Lately I have started to follow a lot of new blogs.
I have a lot of time with very few things to do.
So I read.
But is reading and hitting “Like” enough?
I like when people give me some appreciation in the form of a comment on my post.
Surely others will acknowledge when I leave something in their comment section?
Especially when they are new bloggers or those that struggle with finding an audience.
There was one blogger in particular who wrote a post which almost made me tear up.
What he wrote was very relateable.
I wrote him my experience with this topic, I told him the blog was well written and thanked him for not making me feel alone.
I was a fool for thinking that he’d comment back or sending an email to discuss this topic more in depth.
I went back a few times to make sure my comment didn’t end up in Spam.
Or that he answered but I somehow missed it.
This is not the only time it happened.
I think half of the comments I leave to new bloggers are left unanswered.
Yesterday I came across another new blogger.
Although that particular topic didn’t speak to me, her post was composed nicely.
I looked at some of her other stuff and indeed, very good blogger.
I was about to leave a comment, but then I saw it.
A couple of other had done that, but it always remained unanswered.
I couldn’t cope with disappointment at that moment.
There is a lot advice about what to blog about, how to blog, how often to blog.
But hardly anyone ever talks about the other element of blogging, the one that is going to either grow your network or not at all: comments.
So I am just going to give some of the things that I find annoying when it comes to comments 😉
It’s really a bad idea when you leave the comment section unanswered.
It doesn’t matter how wonderful your blogging style is.
Not commenting at all
It’s hard to build a network if you don’t talk to people.
The easy way out
If you think that a simple “Great post” or “Congrats” completes your mission of networking, FORGET IT.
People spend a lot of time on composing their post and that’s all you can say?
Keep it respectful
And then there were time that I thought to myself “I wish they never commented”.
When I write my post, I try to focus on what I have experienced. These are feelings, but mainly facts.
Sometimes people mistake this for being my opinion and tell me “You got this all wrong”.
How? Please tell me? It’s MY experience.
Oh and just got this!
Don’t ever do this! Or I will publically shame you!
P.S. If I have ever missed your comment, I apologize! It’s never on purpose, sometimes comments just get lost ☹️
What have you experienced on commenting on new bloggers?
Did you take the comment section serious when you started blogging?