For Bloggers | Talk To Your Readers

The blogging world has definitely changed a lot in the relatively short three years I’ve been a part of it. And those who have been around a little ( or a LOT ) longer have certainly noticed change as well. In fact, Grace of Design Sponge wrote about this very issue just last week, which you can read right here! It’s a good one, I promise. While I’m not here to talk about the state of blogging – mostly because it’s such a large subject, but also because I haven’t given it enough thought – I AM here to talk about something simple you can do to help encourage readership. And that, my friends, is communication.

It’s true … people don’t comment a lot on blogs nowadays. Our attention span is quickly dwindling as technology has SO MUCH to offer, making it increasingly difficult for bloggers to capture the attention of their readers. But here’s the thing : commenting and traffic hasn’t disappeared. People still come around, enjoy what they see, and leave an occasional comment. Sure, it may not be as much – but why should that matter? Quality over quantity always wins. A long time ago, I stopped caring about traffic and started investing in relationships, which has made all the difference. My readers ( YOU! I love you. You beautiful tropical fish. ) are so thoughtful + creative, that it’s been a blast reading their own thoughts in the comments section or through social media. And because of that, I made a choice to speak back.

Now, I’m not saying that I respond to every tweet, comment, message, email, etc. ( nobody is perfect ), but I do make an effort to let others know that I’m here and listening. As both a blogger and blog reader, I believe that readers appreciate conversation and interaction. They want to know that you aren’t just some face behind the screen, but somebody willing to give a simple “hello,” too. I mean, some of my best friendships have come out of a simple twitter connection. Whether you are a blogger, blog reader, or both, give it a try. You never know what will happen! I absolutely love the little family this space has created. I recognize my commenters when they pop up and love chatting back and forth with each and every one of them. And for that, I’m so very grateful. So now I’ll leave you bloggers with a simple question : Do you feel your readers are hearing enough from you?? I encourage you to think about how you are currently making connections and what you can do to make them even stronger yet!!

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  1. Margo says:

    This is great advice- I’ve been blogging for about a year now, and just recently started to open up about more personal topics related to my business, and I was amazed that I actually received a lot of comments on those posts! I thought I was just writing those posts for me, that no one would really care what I had to say, but I’ve found (to my amazement)_ that people really want to know more about me- those are the posts they really connect with. I’m working on changing things up a bit with my blog to try and create more content that my readers can interact with and relate to.

    • breanna says:

      Agreed! I used to really feel “weird” about sharing more personal things, but it’s been SO encouraging to open up and connect with readers. :)

  2. I love the way that your blog posts always speak so genuinely to the reader and it is what makes me come back every day. I’m not a big blog commenter but I am a big blog reader and I definitely agree that quality over quantity wins, even in the blogging world :) xx

  3. Shivani says:

    This is definitely great advice! I think one of my biggest problems with commenting on blogs is I often forget to check back and see if there were any responses – so the conversation tapers off, which is unfortunate. I’m not sure what the best way of remembering or notifying is – any thoughts?

    • breanna says:

      I have a nice plugin installed on my blog that sends emails to my commenters when I reply back ( like you should be seeing in your inbox right now! ), but if that’s not possible … it’s always nice when bloggers respond on twitter and in other ways, too. Because yeah, otherwise it’s hard to remember where to check back!

  4. Carla says:

    Hi, Breanna! You’re totally right. Developing a relation with the reader… Wise reflexion!
    Love your blog!
    Carla

  5. Maggie says:

    For me blogging has always been a conversation. I tend to lean towards blogs which offer inspiration but also make me think about various issues, facilitate discussions and bring people together. It saddens me that the blogging world is becoming so materialistic. I admire bloggers who have a clear direction and intention associated with every post and it matters to me more and more as I want to focus on positivity and don’t have time to just look at pretty pictures or take part in yet another giveaway. I’m glad you addressed this Bre, your blog remains one of my favourites out there.

    • breanna says:

      I probably agree with everything you just said – well put. :) And thank you for stopping by + all your kind words, I really appreciate it!

