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  1. I have just sent out my second blog (so, I'm somewhat of a novice). However, on the second blog, the comment box does not show up. It only has a very tiny wording that says "leave a comment" that many people could miss. I believe my first blog did have a box. Can you help ? My blog site is: http://marriagemechanic.wordpress.com. Thanks.

    The blog I need help with is marriagemechanic.wordpress.com.

  2. This is normal behavior on WordPress blogs. Unless you use the P2 theme which is a Twitter-like theme. The front pages of our blogs showcase content and comments are collapsed on that page. The way the comments function is coded into the core of WordPress. By clicking the post title or the comments link the posts on the front page open on their own page where all comments display.

    In a new blog one does not have many posts or comments. In an established blog if the comments did not collapse on the front page it would become a mile long in no time flat and page loading time is a page ranking factor. We have only seconds before visitors refuse to wait and click out.

    It only has a very tiny wording that says "leave a comment" that many people could miss.

    Do note that we cannot edit themes or templates and on this multiuser blogging platform all blogs wearing the same theme are using the same template. If you are concerned that your visitors will not see the link then you can place a text widget at the top of your sidebar to instruct your visitors re: the same. Alternatively you can create a How to Comment static page.

  3. Dear Timethief,

    Thank you for the info. I will seek probably leave a note at the end of my blog about looking for the tiny wording if they want to leave a comment. Again, thank you for your fast response !!

  4. I have found that most web savvy blog readers will not have any problem at all with locating the comment link. Providing instructions for those who aren't web savvy will help those who are new to commenting on blogs. You're welcome and best wishes with your blog. :)

    P.S. In case you aren't aware of it many bloggers I know receive only one legitimate comment for every 700 - 800 page views. Also note that 80% of all so-called comments submitted to blogs on the .wordpress.com domain are spam. That's why setting up comment moderation is a good thing.

  5. Dear Timethief,

    That is really helpful information. I really do appreciate the feedback. As I mentioned, as a first-time blogger, I'm in the dark about some of this stuff. So, it's good to get things straight before too long into this process. Thanks, again, for your help -- much appreciated !!!

    One last question -- if you have any thoughts on it -- why do you think that only 1 legitimate comment is left for every 800 page views. That seems really low (I did see that the blogs for one day on WordPress (about 420,000) and the comments for that day (about 450,000) were about 1 per blog on average). That seems really low. I'm somewhat amazed and baffled by that -- especially with people blogging about something as tangible as marriage enrichment (as I am). Any thoughts as to why the low amount of comment ? And, I guess knowing that there is this low ratio, a blogger should not be discouraged if people aren't commenting (because they still may be impacted by it, though not commenting). Thanks for your time and any thoughts you might have.

  6. @scottminnich
    Wow! I simply don't have the time to address that question or speculate on what the answer may be. As for me I am a blog readers - a voracious reader who rarely if every comments. I don't submit a comment unless I have something to add to the conversation that has not been addressed. Even the A List professional bloggers who blog for an income do not get many comments.
    No Blog Comments? It’s All a Matter of Perspective

  7. Dear Timethief,

    Got it ! Thanks for the input. It's been truly helpful. Have a great day !

    Scott

  8. especially with people blogging about something as tangible as marriage enrichment (as I am).

    My partner and I have been happily married for over 30 years, and we wouldn't even consider discussing marriage on anyone's blog. We're far too busy enjoying ours. :)

  9. Oops! We were typing at the same time. Best wishes with your blog, Scott. :)

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