featured article has more than 2000 comments.

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      • NS

        Sunday, March 13th, 2011 15:09

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        This is the same with any online magazine/newspaper. Here in the UK, the biggest newspaper websites such as the dailymail or the telegraph attracts over 2 million visitors a month but only get 500-1000 comments.

        I like how sixrevisions.com uses their commenting system to create competitions for giveaways. That ultimately encourages user engagement and interaction with the brand.
        There must be some kind of incentive, but not always. Content these days are become to familiar and everyone is doing the same thing, I comment on posts which I think is exciting, unique, different, smart and it must have an effect on my life, either to improve my knowledge or inspire me in very big ways.

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        • Steven

          Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 01:49

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          “I comment on posts which I think is exciting, unique, different, smart and it must have an effect on my life, either to improve my knowledge or inspire me in very big ways.”
          BRAVO!
          Reading through all of the comments to this post, I was trying to figure out why I comment when I do. NB got it right for me. I comment when I am moved or have gained something from the reading of an article or post. I comment also when someone presents a problem they are having and then explain how they intend to work on the problem (DAS_STROMKOPF does this very well). I hate leaving an article feeling like there is no solution. Even if your solution is don’t buy this product, avoid this scam, or simply here is my solution (avoid fb), in the end you learned something usefull and pertinent. :)
          I have to tell you the number of posts I read each day… I just don’t have the mind to respond to many of them… some are just whiny, others are looking for something (acknowledgement) and others are stricly fluff.
          Great article! Interesting responses.

          best to you all.

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  • LostSouls

    Sunday, March 13th, 2011 14:04

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    It think people are just to lazy to fill out a form and leave a comment. I myself run a “photo blog” and have received maiby 3 – 4 comments in total. But after adding a facebook like button ( that’s not working correct atm ) I got 19 likes on a post about our schools ski trip.

    I think people just know that no one ( exept the author ) is going to read there comment so they don’t think about it.

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    • DAS_STROMKOPF

      Sunday, March 13th, 2011 20:55

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      The FB like button not working properly was the reason for me to finally get rid of all FB connection to my blog. I got really tired of always having to fix things, not even knowing what is going on. FB doesnt give out lots of info about their stuff…. and whats with all that making your website a FB page to properly connect to them, by inserting special FB tags? I don’t want my website to become a FB page to let people like it. That’s insane!

      And it really is too bad, beacause i personally think FB really was fun in he beginning. It could still be fun AND be a powerful tool at the same time. If only FB would be a bit more concerned about their users… about the community… and not being all about themselves… Zuckerberg, what an ego… i don’t know , i want to use it, but i can’t anymore…

      Just learned the reason why i don’t see stuff my friends wrote anymore is because FB changed some setting, so that you only receive updates from people you are in frequent contact with… changed it without telling anybody! This has been going on for weeks! I go there every day, and i did not know what was going on!

      This really does it, i am out. FB can do whatever, i will do my thing.

      Hangin there, try to encourage your users to leave feedback! I am still working out how to do that, but there’s got to be a way!

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      • Benjamin Milde

        Monday, March 14th, 2011 18:25

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        That’s my opinion, too. With the recently merged share- and likebutton it’s so annoying to read 5 times a day that one of your not-as-technocrazy friend liked one of those spamvideos. There you can see that even facebook itself isn’t really concerned about getting their stuff done properly. Certainly it confirms your arguments, because I think no one of my friends even knows about the changes with the likebutton.

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  • Benjamin Milde

    Sunday, March 13th, 2011 14:20

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    Though I’m not the big blogreader, I know what you mean with the Internet got to much content. I like some bigger newspapers here in germany and it’s to expensive to subscribe to them all. Therefore I’m read there rss feeds. Big I’m often used to skiping reading them, because there isn’t one article from each newspaper about about a topic, there are serveral articles even from one newspaper. It’s hart to overcome one’s weaker self to read all those articles.
    To come to your theory about the comments. The blogs I’m following are mostly about webdesign. It’s a topic im very interested in, but by now, I’m going to study it in a few month, I’ve no great knowledge about it. So if I write a comment, I would always be concerned about writing bullshit.
    The type of comment where you write a little “Thank you for the article” or “Quite interesting topic” is the one I always to lasy to write. I know it would be nice for everyone to read that, but then I remember of some (older) articles I’ve read, where are about 100 comments, ~90 are not longer than 3 or 4 words and the last 9 or 10 are great written statements, but nobody would read them because they are to far below the article or blogpost.
    While writing the idea came to my mind to get a little button next to the comment box, where you can thank the author for the post, like a comment, but with maybe only one line to post. Than there is a possibility to give the other readers a choice to see all comments or only the ones, where other people wrote about the topic of the post. I’ve experienced that sometimes there are great additions to posts in the comments and one the one hand it’s quite sad that they are useless if people miss them, because there are lot’s of “thank you” posts, but on the other hand it’s not nice to write nothing as you said in your post.
    Hopefully I remind this the next time I read something well considered instead of being even to lazy to give thanks.

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    • Rean John Uehara

      Monday, March 14th, 2011 15:27

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      “I’ve experienced that sometimes there are great additions to posts in the comments and one the one hand it’s quite sad that they are useless if people miss them”

      True, looking at the comments here proves what you’ve just said. If you will go to Reddit and see threads there, the good ones amass 300-1000+ comments, and finding the best (or hot) comments is easy because people vote for what they like. It has a very good sorting. I think having that would encourage people to share their thoughts.

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  • aditya menon

    Sunday, March 13th, 2011 20:36

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    The problem with wasteful comments can be easily set right, in fact, now that you have spawned this idea in my head, I’ll try and convert it into WP/Drupal/Joomla plugins:
    1. Give every comment a like/dislike button – this is fairly common.
    2. Author’s votes have +10 value, and everyone else just +1
    3. One IP address can only vote on a comment once in 24 hrs.
    4. Comments are ordered not by date/time of post, but by the +points it has.
    5. This way, author can choose the best comments to be displayed first, while not offending the “thanx nize pozzt” masses who don’t like their comments completely deleted/not displayed.
    6. If the community thinks one comment is better than anything even the author himself has chosen, their votes count: Democracy FTW!!!

