– Look at what people are saying in their comments. They may not be answering the question, but they may be bringing up other topics of conversation that are just as valuable or that point you to new areas that need answers – fodder for more posts from you, don’t you think?
Thank you I agree with you – how you handle your comment section of your blog is almost as important as what you post to your blog. Your intervention and interaction with readers helps engage them and make them feel at home. The more at ease they are, the more they comment and discuss! I’ll have a post on getting more comments on my own blog coming up in the next few days. It should help
Your question might be too direct or blunt. That often doesn’t work. Put people in the spotlight, and they get all squirmy. Instead of wondering why they aren’t answering the questions, try to figure out how to word your questions or close off your post to encourage discussion. Find out what gets your readers going, try different tactics, and work in your questions subtly.
Side note: Comment contests are a great idea – but the prize has to be worth it. What do people want most? Fame, glory… money… something free… think it over!