I’m the first to admit that sometimes, my blog commenting game can be quite poor. My replies can be late … but even with all that, one truth I can’t deny: commenting is a huge part of my blogging routine.
To clarify, when I speak about commenting in this post, I’m really talking about everything to do with blog comments: getting them on your own blog, replying to those comments, leaving them on other people’s blogs, etc… basically all things to do with comments on blogs. 💻
Now, a question that I’ve heard thrown around the blogsophere is this: is commenting necessary? And it’s a fair question too — blogging already takes so much time, and commenting, with a gazillion blogs out there, only adds to that time. Is it really, like really necessary?
I’m going to go against the grain here and say that the answer is no. When you blog for a hobby, I like to think that nothing is really necessary, and you just do what works for you. Don’t feel like posting this week? Then don’t. Don’t want to write a review for a certain book? Don’t. Don’t feel like commenting? You guessed it: don’t. 💁
The only thing to remember is that every action (or inaction) has a consequence. When you don’t comment, you lose the chance to make that connection with other bloggers on that very platform that you’ve probably spent hours on. You might interact with them through a different platform (i.e. Twitter), but for me, my time, energy and attention are rather limited that I can really only focus on this one thing, at least for the moment.
It all depends on what you’re looking for. Maybe you’re looking to share your thoughts on books and other topics and don’t particularly care what other people think. Maybe all you want is to raise your followers count and get more views. Maybe you seek to connect with other readers who love the same books that you do. Whatever you wish to gain from blogging, sometimes these little things are what contributes and makes the difference. 🙏
With that out of the way, though, I’ll say this for myself: interaction with the community is both the main thing that I seek from my blog and my favourite ‘metric’ to measure, so I’m always grateful that commenting is something that I’ve included in my blogging routine. Receiving, leaving, replying to comments… they’ve all led to some of the best moments I’ve ever had on this blog and some of the best bloggers I’ve met.
So! Here are some of the things that I’ve learned about blog comments. 💗
1) Not all comments deserve an equal response.
While I’d love to talk to everyone and give each comment equal effort, sometimes I just don’t have the space or energy. Because of that, there’s something to be said about reading the comment you’ve been left and adjusting the effort you put into answering it. 💬
I don’t mean to sound so ‘eye for an eye’ because this is definitely not like that at all, but in general, if someone has put in the effort to write me a really insightful, thought-provoking comment, I’d try to reply with equal effort, and if someone has left me a generic “Great post! Thanks for sharing!” comment, I’d reply with an equally generic “Thanks for reading!”.
I suppose this is the lesser “do unto others” adage (i.e. “do unto others as others have done onto you” instead of “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”) but personally, this has saved me valuable time. And it is, of course, very case-by-case.
2) Always, always read the post first.
Of course you’re not going to be quizzed on what you just read, but it’s still good form to know what the blogger is talking about when you’re leaving a comment. 🙌
A three-star rating can mean “this is a book I will recommend” and “this book disappointed me terribly, but objectively it’s not bad” for the same blogger, sometimes even in the same post! You don’t want to be saying things like “I’m so glad you loved this book!” when they’ve never said such a thing in their own post. Basically: know what you’re talking about.
3) When in doubt, ask questions.
I’ve had some bloggers tell me that though they’d really like to comment, they very often don’t know what to say. For me, this is a bit of a two-fold thing: you don’t have to comment if you have nothing to say… but if you want to say something but don’t know what, asking questions is always a good way to open up a discussion. 🎉
Have they read the sequels yet? Have they read <insert similar book>? What do they think of <insert character>? What about that moment when <insert crazy thing> happened? If you’re genuinely interested in what the other person has to say, they’ll know.
4) Bring in your own thoughts and experience.
Hated the book? Liked the book, but disliked a part that they liked? Haven’t read the book yet, but the review makes you want to (or not)? Then say so — we’re all different people with different perspectives, and we all bring something different to the table.
When it comes to discussion posts, I find this point even easier. Was a section particularly relatable to you? Did the post perhaps remind you of a similar struggle or achievement that you have? Share these. I love to hear from you guys and I can guarantee that most bloggers do as well. 😊
Now, let’s talk! 🌿
- How important are blog comments to you?
- What tips do you have for people who find commenting difficult?
- What kind of comments do you most look forward to?
This post is part of Blogger’s Corner, a section of my blog that discusses all things blogging. 🌟