Book Blogging 101: Blog Hopping & Community

Part of running a blog, involves commenting and blog hopping. Now I’m sure we’re all familiar with what commenting is, it’s a form of engagement. Blog hopping, not everyone may be familiar with this term. Basically, you hop to someone’s blog post to read it and engage with it in some way. Likes, comments, sharing via social media all count.

Monday’s post was all about Authenticity in Engagement, which I recommend you check out either before or after this post. Next weeks post in this series, will be on Community and Discord Servers just as a heads up. If you want to read that post first, then by all means go on ahead. 

We’ve covered content types (Discussions, Tags/Awards, Book Reviews, Blog Tours, Guest/Collab Posts). We still have Policies & Disclaimers, Graphics as well as a few other things to cover. Guess what. None of that matters though if you don’t engage and support others content.

But Clo…how do I find posts to hop to?

You can try looking on twitter, search a specific hash tag and tweets will pop up, with posts linked into the tweet. Another way is via the WordPress reader (assuming you’re using WordPress)..

However, a way I actually blog hop these days is by returning comments on my posts. (I sometimes slack at this, mostly because it’s draining for me) and through the shareyourposts channels on the several servers I’m part of and the erm one I co-own with Sam @ Fictionally Sam.

For me, it’s easier to hop to posts shared on the server than elsewhere, since I can just react to the link with the emoji I use. That way I know I’ve hopped over, and others also know I have. I’m aware not everyone is on Discord though so, just start with one blog. (handy dandy list below to find just one)

Cait @ Paper Fury
Rain @ bookdragonism
Merv @ Merv Reads
Charvi @ Not Just Fiction
Soph @ Bookwyrming Thoughts
Cami @ Reader in the Attic

Kal @ Reader Voracious
Sam @ Fictionally Sam
CW @ The Quiet Pond
Izzy @ BookwyrmBites

10 book bloggers are listed here, hop to anyone of them, read a post or few, that they’ve done. Then scroll through the comments. Who else has commented? Chances are, a high proportion of them will be book bloggers as well, since we strive to support one another in this community. From there, you can hop to other blogs, not all of them will appeal to you. That’s ok…just find ones which do and start engaging.

So if I comment…they’ll comment back right?

Don’t hold your breath. I’m being serious here. Commenting on people’s posts with the view that you’ll get comments back, is the worst way to dive into this. Commenting on people’s posts does not mean they’ll comment back. I know not all of us return comments, majority of us do try really hard though to return back comments. It’s just hard sometimes, particularly when like me…you kinda let things build up and have so many comments to reply and return.

I swear I’ll get to you, and if I don’t return a comment don’t sweat it. A lot of us who do return comments use this line of thinking: if we land onto your blog and we can’t find anything we’d like to read we’ll hop on.

This is because:


a) we don’t have any more hours in a day than you do
b) we may find a post to read BUT we may only like it because
c) we don’t want to comment for the sake of it

Commenting on posts is a form of engagement but it’s not the only form. You can also like a post (which is why you should try and have a like button!) As well as sharing the post on social media. Comments are nice but not when they’re generic or just there for the sake of it.

Go into the world of blog hopping with this in mind: if you comment on 10 posts maybe 2 out of 10 will return your comment the same day. You may get another 4 or 5 later on in the week/month return comments too. You’ve a 99% chance of all 10 people replying to your comment at some point. (not straight away though)

I’m guest-estimating here by the way, so please don’t literally do this and then wonder why it’s not worked like I said. It’s totally dependent on the blogs you visit, the comments you, how busy that blogger is and so many other things. Comment when you have something to say/add, comment because you want to not because you’re looking for a comment back.

I comment so I can engage with others and also so I know I’m not just throwing posts out, into the wild and not giving back to this community.

How To Engage

I mentioned above about different forms of engagement. Here’s the thing though…you can engage with them outside of the blog! I know crazy right, also please, please don’t be scared of approaching “bigger bloggers” because wow, they’re all wonderful and at the end of the day. It is just numbers, they’re still people, or dragons 😉 who blog about books and if you like their content, they’re still going to appreciate you saying so.

  • Commenting on blog posts (when you have something to say)
  • Liking posts
  • Sharing posts on social media
  • Like/retweet their tweets
  • Like/comment on their posts on insta
  • Get involved with polls on twitter/insta
  • Join a discord server (this will be a separate post!)

Discord is an app and website, it’s honestly the reason I’m still blogging to be honest. The community I found on there is what kept here, I came for the community and I remain for the community.

As always, I hope this post was helpful for you and if you have anything you’d like to see covered in this series. Leave it below in the comments! 

