Once you become a serious blogger, your appreciation for the artform increases. Or it should. Lately, I have seen that my blogging audience has grown—and I owe a huge part of that to the community that I have subconsciously made on my social networks by befriending other bloggers and writers. I appreciate what they do and I try to show my support in every way I can, including commenting on their blogs.
Let me tell you something—comments mean a lot to bloggers. We spend a lot of our time compiling content for our blogs and writing articles we feel would benefit our readers. When we receive a real and genuine comment, it means a lot. And I do my best to respond to the comment and thank them for posting one. I understand that having a lot of comments is not a sign of a blog being more popular than a blog with hardly any comments (like mine!), but seeing visually that someone has thought enough to leave a comment on your blog does feel good and strokes the ego ever so slightly.
What I cannot stand is a blogger/writer who complains about the lack of comments on their blogs but never leaves comments on any themselves.
To get support, you have to give support. And that goes for all bloggers, no matter how long in the game they’ve been.
When I leave a comment, it is a therapeutic experience. I like reading what others have to say, and even if I don’t agree, giving my two cents is one way that I also release my creativity.
I read once on Twitter that one mildly popular blogger doesn’t read other blogs because they want to keep their blog “organic”. I understand this tactic, but I believe it is just an excuse. When you have found your voice and your style, it cannot be taken away by reading someone else’s blog. What it seems to be is that you hustle a lot when you first start a blog, but once you gain a following, you fall off.
Blogger rule #1—always grind, always hustle. The “top” keeps getting higher and higher.
So there you have it. Just my take on commenting in general. I show love to a lot of bloggers who I respect, love, admire, and give the side-eye to.
Comment and comment often. It does a body good!