    And again, I agree with Stromkopf above. Only a billion people are on the net right now. Out of 7 billion! 100% human participation might never happen, but surely, 6 out of 7 people might one day have access to the internet. And this huge population constantly interacting will spawn new tech and tools… finally settling down on the one holy grail tool that is the best way to exchange ideas and information effectively.

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    • Rean John Uehara

      Monday, March 14th, 2011 19:59

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      I think it would not be much of a democracy if the author has +10 value, that’s like autocracy for me. :p But that’s a nice idea to properly filter comments, I’m not just sure if it will encourage people to write down their thoughts. I guess, as NS below said, giving people proper incentive will encourage them to comment. Points may work, but it’s a long shot.

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  • raym

    Sunday, March 13th, 2011 17:30

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    It’s been said that opinions are like “as holes” umm, belly buttons, everybody has one. But like, umm belly buttons, not everyone is willing to show their bellybutton to the world. It takes a certain level of exhibitionism to show your belly button or share that opinion. You really have to believe your belly button is worth showing off, in order to go through the hassle of CAPTCHA’s moderation queues, just for the right for someone else to insult your belly button for being flabby, for being an outie when innie’s are the rage, or to criticize your belly button for being gnarled because it contained a misspelling or bad punctuation. What’s even worse, are the trolls who prove Godwin’s Law and compare your belly button to a certain World War II leader.

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    • Rean John Uehara

      Monday, March 14th, 2011 15:20

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      This would be in the front page of Reddit if you posted it there! A very good analogy of how it really is.

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  • Gayle

    Sunday, March 13th, 2011 14:20

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    Another point could be that many businesses look for complimentary places to comment to help their google rankings, but if the blog has ‘no follow’ tags, it doesn’t help, so why bother commenting there when you can go elsewhere?

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  • henry jones

    Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 16:57

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    no comment

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    • Rean John Uehara

      Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 17:21

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      Priceless!

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      • Peter Flag

        Thursday, July 14th, 2011 15:32

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        Priceless! (2)

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  • DAS_STROMKOPF

    Sunday, March 13th, 2011 13:47

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    Thanks for this article, although it is a bit disencouraging, at least for me. I run my own blog, and i do so with much passion and enthusiasm, i simply love it. But it does put me down a bit that i don’t get feedback from visitors. Most of them don’t even click the really easy to access “LOVE™ / HATE™” buttons i so thoughtfully installed. See, i try to get away from Facebook and do my own thing, because i find that whole “social networking” thing very disturbing. People are not saying what they really think about something anymore, they just want to click somewhere to show their “friends” they found something cool. After that, they forget about it and move to the next thing.

    Also, Facebook has done a lot of crap concerning privacy and i do not accept letting them own my stuff. Nobody uses my personal thoughts for commercial purposes, period.

    But right now i see Facebook becoming less and less about real friends, becoming more and more of a pure marketing tool. I get a lot of information on my wall from artists and i think this is a convenient way of staying up to date. Although you have to check Facebook several times a day, which i still do, or you will miss a lot of announcements, because there is so much stuff coming in constantly. What is “old” simply disappears (“old” meaning from yesterday), there is no convenient way to browse through that messages.
    Besides from that, i actually see friends posting less and less. Lots of them have even taken down personal info from their Facebook pages. Facebook is not about friends anymore, Facebook has become merely a tool for sharing stuff, in the simplest way possible. But this really gets old, i stopped “liking” altogether, it doesn’t do anything for me. People don’t react to it, they don’t want to see what i want them to see, they are fed up with too much of everything. They start to filter what they really find interesting, and Facebook does not help you with that. Facebook just spams you with everything there is, more is more, quantity over quality.

    Twitter has the same problem, and that’s why i think RSS is a much better technology to spread and collect information / news. It give me the opportunity to choose what i want to view and let’s me actually browse older news. Until I decide to make them disappear.

    So in my opinion Facebook and Twitter are just trends, they themselves will disappear, making ways for new “hip” sites, that present smarter, more fun to use services. Sites like that will come and go, people get bored quite quickly, we constantly need fresh stuff.

    So what i am trying to say here is, this whole technology that is “Teh Interwebs” is still developing, it is still very new to many people and we are still learning how to use it. Everything will normalise, become less of a trend and more of an actual tool, that lets you decide to use it when you need it. And i believe that people will get back to commenting, as soon as they realise it is more satisfying to say what you really think about something, as opposed to just “liking” it, what as a matter of fact really does not tell others anything about the item itself, or yourself. Also, why is there still no dislike Button in Facebook? YouTube has it, and it makes things way more interesting. But i personally want to tell people why i like or dislike something. I want people to understand, think about stuff. That is the reason why i have my own, personal website(s). And the best thing about that: I can do whatever i want with it, share as much or as little as i find appropriate. Now social plattform can provide me with that freedom. Not. Even. Close.

    So i believe we will learn to use the new, cool tools and eversything will be good again. We just have to be a little patient.

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    • Rean John Uehara

      Monday, March 14th, 2011 15:32

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      I think the problem with social media is that people tend to merge the business side and personal side of it. I’ve read an article once discussing about if a freelancer should “add” their clients on Facebook or not. And yes, it is really disheartening when you are excited about something and people really don’t take notice of it. Or they do, but just don’t tell, to which you have no clue if what you did is good or not.

      “Also, why is there still no dislike Button in Facebook?” I have thought of this too and ended up liking the thought of not having one. If you don’t like it, ignore it. Wait, that hurts!

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  • abigail

    Thursday, May 26th, 2011 12:31

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    Nice Blog thats contains a immense content to read..

