They say comments come unsolicited and generously.
As blogging goes, I do not know about you but, I thrive on comments- positive or otherwise. It is reassuring & sometimes gratifying to know you are not fading into no- reader land.
Does it reflect the number of readers? Not necessarily.
Does it reflect the quality of your post? Maybe not.
But it surely reflects how provoking your post has been.
For example, if you visit a blog, you probably read the most recent post. Maybe it excites you enough to read a few more. You skim through a few more. And you skip a few. But unless a post STIRS something in you, you would refrain from commenting- it should evoke some emotion- empathy/ disgust/ humour/ happiness.
So if you do not post anything new for a long time you should end up with a lot more comments for the post. Maybe yes.
Initially when my cousin, cloudy began her blog- I told her - "Write for yourself" - I was not being completely honest.
Of course I look forward to comments. It does matter when some posts go unnoticed. Here are some instances Save a smile and long ago Paper Boys
There have been posts I have written for myself and got such a warm response. Like Then & Now or The Temptress
So, do I write with a view to evoke comments- NO. That would mean being untrue to myself.
More importantly, I would not know how to go about it. : - )
And when I visit some blogs where posts garner over 50 comments (yes, even after excluding the self comments) , I think " Oh, big deal" and leave mine as the 51st comment.