Connected Internet Comments

I am a just a couple months away from marking my third anniversary writing for Connected Internet. According to our feed stats and Twitter followers people are reading. Back when I started writing here there was a pretty active following of commentors. I have seen some of my articles go into pages of comments. However, in the recent past I have noticed a drought of normal comment activity compared to the type of interaction we used to enjoy.

I have been told that it takes a lot to get people out of their feed readers and into the comments section. That could account for some of it. I can understand if we are regurgitating something you already read elsewhere that it would adversely affect comments. I can also understand if you feel that the quality of posts isn’t justifying your interaction.

I can’t speak for the other writers here, only myself. There is no reason why the community here at Connected Internet shouldn’t be as active and collaborative as it is at Blog X or Blog Y. Obviously something is amiss. Tell us. We can’t fix it if we don’t know what is broken.

I write this article every week to connect to YOU. If you’re not there, there really isn’t any point and I will have to reconsider the time I spend writing for the web. I do not write a weekly article for X number of dollars and that is the end of my investment. I write a weekly article because A) I enjoy writing for the web, and B) to interact with you. We may not always agree, but I am glad to discuss it with you, and who knows? Sometimes one of us may change the other’s perspective.

So this is what I need you to do: visit the site if you are in an RSS client, and if you have any opinion about why you don’t get involved in the comments on Connected Internet, let me know. I don’t care if you are a new reader or have been reading for the last five years, I just want to hear you weigh in on this.

This is far more interesting for both of us if the conversation is two way. I would like to interface with the reader far more than I have been for the last eighteen months or so. Help us turn Connected Internet into the active, thriving community it should be.

4 Responses to Connected Internet Comments

  1. Robert B June 13, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    I know what your saying Michael. I may have only joined the Connected Internet team in the last couple of months but I used to be a follower long before. There definitely has been a slow down in comments from everyone. Just like you I can't put my finger on it, I try my best to get our readers to comment, asking questions and throwing around the odd controversial idea but nobody seems to respond.

    So either everyone agrees with me, or they're not interested. If you guys could let Myself and Michael, along with the other editors know what you want it would be of great interest to us

    I also write for Windows7News.com, a partner site and I must say one of the things I most enjoy is interacting with our readers, it provides a positive experience for all involved

  2. Steve June 22, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

    One thought would be that leaving a comment is an awkward process. It asks me which ID I want to use… personally, I like to just be able to enter my name and my URL. And I don't like providing my email address!

  3. Michael Lankton June 23, 2010 at 5:10 pm #

    For how many readers is a comment system like Disqus or IntenseDebate a detriment compared to WordPress comments?

  4. Robert B July 6, 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    I would have thought that Disqus is much easier to use across sites. You can just enter your name and url, but email is always required so you can be alerted to replies and also stop spam.