Monday, 3 November 2014

DISCUSSION: Comments vs. Page Views

You know that game called 'Would You Rather?' Let's do that. (It's also an awesome book by Chris Higgins, but this isn't the time for recommending books...)


I like getting comments because...
  • It means my blog post made someone think. 
  • I love hearing other peoples' opinions.
  • Sometimes comments, especially on discussion posts, can bring up a really good point that I didn't think of myself, and/or make me think about something differently.
  • It can be a way of finding new blogs to read.
  • While page views show you exactly how many times your post has been seen, I feel like comments actually prove it. To me, comments are people, and page views are just numbers.
But I also like looking at page views because...
  • It fascinates me! I hate maths but it's so interesting seeing how popular/unpopular a blog post is.
  • It's nice to know there are people actually reading this. When I started my very first blog, Blogger didn't even have a way to check stats. I was convinced no one was reading until they finally introduced stats four years later! 
Would I rather get more comments or more page views? I think I'm going to go with... comments. Page views are nice, but I love that feeling when you see '[random number here] comments awaiting moderation' on the dashboard. I also love leaving comments! But what about you?

Would you rather get more comments or more page views?

P.S I don't usually do an 'add on' at the bottom of a blog post, but I have news! It's so exciting and you can read what I'm talking about here.

33 comments:

  1. Comments for sure :) pageviews are great but comments tell you that someone out there understood and thought about your post enough to have something to say about it and that's the best feeling!
    –B @Fangirling Misses

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    1. It really is! Especially when it's a post you thought was bad but then it gets nice comments ^-^

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  2. I completely agree, and I was actually thinking about this just yesterday. I've had an increase in page views recently but I'm receiving the same small smattering of comments. As you said, page views are just numbers, but comments feel like real people. It's interesting to try to pin point what it is exactly that makes people want to comment - something I'm considering even as I sit here responding to your post! Very meta.

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    1. The only thing I can think of that makes people want to comment is if the blog post makes them feel they have something to say or add to the conversation. It's an interesting thing to think about. :)

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  3. Hmmm I'd have to say i don't really care for my blog either way. I view tons of blogs but sometimes I don't always feel i have something to contribute, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the content. I guess I should start commenting even if its something little.
    ~ Britt@ PleaseFeedTheBookworm.com

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  4. I don't use to comment very much on the blogs I follow (most times I don't have something clever to say, so I think it's better just keep reading). But I can imagine that comments seem more real than just numbers, and also provide feedback; so, if I were a blogger, I'd probably prefer to see comments too.

    But the reason I decided to comment here is to congratulate you on the Future 8 Award. Wow, this is SO cool! You really got talent, and you make a great job. Well done, and well deserved, Amber!

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  5. I love getting comments too! It's great and exciting to see that people are visiting my blog through pageviews, but the extra effort of leaving comments is just <333 heartwarming.

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    1. That's a point I forgot to include! It's so nice that people take the time to let you know their thoughts :)

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  6. Comments for me all the way. It makes me feel special that someone has not only clicked on a link to go to by blog but read it and taken the time to comment too. It makes it all worthwhile.
    Gill x

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  7. I like comments. I feel a bit sad if no one comments on a post, like I did something wrong! Haha. That said I do like to check my page views because if no one is even looking at the posts then I definitely did something wrong!

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    1. Same, it makes me think, "was the post really that bad?" It's even worse when it's a post you're really proud of!

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  8. I'm definitely more interested by page views than comments. Speaking to lots of bloggers, I know most of us really enjoy reading other blogs but rarely have time to comment - plus, I still haven't fixed commenting on my blog since I moved to WordPress so it's been comment-free for a few weeks! I think for a few certain blogs comments just reflect how often they've begged for comments on Twitter... YEAH I WENT THERE.

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    1. *sassy z-shaped finger snap* Hahaha. I think you might be right, although I don't think that happens as much as it used to :'D

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  9. I'm way more interested in comments - page views are nice but they're just that views. They give no indication past someone looked at a page and for how long (although this figure can't be 100% accurate).

    Discussion on a post is makes blogging more fun - otherwise it's just broadcasting and numbers.

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    1. Exactly! I love being able to have a conversation, instead of just talking to... an empty space, if that makes sense. :)

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  10. I don't have page views on my blog and I tend not to think about it as I'd like to believe I blog for the sake of it and if someone reads what I ramble, it's a bonus.

