when i first started blogging, i read a bunch of “tips for new bloggers” posts and almost all of them include the following tip: COMMENT. it’s how you get more readers to your own blog, as well as join the conversation with topics you care about. it’s a win-win! it’s also wonderful because the blogging community is so welcoming and nice. it should be easy peasy, lemon squeezy. but i have a confession to make:
commenting on other blogs is hard.
technically speaking, it shouldn’t be a big issue because you just go to another blog and leave a comment. no pressure right? everyone can do it. but it’s not that simple.
struggle #1: leaving a meaningful comment
i always want to leave a meaningful comment, not just a “great post! check out my blog!” comment. i want to show that i care, because 99% of the time, I REALLY DO CARE. but sometimes, i see a wonderful post, and i have nothing to say! after commenting, “i totally agree with you!” on ten blogs, it seems kinda empty and spammy. it’s like when you have nothing to really say, but you want to say something… UGH.
struggle #2: finding posts/blogs to comment on
up until recently, i had no idea how people kept track of all the blogs they followed. i want to email subscribe to all of them, but then my email would be flooded, and i wouldn’t actually read it. i used bloglovin for a while, but it was annoying because i couldn’t categorize my blogs. the overall setup was meh, but the idea was great. then my life changed. i found feedly, and IT’S THE BEST THING EVER. i can have all my posts wonderfully categorized and i love the layout. in order to comment, i’d still need to go the actual blog but that’s only one click away. so technically, this isn’t that big of a struggle anymore.
struggle #3: finding new blogs
i’m always trying to find new blogs, but where do i go??? i suppose one of the main purposes of commenting is to “get your name/blog out there,” but where to i find the blogs in the first place?! i find most of the blogs i already know from social media, but is there an easier way? is there some secret that i don’t know?
struggle #4: it’s time-consuming and i’m lazy
if i want to leave a meaningful comment (see: struggle #1), i’d need to read the post first. then think of a response, then go find another post, and all-in-all, it takes so much time. you could spend an hour reading/commenting on blogs, but only end up going through five posts. or at least that’s me. i could’ve spent that hour reading books, but instead i spent that hour talking about books. THE STRUGGLE IS REALLY REAL.
i can’t possibly be the only one who have these struggles… right? what are your tips and secrets to commenting? do you have any more struggles to add to the list? i’d love to know!