5 reasons to reintroduce the blog comment

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Ah the elusive comment.  There was the sniff of a promise that if we write they will come.  But what if they come in part, just not quite “all in”?

They come, read, learn, connect.

Just not enough to leave a comment of thanks, of comradeship or #metoo

Have we become lazy or lacking in time? Or is it that the introduction of GDPR?  

The current trend is for bloggers to head to Instagram to grow their relationships and following, and I think we’re missing out hugely because of this.  Bloggers are amazing, obvs, and not because there is the ability to influence what we wear (although that is fabulous) but also because we talk (and write) about the hard subjects that no one wants to talk about, but furiously google when we’re stuck or worse, at rock bottom.  

Death, grief, suicide, depression, anxiety, baby loss, PTSD, Down Syndrome, learning abilities, parenting, travel, crafts, food and on and on and on.  Such is the vast subject base, we’re a creative and talented bunch.

Lizzie Somerset started 5 years ago and in that time has gone from being mainly lifestyle based (as a SAHM to two), to Somerset focussed, faith based, and back to lifestyle again with some motherhood and perfectionism thrown in.  What has also changed is that I don’t receive or leave blog comments any more when I used to leave and receive loads.

There are strong reasons why leaving blog comments are a GREAT thing to do and here are some of them.

5 Reasons to reintroduce the blog comment

  • DA and building stronger websites

Leaving a comment leaves the link to your website on that blog thanks to plug ins like Comment Luv.  

If you are commenting on a strong website then that strength will lift up your blog and make it stronger (increasing your DA), and you will do the same for those websites that are not so strong.  

A few genuine comments, rather than a huge qty of rushed ones, provide an organic link which builds up your DA, a valuable metric as a blogger which are asked of time and again by PR and brands if you’re monetised.  You are also demonstrating that you are aligning with those qualities that you admire so much in the bloggers you love reading!

  • Strong communities 

Strong communities are built around allowing each other to be vulnerable, speak our truth then LISTEN to another perspective.  That’s how small changes are made in the world #littlebylittle

  • Bonds outside of our niche

I once fancied the travel bloggers lifestyle until I realised that my family would kinda fall apart with me away all the time, that being said I still stay the the travel bloggers Facebook group because I find them really supportive and encouraging.  

Reading different blogs outside of our niche are essential to keeping the creative juices flowing.  Commenting on lots of types of blogs can only be a good thing.

  • Know and Be Known

Know your readers and let your readers be known.  Of course we want to foster our own community in our own niche, and I will never understand the “they’re just not your people” thing; if someone wants to read my blog and aren’t my target reader then they are more than welcome to join my community and be known.  Everyone has a valuable and unique perspective. 

It’s a joy when I find like minded people, of course! I talk for hours with Ceri This Welsh Mother about entrepreneurship and whole hearted life which we’re both slightly geeky about.   However if we ONLY talk to like minded people we won’t change the world, turning up and writing our truth does that.  Sometimes our words attract conversation with people who aren’t like minded at all.  As long as we speak our truth with grace, an open ear and a whole heart you can’t go wrong,

nb.  If you’re lurking we can’t see you if you read and leave without a comment!

  • Reciprocal Support 

Support works both ways.  

I write about some pretty heavy topics at times on my blog; shame, vulnerability, courage, parenting (messy as heck), perfectionism, LGBGTQI+ Christians amongst other, more light hearted lifestyle content.  It takes a fair bit of courage to put that out there week after week and bloggers really appreciate being encouraged and starting a conversation.

Otherwise, tumbleweed.

Certainly I understand that seeing my kids at the pumpkin patch may not be where the reader is at right now, but I think we are all missing out if you don’t leave your unique perspective on what inspired you or what you liked or didn’t like about the post!  We can’t get better without lots of voices. We all have the ability to influence, blogger or not.  

  • Confidence

It can be really hard to know what to write on a blog comment and I know it puts some people off.  Maybe you’re relieved the commenting thing seems to have gone away.  

Laura from Only Teethin’ blog had this to say:

 

“I used to be guilty of being a lurker when it came to blogs and even social media. I think for me – and probably for many others – it partly stemmed from a feeling caused by social media overwhelm – that my comment wouldn’t mean anything, that the writer wouldn’t care, that there was no need for me to ‘take up space’ online and in that person’s comments section, because there were so many competing voices out there anyway. I’m overcoming this, getting my voice out there with my own blog and social media, but am also getting better at commenting on others social posts and on blog posts. It’s so nice when you actually do – for example, I commented on a post by someone whose blog I had admired from afar for ages (Apartment No 4, in case you’re interested) and she said I’d made her day! So we must must must continue to comment!”

I agree with Laura writing comments isn’t easy.  It is hard to leave genuine heartfelt comments when you are worried about how they come across.  However, overcoming this has reaped its rewards! I have had many people come my way because they saw my genuine comment on someone else post, followed the link and we connected.

There are so many great reasons to comment on blog posts, these are just 5 reasons to reintroduce the blog comment.  

What is your experience?  Did you used to comment but have now stopped?  Do you have any more reasons why we need to reintroduce the blog comment?

And…

Is there really any point any more with the rise of the Facebook group, Whats App and Instagram?  

We’d love to hear your views.

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About Lizzie Roles

Lizzie is a mum of 2 spirited children, Harry 6 and Bea 3.

Lizzie started her family lifestyle blog 3 years ago after suffering PND with both babies. Her heart was to share her journey to joy, and of putting actions in place to get her to a more positive mindset.

As a recovering negative thinker Lizzie Somerset regularly advocated mindfulness, saying no to perfectionism and dropping mummy guilt like a stone.

She loves nothing more than shouting about her home county of Somerset from the rooftops which is the foundation for her blog.

On free weekends she can be found by the sea in their family’s holiday home in Cornwall. She is happiest by the sea with her family and believes much can be solved over a cuppa and digestive biscuit.

4 Comments

  1. 07 October 2018 / 10:52

    A great article that I really enjoyed reading. Whilst I love Instagram, I’m very visual, I see it as an instant and somewhat fleeting way to connect. I love words, enjoy writing my blog and telling a story if there’s one to tell. Just as I enjoy reading a story written by others. I’ll make sure not to get complacent and leave a comment when I do visit. Thank you for this reminder.

  2. 09 October 2018 / 23:03

    blog comments are brilliant. I’m not a big fan of social media and so i see my blog as the more permanent record of family life so i definitely prefer connecting with other bloggers via blog comments that facebook which i avoid as much as possible these days.

  3. 11 October 2018 / 09:26

    Hi Lizzie, thanks for including my comment about comments! And so here’s another! 🙂 This is a really great and insightful piece… I’m still relatively new to blogging and I think another thing that’s made me NOT comment in the past, linked to my point about confidence and no-one caring about my comment, is that I’ve not really believed that real connections can be made through the online world until recently; it’s not something I had experience of. I’m not saying that I now expect every comment to lead to a connection of some kind, of course, but it is lovely to hear of your experience, of finding like-minded people and making those connections that have turned into ‘real’ friendships and real support x

  4. 15 November 2018 / 21:08

    Good post and interesting topic. 🙂 I didn’t used to comment much because I felt really nervous, but I found a couple of supportive communities/sites and I got more confident. As a blogger I know how much you appreciate someone taking the time to leave a comment, and it’s nice to connect with others.

    Zania

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