Friday, August 21, 2009

How come I get so few comments?

I get very little feed back in the form of comments on this blog. If you are a regular reader let me know what type of posts you enjoy. As it stands I have no idea why anybody other than my parents and a few friends read this blog.

7 comments:

Chris O'Byrne said...

I think one of the reasons is that you rarely engage the reader. You often present short, factual statements that are of interest, but do not require engagement. This post, however, asked for my opinion and that was enough to get me to leave a comment.

Walt Richmond said...

Just about everybody I know who keeps a blog has the same problem. Cary keeps a couple and very rarely gets comments, even though she has a tracker on one that shows she has a lot readers.

FLG said...

I read it because you write often about a part of the world and history that I know little about. I know very little about Soviet history, for example.

Susan said...

I don't get many comments on my blog either but I figure I'm a writer, and writers write so I continue to write. Seems to me that you are a writer too.

The posts I like best are the ones that are biographical, because I'm a curious person.

I also like the short historical posts because I find history interesting. The history you usually write about is unfamiliar to me and therefore interesting. However I should warn you I don't read the long historical posts as there seems to be a limit to the amount of history I can absorb in one sitting.

Does this help?

Walt Richmond said...

I think Chris has a really good point. A lot of your posts are informative, but I often don't know enough about the subject to comment. Also, many people will only post anonymously. I think you're right to exclude anonymous posts (I won't even read them on a discussion board if it's a serious issue), but that might have something to do with it. I remember you had a couple of "vocal" posters who went away as soon as you enacted the "no anonymous posting" rule.

J. Otto Pohl said...

Ok people like the short historical posts. That is good. I will keep that in mind.

KingNils said...

Hallo Herr Pohl,
ich muss sagen, dass ich Ihr Blog sehr spannend finde, da ich mit meiner Freundin im März nach Kirgisistan gehe und mit dem Gedanken spiele mich an der AUCA um eine Dozentenstelle zu bewerben, finde ich besonders Ihre Einblicke in das Unileben dort sehr interessant (z.B. die Beiträge zu den turkmenischen Ausreiseproblemen). Von daher freue ich mich auch weiterhin auf spannende Beiträge (und verspreche dann auch mehr zu kommentieren ;-)).