The connection between the number of hits on a post and comments
After two comments by readers as to why some posts of mine got fewer comments that they felt was deserved, I decided to see if there was a connection between the number of times the post is read and the number of comments on each post.
Well, the posts this previous week (list here) that got the maximum hits (medical tourism) did get the most comments…but this is the pattern only for this post and makes me feel that perhaps the hits are higher for this post as commentators came back to respond to the response to their comments. They obviously read the post just once!
Three other posts of mine got 25 percent fewer hits (dress codes at places of worship, Pot can cause mental illness and Street foods contain less bacteria than hotel foods) but where actual reads are concerned, I think they were read by as many people as the maximum hits post. The street foods post was very popular but got just six comments.
My favorite post this week was the dress codes one (favorite because I felt very strongly about the subject). Another post I liked was one about the tendency of traditional societies to have lower birth rates…I found this idea quite fascinating but the post got limited hits.
I do not think there is a strong link between the number of comments and the number of times the post is read…but I think an analysis every week would be an interesting exercise.
Which brings me to something that we all are thinking of – what is more important? Hits on a post or the number of times the post is read? I think most people would think the latter…but comments are very important too as they can be very motivating. Its also wonderful to actually hear from those who come to your blog…
There is another thing that one needs to look at…how much does readership of a particular post increase after valuable comments have been added? I suspect it helps greatly…because the most popular post of all time on this blog is the South India North India one. I wish I could take credit for it but I can’t. Its only because of all those wonderful readers who have added their insights that this post continues to remain popular. I cannot thank them enough…