    • Haley says:

      Amen Breanna/Maggie! Anyone can pick up mainstream life and style magazines to be inundated with materialism … the beauty of blogs is their potential for personal, direct content: real people, not organizations, talking about personal, real issues and personal, real solutions that readership can relate to and benefit from. I am really inspired by this post and by the comments here.

    • Maggie says:

      Just wanted to add that I get it that some bloggers create a brand and it’s their life choice to write a blog for-profit, but this is not something I enjoy reading or want to replicate in any way. My favourite blogs are either very personal and genuine journals or written by people who have a true passion and want to share it with others.

  6. Your post is so inspiring !!! Thank You!! :-)

  7. Mel says:

    This is so important. As someone relatively new to the blogging space, I’m still trying to figure out where I fit. It’s always so lovely when a blog I’ve commented on comes to visit my blog or just sends a short reply via email. It’s easy to forget, but sometimes it can feel like we’re in a crowd of people talking who aren’t looking at us or talking back.

    Thanks!

    • breanna says:

      Yes, totally. It’s easy to feel like 1 reader in a million. Or 1 blogger in a million. I think that’s why I love the little connections are made so much … it makes this world seem a little bit smaller. :)

  8. Anna says:

    I agree that blogging has changed for the past couple of years. But one major thing that makes it fun and personal is when others engage in your post by leaving their comments. It’s good to know that there are other people out there reading your blog and then speak out.

    • breanna says:

      Exactly! And I love when readers are able to read what OTHER readers have to say, too. I’m not the only opinion, so it’s great to have a discussion space.

  9. Mailinh says:

    I’m a blog reader and love this. I think people get hyped up about numbers and turnouts on blogs, likes, follows that they forget about the real reason why they started it in the beginning. This is a great reminder for that. I might not comment a lot on your blog, but I do enjoy reading it. :)

  10. Vicky says:

    Yes Breanna! and you are in this way, you talk with us and answer a lot of comments! I´m a new blogger and I think the relations are the best of this new world! :)

  11. andrea says:

    thank you so much for this, i’ve been meaning to write a similar post, or at least about the subject and thank you for letting us know we’re not weird by thinking about it. love your blog!

    • breanna says:

      Sure thing! I think it’s totally cool to talk about the state of blogging and how we can all improve / help each other. It’s a big world!

  12. Courtney says:

    I think readers do want to know it is a two way street, that they have the power to know you a little more through just a simple, thought out comment. I’ve always noticed you have been so diligent with replying to comments on your blog and that has inspired and challenged me to reply to comments on my blog as well.

    Thanks for the tips to engage readers by talking with them.

    -Courtney

    • breanna says:

      Oh good, I’m glad you’ve been encouraged to respond on your own blog – I’m sure commenters really truly appreciate it. Two way street is right!!

  13. Well, I actually started reading your blog a month before I started blogging and I have to say you inspired from the beginning to answer and interact. And it’s been great ! From a simple compliment email that I received, started a blog collaboration. How amazing is that ? I cannot wait for more and more digital or live interactions / relationships (?) to happen !

    • breanna says:

      Exactly!! You NEVER know who you’re going to meet / interact with and what that means for you and your blog. It can literally spawn the coolest things. xx.

  14. maddie says:

    I believe that my readers are hearing enough from me. At least I hope so. When my comments lessened last year, at first, I started to worry that people didn’t like me anymore. Do they not like what I’m posting? Maybe I seem self centered? Am I providing them with information they can’t get anywhere else? My focus was on increasing traffic, and that was wrong. Then my mentality started to change, and this happened when I started to question why I got into blogging. My blog is a sewing and pattern making blog, and the reason I started it was to share what I made, including the tips and tricks, and to connect and learn from other seamstresses on the Internet. In short, I wanted to become a better seamstress (this is still my goal). I went back to this mentality, and I stopped looking at my stats. I started emailing other seamstresses personally, talking to them about the projects I’m working on and the obstacles I was in. When I didn’t know something, I posted it to Facebook/Instagram/Twitter. I can now say that my relationship with my community is a lot stronger, and some of my best friends today are people I met through the internet. Korny, I know, but it’s the state of our world today.

    P.S. I love Grace’s post!

