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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Should You Be Commenting Back? | Book Blogging Tips (#6)

If you're a blogger, you probably know that this is big deal in the blogging world. Everyone wants comments, dozens and dozens of comments, in fact.

While it's nice to have someone listen to what you're saying and feel acknowledged, sometimes we bloggers have really unrealistic expectations of our readers.

It doesn't matter what kind of content you post, it's still nice to have someone respond.
Commenting Back, yay or nay?

Some bloggers like to let you know that IF you comment on their blog, you're guaranteed to get a reward in form of a comment on your blog.
It has become a custom among bloggers to reciprocate comments and I think that's a wonderful thing.

You don't only get a nice treat for making someone else happy, but you might also start a friendship or a nice conversation like this.

What also plays into the whole thing is the quality of comments.

Quality VS Quantity

While we do all want our blogs to show a bunch of comments- let's be honest here:

Would you rather have twenty comments saying "Cool blog, go check mine out" OR two longer comments that are actually tackling the topic of your post?

I'm sure most of you would choose the latter.

If you're an avid participant in the Commenting Back system, leaving quality comments will easily get very exhausting.

The bigger you blog, the more comments you get and the more comments you're going to have to give. It's a beautiful system in theory, no questions asked, but in reality I imagine that it's hardly possible to keep up when you've got a massive follower reach.

So what do you do then? Leave comments that scream TL; DR in return? Does the content of your comments matter to you or are you just happy to have them?

Getting Those Comments In The First Place

Discussion posts are more likely to get comments because they are asking for opinions, memes are pretty likely to get lots of comments if they're lists and rather short.

But what about reviews?

I've always wondered why people tend to not comment on reviews. When do you even comment? Regardless of the content you prefer - do you comment on excellent posts or on really bad ones?

Blogging SHOULD NEVER Be All About Comments

I can imagine that if you're a really big blog it'll easily become a chore to comment. As bloggers we want people to truly care about what we have to say, don't we?

Aside from that - ask yourself why you even want those comments. The first goal of your blogging experience should be to make yourself happy. It's perfectly understandable that you don't want to be caught shouting into the void.

But is commenting back really the answer to it all? I always feel like I'm only getting a quick nod back, because typically those "commenting back" comments aren't necessarily the basis for a great conversation with the person commenting.

Well, there ARE exceptions, but I honestly want people to comment for the sake of my posts, not because I left a comment on their blog in 1927 once.

Just like everything in life, it comes down to preference, but I truly believe that commenting back is a nice concept - IF you use it responsibly and don't leave nonsense contributions everywhere for the sake of pushing your own comment count.

On what kind of posts do you like to comment?

For the Bloggers: Do you comment back? Why/Why not?

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