And you should too!
As book bloggers I always see people talking about blog hopping, or comment groups, or posts titled “how to make me comment”. Comments are really important to us, partly because they help us measure the success of our posts, but mostly because we want to engage with our readers.
(Which is just fancy blogger talk for “we want to TALK to you!”)
But I’m going to do you one better. I try to comment on EVERY blog post I read.
Let me start by saying that I don’t always succeed. Sometimes I just can’t think of anything to say, especially on Top Ten Tuesday posts or book tags. Always writing “great review!” feels disingenuous, so if I didn’t connect with the post at all I sometimes just can’t think of a comment. But I would guess this only happens to me maybe once every three or four days. I can almost always think of something to SAY.
I think it’s super important to comment on people’s posts. Views are fine, likes are great, but the comments are what REALLY matters to me. There’s a couple of reasons for this.
1. I’m here to talk.
So fun story, but I started my book blog because my school started a thing where teachers posted what books they were reading, which magically caused me to read like, four times faster. Anyway, I was reading all these books, but I didn’t have anyone to talk to about them! The kids were, well, TEN, the other teachers weren’t really reading (and anyway they hated me), I don’t have any friends, and my husband hates books. (Mild exaggeration) I really wanted to talk about books, so I did what I always did and turned to the internet.
I love both when people comment on my post and commenting on other people’s posts. I love that CONVERSATION and the back and forth. I’m sure some of you are tired of me creating long threads on your posts that are often only tangentially related to your blogs, but that’s how talking works. Y’all are my friends, I truly believe that.
2. Give people’s stats a boost.
This is probably the least important one for me, but I know other bloggers get really involved with the numbers. And when they’re trying to get sponsorships or ARCs or worth with other creators, a lot of times engagement is a big part of what people are looking at. I figure it’s the least I can do. If I can take the time to read someone’s posts, it’s no big deal to take thirty secondds to comment.
3. Comments make bloggers feel appreciated.
Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books wrote a post a few weeks ago about whether blogging is really valuable and whether anyone really cares about bloggers. Marie talked a lot about compensation and whether our work matters, but my biggest takeaway was that Marie (and probably a lot of other bloggers) don’t feel valued. It’s easy to feel like you’re just talking out into the void for nobody’s benefit other than your own.
As I said before, I truly consider my fellow bloggers my friends. I want you to know that I appreciate you, that I value your voice, and that I care about you. The best way for me to show you that is by commenting. (If there’s a better way, feel free to let me know!)
When you take the time to leave a comment and share your thoughts, you’re showing that you’ve read, thought about, and care about what that person wrote. Then you begin a conversation that allows you to get to know each other and build community. I know I always get all the warm squishy feelings any time *anyone* leaves me a comment.
All this to say, this is an awesome community. We’ve always got each others’ backs, and we always support one another.
I want to encourage you all, in addition to reading and liking, think about leaving a comment. Not just “great post!”, but take the time to respond thoughtfully to what someone was saying. You may just make their day.