How the Heck Did You Do That is a monthly feature where I pass along information, tips and tricks I have learned while blogging. While I am in no way an expert it is my hope this information will help you with your own quest. Today I a going to talk about comments, replying and visiting other blogs. If you want to be more engaged with followers and other blogs I hope you will find these tips helpful.
Comments, Replies and Socializing
Recently I have read posts regarding comments, replies and reciprocation. I thought I would offer some tips and insight.
Frequently in those posts I hear “I want to comment but don’t know what to say” or “I feel weird replying to some comments.” So these tips are directed at those folks.
Commenting Tips: What the heck do I say?
- Start small with: “Nice review, I like _______.” (name genre, theme, character) or “Nice review, I am sorry you didn’t connect with _______.” (plot, character, theme)
- Address author of post: Nice review (insert blog author’ name), I like_____________ or I am sorry you didn’t connect with______________.”(character, plot, whatever they didn’t like)
Names are powerful, and make any comment more personal. It shows you are interested in the person who commented or wrote the post.
- Did a line of the review make you laugh or intrigue you? Add it to your comment: “(Insert blog author’s name) when you said (copy and paste from post) it _________.” (made me laugh, tear up, want to read it, squirm, etc)
I think it is important to remember that we all have different personalities. Some of us are naturally chatty and others want to comment but feel awkward. To add to that we occasionally hear the term “quality comment.” While we all would love an engaging audience who post meaningful comments in my personal opinion there is no such thing as a bad comment. So if all you can muster is “nice review”, fantastic stop by! Be warned though because I will comment back and attempt to engage you!
Replying Tips: “They didn’t really say anything and responding feels (weird,awkward, etc)”
It is easy to respond to comments that touch on key points in your post or share their opinions. Some comments are short and you may feel awkward responding to them. When you get a comment that reads like these; “Nice review” “Thanks for sharing,” “thanks for the giveaway” or “Not my thing” Try these tips:
- A simple “thanks” is a start. Often the commentor is surprised you commented back and on their next visit will engage more.
- Personalize it: Thanks for your comment (insert their name here)” Remember adding someone’s name is powerful.
- Ask a question. “Sorry this (genre, book, trope) isn’t your thing. What is your favorite(genre, book, troupe)?
- Acknowledge: “You are welcome and good luck” or “thanks for entering” you can also add, “thanks for stopping by” or “it was nice to hear from you”
While it might feel silly or awkward at first the key is to make them feel welcome, appreciated and encourage them to come back.
Commenting and replying aren’t mandatory but if you want to increase interaction with your followers, and make bookish connections, I truly feel interaction is where it begins. In my blogging journey I have discovered that people want to engage. If you offer them an environment to do so the rewards are endless. Not only do I have an amazing group of followers who engage with me but I have also discovered the delightful people behind the blog.
Not sure how to start? There are a few social groups in the blogging world that encourage comments and commenting back. Feel free to check them out:
Bloggers Commenting Back– This is a group of people who make it a common routine to reply to comments on their own blog and go the extra mile to visit that commenter’s blog and comment on one of their posts in return. One-sided conversation is no fun! It is a way to get more comments, meet new people, and actually have bookish conversations, which was the reason a lot of us started blogging in the first place!
The Social Blogger– The Social Blogger was inspired by Readers in Wonderland’s Blogger’s Commenting Back but going in a slightly different direction and with a more “adult” blog focus.
While commenting, replying and interacting might not be your thing or time constraints don’t allow that is perfectly fine. For me engaging has certain rewards. It is up to you to decide how important those are to you. If this is something you want out of your blog then I hope you find these tips helpful. Many of you have asked how I get so many comments, and visit so many blogs. Interaction is the most important aspect of blogging for me. I love it, and reap rewards beyond a daily dose of comments on my posts. I have made friends, found new books and find joy in conversing. I devote time everyday to comments and make it a priority.