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  • Yaaseen

    Saturday, April 30th, 2011 12:58

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    So when you run out of things to blog about, you blog about the fact that the internet is so saturated that you are running out of things to blog about? lol
    I’m a great fan of this site, which (even though I’ve been following on Twitter for quite some time) took me quite long to decide to come over here and really start reading and finding really interesting articles. It’s a really great place to find quality information and aggregation of added information and resources. Now I don’t need to Google for added designer inspiration or know how. I just come to this site and reach out from here where ever you guyz take me.
    Well Done guyz!!!! Keep it up!

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  • Kevin

    Thursday, April 14th, 2011 15:31

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    As an upcoming blogger it good to see other professionals give us insight.Thank you and this article was awesome :D

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  • Dith

    Saturday, August 20th, 2011 14:32

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    You are right, too much content these days. And I like the way you compare it to The Great Library of Alexandria. I’m still a newbie – stuff like this article is a big help.

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  • Samantha Gluck

    Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 15:17

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    I almost always comment on posts that offer real solutions, advice, or a new way of thinking about what I’m dealing with right now — whether it’s in my freelance writing business or my personal life. Sometimes, I’m in a hurry and simply don’t have time to comment, but I usually make an effort — especially for those posts that really stand out.

    I also bookmark my favorite websites by category, but I must admit, I don’t visit them before checking out Twitter. Twitter has proven to be invaluable to my business, for engaging with customers and for gaining new clients.

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  • Amber

    Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 21:27

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    After reading the whole article I must say I didn’t got bored and I am commenting because I feel like to. But you are right in many parts the social websites made big difference but again if someone really want to read that stuff I see lots of comments on lots of places where they discuss a lot. I stumbled upon this article because I was worried as well why people are not commenting well I got few things answered and Jonathan is right as well the feed reader could be another part that should be mentioned. At the end of this I just want to ask all the bloggers are we doing our best to get comments or engage people on our websites? Well take a example of this post this made me to write a comment.

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  • Kattie

    Sunday, September 4th, 2011 04:10

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    Wonderful article. Thanks for sharing and blogging. Best wishes

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  • Saad

    Monday, November 28th, 2011 00:04

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    This is just wonderful, I really like the theme of your blog and the stuff here is really very informative.

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  • Jonathan

    Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 16:44

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    My site has never received a great number of comments but then I am fairly dull. I wonder if the rise in feed readers is another factor in leading people away from commenting. If you can get the post/the main information in that post without visiting the website why both visiting and commenting when they likely have recaptcha or some other tech that moderates the comment before it displays.

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  • Dustin Tyson

    Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 16:07

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    i dont know about an internet kill switch….and i really dont think the US would implement one. The internet has brought a new age. (information technology age i think) Everything in this age is based off of the internet.. from blackberry to ipads to the businesses that thrive off of online customers….”killing the internet” would send us back to the stone age…think about, some people cant even go a day without a cell phone…

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  • Juan Pablo

    Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 13:02

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    All your base are belong to Facebook

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  • Markus

    Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 18:32

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    Good points.

    I have a blog myself and I get a decent number of visitors, but only a small percentage leave comments. It’s motivating at times.

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  • Jairo

    Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 00:08

    31

    Great article! i think ill start commenting more often now.

    0
  • SD

    Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 21:04

    30

    I removed commenting on my blog, within the first week of being up (2 years ago), for one reason:
    I was flooded with BS advert/spam.
    After talking with a few friends, who stated “I would have left a comment, but it was a mile of spam”, and realizing that, on top of running the Studio as well as my Alt business and raising two beautiful children, I simply did not have the time to moderate comments.
    Writing the blog as a ‘relaxer’ consumes enough time for me as it is. I have received positive feedback, and been thanked for my tuts, so I know the blog is not another waste of space (far too many out there as it is, to be sure).
    ►A feature similar to a Dislike on FB would be nice, but considering the state of the web, and the spiteful, vindictive actions of people now-a-days, would be grossly abused (Plus, ignoring/glossing over is always an option… Sorry Rean! ;) To quote my favorite movie: “ahhh…. Free Will… It is a Bit..!”)
    ►On a personal note: I refuse to use FB, (nit)Twit or most other social media sites. As experienced in Secondlife™ and other Virtual Worlds/Social Worlds, no one is who/how they say they are, and most articles (sims in the VWs) are fluff and full of opinionated (and commonly airheaded) cr_p, and that bleeds over to these other sites as well. A horse by any other name…..
    I typically do not read articles such as this. The title was an attractant & deterrent all in one, for me anyways.
    Attractant because I was in a recent discussion with a fellow blogger about this very topic.
    As 1WD has a steady following, and intelligent, interactive commentators/readers, I see this as the ideal place to gain insight from the community.
    Deterrent: Most articles around the WorldWideWhine are filled with either un-moderated spam, ‘kids’ having a discussion about (as I read just recently) Him dating her, which this other chick is not happy about (followed by an argument between the three parties… until is was broken up by the glorious spam post)
    As a FL and business owner I can attest, there is no such thing as too much information. The problem lies, as you stated, with information handed down as Facts. Most of which are, at best, half truths or downright wrong, with many undeserving an intellectual discussion as, by my experience, the Reader has their head bitten off by the Author for correcting misinformation, respectfully or otherwise.

    For the better days, I raise my glass, for Rean, I tip my hat, and for the individuals who have commented here, my Salute. Thank you for (putting up with my ‘rant’?!) reading, commenting and striking a great conversation.
    ~Sun

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  • Aaron

    Thursday, March 17th, 2011 16:24

    34

    It is normal. Lets take a look on Facebook age profile or ask somebody… what you do on Facebook or other social web site. The answer will be – chat. Teens or college students doesn’t like to read a gray wall of text or even write and share the opinions. Yes it is a lazy nation. Only BTW… THX… or something like that.
    The more adult audience needs the quality, outstanding research. Personally I have a few (15-20) blogs where I can find a useful information. Nowadays it’s too much garbage on the web and you have to pay close attention what you read.

