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.
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.
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?
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.