Why I Try to Comment on Every Blog Post I Read

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.

Why though?

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.

68 thoughts on “Why I Try to Comment on Every Blog Post I Read

  1. I do love commenting on people’s post as much as possible because comments are what keep me going and make me blog more, so I definitely get what you’re saying! I don’t comment on every post I read, maybe just 2/3rd of them but now, I’ll be trying to comment more!

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  2. You make some really valid points. I also started my blog just to talk to people about the books I was reading, and I am super thankful for the friends I’ve made because of it (including you :] ) I did start a system where I would go through my feed and “like” everything I wanted to read later, and then when time allowed I would click on the “likes” section and read everything (so it was all in one place) and then comment. That seems to work the best for me, but I definitely have been in situations where there isn’t much left to be said other than, I appreciate the work you do. Especially when it has been a few days and people have already commented things I would have wanted to say.
    But I agree with you. I think comments, if anything are one of the most important tools on a blog, and that in the very least, show the MOST support for your favorite people and the work that they do. This is absolutely a thankless job. Many of us do this just for the social interaction and to get our thoughts and hobbies out into the world, but what good is an outlet if you don’t have anyone to share it with?

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    1. YAS!!! I’ve lost interest in SO MANY ACTIVITIES because the group petered out and I couldn’t keep going by myself. And I don’t really have friends irl, so I super need blog comments, haha.

      I’m thankful we’ve met and become friends too. โค

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  3. I’m like you! I love chatting books, but for that to work in the blogging world we need to click on posts, read and comment. And because I hate it when I have nothing productive to say about a book or post, I rather pick the reviews and posts I can relate to and leave a meaningful comment. But sadly I’ve also noticed that not all bloggers even reply to the comments on their posts – which is a bummer.

    ~ Corina | The Brown Eyed Bookworm

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  4. i agree with everything you said in this post! comments are the ultimate way to show a blogger support (that isn’t supporting them monetarily), in my opinion. though it’s very annoying if someone’s comment is just something like “nice post! check out my blog” ๐Ÿ™ƒ i try my best to show that i actually read the post in all my comments. but sometimes i read a post (most often a review of a book i’ve never read) & i just can’t think of anything to comment on it :”) when this happens, i simply leave a like and hope the blogger still sees that i appreciate their post!

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  5. I agree with you. Comments are important, not just for numbers or blog growth but it makes us feel good that somebody actually read what we wrote and to know they want to talk about it. I try to comment as often as I can, sometimes I pay more attention to post so I can think something to write about but even when I can’t, I feel generalized comment like ‘Great review’ also works, at least better than just scroll and like or even share. Amazing post!

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  6. YES! I totally agree with you. I’ve started blogging to talk about books too and I really appreciate when people comment since it allows me to connect with them. That’s not to say that reading a blog and liking it is not great. But I really like having a feedback and maybe making friends out of all of this. Thank you so much for posting this!

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    1. Yeah, it can sometimes be challenging to come up with something to say, ESPECIALLY on book reviews. Especially since a lot of people review genres I don’t particularly enjoy (romance and suspense). But I feel like we just gotta do our best and that’s all we can ask of ourselves. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Oh no no no, do not misunderstand me! I don’t read every blog post by every blogger I follow. I only read blog posts I’m interested in (usually reviews…), which comes out to maybe 15-20 a day? Which is why it isn’t so bad trying to comment on them all. Maybe I should have clarified that in the post…

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      1. Ah… got it. But even so, I click on the emails I get from blogs and then don’t always have much, if anything to say, so that’s still something. Mind you, if I’m doing a blog hop/link party, I do try to comment on all of the entries I visit – especially the monthly #6Degrees of Separation (my favorite meme)!

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  7. Yes! I love the friendliness of the book blog and bookstagram world as well. I’m not the most social person in everyday life, so it’s really nice to get conversations going on posts and discuss books and spread the love! ๐Ÿ–ค

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  8. I appreciate you too.

    As with nearly everything, I get way too invested in my longer comments and will think about them – and the ongoing conversation that ensues – for days afterwards. So I try to pick my posts to comment on. If the topic seems too big to address in a comment without soapboxing, I refrain. Or, I manage to most of the time.

    It took me forty years to learn this skill, BTW.

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  9. great post! ๐Ÿ˜‰ but really, i think this is a great habit. i tried to get into this a little while ago, but kind of fell out of it. the best part of bookblogging is definitely engaging with other people, though, and this is a really great way to do so.

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  10. I don’t leave a comment on EVERY post that I read, especially review posts, but I do on the ones where I feel like I have something to say. If I see a review for a book that I’m not particularly interested in, then I’ll probably just skim read it, like and move on. If it’s a review for a book that I want to read but haven’t yet, it’s likely I won’t read it at all in case of spoilers, but like and then move on. In fact, the only reviews I do tend to read are either books I’m not sure about yet or books I have read.

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    1. I also find that I don’t read as many reviews as I wished I did. Like you said, if I want to read it I’m cautious of spoilers. If I’ve never heard of the book reviews can have a hard time catching my attention. If I have heard of the book but am not interested, I’m not going to be interested in the review. I always see bloggers complaining their reviews have the fewest views/lowest engagement, I guess that’s why.

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  11. This is a great post! I also try to leave a comment on every single post I read especially when I do blog hopping. And yes, comments are like the coins for the bloggers so when someone takes the time to write a comment that’s thoughtful, it will undoubtedly make the blogger happy. (I, for one, love it when I receive an email from WordPress telling me there’s a new comment on one of my posts!)

    But sometimes it can be tricky especially when it comes to reviews and posts like Top Ten you mentioned. That’s the only time I struggle a lot to come up with things to say that’s not โ€œNice review!โ€ or โ€œThis book sounds interestingโ€ and something like that. And because of this I hope the bloggers know that I still enjoy their posts even if I just leave them a like.

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  12. I love this so, SO much and I value comments so much. Thank you for mentioning my post, I’m so happy you enjoyed it โค
    I love that you're trying to comment as much as you can to spread some love, show your appreciation and I just love this so much. Getting a comment always makes me feel so valued and appreciated and… well, like my voice has been heard and it's a beautiful feeling, better than views or likes, really, because, like you said, it's a conversation. And I'm all here for conversations, too! ๐Ÿ˜€
    I try to comment on blog posts, too…. but maybe not on every single one that I read. I do my best to share a post I loved, whether it's in my monthly wrap up or elsewhere, or to comment on it as best as I can, but sometimes I lack the time, or I just appreciate the post and don't feel like I can add more to the conversation. Or I'm terrified and very anxious, too, that happens ahah.
    Anyway, I loved this post so, so much! โค

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the post! I like the idea of doing a monthly/weekly wrap-up and sharing people’s great posts, but I can’t bring myself to do it. I used to shout-out people’s posts on Twitter, but I got out of that hot mess. So that leaves commenting. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. This is such an amazing post, and I agree with everything that you said about commenting!! Whenever I get a comment on one of my posts, it is the best thing, and I love chatting with other book lovers about books and stuff through comments!! I don’t comment on every blog post that I read, but I try to if I have something to say. Amazing post ๐Ÿ˜

    I just discovered your blog btw, and I love it so much ๐Ÿ™‚โœจ

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