    0
  • Jon

    Saturday, March 19th, 2011 22:45

    35

    Ok I’m going to say this as politely as possible.

    No one likes to login to facebook/twitter/etc before posting a comment, even the email requirements are a barrier. I won’t speak for everyone now, but I like to have my anonymous and hassle free weight in on articles.

    The other element of it is that a lot of content produced in blogs recently is hyperbole and usually is just a regurgitation of other sources. Original content is becoming extremely hard to come by, I’m actually becoming hesitant to clicking on a list-icle(top 10 ways to ? sound familiar) now because they are just link bait articles with no value.

    0
  • Kasko Sigortası

    Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 15:55

    40

    Great article! i think ill start commenting more often now.

    0
  • Kevin Pearson

    Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 10:27

    39

    This has been of great concern for some time and its conforting to know that other people share my exact thoughts.

    I use disqus on a campaign website which I’m running and from the experiments I have ran I noticed that the majority of people are those that dont use facebook or twitter. I have noticed when I’ve released a new article and clicked the like button I get a surge of people rushing over to read it. some will like it but the majority don’t say a peep.

    0
  • Jason Uvios

    Saturday, March 26th, 2011 23:53

    38

    I remember back about 6 years ago when I started my first blog, within a few days I had over 100 legit and useful comments. Over the next few months that number rose to thousands. Since then I’ve started numerous blogs on a wide range of topics and as you have suggested, comments have drastically decreased. It used to be easy, but now with more competition, more diversity in content and more authority sites it’s hard to get each individual user involved on a personal level.

    Content is still king, but it’s becoming harder and harder to write compelling content that provides true value to the users. Most searches I do in google for design related keywords end up with blog mash-ups of the 10 best this or the 100 most-awesome that..

    0
  • Alex

    Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 12:50

    36

    Everyone’s Blogging…oh, Facebook and Twitter!
    To be honest now-days it is so hard to follow the flow information that coming in on facebook. It started to annoy me. To much information information whit no sense. Many people post whit love of posting. Like Rean John Uehara said why is no dislike button there to filter are entry. If you start to filter entry post then the community would be much better. To be honest “The today facebook is more comercial the yesterday facebook”. U are agree with me?

    Thanks
    alex

    0
  • Barabis

    Thursday, March 24th, 2011 13:04

    37

    I used to write a tech blog and really the user interaction was minimal despite healthy number of readers

    0
  • Samantha Gluck

    Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 15:17

    52

    I almost always comment on posts that offer real solutions, advice, or a new way of thinking about what I’m dealing with right now — whether it’s in my freelance writing business or my personal life. Sometimes, I’m in a hurry and simply don’t have time to comment, but I usually make an effort — especially for those posts that really stand out.

    I also bookmark my favorite websites by category, but I must admit, I don’t visit them before checking out Twitter. Twitter has proven to be invaluable to my business, for engaging with customers and for gaining new clients.

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  • Amber

    Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 21:27

    51

    After reading the whole article I must say I didn’t got bored and I am commenting because I feel like to. But you are right in many parts the social websites made big difference but again if someone really want to read that stuff I see lots of comments on lots of places where they discuss a lot. I stumbled upon this article because I was worried as well why people are not commenting well I got few things answered and Jonathan is right as well the feed reader could be another part that should be mentioned. At the end of this I just want to ask all the bloggers are we doing our best to get comments or engage people on our websites? Well take a example of this post this made me to write a comment.

    0
  • Saad

    Monday, November 28th, 2011 00:04

    50

    This is just wonderful, I really like the theme of your blog and the stuff here is really very informative.

    0
  • Kattie

    Sunday, September 4th, 2011 04:10

    49

    Wonderful article. Thanks for sharing and blogging. Best wishes

    0
  • Dith

    Saturday, August 20th, 2011 14:32

    48

    You are right, too much content these days. And I like the way you compare it to The Great Library of Alexandria. I’m still a newbie – stuff like this article is a big help.

    0
  • abigail

    Thursday, May 26th, 2011 12:31

    45

    Nice Blog thats contains a immense content to read..

    0
  • Yaaseen

    Saturday, April 30th, 2011 12:58

    44

    So when you run out of things to blog about, you blog about the fact that the internet is so saturated that you are running out of things to blog about? lol
    I’m a great fan of this site, which (even though I’ve been following on Twitter for quite some time) took me quite long to decide to come over here and really start reading and finding really interesting articles. It’s a really great place to find quality information and aggregation of added information and resources. Now I don’t need to Google for added designer inspiration or know how. I just come to this site and reach out from here where ever you guyz take me.
    Well Done guyz!!!! Keep it up!

    0
  • Kevin

    Thursday, April 14th, 2011 15:31

    43

    As an upcoming blogger it good to see other professionals give us insight.Thank you and this article was awesome :D

    0
  • Jonathan

    Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 16:44

    42

    My site has never received a great number of comments but then I am fairly dull. I wonder if the rise in feed readers is another factor in leading people away from commenting. If you can get the post/the main information in that post without visiting the website why both visiting and commenting when they likely have recaptcha or some other tech that moderates the comment before it displays.

    0
  • Dustin Tyson

    Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 16:07

    41

    i dont know about an internet kill switch….and i really dont think the US would implement one. The internet has brought a new age. (information technology age i think) Everything in this age is based off of the internet.. from blackberry to ipads to the businesses that thrive off of online customers….”killing the internet” would send us back to the stone age…think about, some people cant even go a day without a cell phone…

    0
  • Kasko Sigortası

    Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 15:55

    40

    Great article! i think ill start commenting more often now.

    0
  • Kevin Pearson

    Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 10:27

    39

    This has been of great concern for some time and its conforting to know that other people share my exact thoughts.

