In recent months, things have been very frustrating in regards to the state of my blog. The past few episodic and editorial posts received no comments at all, which adds to the frustration. If you have been following me on Twitter, the lack of comments has been my torn in my back for the past few months. Rather than keep my frustrations in, I want to share them. Also, I want to ask for your suggestions on how to motivate readers to comment on my posts.
In the past, while my blog has ups and downs in terms of comments, I do read them. I find comments more valuable than likes as it gives me the indication that the person read my post. Comments adds value to the content I create. They give me different perspectives on the topics that I cover in editorials or thoughts about an episode or a series.
It’s frustrating when I put in a lot of effort in creating content and the comments never come. Sure, I receive a handful of likes, but in my opinion, likes don’t really add much value to the posts I write. People can simply leave likes without reading the content. This is one of the reasons I want to possibly disable likes as a way to encourage more commenting.
Either way, when I compare my blog to other blogs, who have no problems receiving comments, it’s obvious why I’m very frustrated. This just adds more to the self-doubt. This makes me believe that my content isn’t good enough because people aren’t leaving comments. Compared to last year at the same time, the situation is even worse as I only received 70 comments opposed to around 94 last year.
I have to admit that complaining about this issue isn’t going to help in the long run. I’m at my breaking point of possibly burning out mostly because of this issue. In the end, I need to make drastic changes and improvements. Is the quality of my content the reason I’m not receiving any comments? Or is it that I need to step up my efforts with social media as seen with the declining/stagnating Twitter follower count? There are different areas I am willing to look at so I can possibly resolve this issue. Feel free to share constructive advice in the comments on which areas I should improve on to resolve this issue.
At the end of the day, I’m at the risk of burning out over this issue alone. This is frustrating since I enjoy sharing my thoughts about anime, manga and video games. I know there are different reasons why people eventually give up on blogging. This can range from the lack of passion or motivation to not having enough time.
To me, social interaction, hence comments are very important me. This is a reason I’m able to continue blogging for more than 10 years. I just don’t want to see my efforts in creating great content go to waste. There is plenty of content I have planned that I want to cover in the future. However, I feel that I won’t be able to do so unless I resolve this issue.
With that, if you are an anime blogger, have you experience the same feelings? Also feel free to share some suggestions on how to encourage people to leave a comment. ¶