You spend ages developing your recipe, testing it, waiting for the light to be right for the photos, styling the food, editing and resizing the images, writing your blog post, then you hit publish and wait… and wait… and… nothing?! Sound familiar? You’ve gone to all that effort and, whilst you enjoyed doing it and love sharing recipes, nobody has left you a comment!
I’ve seen a few bloggers tweeting recently about how disappointed they are that nobody has left them any comments and I wonder if it is something that the UK food blogging community is experiencing as a whole. Personally, I’ve definitely noticed a reduction in blog comments over the past year, but I do receive feedback elsewhere – usually on twitter and Facebook.
As we all lead such busy lives and with the increase in the number of blogs out there, perhaps people are looking for easier and more immediate ways of commenting. I know some people have expressed concerns over whether to have comment moderation on their blogs and whether verification systems such as Captcha are off-putting. We all want to avoid excess spam comments on our blogs, but don’t want to discourage genuine commenters.
I have to admit, that I do still get excited every time someone leaves me a comment. I love blogging about food and would carry on regardless, but I also appreciate feedback and encouraging dialogue on my blog. I try to reply to people who are kind enough to stop by, but I know some bloggers don’t see the point in this. Do you reply to your blog comments?
Making the time to leave comments on other food blogs is a good way of encouraging others to come back and visit your blog. However, always be sure to leave a comment that adds something and not just comment for the sake of it. It can be a great way of getting to know other bloggers and strike up friendships too.
Is it important to you to receive feedback via your blog comments or are you happy to receive feedback via other channels? Does it matter if you don’t receive anything at all? Do you still leave comments for other bloggers? So many questions in this blog post but it would be really interesting to hear your views.