    I use disqus on a campaign website which I’m running and from the experiments I have ran I noticed that the majority of people are those that dont use facebook or twitter. I have noticed when I’ve released a new article and clicked the like button I get a surge of people rushing over to read it. some will like it but the majority don’t say a peep.

    0
  • Jason Uvios

    Saturday, March 26th, 2011 23:53

    38

    I remember back about 6 years ago when I started my first blog, within a few days I had over 100 legit and useful comments. Over the next few months that number rose to thousands. Since then I’ve started numerous blogs on a wide range of topics and as you have suggested, comments have drastically decreased. It used to be easy, but now with more competition, more diversity in content and more authority sites it’s hard to get each individual user involved on a personal level.

    Content is still king, but it’s becoming harder and harder to write compelling content that provides true value to the users. Most searches I do in google for design related keywords end up with blog mash-ups of the 10 best this or the 100 most-awesome that..

    0
  • Barabis

    Thursday, March 24th, 2011 13:04

    37

    I used to write a tech blog and really the user interaction was minimal despite healthy number of readers

    0
  • Alex

    Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 12:50

    36

    Everyone’s Blogging…oh, Facebook and Twitter!
    To be honest now-days it is so hard to follow the flow information that coming in on facebook. It started to annoy me. To much information information whit no sense. Many people post whit love of posting. Like Rean John Uehara said why is no dislike button there to filter are entry. If you start to filter entry post then the community would be much better. To be honest “The today facebook is more comercial the yesterday facebook”. U are agree with me?

    Thanks
    alex

    0
  • Jon

    Saturday, March 19th, 2011 22:45

    35

    Ok I’m going to say this as politely as possible.

    No one likes to login to facebook/twitter/etc before posting a comment, even the email requirements are a barrier. I won’t speak for everyone now, but I like to have my anonymous and hassle free weight in on articles.

    The other element of it is that a lot of content produced in blogs recently is hyperbole and usually is just a regurgitation of other sources. Original content is becoming extremely hard to come by, I’m actually becoming hesitant to clicking on a list-icle(top 10 ways to ? sound familiar) now because they are just link bait articles with no value.

    0
  • Aaron

    Thursday, March 17th, 2011 16:24

    34

    It is normal. Lets take a look on Facebook age profile or ask somebody… what you do on Facebook or other social web site. The answer will be – chat. Teens or college students doesn’t like to read a gray wall of text or even write and share the opinions. Yes it is a lazy nation. Only BTW… THX… or something like that.
    The more adult audience needs the quality, outstanding research. Personally I have a few (15-20) blogs where I can find a useful information. Nowadays it’s too much garbage on the web and you have to pay close attention what you read.

    0
  • Juan Pablo

    Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 13:02

    33

    All your base are belong to Facebook

    0
  • Markus

    Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 18:32

    32

    Good points.

    I have a blog myself and I get a decent number of visitors, but only a small percentage leave comments. It’s motivating at times.

    0
  • Jairo

    Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 00:08

    31

    Great article! i think ill start commenting more often now.

    0
  • SD

    Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 21:04

    30

    I removed commenting on my blog, within the first week of being up (2 years ago), for one reason:
    I was flooded with BS advert/spam.
    After talking with a few friends, who stated “I would have left a comment, but it was a mile of spam”, and realizing that, on top of running the Studio as well as my Alt business and raising two beautiful children, I simply did not have the time to moderate comments.
    Writing the blog as a ‘relaxer’ consumes enough time for me as it is. I have received positive feedback, and been thanked for my tuts, so I know the blog is not another waste of space (far too many out there as it is, to be sure).
    ►A feature similar to a Dislike on FB would be nice, but considering the state of the web, and the spiteful, vindictive actions of people now-a-days, would be grossly abused (Plus, ignoring/glossing over is always an option… Sorry Rean! ;) To quote my favorite movie: “ahhh…. Free Will… It is a Bit..!”)
    ►On a personal note: I refuse to use FB, (nit)Twit or most other social media sites. As experienced in Secondlife™ and other Virtual Worlds/Social Worlds, no one is who/how they say they are, and most articles (sims in the VWs) are fluff and full of opinionated (and commonly airheaded) cr_p, and that bleeds over to these other sites as well. A horse by any other name…..
    I typically do not read articles such as this. The title was an attractant & deterrent all in one, for me anyways.
    Attractant because I was in a recent discussion with a fellow blogger about this very topic.
    As 1WD has a steady following, and intelligent, interactive commentators/readers, I see this as the ideal place to gain insight from the community.
    Deterrent: Most articles around the WorldWideWhine are filled with either un-moderated spam, ‘kids’ having a discussion about (as I read just recently) Him dating her, which this other chick is not happy about (followed by an argument between the three parties… until is was broken up by the glorious spam post)
    As a FL and business owner I can attest, there is no such thing as too much information. The problem lies, as you stated, with information handed down as Facts. Most of which are, at best, half truths or downright wrong, with many undeserving an intellectual discussion as, by my experience, the Reader has their head bitten off by the Author for correcting misinformation, respectfully or otherwise.

    For the better days, I raise my glass, for Rean, I tip my hat, and for the individuals who have commented here, my Salute. Thank you for (putting up with my ‘rant’?!) reading, commenting and striking a great conversation.
    ~Sun

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  • Tom Ross

    Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 13:34

    29

    I totally agree with Emil’s comment that most blog posts simply don’t encourage discussion. If you post ’10 things to improve your workflow’ then the best you can expect is ‘number 5 was my favorite’ or a simple ‘thankyou’. Comments spawn from emotional response to issues. Take this post, it’s attracted a good number of comments as it deals with an issue that people care about. I attract the most comments to my weekly redesign series because it’s totally unique and can’t really be duplicated. People respond to originality and provoking issues.

    +1
  • henry jones

    Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 16:57

    27

    no comment

    0
    • Rean John Uehara

      Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 17:21

      28

      Priceless!