    • breanna says:

      That’s so cool! I feel like as bloggers, if we’re just natural and thoughtful about what we’re posting, there is bound to be interest. The more we “force” topics / posts, the more readers can recognize that maybe it’s more about quantity instead of quality. They’re smart. ;) I’m glad you were able to switch things up and are happy where you are now. :)

  15. Temmy says:

    I always appreciate your insights and that’s why I keep coming back. Such a timely discussion. I’ve also made quite lovely connections on my blog through interactions, and I’m grateful.

  16. Charlotte says:

    Great advice, conversations and connections definitely feel like one of the most important things to remember, to me, a meaningful comment or conversation is better than numbers with nothing behind them! And anything with a Parks & Rec reference is a good thing to me, amazing!!

    • breanna says:

      Parks & Rec for the win!! Glad you saw that. ;) But yes, meaningfulness is key. I truly think that readers can tell when you aren’t being as mindful about the content you’re putting out there. And that they may not come back because of it!!

  17. A says:

    I’m glad you wrote this, as (and people will probably hate that I say this) I didn’t really agree with Grace’s post. I dislike that the majority of her “blogging” related articles are written with a tone that because she’s been doing it for a while, she seems to know all in the blogging world and we should all take her word for it. Newer bloggers take her word very seriously for some reason when the fact is there are no “rules”! Sure, we aren’t seeing as many comments as of late, but who cares! If you’re talking with the readers who do stop by, chatting on Twitter or Facebook, and most importantly, enjoying yourself by having your blog, that’s all that matters. Not whether you have a content calendar, or sponsors, or a staff of contributors. I started blogging because I liked sharing my opinion, what inspires me, interesting things i’ve come across or learned, and when I strayed from that to this newer idea of all bloggers being a business, there were fewer comments and less interaction. When I got back into less forced blogging it was so much more enjoyable! Anyway, great post!

    • breanna says:

      Thanks for stating your opinion! All are welcome. I think that when we blog from our gut ( more naturally + what we are passionate about ) – it’s easier for us to produce quality content. It’s just … natural. There is so much out there that is forced nowadays, and while some can be cool, others can be hard to digest. I don’t think comments / communication have disappeared. I think our way or sharing content is changing and it’s up to us to KEEP those communication lines open. We can definitely do it. :)

  18. Joy says:

    I’ve been blogging since 2006. There was a time when I wanted to push my blog into ‘professional’ territory but decided to leave it as the journal that it is…I’ve watched fellow bloggers go from being just like to me to writing NYT Bestsellers and big professional projects, which is wonderful, and I totally cheer them on! BUT. So many of what used to be my favorite blogs have become regurgitated, repackaged marketing machines. They ‘lost their voice’. It made me really sad! I had to cull a lot out of my blog reader last year and I said goodbye to some blogs I’ve read for years and years. My BIG goal this year is to make sure that when I visit a blog, I comment. I want to get back to engaging in the community. The community is what I have always loved about blogging. (Which reminds me, since your recommendation on Bloglovin’, that goal has gotten so much easier. I like how it works so much better than Feedly!)

    • breanna says:

      Agreed – I feel like community is a big thing for me. That, and the creative outlet blogging gives. I, too, see all sorts of talented individuals writing books, hosting gigantic giveaways, working with large brands, etc. And while that’s cool – it’s sometimes hard to witness and sort out from what’s real + honest and what’s just out there to make money. ;)

  19. Meghan says:

    This is the second biggest reason I quit following blogs. If the author doesn’t take the time to interact with me after I take the time to comment, I’m more likely to move on.

    • breanna says:

      Roger that! I sometimes secretly wish some bloggers would respond back to me if I visit + leave comments. It’s always disappointing when there is literally nothing. I mean, I get it. Sometimes it’s hard. But it is sad when nothing ever happens.

  20. Kate says:

    I mostly want to say thanks for that Parks & Rec link. I need to incorporate more Leslie Knope quotes into my daily life. So thanks for the giggle!

    Loved this post, I went and responded to all the comments on my blog after I read it! Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with but I think it’s a noble endeavor and one that’s worth striving for!

    • breanna says:

      YOU ARE WELCOME –> Thank you for seeing the P&R reference. :) Love it. And I’m glad this post could encourage you to respond to your own readers. That’s awesome!

