Hello all and welcome to my commenter analysis. My first blog post was 5/20/2018 so my blog is officially 8 months & 4 days old. After struggling a bit with community, I decided to try to devise a better way to connect and track my commenters.
To get a understanding of my commenters, I exported all my comments to excel. Then deleted all of my own comments as well as all of the trackbacks, leaving only visitor comments. Next I counted the number of comments for each visitors and read through them in a effort to discern how they originally found my blog. I labeled each visitor as either an organic, a responder, or a follower. An organic would be someone who came upon my blog by search engine. A responder is someone who found my site in a meme or event post. A follower is someone that comes to my blog a lot and especially to posts that aren’t linked outside my website.
Total Comments: 164
Total Commenters: 85
Organic Commenters: 23
Responder Commenters: 47
Follower Commenters: 15
Commenters By The Numbers
Commenters with 7 or more comments: 3
Commenters with 5 or 6 comments: 4
Commenters with 3 or 4 Comments: 8
Commenters with 2 comments: 16
Commenters with 1 comment: 54
My problem with this is that way more than half of all my commenters have come by once but haven’t returned. I always reply to comments and try to reciprocate as well so I will need to do something more to attract long term patronage to my blog. One thing I have already finished was updating my graphics and tweaking my overall theme. The next step is going to be visiting all of the commenters on my spreadsheet and catch up on their blog. I’m hoping to finish this by the end of the month. I find it super convenient to have a spreadsheet of commenters because I can just open it and pick up where I left off. The last step (so far) is to re-export the commenters every month. I can use the new spreadsheet to gage my progress and as a way to decide which blogs to focus on for the next 30 days.