Last week on one of my favourite blogs, And Then There Were Four, Multiple Mum wrote about Getting Comments On Your Blog and how she feels it's important to "take the time to interact with your readers (most if whom are bloggers just like you)."
I couldn't agree more.
However, are we really expected to follow hundreds of blogs and be reading and commenting on every single post? I don't know about you but I simply do not have that time (although I wish I did!) and I do not expect it from others. I think popping in at least once a week, and more often if you can manage it is nice blogging etiquette.
Today I'm going to share with you what makes me leave a comment, and what doesn't.
It might be different for you, and please feel free to leave a comment adding your thoughts because I want to know what gets you to comment too!
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Things that stop me from commenting:
-If I read your post and then get distracted, if find it hard to come back. Your post needs to make me NEED to comment right now. Not in 5 seconds, NOW.
- Reading a topic that seems to be trending in bloggy land. It happens, there are always trends, and you should share your story, but make your story stand out, use a different angle or something else that will pull me in. If you write something that someone else has written and they've written it better than you...well I will comment there. Blogging can be as much about topic as it can timing, and sometimes you may need to hold off on that post until the craze dies down.
- If I'm swamped with posts the time I have to read and comment will obviously be shortened. I always try to at least read, but this again is where your post needs to jump out at me.
Things that make me comment include:
- A post that leaves me feeling like I have something to say and I need to say it NOW. If you can turn the smallest story into something that hypnotises me, I may just hit the follow button.
- If there are no comments, I tend to want to comment a little more, because I know what it's like to put yourself out there and wait, and wait, and wait for someone to say something, anything, even if they think it was a rubbish post, just let me know!
- Bloggers I'm engaged with and feel like I have a strong connection or friendship with. It's like catching up for coffee, you're sharing a recent tale/an old tale/a thought/an opinion and my job as your friend is to give you feedback, to agree or disagree or simply to let you know I heard you.
- Posts that ask me about me to share my own stories or opinions. I want to answer your questions and let you know my story after hearing yours. I need to feel like you're interested in me too.
- Twitter. Twitter has a big part in how I bond with bloggy peeps. Twitter is with me everywhere I go, and having people link me to their recent blog posts and letting me know what it's about can sometimes capture my attention faster than going through my google reader, which is longer. I click, I'm on your blog and reading.
- Being a good bloggy friend. This means you need to be engaged with me. Thing is as much as I'd like to, I can't follow everyone. If your name is popping up all over my blog, Twitter or Facebook then I'm going to get curious and start looking into who you are. Likewise if I am never having interaction from you, my interest in your blog will eventually die off.
- Make what you say count. This is my biggest rule in blogging. I am not one who thinks that there is a one set list of rules for all, you need to make your own up to suit your blog and your goals, but this is a rule I think everyone could use and adapt to suit them. There is no point commenting on a blog post without staying within the theme or topic of that post. If you're commenting on lots of blogs with the same generic thing "Thanks for sharing" that gives me, the writer, nothing. What part part did you enjoy the most? Do you share similar thoughts or experiences? Why/Why not? Open a dialogue, tell me something about you in relation to the post. And remember, it's ok to disagree. You can say that you disagree, but explain why, and keep in mind that we all have different experiences so it's ok for people not to agree with you too.
So, what makes you want to comment on a blog? And what stops you from commenting? Are you afraid to say you disagree?