  21. Sarah says:

    I have found that recently the comments on my blog are left almost entirely by other bloggers. I try to respond to every one, and I definitely take notice when bloggers don’t ever respond. I can think of a few bigger blogs who never do, and I’m less inclined to visit those blogs on a regular basis. I like to think of my blog posts as the start of a conversation that’s continued by my readers. If it’s completely one-sided, what’s the point? I think with mobile on the rise (and for various other reasons), blog comments are sadly going out of style. Now the challenge is figuring out new ways to continue the conversation with our readers…

    • breanna says:

      Oh definitely, it’s harder to comment on blogs when we’re reading them on mobile devices. I know I personally just hate typing on those, so even if I have something to say, I sigh and keep going. Who knows how this will continually change, but it’s important for us to get innovative where we can!

  22. It’s so good to see someone still advocating to foster relationships in blogging. I sometimes wonder if I respond TOO MUCH to commenters and facebook posters. :) It does take a lot of time (and I probably seem over the top. I know my husband thinks so!), but I really, really think it has helped me build a community that feels like I care about them as women, wives, and moms. (Because I do!) My readership is fairly small but very loyal, and I’ll take that any day. (Also, do not feel obligated to respond to this comment! I know you’ll run out of time before people are done commenting! :)

    • breanna says:

      Welp, I’m responding. ;) Sometimes I wonder, too, if I respond TOO much – but hey … I’m here and I want to. It does take a little bit of time, but nothing crazy. I usually like winding my day down ( or taking breaks ) with getting back to people like this! xx.

  23. Berke says:

    as a blog reader, the value of the blogs I have been following (yours is one of them, I love it!) is different to me than social media.You are so right about “quality over quantity always wins” , I think social media like facebook etc. is full of quantity and honestly I don’t want that kind of quantity invades the blogs too.I love to come here (and other alike blogs) and read posts – comments, to me it is like meeting with friends and talking about things we like and since you are posting more stuff about yourself, we like you more it seems :))

    • breanna says:

      Yes. I love that the discussion created can kind of feel like you’re in a coffee shop meeting up and chatting about new topics. :) You can’t keep up with real + natural stuff like that when quantity is at the forefront!

  24. kelly ann says:

    I really appreciate any blogger who references Parks & Rec. As someone who quotes Leslie Knope on the daily, I salute you. :)

    Great post, Bre.

    • breanna says:

      And because you quote her on the daily, I salute you back. ;) I took a Parks & Rec Sprit Animal quiz the other day and got Jerry / Larry Gergich. So disappointing. I wanted Donna or Leslie. :) OH WELL TANGENT. Thank you for stopping by. Just discovered your instagram and am now following you. Love the way you write. xx.

  25. Hi Bre! In the spirit of the post, I’m saying hello. :) I adore Julia and Yuriy Manchik and their work. You actually linked to someone else’s blog for the photo credit, but Julia posted that over on her own blog here » http://juliamanchik.com/blog/2013/10/11/inside-my-office-space

    Anyway, hope you aren’t too cold up there in the tundra. Cheers!

  26. I really appreciate your insights Breanna, you are such an inspiration!

  27. Kerry Rose says:

    this is a really important topic, and you’ve managed to hit the nail on the head! there are soooo many distractions now a days. but it is important for fellow bloggers, artists, etc to support one another within their communities. whether its a simple “like” or tweet or short-but-sweet comment, it can make a huge difference. thanks for posting this :) gives me a boost!

    • breanna says:

      Yes yes yes! I feel like people are feeling more competitive recently, too, when we just don’t need to be. Support / communication / a good pat on the back … it’s all a good thing. :)

  28. Sarah says:

    I am constantly inspired by the beauty of this blog, and checked in on it even before I started a blog myself and began investing more time in the blogosphere. It impresses me no end what an effort you make to connect, not only with your active presence, but with your beautiful images and thoughtful posts. I believe attention to content is another way to let your readers know that you are there and listening, and that you think they deserve the best from you. Truly, you live what you preach, and I admire that no end.

