Posts with the Most Comments – Popularity of the Controversial and unPopularity of the Important

I was looking back at the posts that have garnered the most comments on this blog over the last four years. Here is what I have found. If you blog about instrumental music, translations, or politics you are likely to get an overwhelming response (anywhere from 40-100+ comments per post). If you blog about things that are actually important you might get half a dozen comments if you are lucky. Anyone else had that experience? I do realize that some of that is due to my style. I am often more in the telling mode than the asking mode here at K.L. That is something I am trying to work on. I don’t ever want this to be a place I am blasting a message out into the abyss of the interwebs with zero interaction.


About mattdabbs
I am a minister, husband, and father. My wife and I live and minister in Saint Petersburg, Florida. My primary ministry responsibilities include: small groups, 20s and 30s, involvement, and adult education.

7 Responses to Posts with the Most Comments – Popularity of the Controversial and unPopularity of the Important

  1. Hank says:

    Do you consider this here post to be important, or more controversial? Let’s see how many comments it fetches… Lol

  2. Royce Ogle says:

    ‘Tis true Matt. My number 1 post in terms of traffic ( I have not looked at comment count) was on I wrote just after Sarah Palin was announced as John McCain’s running mate.

    In coc circles, if you write about baptism, or instrumental music vs a cappella you are sure to get big traffic numbers. Interestingly there appears to be little interest in the great themes of the Christian faith. Having blogged myself for a few years and having observed you and Jay Guin, what you say is absolutely true.

    Blessings to you and yours,
    Royce Ogle

  3. I like it when you’re in telling mode. Like with the recent mini-series on Bible class changes. Boldness is a good thing when warranted. And there are some blogs that get rather annoying in asking mode. So I disagree that that’s a factor holding anything in this space back.

    In terms of not getting the kind of response you’re looking for on the “things that are actually important,” maybe that tells you that you need to put more effort into explaining/demonstrating/showcasing the why of their importance. Their importance may be obvious to you, but it could be that it’s importance isn’t obvious to everyone else. And maybe you’ve already done that. 🙂 Just a possible explanation.

  4. Hank says:

    My experience is that people want and feel the need to post whenever the subject challenges their current beliefs. IOW, if you write an article proclaiming the fact that Jesus is the Son of God who actually needed to shed his blood and die for us to be saved, what’s to be said other than “amen”? And after several “amens” and “good jobs”, the responses slow down and stop. Which is due to the fact that it takes two to tango. For example, if you write another article suggesting that some church has decided to appoint a women or two to the “eldership”, someone is undoubtedly going to say that God’s will is for the women to keep silent in the churches (whatever that means), and then…. it is on! I wouldn’t even be surprised to see somebody want to weigh in on the role of women here now, lol.

    Like a radio show looking for callers while talking about why freedom is so good and important, not many are gonna feel the need to call in over that (as good and interesting as the show may be). But, if the subject pertains to something of which there are differing sides (say, whether or not democrats should be allowed to vote), well, people are gonna want to weigh in on that one for sure.

  5. Hank says:

    Having said that, just know that the number of comments below the article often times has nothing to do with how important, timely or well written the article itself was.

    • mattdabbs says:

      I think you are exactly right about what makes people feel the need to comment/respond. Great points. I will make sure in the future to stick only with controversial topics…kidding!

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