Why do people not always comment on each other’s blogs? Today one of my blog’s most supportive readers raised this question and I must admit two things:
1 – It is a question I have wondered myself, especially when I have read a super fantastic post and nobody else has commented on it. I have seen other blogger’s posts asking the same thing.
2 – It is something I too have been guilty of.
When I was a newbie blogger not all that long ago. It seemed that the blogs I was reading were clearly part of some type of community. I could tell because there was often a sense of familiarity between the blogger and commenters. I felt as though I may have somehow been intruding on something if I too commented. After all did they really care what I had to say? The answer was yes. After I got over myself and began to join in with the commenting I soon found I felt as though I was part of the community too.
When I became more adventurous and experimented more with twitter, I again began travelling outside my comfort zone. There were new blogs that I was reading and new communities that I was not part of. Would they be as accepting of a comment from a stranger as the people within my own blogging community? The answer was again yes.
The final issue I have created for myself surrounding lack of commenting had to do more with my own insecurities. If I really enjoyed a blog post and it seemed very clever and the comments were equally as clever I would find commenting extremely difficult for fear of being judged as unwitty. Also, I found equal difficulty commenting on something if several others had written very similar things to what I was about to write, I suppose for lack of coming across as unoriginal. Absolute rubbish thinking on my part, I know but I am learning to get over this and I always tick the thumbs up or like option at the very least before leaving the post.
Now that you all know my dirty little secrets surrounding commenting on posts, I will get back on track. One of the blogs I read the most is Kristen Lamb’s although I am guilty of not always commenting there either. Kristen had a post about being a blogger booster awhile back and I feel that this is the perfect opportunity to share it. Basically it brought to my attention the importance of embracing and establishing myself within the social media community through blog post comments. So here it is for those who have not read it.