  29. jenna says:

    I just discovered your beautiful blog today and I am completely in love. I really only recently started commenting on blogs, even though I’ve been reading them for almost four years now! I’ve found that since I started commenting it has shown me a whole new side to blogging. I love talking to readers and blog writers :) I also love all the Parks & Rec references I have found while snooping through your blog posts, it is my absolute favorite show :)

    • breanna says:

      You should definitely come back ( I mean if you want ) because I promise there are more Parks & Rec references to come. ;) Glad you saw them!! xx.

  30. Ali says:

    I recently moved my blog and on the new site I only had two options for comments – facebook or disqus. Previously these were my two least favourite commenting systems on blogs so I was THIS close to just turning off the comments, because I couldn’t even remember the last time I got a comment on a blog post. But I decided to go with disqus, and I’ve been actually getting comments! and I’ve realised that I was a bit unfair to disqus before, it actually does have its benefits. So, I haven’t completely lost hope, but there’s definitely a huge difference from when i first started blogging 6-7 years ago. I used to finish a post, do the rounds of my favourite blogs and leave comments for them all… and by the next morning I would have comments from all of them on my latest post. I miss the easy convention of those days but when I think about it, we were all just leaving random meaningless comments in an effort to get people to visit our own blogs. I think now when people comment, its usually more thoughtful and people only comment when they really have something to say. I also like having my twitter and instagram friends to talk to, as it’s nice to have conversations away from the blog!

    • breanna says:

      That’s awesome that you noticed so much improvement with the platform! I’ve always seen disqus around … but never really understood it. But now that I think about it more, it probably has a really good reply & notification system set up, so that communication works better between blogger / reader.

  31. Rebecca says:

    This gave me so much food for thought but it also reaffirmed why I love reading your blog. I get great advice, guidance, inspiration, insight and it feels like a conversation! It’s difficult (and I guess, increasingly so) to cultivate that kinda of community; but I love that on here!

  32. Stacia says:

    This is a wonderful post. I agree. I always want to return to the blogs where the author actually responds to my comments occasionally and appears to be trying. I think I could do a little better responding to my audience, but I really do try to stay on top of it. It comes down to being human and having a lot of plates in the air. But I always get super sad when someone is a “no reply” commenter because then that means, even if I try responding on the main blog thread, they probably won’t see that I tried and a potentially awesome connection is lost.

    • breanna says:

      Exactly! I totally get that bloggers can’t respond back to absolutely everything … that would drive most crazy. Life happens, things get busy, etc. But it is always a bummer when literally no effort is going forth!

  33. Jeline Catt says:

    Love this! I agree with you. To be honest, I kind of feel…. bad (? can’t seem to think of an appropriate term) when the blogger just ignores my comment or even others! Not even a little acknowledgement which is why I try my best to reach out to my readers and let them know I appreciate them! x

    • breanna says:

      Oh , definitely! And I feel like there are a lot of blogs out there that still get a LOT of comments and nothing in return, which I feel a little sad about, too. When people are trying so hard to make a connection and don’t get a lot back. Who knows!!

  34. well said, breanna. i totally agree.
    i was thinking about comments a bit lately as i noticed the trend of comments numbers going down as well. i thought it is kind of sad that people don’t take that couple seconds to write a comment on a post they loved anymore. but i can totally understand it. with all the amount of social media platforms and “media overload” nowadays. it is just so much faster to hit “like” on FB or Instagram or repin something on pinterest, than actually write a comment and with hundrets of blogs in everyones feeds – where to start, right? there is no time to comment on everything, there is actually not even time to read every post.
    of course everyone loves to get comments as it showes that readers care about what you write about. so if a reader takes time to comment, i love to take time to answer back too. i usually answer back by email. because knowing from myself, i sometimes just forget to come back to the post i commented on and see if the blogger answered – i do on certain blogs that i know the blogger does usually answer right in the comments like you do. i have a little “go back and check” folder in my browser bookmarks :)
    i enjoy interacting with my readers and made a couple great friends through it. so every answer was worth the minute it took to write back.
    oh and i totally agree on quality over quantity.

