Commenting on blogs. Some of us do it. Some of us don’t.

There’s nothing wrong with lurking on blogs. Sometimes we just want to read and explore. But when you can, it’s really wonderful to leave a like or a comment.

Why?

Because it makes the blogger’s day! Seriously. It really does.

When I see posts on other blogs with a boatload of comments I feel two things. One, I get really excited for the blogger! Well done, friend! And congratulations!! Two, I feel the prick of jealousy deep in my stomach. I’d love to have that many comments on my posts.

I’m committed to commenting.

I’ve been the lurker. Until the last few months, I rarely commented on posts. I just didn’t feel all that comfortable. I didn’t know what to say.

But then I realized that I could add to the conversation. And that by not commenting I was being a little hypocritical. If I want people to comment on my posts, they probably want me to comment on theirs. So, I did two things:

Why am I trying to comment on blogs more? It’s all about building a community.

Build relationships, get connected with bookish, blogging community. Learn about what other people are reading, doing, thinking.

So often internet is a place we shout out our ideas into the street and hope that someone pays attention. What would it be like if we all committed to make it a conversation instead? Isn’t that what social media is supposed to be if you actually look at its name?

Lots of other bloggers are thinking and talking about this. It’s important to comment on other blogs. I may be jumping on a bandwagon a little late, but I don’t really care. It’s a bandwagon I want to be on.

So, how do I comment more often on other people’s blogs?

Jessica at Princessica of Books has a great post with awesome tips on leaving comments. She is intentional about leaving quality, thoughtful comments that continue the conversation. Check out her full list of tips on how to do leave awesome comments.

Here are things I am doing to comment more:

Choose a set time each week to read through blogs and comment.

I’m not sure yet what evening will work best for me to do this. Right now, it seems to be Saturday evenings while my hubs and I chill on the couch with our laptops (yeah…we’re party animals).

Use a subscription tool to make sure you don’t miss out on posts.

I subscribe to blogs using WordPress. I also have Feedly and email subscriptions. I am planning on trying out Bloglovin’ too. I’m still not sure which one of these is the best tool for me, so I’m trying them out to see which one I like best.

Don’t let yourself get distracted.

Twitter, TV, Netflix, snacks, texting. These can all pull you away from your blog hopping and commenting. Dedicate this time, even just 10 minutes, to your blogging friends and focus on their words and how you can join in in a meaningful way.

Check the box on the comment form to make sure you get notified of follow up comments.

Again, it’s about conversation not shouting your thoughts out your window and into the street. Make sure you’re tied into follow-up comments, either replies from the blogger or comments from other readers. Seriously, sometimes the comments streams are just as fun and interesting to read through as the post.

What are your reasons for commenting on blogs?
Any other tips for either finding time to comment or writing thoughtful comments?

  1. I’d love to comment on more blogs. Unfortunately, I find commenting on blogger blogs terribly painful. I am usually logged in to google and use my google id for commenting, but 9 times out of 10, my comment gets lost. So, I end up mostly commenting on WordPress blogs. Blogger’s commenting system sucks.

    • I agree that some commenting systems are painful. There have been blogs I wanted to comment on but it requires me to sign up for another account and it’s just frustrating! I have a google account and a Twitter account, and a WordPress account. That should be enough.

  2. Thank you for an excellent post about commenting and supporting other bloggers. I think it is as important to be engaged in this part of the world as it is in the larger world. Also, since we are all writers, it is very gratifying to see someone make a meaningful or kind comment on our own blog.

  3. Yup, totally agree on how a comment can make your day – and on the “feeling a bit jealous of blogs with lots of comments”, too. I’m not going to commit to any specific number of comments to make/blogs to read, but I’m on board with the “let’s build community through commenting” thing!

  4. Thank you for saying this. I think you speak for all bloggers when you say:
    “When I see posts on other blogs with a boatload of comments I feel two things. One, I get really excited for the blogger! Well done, friend! And congratulations!! Two, I feel the prick of jealousy deep in my stomach. I’d love to have that many comments on my posts.”

    I completely understand the feeling, and I don’t think we’re the only ones.

    When I was going through Pinterest with all those, “How to start a blog!” pins the top advice they gave you was to comment on every blog you came across, because the more you put out the more you get back (in a completely platonic way, of course). I haven’t found an easy way to follow blogs (Bloglovin is good, but not everyone has it. And what about Blogger that isn’t compatible with WordPress? And emails collect REALLY FAST) so I’m kind of all over the place… That should be on my to-do list: organize blog subscriptions.

    It’s a great idea that you set a specific time away for reading and commenting on blogs! That way you know you have to do it and you go out with that intention instead of sitting down and saying, “Okay, blog stuff!” which could be anything from finding more books to read on Goodreads to editing that post you’ve had sitting away for months because it’s just not right yet. I think I’m going to start doing that as well, because I have a dozen blogs open that I haven’t gotten to in far too long and it’s eating away at me!

    Goal set – this afternoon is all about other blogs. *puts on commenting cap*

    • Thanks, Katelynn! I keep scheduling time for blog reading and I keep shifting it around as my schedule changes. It’s definitely something I’m working on. 🙂 I currently use a combo of Feedly, email, and WordPress to subscribe to blogs and find it cumbersome too. Especially email – it piles up so fast but I do actually see it. I haven’t tried Bloglovin. Would you recommend?

      • Bloglovin is awesome, except for when people don’t use it. I’ve always liked emails because then it’s more in my face, but the more blogs I follow the faster the emails pile up. And the day I drop the ball I wake up one morning a week later to 500 emails just from blogs… *sigh* I messed up on that one.
        But back to Bloglovin – when using it, the interface is easy to read and well laid out. All the blogs you follow are in a list on the right (blogs with unread posts are at the top and bolded). The dashboard lists unread posts in order by posting date, and if you don’t want to read read a post then you can “Mark as Read” without opening (usually reserved for travel blogs posting about hubbub stuff). The only thing that annoys me is the banner when you click through to blog posts – Bloglovin has a big banner at the top of the page where you can Save the post to your Bloglovin page (aka. Sharing the post) and related posts and stuff. It’s not much bigger than your menu on the top of your blog, but it’s always irritated me which is completely irrational but I can’t shake it.
        So uh, yes – I recommend, and I plan to get back into it.
        OH! The button that you put on your website is also great for people who use Bloglovin, because to follow your blog all they have to do is click it and it goes from a “+BLOGLOVIN” to a checkmark, showing that you now follow the blog – you don’t even leave their page! That’s got to be the best part. 🙂

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