      0
      • Peter Flag

        Thursday, July 14th, 2011 15:32

        46

        Priceless! (2)

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  • emil

    Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 05:28

    25

    there is not really anything to comment about. sure, all your points are valid but ultimately what can you comment on :

    ’10 things to do before you start your online business’ / ’20 resources for a better workflow’ / etc

    these are not articles that have the ability to spawn a conversation. there simply is nothing to add to them. and most blogs ( at least design blogs ) go with this style in mind.

    if you look at smaller, personal blogs where various designers just talk about their experiences/opinions about a specific topic without trying to teach anyone anything – then you will see that the discussions there are still very detailed and end up having hundreds of comments/replies .

    the idea of a blogger simply vanished in between facebook and list posts. i’m not saying that list posts aren’t good. they’re actually excellent. i’m just saying that you can’t expect any feedback for a list post. when you’re not actually discussing/expressing an opinion but stating some common facts then you can’t really expect people to have anything to add to that. they’re just there – they’re facts and you can’t comment on them.

    that’s the actual problem. discussions on blogs still exist. just not on the big / popular blogs – because most of the times there simply isn’t anything to add.

    0
    • DAS_STROMKOPF

      Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 16:26

      26

      Very good point, haven’t thought about that! My Blog is about opinions, i always try to explain what i like or dislike about something, that is rhe whole point of a blog, if you ask me. Maybe the replies will come sooner or later, it’s a relatively new site. We’ll see, i’ll be patient and do what i gotta do, anyways…

      0
  • Renato Alves

    Monday, March 14th, 2011 23:18

    21

    I agreed totally with you about the hundreds of websites online for us readers to catch on. Mainly in the webdesign niche, where there are tons of thousands (in English and in Portuguese) online. Ans one of the things I try to think about lies in the blog quality.

    If I were read every blog that is bookmarked in my web browser, I could pass the whole day just reading, so what do I do? I take the best one, or the ones I think it’s gonna help me most and put in my browser bar. Following this blogs I know I’ll be reading good quality content, otherwise wasting my time reading a bunch of webpages trying to appear from the rest.

    Other good point that agreed in the article above lies in the lack of good quality. People indeed are only trying to show their blogs up. That’s all. It’s a shame.

    Unfortunately the only thing that we bloggers can do is create good quality content and hope one day this situation changes. Cya!

    0
  • Claire Winehouse

    Monday, March 14th, 2011 11:35

    14

    Where are the comments?
    The comments are gone to the original content as always.
    If you write the same article which is on Smasing Magazine,then it means that you are not original

    0
    • Rean John Uehara

      Monday, March 14th, 2011 19:51

      18

      We really can’t just disregard about the blogs that came before SM, 1stWD, and other design blogs. If we are to talk about originality then it is only proper that we go deeper than SM, because as far as my puny awareness goes they’re not the first in every topic they write, no? Of course I am working under the premise that SM is the original source as you put it, which is in this case a hypothetical scenario (for argument’s sake).

      “The comments are gone to the original content as always.” << Not really, I can write something very original and it won’t go anywhere. Someone writes using the same idea and already has a good publicity *boom* instant karma points. I can go on and on and insert valid arguments and dissect fallacious statements but it will only make me kind of harsh. :p

      0
    • Saad Bassi

      Monday, March 14th, 2011 13:56

      19

      So you mean to say, 100’s of other blogs including us should change the topics because Smashing Magazine does cover design already?

      0
      • Alex

        Monday, March 14th, 2011 20:48

        24

        Excellent answer. I admit I’m not one for commenting regularly on blogs, although I visit dozens each day. I only comment on articles I feel I can make a valuable contribution to and to articles I like.

        I think that content is the biggest issue here. I think most of the design blogs around focus too heavily on articles like “43 Awesome Wonderful Inspirational bla bla Photoshop Tutorials”. If you look at most of the blogs in the design blogosphere today, 90% of the articles are like that. These type of articles are fine from time to time especially when you search for “awesome wonderful inspirational Photoshop tutorials”, but being a generalized phenomena, it’s too much. It just seems like a blunt lack of inspiration and originality in a world where inspiration and originality should be laws.

        And this trend was started in design by the above mentioned Smashing Magazine, but they knew when to put an end to it, they grew over this trend, because that’s what it was, a trend. If you look at their articles now, you rarely see a “list article”. That’s what’s making them great. They invent trends, they don’t follow trends. This kind of articles might still work in magazines like Cosmopolitan, but in design people just got bored of it.

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        • Peter Flag

          Thursday, July 14th, 2011 15:36

          47

          Agreed !

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  • aditya menon

    Sunday, March 13th, 2011 20:36

    13

    The problem with wasteful comments can be easily set right, in fact, now that you have spawned this idea in my head, I’ll try and convert it into WP/Drupal/Joomla plugins:
    1. Give every comment a like/dislike button – this is fairly common.
    2. Author’s votes have +10 value, and everyone else just +1
    3. One IP address can only vote on a comment once in 24 hrs.
    4. Comments are ordered not by date/time of post, but by the +points it has.
    5. This way, author can choose the best comments to be displayed first, while not offending the “thanx nize pozzt” masses who don’t like their comments completely deleted/not displayed.
    6. If the community thinks one comment is better than anything even the author himself has chosen, their votes count: Democracy FTW!!!

    And again, I agree with Stromkopf above. Only a billion people are on the net right now. Out of 7 billion! 100% human participation might never happen, but surely, 6 out of 7 people might one day have access to the internet. And this huge population constantly interacting will spawn new tech and tools… finally settling down on the one holy grail tool that is the best way to exchange ideas and information effectively.

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    • Rean John Uehara

      Monday, March 14th, 2011 19:59

      20

      I think it would not be much of a democracy if the author has +10 value, that’s like autocracy for me. :p But that’s a nice idea to properly filter comments, I’m not just sure if it will encourage people to write down their thoughts. I guess, as NS below said, giving people proper incentive will encourage them to comment. Points may work, but it’s a long shot.

