Let’s Talk About Commenting
I feel like I’ve REALLY sucked at commenting lately, both getting myself to respond to comments here and remembering to comment back and comment on new blogs. There is a fair amount of thought that commenting on other blogs is a good way to build up reliable and steady traffic to your blog, with the catch that you have to keep up with it otherwise others will forget about you. I’m not sure how much I agree with this school of thought, but I definitely think that commenting builds a wonderful community around your own blog and in the broader sense.
How I Comment
I really like reading other blogs, however I just can’t force myself to comment on a schedule. Instead, I just try to scan through the blogs I subscribe to and comment on posts that spark my interest. I keep meaning to start commenting on as many Sci-fi and Fantasy Friday links as I can, but every week the weekend comes and goes and I don’t do it. Responding to comments here is a high priority for me, so that happens about once a week (though I’m trying to do it more frequently!) and then I’m worn out and can’t think much more.
In the last month, though, I’ve really prioritized commenting back and that is currently my main focus when it comes to commenting efforts. However, there are times when I just can’t find anything to meaningfully comment on for a blog and am left leaving without having commented, which makes me pretty darn sad. Therefore:
Increasing Your Chances I Comment Back
- When I’m responding to comments here, I try to open the link to every blog that has left a comment. If you haven’t included your blog link when submitting a comment, there is really no way that I’ll remember your blog name well enough to go open it without a link. Please include a link if you’d like to stay in touch!
- That being said, there is such a thing as including too many links. When a commenter has included a link to their meme post as well as something else, as well as signing with their blog name linked AS WELL AS including the link in the link field, I just feel way too pressured to click through and respond back. I really don’t like feeling like the only reason you commented was to get me to comment back :(.
- Sometimes it just doesn’t matter as much what you do as how I feel when I’m trying to get caught up on comments. If I don’t respond to your comment or don’t comment back once, I’m really sorry and it really isn’t you. I just get so darn tired, ya know?
- Take advantage of CommentLuv! I purposely allow everybody to choose which of the last ten posts you want to be featured so that you can choose whatever you think will interest me and the other commenters most. Wrote a great discussion post a few days ago? What about a review of a book you think I’d really like to discuss? Choose that instead of the meme or unrelated review you posted today. It makes it much easier for me to find a post to comment back on, which is a win for everyone ;-). Perhaps also try to time your commenting sprees for days you have something exciting to share for those blogs that only allow the most recent post to be chosen?
- Blog design really does still matter for commenting. If I can barely read the post titles and text because of horrible color clashing or swirly font, I don’t feel bad about leaving without commenting :-/. I’ve got old and strained eyes and so do most readers; don’t make it hard for people to read your content!
- Ask questions at the end of your posts. If you’ve written a discussion that I really am interested in, I might skim parts, but I do want to talk with you about it. If you ask me a question at the end of the post, then I feel like I can easily comment answering that question even if I didn’t read the entire post word-for-word ;-). It really does help when your readers don’t feel like they have to say something deep to warrant commenting.
- If you blog about things that aren’t related to my interests, I’ll have a really darn hard time commenting back. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t comment on blogs that aren’t related to yours, but just please don’t get angry if they then don’t comment back (does anyone actually get angry about this? I don’t know! D:). This is where weekly life update type posts help a lot though, since I do care about how your week went even if you mostly blog about makeup (since I don’t wear makeup ;-) ). I’m happy commenting about how exciting it is that your kid did something cool or that I agree about autumn being fun.
Whew, I feel like I’ve gotten some weight off my chest admitting my commenting troubles to you! The truth is that when I’m sitting at my computer, I’m generally feeling a bit asocial. Therefore, commenting takes effort since it is pretty darn social. I hope that you can empathize with that feeling a bit since we’re all pretty bookish people, ha.
So tell me, do you feel the same frustration with commenting at times? What are your strategies for leaving quality comments even when life is wearing you out? Do you like commenting or is it effort for you?
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