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.
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:
- I joined the Commenting 365 Challenge and set the goal to comment on 365 posts this year.
- I also committed to commenting back on the blogs of anyone who comments on my blog.
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.