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  • raym

    Sunday, March 13th, 2011 17:30

    12

    It’s been said that opinions are like “as holes” umm, belly buttons, everybody has one. But like, umm belly buttons, not everyone is willing to show their bellybutton to the world. It takes a certain level of exhibitionism to show your belly button or share that opinion. You really have to believe your belly button is worth showing off, in order to go through the hassle of CAPTCHA’s moderation queues, just for the right for someone else to insult your belly button for being flabby, for being an outie when innie’s are the rage, or to criticize your belly button for being gnarled because it contained a misspelling or bad punctuation. What’s even worse, are the trolls who prove Godwin’s Law and compare your belly button to a certain World War II leader.

    0
    • Rean John Uehara

      Monday, March 14th, 2011 15:20

      15

      This would be in the front page of Reddit if you posted it there! A very good analogy of how it really is.

      0
  • Gayle

    Sunday, March 13th, 2011 14:20

    9

    Another point could be that many businesses look for complimentary places to comment to help their google rankings, but if the blog has ‘no follow’ tags, it doesn’t help, so why bother commenting there when you can go elsewhere?

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  • Benjamin Milde

    Sunday, March 13th, 2011 14:20

    8

    Though I’m not the big blogreader, I know what you mean with the Internet got to much content. I like some bigger newspapers here in germany and it’s to expensive to subscribe to them all. Therefore I’m read there rss feeds. Big I’m often used to skiping reading them, because there isn’t one article from each newspaper about about a topic, there are serveral articles even from one newspaper. It’s hart to overcome one’s weaker self to read all those articles.
    To come to your theory about the comments. The blogs I’m following are mostly about webdesign. It’s a topic im very interested in, but by now, I’m going to study it in a few month, I’ve no great knowledge about it. So if I write a comment, I would always be concerned about writing bullshit.
    The type of comment where you write a little “Thank you for the article” or “Quite interesting topic” is the one I always to lasy to write. I know it would be nice for everyone to read that, but then I remember of some (older) articles I’ve read, where are about 100 comments, ~90 are not longer than 3 or 4 words and the last 9 or 10 are great written statements, but nobody would read them because they are to far below the article or blogpost.
    While writing the idea came to my mind to get a little button next to the comment box, where you can thank the author for the post, like a comment, but with maybe only one line to post. Than there is a possibility to give the other readers a choice to see all comments or only the ones, where other people wrote about the topic of the post. I’ve experienced that sometimes there are great additions to posts in the comments and one the one hand it’s quite sad that they are useless if people miss them, because there are lot’s of “thank you” posts, but on the other hand it’s not nice to write nothing as you said in your post.
    Hopefully I remind this the next time I read something well considered instead of being even to lazy to give thanks.

    0
    • Rean John Uehara

      Monday, March 14th, 2011 15:27

      16

      “I’ve experienced that sometimes there are great additions to posts in the comments and one the one hand it’s quite sad that they are useless if people miss them”

      True, looking at the comments here proves what you’ve just said. If you will go to Reddit and see threads there, the good ones amass 300-1000+ comments, and finding the best (or hot) comments is easy because people vote for what they like. It has a very good sorting. I think having that would encourage people to share their thoughts.

      0
  • Derek

    Sunday, March 13th, 2011 19:55

    6

    Commenting is such sweet sorrow…

    0
  • Sandra

    Sunday, March 13th, 2011 19:44

    5

    I think all opinions are somehow right here, there are many causes of people non commenting.

    Firstly, I think it’s laziness, true is also that there is simply too much information and it is so much easer to stick around facebook reading short notes and pushing like button – some are too lazy even for this task lol. Seriously speaking I myself am feeling guilty spending too much time on reading and interacting when I should be working.

    I think we all should use common sense and take the best out of flood of information and give our own contribution as much as we can without being drown in it.

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  • Somebody

    Sunday, March 13th, 2011 17:13

    4

    I don’t think commenting now is any different from years ago. The only reason that I don’t comment on a site is they ask me to fill yet another form. You’d think Facebook and Twitter integration with some blogs would slow down the form-filling annoyance, but it hasn’t.

    0
  • LostSouls

    Sunday, March 13th, 2011 14:04

    3

    It think people are just to lazy to fill out a form and leave a comment. I myself run a “photo blog” and have received maiby 3 – 4 comments in total. But after adding a facebook like button ( that’s not working correct atm ) I got 19 likes on a post about our schools ski trip.

    I think people just know that no one ( exept the author ) is going to read there comment so they don’t think about it.

    0
    • DAS_STROMKOPF

      Sunday, March 13th, 2011 20:55

      10

      The FB like button not working properly was the reason for me to finally get rid of all FB connection to my blog. I got really tired of always having to fix things, not even knowing what is going on. FB doesnt give out lots of info about their stuff…. and whats with all that making your website a FB page to properly connect to them, by inserting special FB tags? I don’t want my website to become a FB page to let people like it. That’s insane!

      And it really is too bad, beacause i personally think FB really was fun in he beginning. It could still be fun AND be a powerful tool at the same time. If only FB would be a bit more concerned about their users… about the community… and not being all about themselves… Zuckerberg, what an ego… i don’t know , i want to use it, but i can’t anymore…

      Just learned the reason why i don’t see stuff my friends wrote anymore is because FB changed some setting, so that you only receive updates from people you are in frequent contact with… changed it without telling anybody! This has been going on for weeks! I go there every day, and i did not know what was going on!

      This really does it, i am out. FB can do whatever, i will do my thing.

      Hangin there, try to encourage your users to leave feedback! I am still working out how to do that, but there’s got to be a way!

