Friday, December 15, 2017

Why We Shouldn’t Despair Over Lack of Interaction on Blog Posts by Dawn Kinzer

Dawn Kinzer
You spent considerable time coming up with a thought-provoking idea for a blog post, then more time writing and re-writing the piece until you were satisfied it was worthy of national attention.

The day came when the article went live for all the world to see, and then . . .

Nada. No comments. No feedback. Nothing.

And you pondered the results. 

Did anyone read the words I so masterfully assembled? Did I touch anyone? Encourage even one person?

You’re not alone!

But, don’t despair! No or few comments doesn’t mean we bombed! Nor does it signify that what we wrote didn’t inspire, challenge, or move people.

Here are three reasons why we can believe it:


1. Although readers may have LOVED the article, they may be unable to share something personal or unwilling to put their thoughts out there with the possibility of being judged.

2. Some readers don’t comment because they believe they have nothing profound to say in response, and they don’t want to come across as being silly or shallow.

3. Technical problems may hinder some from commenting. Did you know that Blogger/Google no longer allows anonymous comments? So, unless a reader has an account with Google, he’s unable to post on a blog hosted by Blogger. (However, if the settings on the blog allow anyone, including anonymous readers to leave a message, the comment may be accepted.)


The pros say if you want to generate comments, write something controversial to spark discussion. But, here’s the thing. Seriously Write isn’t a controversial blog. Our goal has never been to stir up arguments. Our mission is to equip and encourage writers. And reality? Although Seriously Write has a large following, we have a quiet audience. More often than not, we experience more dialogue on our Facebook profiles where our team daily links the articles than on the blog, itself.

There’s another thing we need to remember. Unless a blog is completely deleted, our articles are available for readers ongoing—for years!

In 2012, our Seriously Write hostess, Annette Irby, shared her article, “Nuance: Are You Really Saying What You Mean?” The post has received only four comments, but it’s been viewed over 14,500 times!

On my personal blog, an article I posted in 2011, “Brothers and Sisters,” continues to hold the top rank in views. Yet, it has yet to receive one comment!

So, take heart, dear writers . . . and write on.

And don’t forget to leave a comment below!  (wink)


When have you been let down by lack of response to a blog article you labored over? How did you handle that discouragement?





In 1904, Hope Andrews, an aspiring fashion designer, struggles with leaving New York City. But with no job, her parents leaving the country, and an abusive ex-fiancĂ© refusing to accept their broken engagement, Hope doesn’t have much choice but to give in to her parents’ wishes that she move far away and live with her cousin indefinitely.

Talented Benjamin Greene can’t deny his passion for painting, but guilt over a painful incident in his past keeps him from sharing his gift. Instead, he devotes much of his days to helping his younger sibling rebuild a farm inherited from a great-uncle. Only his brother is aware that Ben spends his spare time in a studio on their property.

In the small rural town of Riverton, Wisconsin, Hope and Ben can’t help but be thrown together. But as feelings for each other deepen, tension thickens over how talent should be used. Their mutual passion for art brings them together, but will it also drive them apart?




Dawn Kinzer is a freelance editor, and her own work has been published in various devotionals and magazines. She co-hosts and writes for Seriously Write. Sarah’s Smile is the first book in her historical romance series The Daughters of Riverton, and Hope’s Design is the second. Rebecca’s Song will be released in 2018.

A mother and grandmother, Dawn lives with her husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Favorite things include dark chocolate, good wine, strong coffee, the mountains, family time, and Masterpiece Theatre.

You can connect and learn more about Dawn and her work by visiting these online sites: Author WebsiteDawn’s BlogGoodreadsFacebookPinterest, and Instagram.


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18 comments:

  1. Well said, Dawn. I read many blog posts, but rarely leave a comment. Sometimes, it's just a matter of time.

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    1. Same here, Sandra! I don't leave comments on every blog that inspires or entertains me.

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    2. EXACTLY, Sandra!! i follow 40 or 50 (ish?) blogs and share them (FB, Twitter, and google+) and unless it REALLY speaks to me, i just don't have time to comment. so glad i'm not the only one!!!

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    3. and yet - i commented here..... hahahahah

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    4. Wow, Robin! Forty - fifty blogs! That's amazing. Thanks for commenting here!!! LOL!

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  2. Great post, Dawn! We live in such a busy world so we just can't measure the success of a post by the comments. Honestly, even the numbers could lie.

    We never know how much a post will touch a reader's heart. If we're lead to write, we just need to have obey and have faith as we write. Thank you, Annette and Dawn, for giving us this venue to do just that!

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    1. Thanks, Angie! There's so much truth in what you just wrote.

      And thank YOU for all you give to Seriously Write! You are a blessing to the team and our readers!

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  3. ::Marianne offers applause and a standing ovation:: - this is powerful, encouraging truth, Dawn. Thanks for sharing your wisdom and heart!!! xo Merry Christmas, all, much love and many hugs!!! <3

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    1. Marianne, thanks so much for your encouraging words! They put a smile on my face.

      Merry Christmas to you!

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  4. Very true, Dawn. So glad you addressed this. Although I do love to get comments on my blog posts, I’m not discouraged when I don’t. For one thing, that’s not the end goal of my blogging. For another, I’m always thrilled at those “surprise” comments that come in person from someone I had no idea even read my blog or from someone half the world away who commented on a three-year-old post (as happened this week)! I consider those icing on the cake.

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    1. Dee Dee, thanks for sharing your personal experiences and thoughts. Yes! It's great fun to receive a surprising comment. Even one response can do our hearts good! Sweet icing indeed!

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    2. Dee Dee, "that's no the end goal of my blogging." Profound words that really spoke to me. Thank you.

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  5. Dawn, thank you for sharing. I've been a guest on blogs and thought, hello is anyone out there? lol

    But I still don't leave a comment on every blog I read. There are times I don't know of a good comment to leave, but I still enjoyed the post. And to be honest, if the comment doesn't take the first time I don't mess with retyping it. I just go on my way. Also, Facebook interaction is great and just as meaningful.

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    1. Terri, I also don't comment on every blog I read. I don't even comment on many of the posts here on SW, even though I enjoy them all!

      I agree - the Facebook "likes" and comments are awesome. They still let us know that people are reading and are getting something out of what's posted.

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  6. Encouraging post, Dawn. Yes, it can be discouraging. I don't understand the page views thing that well and always wonder how valid they are. ?? I surprisingly still get comments on blog posts that I wrote almost 10 years ago!!

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    1. Hi, Carla! I agree...it's surprising, interesting, and encouraging to see that people are still reading words we shared years ago. Also, kind of crazy!

      I don't know if the number of page views is an exact science, but I believe it's close to reality. At least it gives us some idea of what's drawing interest. ;-)

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  7. I found this post to be very encouraging. I have people reading my posts, but very few leave comments. I suppose I should be glad that they're reading!

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    1. I'm so glad it was helpful, Evelyn. Yes, be very happy that readers are finding your posts! We can't tell the full impact we're making if we judge only by the comments left. Happy writing!

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