If you know of my blog, then you might be aware that I do make rounds on other book blogs and leave comments. But I have to admit that in the past months, I have been slacking off. I would have to blame it on my epic reading slump. My drive to read books was so bad that I only had time to comment on a few blogs. I really felt bad about that, but I never thought that commenting is a chore.
But what happens when you feel that commenting is a chore? You probably will stop commenting on other blogs, and stop replying to the comments on your own posts! I feel like that’s a tragedy. Commenting is somewhat a form of socializing with other bloggers in the bookish community. I find that you discover new books, and gain new bookish friends that way, too.
So I asked book bloggers on twitter :
How do you feel about leaving comments on blogs?
Do you like doing it, or do you feel like it’s a chore?
I discovered a lot of great blogs through commenting, so I always comment back. And I love it when they reply whether in their own blog or in my blog as well. ~ Jules (@otaku_bookworm)
I like leaving comments, but rarely do as I use my phone a lot, and connecting via that is painful. ~ Kristy (@KristyBookNerd)
It used to feel like a chore but I’ve told myself to only comment on posts I’m really interested in so I won’t feel that way. smile ~ Hazel (@staybookish)
I like doing it because aside from meeting new friends, I also get to discover new things by asking or commenting on posts. ~ Ella (@thefilipinabn)
I just comment on posts that interest me. That way, I won’t feel like it’s a chore =)) Also, that’s how blogger friendship starts. ~ Paula (@herbookthoughts)
I LOVE leaving comments but when it comes to replying to the comments on the blog posts (like the actual comments, that can be a chore…. ~ Rashika (@RTheBookOwl)
I go in phases–sometimes I love to comment but then I’ll hit a point where I feel “behind” and then it feels like a chore sad ~ Kristen (@Kris10Williams)
I like it. I leave a lot of comments every day if I can smile it takes much time, but I don’t mind. ~ Mel (@DailyProphecy)
It is time consuming, yes but it’s fun! It’s like leaving a little bit of something everywhere you go. smile – Joy (@akoposijoy)
Thank you to everyone who responded to my Twitter question! I appreciate all your responses, and I do hope you all help me out again in the future.
Tips on leaving comments :
- Do it at your most convenient time. When it feels like you’re free to do it. Allot 30 minutes of your free time each day, or choose 3-5 blogs every day to comment on. This alleviates your commenting anxiety down a notch!
- If the latest blog post doesn’t interest you, skip to an older one. That way, you will be able to honestly share your thoughts about the review or discussion topic.
- If nothing interests you, don’t beat yourself up. Just return to their blog on another day or two to check out the latest post.
- Create a bookmarks folder on your browser. Sometimes, scrolling down from your Bloglovin feed can feel tedious, so I created a system where I’ve added all my favorite blogs on a bookmarks folder. This way, I can easily click on the links to check for new posts.
- Return comments as soon as it comes. This makes it easier for me to track down the lovely people that left comments on my posts. As soon as they comment, I click on their link to return it.
- Avoid generic comments. When you don’t feel like leaving a comment at all, this resorts to submitting a generic comment. It does feel spammy, at times. Try to find something that interests you the most on a post, then expound on it. And don’t be afraid to express your real thoughts on something that you don’t agree about.
- When you’re on a commenting streak, comment on as many blogs as you can. It feels pretty awesome when you get to comment on new blogs that you’ve never visited before. I usually find more blogs on other people’s comments area. So do click on those links to discover more people to follow. and create more blogger friendships!
- Another fun way to is to interact with the blog owner on Twitter! When you get to know them a bit via Twitter, it makes it easier to connect to them via their blog posts, too. It’s fun finding out their various quirks. smile
In conclusion, you must be in your happy place when you want to leave comments on other people’s blogs. Our blog is like our home. We want to welcome positivity in it.
Leaving comments is like spreading our love to other people’s homes. So don’t do it when you’re not feeling the love.
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