Before you guys read this post, I want to make it clear that this is just my opinion. This is what I think of this certain topic and I respect your opinion if you happen to disagree with me. I am not here to attack anyone; I just want to share my opinion and see how others feel about this topic.
I’ve been seeing a lot of blogs say “leave me some comments!”, “give me some comments please!”, or something along those lines on their in not only discussions posts (which is perfectly understandable to me), but also regular posts, giveaways, etc, posts that are not even slightly discussion related. Some people even leave those phrases on their social media too. And you know how that makes me feel? Furious, annoyed, and frustrated. I get very, very, very annoyed (in fact, I think “very” is an understatement) when I see it.
I should start with why those type of phrases rub me the wrong way.
When I see people blatantly ask for comments, I feel like they’re doing it just to increase their stats. It automatically makes me question the blogger’s motives — why are you blogging in the first place? I assume that you’re definitely not blogging just because you love books SO much because otherwise, you won’t care about comments much. I dislike thinking this, but most of the time, I think people who ask for comments are probably just blogging for the ARCs because people think that the more comments your post gets, the more likely you’ll get ARCs from publishers.
I blog because I love sharing my opinion of books with people. That’s the one and only reason I blog. (This is probably why I absolutely love writing reviews, which may be weird to some people.) I’m lucky that I have people who comment on my blog, but I honestly don’t care if I don’t receive any on my reviews, discussions, features, and etc. I blog about books because I want to share my opinion and my love for books. I don’t expect to get anything out of it – I don’t expect to get any ARCs just because I blog, nor do I expect to get any comments nor recognition. It’ll be nice to have those, but I don’t make it my goal to get those. To me, if you blog just because you love books so much, you usually don’t care if your posts don’t get any comments. It’ll be nice to have them, but it’s not needed.
I do think there is an exception to the “leave me a comment” annoyance and that’s in giveaway entries. Most of the time, giveaways are sponsored by bloggers themselves, so I feel like bloggers have the right to include whatever giveaway entries they want if that’s the case. Plus, it’s normal to include it, and it’s usually optional, so the commenter can decide whether they’d want to leave a comment or not.
That being said, I appreciate each and every one of you who take the time out of your day to leave a comment on my posts. It really makes me happy that you’re taking time out of your day to read AND comment on things I write. You can comment or don’t comment. Don’t feel obligated if you don’t have anything to say. I won’t ever ask for you to.
How about you? Have you seen situations like this and does it make you as mad as it makes me?
UPDATE: I feel like I have to clarify because I didn’t explain this as well as I should have had. Asking questions at the end of your post is okay – it gets people thinking about your post. I just don’t like it when you outrightly say “leave me some comments!” I don’t mind if you say something along the lines of “tell me in the comments!” in your discussion posts, but I do mind it if you say something along the lines of that when the post is not even slightly discussion related.