The groovy companion to my Blogging: Replying to Comments post:
Hooray! You’ve just published an awesome blog post that you’re incredibly proud of!
Whoohoo! The post is receiving loads of views and tons of shares!
Unfortunately no one has felt the need to spare a moment to share their thoughts in an actual comment.
Blogging is a solitary work environment that is most definitely quite lonely at times. Letting bloggers know that you enjoy what they do and appreciate their hard work goes a very long way to breaking through the isolation of working completely alone + it’s an awesome feeling to discover that our creativity and dedication is indeed helping others and not going unnoticed.
With that in mind I present my top tips for sharing your thoughts & a wee bit of commenting etiquette:
Make sure your comment is relevant to the post above it.
It’s a bit difficult to properly respond to a confusing comment that has nothing to do with the topic of the post.
Actually read the post before asking a question.
The pictures might be distractingly pretty but the answer you seek just might be lurking in the text.
Be courteous and pleasant.
Remember, the post you are commenting on is part of the blogger’s home online. You (hopefully) wouldn’t walk into a stranger’s house and behave inappropriately so please avoid doing it online.
Check your spelling before publishing your comment.
Perhaps it’s a sign of the fast-paced, abbreviated internet age but as a former English teacher I find myself editing & correcting far more comments than I care to admit.
Kindly refrain from using the comment section as your personal dating profile.
Do not put a link to your own site under your comment unless it is directly related to and somehow enhances the post above.
If you have your own blog or site you should already have it linked to whichever profile(s) you use to comment. If someone is interested in finding out more about you they can easily click your comment name. Uninvited self-promotion is damn cheeky and as you wouldn’t want it on your own blog (or social media) you shouldn’t practice it on someone else’s.
I’ve connected with some absolutely amazing people and formed fabulous friendships across the globe simply by leaving (& replying to) comments.
Now go forth and share your thoughts!
Stay tuned for more of my backstage of blogging series and feel free to request a behind-the-scenes topic that you’d like to learn more about in the comments below.
Need some more helpful hints about leaving comments? Check out Hanna’s brilliant 5 reasons you should comment on your favourite blogs over on Pearls & Scissors!
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