This weekend I saw a few tweets in my #fitbloggin Twitter-stream wondering why people follow a link from Facebook to read a blog post, and then go back to Facebook to comment instead of leaving a comment on the blog.
(I also saw tweets about giving credit and attribution when someone else inspires a blog post–I tried to go back and find the tweets but they were lost in all the #fitbloggin chatter. If I try to guess who it was I’m sure I will get it wrong! So if it was you, please let me know and I will give you full credit for inspiring this post! According to Susan (@FoodieMcBody) it was Josie (@YumYucky), but I’m not sure if she meant that Joise raised it at Fitbloggin (they both were there) or on Twitter(where I saw it).)
I first wrote about commenting on blogs a few months ago, but didn’t address this issue directly.
Here are my top three reasons why I might prefer to leave a comment on Facebook:
- It’s easier. On Facebook, I only need to type my comment. On your blog, I need to type in my name, email address, etc. Then I may need to go through a few screens to get through the Captcha process. I may not have the time or the patience for all that, or I may not think my comment is worth that much effort.
- It’s much easier. The difference between just typing out a comment (Facebook) and doing that plus logging in (your blog) reaches an exponential level when I am on my iPhone, where I don’t have auto-fill to help me complete the log-in forms. I will read blogs on my iPhone, but I have to have something that I am really burning to get off my chest before I will tap out all those letters to add a comment.
- I may think my comment will reach more people on Facebook. If you already have 50+ comments on your blog, my first thought is “why would s/he want to read my comment?” If you only have a few comments on Facebook, I figure you (and others) may actually read it.
What about you? What makes you more or less likely to comment on a blog post?
Would you be more likely to comment on Facebook instead?