Like any other Online community, the Blogging community also has some unwritten rules when it comes to commenting on a post. A blogger will expect different types of comments and readers may/may not agree with certain points in the write-up. In fact, the more interest it generates in a reader the blog post is considered a success.
Without readers and followers, a blog is insignificant. Bloggers and writers are sharing their views so it can be widely read and also recommended by fellow bloggers if they find it useful and relevant.
For the first time, a blogger hits the ‘Publish’ button, they expect readers to show some interest and write a comment or ‘like’ it. These comments can be an inspiration for some future posts and also increases engagement with readers.
I am sharing some important pointers about blog commenting-
- It is important to leave some thoughtful as well as thought-provoking. If any reader has doubt about the view(s) being expressed in the post, they should leave a polite question to the blogger, asking for clarity.
- Do not leave a ‘conclusive comment’, with a strong denial without leaving any room for explanation from the writer or blogger.
- Commenting on blogs increases your visibility and in turn, will increase your blog readership too.
- After you have read a post thoroughly, open your comment by thanking the blogger for writing and sharing a post and do not leave one-word comments like- ‘Excellent’. ‘Hmmm’. ‘Interesting’, ‘Thoughtful’, ‘Great’ and I can continue with this list; elaborate, why you think it is ‘interesting’ or ‘Great’.
- Say something interesting and add some value. Do not be on a random blog-hopping mission to comment on as many blogs as possible.
- As a blogger, I appreciate every comment from my readers and sometimes they have inspired me to write an entire article or poetry. A thoughtful engagement with the reader goes a long way in building a strong blogging community.
- If, as a reader, you disagree with the entire post, always make it a point to do so in a mature way. Do not leave a comment if you do not wish to engage with the blogger in the future.
- Before commenting, care to read other comments in the thread, as it will give you some idea. Just commenting to get backlinks or self-promoting is not desirable. Always stay on topic, and try not to write about your personal achievements. Do not leave links to your blog(s). I am trying to say, “Do not hijack other bloggers’ comments section.”
- Do not leave ‘hateful’ comments (insinuations), as it easy to hide behind anonymous profiles in the online world. Tone down the aggressive voice while commenting and stay away from racial and culturally sensitive comments.
- The Blogging community consists of wonderful people and the more you engage with them and encourage to participate, you will be a part of a family which can teach you many things about different aspects of life. Respect every blogger.
- Try to keep the comments brief and valuable. If at all you need to leave a long comment, do leave a note of apology (it reflects, that you care about the blogger’s space).Do not make it a habit of leaving a blog post worth of comment on another blog. You can write an article and post it on your blog if you wish to.
- Do not forget that your comment will be read by other bloggers too and it will leave an impression on them.
- You may get some valuable followers and readers if they are impressed by your mature comments.
- Always remember, you are a guest and while commenting you should be behaving as one and try respecting the ‘unspoken decorum’ of the concerned blog.
- Bloggers too should block some time for replying to comments. If you do not reply, it creates a negative impression on the reader(s), they will want to stay away from your blog.
- Do not shy away from addressing or responding to critical comments. Make your point as a blogger and try to convince the reader. If you think the comment or debate is going off topic, try not to get into an online fight.
- Stop responding if you think the person has transgressed the ‘unspoken decorum’, but only after providing a conclusive reason for doing so from your side.
As a blogger, I have grown and improved because of my readers and they have been kind enough to read my work and leave comments. I appreciate every comment and thanks to everyone who follows my blog and have shown a keen interest in my work.
I hope these pointers will help other bloggers, and especially the new bloggers. A message to everyone-
Keep blogging and help this wonderful community grow and contribute meaningfully.