    • breanna says:

      Agreed! It’s SO much easier to just “like” or “favorite” or make a mental “i liked that note.” I mean, I’m totally guilty of that every now and then. But when we remember to say something genuine to another individual, it’s nice to know how appreciated it is. :)

  35. Audrey says:

    I’m a lurker but wanted to say hi! I respond to all comments on my blog, but typically get lazy and don’t comment enough on other blogs. You’re right though– I don’t want this blog island to disappear and the comment culture is important in keeping the dialogue (and worthwhile content) in the pipeline!

    • breanna says:

      Hey Audrey – glad you stopped by. :) I am sometimes a lurker myself, but definitely do comment on blog posts I loved reading. It’s hard to do it all!

  36. THANK YOU for this lovely advice! I’d been thinking the same thing recently.. Technology overwhelms us sometimes that our attention spans can be so darn short. I’m trying to pay that more attention and give a conscious effort to just sit and focus. Sounds simple, but it’s certainly tough!

    • breanna says:

      Right!? Couldn’t agree more. I’m SO guilty of having no patience and clicking around faster than I can absorb content, but I’m trying to more and more. For example, if I like something on pinterest – I’m now getting into a habit of “clicking through” and checking more out about whatever it is!

  37. She says:

    As someone who has been blogging since 2000, but took a large break from 2009 – now, the difference is staggering to me. Where I once had a moderate following of commenters, now there are none. I’d like to engage with others who have blogs like mine, but I am finding it hard to find those people. I find a lot of mommy bloggers, but I am not a mommy. I find a lot of married bloggers whose blog focus is their marriage, but I am not married. I’m finding it difficult to find others in my niche that I’d like to follow and form a relationship with. I believe then, the comments will follow. Thought-provoking post, indeed! Good job!

    • breanna says:

      I think with some patience, you’ll definitely find “your people.” You just have to find out where they’re hanging out – and then most likely, it’ll be a rabbit hole of MORE great people. :)

  38. Ilenia says:

    I have been seriously loving all of the content over the past couple of months and this particular post made me reflect on my own prospective more than others, to me it felt genuine, informatine and extremely honest. More often than what I’d like, the balance between analytics and relationships isn’t the healthiest. I tent to get influenced by all of the traffic jams and when I’m reading a blog I rarely leave comments because, well because I never dedicate enough time to it and it becomes such a struggle.

  39. emma says:

    I completely agree with you on this! I am a big believer in communicating, one of the things that I like about blogging and social media is the connections you can create with people. I must admit if I follow a blog and I cant really get to know the person behind it or they never respond to any comments and so on it makes me visit their site less and less. I really value the people that take the time to reply and respond. Really great post!

    • breanna says:

      Yup, same! I feel like if you visit a blog enough and don’t FEEL like you’re even getting to know the face behind the space, you’re more likely to not visit again. We simply forget!

  40. Annie says:

    Wow, this post speaks volumes. Thank you for such a thoughtful and relevant post. As a brand new blogger you just reinforced all of the reasons I wanted to start a blog in the first place. I have a ways to go before I feel that sense of community, but I am looking forward to it.

    Thank you, Annie

  41. Lucy says:

    I’m loving this article. Though is it wrong that what I love most is the Parks & Rec reference?! xoxo

  42. I read that post by Grace – it was a really good read! I love how to put your focus on building relationships rather than accumulating numbers. Focusing on the analytics give the whole experience of blogging a non-human feel for me, like each reader is a faceless number rather than a person. It’s finding that groove where you are building friendships and connecting that is the most rewarding. :)

  43. Kerry says:

    This was a much needed wake up call for me. You’re right- people do worry a little too much about the numbers and traffic (myself included!) but I realise that I need to try and build more relationships with other bloggers. Easier said than done but I’m going to give it a go :) Thank you x

  44. BREANNA ! such a good article – need to remember this because word of mouth goes a long way – it’s all comes back to our brand doesn’t it !

  45. Erika says:

    Breanna this was a great post. I agree people aren’t commenting as much BUT aside from you there are many bloggers that don’t reply to visitor comments. I’m not going to comment on a blogger’s post if the blogger isn’t going to take the time out to reply back. I don’t expect a reply back every time but when you see it’s a pattern that some bloggers who create posts yet never or hardly ever reply to comments my question is, why bother posting a comment? A simple “Thank you” is perfectly sufficient some times. Also, I’ve noticed (I’m quite observant) some bloggers will reply to a comment made by a “well known/recognizable name” blogger than to comment on a reply left by a blogger who doesn’t have much of a web presence. To me this seems like (I may be going a overboard in saying) a mean girl situation. Like “I’m only going to take the time out to comment to people who matter, sorry lesser known commenter you don’t!” That may seem a bit extreme but I really think that’s the reality of why visitors don’t comment. *stepping off soapbox* Anyhoo, I love reading your blog!

