Since I’ve been thinking a lot about how to be a good neighbor with my fellow bloggers and about how I don’t want social media to be all about what I feel like I should do, I’ve been trying to figure out what it is that I actually enjoy about social.
And that’s actually pretty easy: it’s the conversations.
As a blogger, I know it’s not fun to feel like no one is listening. And a like on Facebook isn’t quite the same as someone taking the time to actually type out a sentence or two in response to your words.
So, that’s what I’m making more of an effort to do. To actually leave a comment on a post when I read it, instead of flipping back to Facebook and just hitting like or adding a comment there.
It’s hard to get over that reflex to use Facebook for everything, and I still have to be conscious about it. But I’m actually taking part in a commenting challenge with the SITS Girls, which is helping me get in the habit.
Now when I visit blogs I try to think about if there’s something I can add to the conversation, or even just to let the blogger know that she did a good job.
If you’re a blogger, you know it feels good to know that people are reading and appreciating your work. If you’re a blog reader, you probably still know that you like to hear people say you did a good job with something.
So I’d like to challenge all of you maybe not to try to comment on every blog post you read, but to be more mindful about at least sometimes posting comments when you read something you like, going back and telling someone you pinned their project or even sharing something on Facebook or Twitter yourself and letting the blogger know that you did.
You’ll make her day, I promise.
Will all this commenting get you more traffic? I don’t know. But it will get you some good blogger karma, that’s for sure.
Do you comment on blog posts? If you’re a blogger, do you get comments on your blog? I’d love to hear what’s worked for you to engage your readers!