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35 thoughts on “Book Blogging 101: Blog Hopping & Community

  1. This is such a great one for new to blogging bloggers especially, because without hopping it can be hard to break into the community and really start connecting and making friends! I love blog hopping so much but the hardest thing for me lately is to find the time DD: I do it when I can, of course. And the Discord group really helps me do so a lot 😀

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  2. awwwww thank you for the tag, Clo 💕 but also um talking to bloggers outside of their blogs??? being proactive and social???? that’s terrifying 👀 (jkjk, in the few months I’ve been in the bookish community I’ve found it so welcoming and friendly!)

    returning comments is definitely an ongoing struggle, especially on top of writing your own posts and keeping up with your friends’ posts … a big thing for me is consistency, i.e. if I frequently see someone’s name in my comments (and they don’t just leave the generic “great post!” and move on) I’m much more likely to hop to their blog, because a) I feel like I know them a bit, at least more than the people who only pop up once in a while or one time ever, and b) reciprocation is nice but at the end of the time I only have so much time to spend returning comments. and, of course, I’m even more likely to hop to someone’s blog if we’ve actually talked, which mostly means Discord because I’m terrible about keeping up with Twitter DMs 😅

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  3. This is such good advice! I’ve been blogging for 2 years and I just figure out how important engagement was about 9 months ago when I joined the Discord! Now I love my little blog community 🙂

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  4. Aww thanks Clo for mentioning my blog ❤️

    Also I love the advice you’re giving about blog hopping! It’s something I wish I had known earlier 🙈

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  5. I loved your post on Monday and I love this post as well! Blog hopping is so fun to do and so important. I don’t always have time to, but I try to prioritize it at least a couple time a week. I think, like you mentioned, its good for the bloggers to get that feedback but its good for me as a blogger as well to take in that creativity and inspiration! It helps me to get ideas for posts and what books to read next (not that my TBR needs to grow any more but….just sayin’!).

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  6. I don’t mind if no one return comments after I leave them one. I just want them to know how much I enjoyed what they were writing about, or we have shared interest! I am trying to return comment on my blog (since I don’t get that many visitors), but I don’t always remember because I get busy. So I feel it is the same for eveyone else, and it is just fine by me.

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  7. Another great post and with the added bonus of 10 awesome blogs! But no, really, I think this is so useful. I always go commenting without the expectation of getting anything in return, I mean blog hopping can be SO time-consuming! One thing I do, I comment on posts on the share servers but I always like the ones I see on my Reader and if one catches my eye of course I comment but I always make sure I’m at least leaving people a like!

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  8. This was another helpful post. Good job, sis! I actually suck at blog hopping but now with the help of Discord, I’m finally improving. DISCORD IS A HUGE BLESSING TO THIS LIFE THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I’m hoping to blog hop more but I don’t really have the time which is saaad. I’m trying my best though. Just hoping I’ll improve in the near future 😔

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  9. I find it hard sometimes when I’ve been to a blog, left a comment, they’ve blog hopped back to me and left a comment. I’ve already read their posts so hopping back seems kind of redundant.

    Discord was hard for me. I couldn’t keep up with what was going on and the notifications were constant. I may try again to find more blogs to follow. I find that once I’ve been to a blog I follow on Feedly more than a couple of times, I will look to follow them through email. I seem to visit the blogs in my email first.

    Great post! I’m really enjoying this series you are doing.

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  10. I really love your take on blog hopping. It’s so easy to get sucked into the mindset of commenting for the sake of getting comments in return, but to me that’s just such a negative mindset. And like you said in the previous post, there’s really no point in commenting on someone’s post if you don’t have any thoughts about it. It makes me feel better about the fact that there are blogs I enjoy engaging with and others that I just leave a like of appreciation but don’t necessarily have anything to say. We’re all individuals with different taste and views on things…and if we weren’t, the world would be so boring.

    I’m really looking forward to your post about Discord. I had no idea about it until recently, but I also have no idea what I’m doing over there. It’ll be nice to get some tips 🙂 Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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  11. awww Clo, thank you so much for including my blog as one people could hop to! That was so sweet of you!

    I LOVE blog hopping so much! It is really time consuming, but I do it because I genuinely enjoy reading, interacting, and boosting other creator’s content. I get behind sometimes because depression is evil, but interacting with others is honestly my favorite part of blogging!

    While I do visit the blog of everyone that leaves a comment for me, I don’t always return comments. I want my comments to be genuine and have something of value to say rather than just for the sake of it; I do leave likes though!

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  12. I love seeing everyone’s content but I usually leave it until the weekend and then go through masses of posts 😆 I love it when people engage with me though, it just makes me feel so welcome here

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    • I tend to blog hop in batches too, not always on a weekend but whenever I’ve got some time, and choose to blog hop. I’ll do about 10-20 posts in one sitting haha which is a lot to do in one go xD

      yasssss engagement always makes me feel welcome in this community ❤

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  13. I also try to comment back when people comment on my blog but don’t do it 100% of the time. I will try to engage if I notice someone commenting on my blog frequently, though! I also do like to check out other blogs and see who is commenting there and hop around that way.

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  14. I think blog hopping is great (it’s how I ended up here), but commenting should only be done if you have something genuine to say. You make a good point, all of us only have 24 hours in our days, and we all have other responsibilities (work, school, carer, etc.) as well as blogging. I also love the list of bloggers above, I think I follow nearly all of them and Kal and Izzy and Charvi are just the SWEETEST!! 😍

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  15. I agree with you and I can’t insist more on the engagement and making friends in the blogging community through blog hop. Guess what I visit about 100 blogs every week and it is definitely for getting more comments on my post anymore. They are all kinda known bloggers now I want to see what they have upto on their blogs and otherwise.. So get hopping everybody!

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  16. I’ve been blog hopping before I even knew what the proper name for it was. I can say from my personal experience that everything you said is completely true. I loved this post and it was so wonderful for someone to bring this up! Have a great day!

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