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  47. Eilidh says:

    This is such great advice, especially considering I only started my blog yesterday so thank you! x

  48. So well put, Breanna! I have definitely noticed a large increase of communication from you these past few months via your blog, and I love it! I, too, greatly appreciate this amazing family of bloggers & artists we have. I believe communication to your readers is key. It is quite common for me to send a direct and lengthy email to my commenters just to further show my thanks.

    I also love when conversations start among the commenters! Replying to another reply and so on. Communication strengthens our blogging community. It creates connections & relationships. I can not even begin to tell you how many people ( and projects! ) I have acquired by simply communicating back. It’s a wonderful thing. :)

    Beautiful post!

  49. Thank you for sharing this Breanna- I definitely have felt this on my own blog- I know people are reading (thank you Google Anayltics for boosting my self-esteem), and yet- crickets. How do I get more people sharing and creating a platform that encourages connection and dialogue? It seems pretty hard! Love what you’re doing here, thanks again for sharing your perspective :)

  50. emmajohnson says:

    I find this platform, a great place to speak up with others readers. Indeed! It is a great effort Breanna. Keep it up.. :) Such information sharing platforms should be available everywhere on the internet so that anyone can communicate freely with other fellow beings.

  51. Elena says:

    Thank you Brenna. As always you find a way to bring to light some foggy ideas I had at the back of my head. I love boogging, but have noticed comments dwindling. I’ve been thinking, was it something I said?

    At the end of the day I just want my blog to be a really awesome party where great people stop by. I’m still working on what that looks like and how to get people to come round, but I get that this awesome party may just be happening in a whole bunch of places.

    Thanks Brenna. You’re always such an inspiration!

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  54. Jane says:

    There’s also the fact that more and more bloggers have become completely unrelateable to their readers due to their endless displays of narcissism, name dropping, show-ponying, and bragging. It is a MASSIVE turn off. No one wants to read that.

    It’s also become increasingly common to see bloggers not bothering replying to comments (on their blog, Facebook, Instagram, etc.), unless the comments are from people in their blogging clique, which results in them completely ignoring legitimate questions, comments, or compliments from readers.

    If someone takes the time to comment, then the blogger should take the time to reply. Having comments open on a blog means comments are welcomed, and if bloggers can’t reply to them they shouldn’t be blogging. Complaining they don’t have the time to reply to everything is not an excuse, because everyone is “busy”, including the people reading and commenting. If it’s a one way street then the reader will go elsewhere – it’s not like there aren’t already five hundred billion blogs on the internet! Bloggers need to remember that.

    I wish Duke Silver had a blog. :(

  55. talia says:

    i love this. i always appreciate when i get a response to a little question on instagram or any social media. thanks for being so down-to-earth.

  56. Billy says:

    Love this! One of my pet peeves when it comes to the blogging world is someone who can’t take the two seconds to tweet a thank you when you tell them they did a great job on a project. I think communication is key, and it helps you see what others want to see.
    Also: twitter twitter twitter. It’s one of my favorite ways to communicate with readers and it’s so much simpler to use my phone to send a tweet as opposed to going on my computer and logging into wordpress and replying to comments, although I do my best to get to all of those!

  57. Ana says:

    What discourages me from commenting is feeling like we’re just a validation source for the author – they don’t care about anything beyond getting our hits/likes/comments.

    The second thing is rude self-promotion in the comments.
    “Oh, this is such a thought-provoking article about the rape culture.
    Visit my blog sweetandgigglycom.”

  58. Kaye says:

    When I first started following blogs, I remember noticing how much they were a community. People commented. The blogger started a conversation based on many of those comments. Now, I notice that bloggers rarely respond to their commenters. Makes me wonder if that’s why people have stopped commenting? We all want to be acknowledged.