Let’s face it, one of the reasons most of us blog is to invite interaction with our readers. I have never heard of any blogger complain about getting "too many comments." And comments, while they certainly aren’t a hard measure of readership (neither, believe it or not, are Technorati ratings or Feedburner subscriber numbers), do indicate the degree to which our readers interact with us.3
Using Comment Counter couldn’t be easier: Download it, extract the zip file (unless you’re using One-Click Plugin Updater), copy the resulting folder to your /content/plugins directory, and activate it within WordPress⇒Dashboard⇒Plugins. Then, simply use it as a widget. Configuration is simplified through a very well-designed configuration screen:
One of the cool things about the configuration screen (not shown in the picture above) is a nice little summary of your blog’s comment status. Here’s mine:
As of today, there have been here on this blog 1169 comments, 50 pingbacks & 5 trackbacks. Given that you currently have 251 posts (including pages), this makes a conversation ratio of 4.88 comments per post.
Why Comment Counter?
Well, why not? I know I’m not the only blogger who revels in conversing with my readers through comments. So, we can see at a glance how much "conversation" is going on. If you’re a regular visitor, you have probably noticed I try to reply often. Especially now I have installed WordPress Thread Comment, I work even more diligently at conversing with my commenters.
Why not make a game of it? How long can we keep a relevant conversation going? Of course, we can do that via Twitter as well, or e-mails. Blog comments are just one more way we can continue our socializing. Ours is a culture of measurement (Olympics, anyone? "Faster, Higher, Stronger").4
For that matter, how quickly can we hit 1,500 comments? 2,000? 5,000? Contests, anyone?5
Just as I was an early adopter of CommentLuv, now in vogue among most WoW bloggers, I predict we’ll be seeing the Comment Counter badge popping up all over the place!
Go forth and comment!
- If you’re a serious blogger, especially on the WordPress platform, you owe it to yourself to become a regular reader of Lorelle’s blog, as well as her weekly WordPress column on The Blog Herald. ↩
- Liz is another well-known blogger, who is considered an expert on conversation via blog comments (one reason I’ve gone to a threaded comment plugin, but that’s another story! ↩
- While I use Google Reader extensively, I also use Better GReader, which allows me to preview post as they appear at the actual blog, and to comment from within GReader or click to visit the actual site. I do enjoy commenting on other blogs, almost as much as I enjoy seeing your comments on my blog! ↩
- http://en.beijing2008.cn/spirit/symbols/motto/index.shtm ↩
- And yes, I can definitely determine who made the nth comment. ↩