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      • Benjamin Milde

        Monday, March 14th, 2011 18:25

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        That’s my opinion, too. With the recently merged share- and likebutton it’s so annoying to read 5 times a day that one of your not-as-technocrazy friend liked one of those spamvideos. There you can see that even facebook itself isn’t really concerned about getting their stuff done properly. Certainly it confirms your arguments, because I think no one of my friends even knows about the changes with the likebutton.

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  • Joe2PointOh

    Sunday, March 13th, 2011 13:50

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    Wondering if you’re not really just wondering where all of “your” blog comments have gone.

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    • Saad Bassi

      Sunday, March 13th, 2011 14:08

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      Its not something specific to 1stwebdesigner. Smashing Magazine is the biggest design blog. With more than 230K feeds smashingmag manages to get 90-100 comments. Usually there are 60-70. Not to mention they have more than 300K twitter followers. Which I consider pretty bad because you should compare this with engadget and other big tech blogs where every featured article has more than 2000 comments.

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      • NS

        Sunday, March 13th, 2011 15:09

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        This is the same with any online magazine/newspaper. Here in the UK, the biggest newspaper websites such as the dailymail or the telegraph attracts over 2 million visitors a month but only get 500-1000 comments.

        I like how sixrevisions.com uses their commenting system to create competitions for giveaways. That ultimately encourages user engagement and interaction with the brand.
        There must be some kind of incentive, but not always. Content these days are become to familiar and everyone is doing the same thing, I comment on posts which I think is exciting, unique, different, smart and it must have an effect on my life, either to improve my knowledge or inspire me in very big ways.

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        • Steven

          Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 01:49

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          “I comment on posts which I think is exciting, unique, different, smart and it must have an effect on my life, either to improve my knowledge or inspire me in very big ways.”
          BRAVO!
          Reading through all of the comments to this post, I was trying to figure out why I comment when I do. NB got it right for me. I comment when I am moved or have gained something from the reading of an article or post. I comment also when someone presents a problem they are having and then explain how they intend to work on the problem (DAS_STROMKOPF does this very well). I hate leaving an article feeling like there is no solution. Even if your solution is don’t buy this product, avoid this scam, or simply here is my solution (avoid fb), in the end you learned something usefull and pertinent. :)
          I have to tell you the number of posts I read each day… I just don’t have the mind to respond to many of them… some are just whiny, others are looking for something (acknowledgement) and others are stricly fluff.
          Great article! Interesting responses.

          best to you all.

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    • Dainis Graveris

      Sunday, June 17th, 2012 13:50

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      Valid point – look at this article discussion and ask the same question again! :)

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  • DAS_STROMKOPF

    Sunday, March 13th, 2011 13:47

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    Thanks for this article, although it is a bit disencouraging, at least for me. I run my own blog, and i do so with much passion and enthusiasm, i simply love it. But it does put me down a bit that i don’t get feedback from visitors. Most of them don’t even click the really easy to access “LOVE™ / HATE™” buttons i so thoughtfully installed. See, i try to get away from Facebook and do my own thing, because i find that whole “social networking” thing very disturbing. People are not saying what they really think about something anymore, they just want to click somewhere to show their “friends” they found something cool. After that, they forget about it and move to the next thing.

    Also, Facebook has done a lot of crap concerning privacy and i do not accept letting them own my stuff. Nobody uses my personal thoughts for commercial purposes, period.

    But right now i see Facebook becoming less and less about real friends, becoming more and more of a pure marketing tool. I get a lot of information on my wall from artists and i think this is a convenient way of staying up to date. Although you have to check Facebook several times a day, which i still do, or you will miss a lot of announcements, because there is so much stuff coming in constantly. What is “old” simply disappears (“old” meaning from yesterday), there is no convenient way to browse through that messages.
    Besides from that, i actually see friends posting less and less. Lots of them have even taken down personal info from their Facebook pages. Facebook is not about friends anymore, Facebook has become merely a tool for sharing stuff, in the simplest way possible. But this really gets old, i stopped “liking” altogether, it doesn’t do anything for me. People don’t react to it, they don’t want to see what i want them to see, they are fed up with too much of everything. They start to filter what they really find interesting, and Facebook does not help you with that. Facebook just spams you with everything there is, more is more, quantity over quality.

    Twitter has the same problem, and that’s why i think RSS is a much better technology to spread and collect information / news. It give me the opportunity to choose what i want to view and let’s me actually browse older news. Until I decide to make them disappear.

    So in my opinion Facebook and Twitter are just trends, they themselves will disappear, making ways for new “hip” sites, that present smarter, more fun to use services. Sites like that will come and go, people get bored quite quickly, we constantly need fresh stuff.

    So what i am trying to say here is, this whole technology that is “Teh Interwebs” is still developing, it is still very new to many people and we are still learning how to use it. Everything will normalise, become less of a trend and more of an actual tool, that lets you decide to use it when you need it. And i believe that people will get back to commenting, as soon as they realise it is more satisfying to say what you really think about something, as opposed to just “liking” it, what as a matter of fact really does not tell others anything about the item itself, or yourself. Also, why is there still no dislike Button in Facebook? YouTube has it, and it makes things way more interesting. But i personally want to tell people why i like or dislike something. I want people to understand, think about stuff. That is the reason why i have my own, personal website(s). And the best thing about that: I can do whatever i want with it, share as much or as little as i find appropriate. Now social plattform can provide me with that freedom. Not. Even. Close.

    So i believe we will learn to use the new, cool tools and eversything will be good again. We just have to be a little patient.

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    • Rean John Uehara

      Monday, March 14th, 2011 15:32

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      I think the problem with social media is that people tend to merge the business side and personal side of it. I’ve read an article once discussing about if a freelancer should “add” their clients on Facebook or not. And yes, it is really disheartening when you are excited about something and people really don’t take notice of it. Or they do, but just don’t tell, to which you have no clue if what you did is good or not.

      “Also, why is there still no dislike Button in Facebook?” I have thought of this too and ended up liking the thought of not having one. If you don’t like it, ignore it. Wait, that hurts!

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