It is nice to get attention. WordPress gives us lots of tools to keep track of who is visiting our blog and when. They even came up with a cool map feature. Very nifty.
But, for us attention whores, that’s just not enough, is it? We want to know what you think. Readers have opinions, and writers like to read them. But, sadly, most folks who do read your blog post probably never bother to leave a comment. Why?
In Mr. Brewer’s 25 Ways to Increase Blog Traffic his second piece of advice offers some help, sort of:
Encourage comments. Some bloggers recommend turning the comments off when the traffic is low, because conditions are favorable for zero comments. However, I think it’s a smarter strategy to expect zero comments, but encourage them from the very beginning. The best blogs will get a conversation going, and that helps build traffic. I know it can feel lonely waiting for that conversation to start, but just keep plugging away.
Not exactly mind-blowing advice, but true nonetheless. And simple to employ. WordPress defaults to comments on. Now, we wait with the crickets.