It’s shouldn’t come as a surprise to any blogger, that writing posts can be draining, articulating your thoughts onto a blank screen? Yeah, let’s just pretend this post will write itself, shall we? That’d be lovely though. We put hours into each post we publish, taking into account any research, reading, writing the post, formatting and editing the post, graphics…oh and huzzah! Scheduled/published.
Now what? Well…now we wait for engagement.
Likes, comments, sharing our post on twitter all can make us bloggers feel fuzzy inside. It shows people appreciate our work, dedication, unhealthy obsession with
yogurt coated cranberries caffeine and want to hear what we have to say.
Here’s the thing though, we don’t appreciate comments for the sake of well…you commenting. Nor do we appreciate comments, which hold no authenticity. (Stay with me here folks, I swear I’ll explain!)
I’m just gonna shout out my partner in crime here, Sam @ Fictionally. Sam came up with this pretty neat title, before I had a chance to blurt out a bunch of gibberish on my idea. Sam, you’re awesome thank you for reading my mind, better than I could. *coughs* Moving on, I do plan to have a post go up in my Book Blogging 101 series, about Blog Hopping & Commenting but I also really want to talk about this for a hot 1.1k words.
Commenting For The Sake Of It
You’ve spent 3 hours on this post, you’re really proud of how it turned out as well. It’s been published for a few days now and you go to check the comments. 99% of them are AWESOME comments which make you feel fuzzy, appreciated and a lil giddy. But then…then you see this comment which is maybe “Great post!” or “Interesting!” or even this “Loved this”
If you have nothing to say on a post, that’s TOTALLY ok. I’ve frequently blog hopped to posts, read them and been well I’m sorry but I have nothing else to say. Or I just draw a blank on how to leave a thoughtful comment. So I leave a like and usually go on my way.
These short generic kind of comments, scream to us that you’ve commented for the sake of it. Yes it’s nice to return comments to people who left comments on your post/s, it’s also nice to leave comments in general; 3 hours of work reduced to a 2 word comment and maybe punctuation/emoji? I don’t think so.
A way to still leave a thoughtful comment, which includes these phrases would be something like this.
“I really loved <insert what you loved in the post> but I didn’t agree with/also think that <insert another point>. I loved this post!”
What this then says to us, is oh look, they have read my post. They also liked this or disagreed with that, oh and they loved my post. That’s awesome, I feel all warm and fuzzy!
Think back to analysing a book/text in class, you had to pick on parts to analyse. Use that method and apply it to blog posts, if you just say you like the post…does that sound like you read it? Does it sound genuine or generic? I’m not saying pick apart the entire post and ask them why they used this word, and that phrase there.
Look for a sentence or two which grab you and resonate with you, talk about that in your comment. That’s enough. *gasps* Authentic comments are really that simple?
Did You Even Read This?
We have this type of comment as well, which can crop up on many types of posts I guess, its more noticeable on say reviews. If the blogger shares their thoughts, opinions on a book and gives it say a 2 star rating.
Don’t comment “awesome review, this sounds like a fun read.”
Or something along those lines. Why not? Well, does it read to you like they read your review? To me it looks like they skim read it, and went let’s compliment the post and add in that the book sounds interesting.
I’m not saying you can’t use this phrase ever, on a post where the reviewer has rated it low. What you should think about doing instead, is expanding your comment more. Why does it sound like a good read to you? What didn’t they like about the book, that you think you may enjoy?
Adding those two answers into your comment, can honestly make such a difference. Let’s create a mock up shall we.
“I’m sorry this wasn’t the book for you, but I actually really like <insert feature you like they didn’t> so I think I may enjoy it! Awesome review!”
It reads better, oh look they read my review, awesome I hope they end up enjoying the book. You know, it also allows us to at least reply to the comment with “Thanks, I hope you end up enjoying the book!”
But I WANT To Comment Still…
If you want to comment, but are worried about maybe it being too generic. Consult said list below (we love a list!) but also remember a like is always as good as a comment, in fact we’d love a like instead of a generic comment. Or even share it on twitter! They’re both GREAT ways to show your love and appreciation for said post and blogger.
- Is it under 10 words?
- If yes attempt to expand comment by picking out a sentence or two which resonated with you
- If no then you’re good to leave this list by the way 😉
- Struggling with expanding?
- Likes are also appreciated as is sharing it on twitter for example
- Bottom line is if you don’t have anything to add in the comments, discuss, talk about then like/share and leave
- We won’t mind
Also, an awesome thing to remember whilst you go on your blog hopping way, is you should always click on the post, before reading it. Why? Well then we get a view for that post, if you just read it from the homepage or Bloglovin’ we don’t get those stats. (this is more a point for blogs which don’t have excerpts, as you can just read their posts on the home page. Doing that won’t give them a view, so make them happier and give them that view! It takes one click = one view = happy blogger!)
Genuine comments are written from people who find something to genuinely connect to in a post, if the post makes them feel something then they’ll have something to say. If they agree/disagree and so on, they’ll have things to say in the comments. We’re not going to relate with every post though, we’re also not going to have something to say at the end, of each post we read.
It’s ok to not comment on every post you read. No one’s going to come after you with a pitchfork for your soul, just because you don’t comment on every post.
they’re more likely to come for you if you keep leaving generic comments though
Friends, it’s ok if you’ve left the odd generic comment over the time. I’m curious though, if you feel like you can’t comment on a post, for whatever reason. Do you just like it and leave? Do you like and share it? What if there’s no like button? What do you do when there’s no like button?!