    I'd like to think that...but it isn't true, ha! I love comments.

    In agreement when you say 'comments are human' though, it's that real person on the other side responding to words you've written and interacting despite not needing to. It's so easy to breeze through the internet just stalking...sorry, watching. I really appreciate it when someone has stopped scrolling through the vast web of the wide world and taken time, that they may not have, to sit, compose their thoughts on the words you've just splurged and write an authentic comment.

    On a side note, I think it's really lovely that you take the time yourself, Amber, to reply to as many of the comments you can on your blog. It's a respect for your readers and just niceness ;)

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    1. Yessss. I mean, you just wrote a really long and meaningful comment even though you're probably really busy. That was nice of you ;D

      Aw thank you :) I can't imagine not replying to comments, I like talking far too much haha ;)

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  11. I agree, comments are far more important to me. But then again, people who comment are mainly bloggers, and I'm sure all our blogs are read by people who don't have blogs as well. So I guess both are equally important, but comments make my day better!

    Ivana @ Bookish Teens

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  12. Hmm it's always tough to pick between them. I always love comments, but I love knowing people view my blog to. Plus there's always going to be people that always view, always read every post you put out but might never comment, or their app makes it hard. You'll always have faceless readers and your regular ones, but comments certainly make my day - I love the interaction and engagement and hearing others experiences and views.

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  13. I'd much rather get comments because otherwise, it feels like I'm just talking to myself. I used to obsess over stats when I first started out, but I quickly realized it doesn't matter how many people follow you - if they aren't engaging with you, then what's the use of having a ton of followers? Comments make me happy! :D

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  14. You don't really have to choose though right? Since someone has to give you at least one pageview in order to leave a comment, actually maybe it counts as two since they view again after they submit? I totally agree that comments are the bomb since discussion can be so eye opening and that's the whole point of blogging, but I appreciate that the metric publishers seem to be judging us on (pageviews) matches up nicely to a solid community interaction so we can enjoy both :D

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  15. I'm a bit of both really. I love knowing that my blog is taking off, but I also like it when people take the time to comment on your posts.

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  16. Can I say neither? I'd rather have people tweeting about my posts or engaging with me on there; much easier to have a decent conversation. (I know comments, since they don't have a 140 character limit, probably SHOULD be easier for conversations than Twitter, but that would involve remembering to check back or set up notifications!)

    Interesting question and cool to see so many people replying!

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  17. Comments, comments, comments!!!

    It's great to see that people are reading the posts but it's even better to see WHO is reading the posts. Even just one comment makes me happy because it's so nice to see someone actually contributing to what I've said and as you said it could raise a point you didn't think about before. It's so easy to feel alone on a platform like this (or just on the internet in general) when you can see that people are reading/following but they're not communicating.

    Comments really give me that urge to keep going :)

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  18. For me, I really don't mind. I enjoy blogging and if people like to share their opinions with me, that's great. I generally don't really mind. But if I had to choose, I prefer comments! x

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  19. Definitely comments! I love getting comments, reading them, and replying to them. Comments always makes my day. It means they care enough to leave their opinion. They took their time to read my content. That's why whenever someone leave a meaningful comment on my blog, I always try to do the same to them. :-)

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  20. I get soooo excited about comments, but pageviews are somewhat important to me too. I read somewhere that only about 1% of readers comment and I totally understand that sometimes one just doesn't have anything to say.

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  21. Comments are the most important to me. I don't ever check for pageviews. I want to know if I have reached my readers, said something that resonates with them. Congrats again, on the win!

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  22. Comments are my favorite. Page view are nice and it's great to see that people are reading what I've written. But half the reason I post it on a blog is to connect with other people. I want to hear their thoughts and perspectives, even if that means they disagree with me. Because it broadens my understanding of the subject.

    Granted not everyone has something to say and that's fair. I read a ton of posts I really like but don't have anything interesting to add. And empty comments aren't that much fun - to read or to post. But substantive comments are like the pot of gold at the end of the blog post rainbow :)

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  23. This is a great topic for discussion, Amber! I agree with you 100%, while page views are interesting - they're just numbers. The comments are people, and discussion and I think conversation is a big part of what makes blogging so great.

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  24. Definitely comments, they mean someone out there is listening to you and understands, which is part of what makes blogging so awesome!

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