This marks the occasional blogging tip series inspired by a comment on a blog that warranted a tip series about comments on blogs. Make sense?
While I didn’t read the actual blog post, I did read a comment on the post (not sure how that happened), and it went something like this:
“Thanks for this post about whether I should comment on my own blog when someone comments. I now won’t do it because I think the comment section is for the voice of the reader and not me because they already heard my voice in the post.”
GASP! I AM AGOG!
Please, bloggers, never do this.
- Blogging is NOT a one-way street; that goes for the comment section, too.
- If you want to build community, you have to engage in comments.
- People who comment expect the blogger’s response!
- If you don’t comment, then no one is home; you look dark, curtains drawn, not-welcome sign in the window.
If I comment in your house and you don’t respond? I’m never coming back because that’s rude.
If someone comments and disagrees with what I say and wants me to explain what I’ve written, but I don’t reply in comments…that’s grounds for divorce.
Blogger’s Tip 1: Always respond to comments on your blog.
Jayme Soulati is the Author of Writing with Verve on the Blogging Journey. After more than three years of blogging and writing a ton about blogging, she knows how to build community and responding to all comments is rule numero uno.