I think you would agree that getting comments on your blog posts, especially genuine, insightful ones, is sometimes quite challenging. As a fellow blogger, I try where possible to actively support my peers by commenting where I can. There’s such a vast amount of wonderful information available that it’s never difficult to find something to read, but finding something of consequence to say is quite another matter. I stumbled upon one of your posts today, and for a change, found that I had something to say.
I was surprised to see that you had zero comments, and I thought “what a shame”. This blog really needs some “love”. But what amazed me was how difficult it was to actually place a comment!
Firstly, I had to get past your “robot test”. Yes, I know, we all hate spam, but I’ll let you in on a secret – I love comments more than I hate spam. That CAPTCHA “thing” is really quite difficult to read, even for a human with fairly good eyesight! Secondly, unless I used my Google Account or Open ID (Live Journal, WordPress, AIM, TypePad) account, I actually couldn’t comment. Now, for reasons only known to me, I don’t want to use either my Google account or my other IDs. Perhaps I prefer to remain anonymous? Unfortunately, I didn’t have any other options.
Well, guess what? I gave up and didn’t comment. It got me wondering how many other readers felt the same way?
Anyway, thought this might be food for thought. Good luck with your blogging!
You might not have a blog, in which case this particular story may not seem relevant, but it pays to consider whether there is anything else in your business that could be turning people away. Walk through each stage of your contact with your clients or customers, place yourself in their shoes, and test for similar annoyances.