Commenting on Blogs

I talked recently about a habit I’m trying to break, but today I’d like to share a habit I’m trying to pick up (or at least become better about!)

Commenting on blogs.

And generally being more supportive and “vocal” about the online content I engage with. Because the keyword there is engage, right? I have this blog. I have a podcast. I work remotely for clients who need help with marketing and web content. So, I’m constantly consuming online content. But often times, it’s just that…consuming, not engaging with.

I guess, initially, my motives are a little selfish. I feel like I should interact with blog posts (and other content) the way I want people to interact with mine. But, I think it’s more than that:

– I want to be encouraging to people I think are doing rad things online…
– I want to feel like we’re all in this together (see also: work remotely. y’all are my co-workers, mk?)…
– …and honestly, I want to do my part to make sure this is happening.

But sometimes that sort of very public, online love-fest feels overwhelming to me. It is so much easier to be a lurker. To feel uncomfortable about admiration or networking or a comment that doesn’t really add all that much to the conversation other than — “wow, this was really fun to read!”

So, I’m seeking input…

What do you think? Is this an area you’re awesome at? What advice would you offer? TELL ME EVERYTHING!

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3 thoughts on “Commenting on Blogs

  1. The least I can do if I read a post of someone’s is like it. I don’t comment on everything I read because sometimes I just don’t know what to say, or I don’t feel there is anything I can contribute. I wouldn’t want to comment a random array of words just for the sake of it, but I do like to show that I have been there at least.

  2. I try to do the same thing… I know I’m not always great at it (especially now with baby when my time online is short) but when I have the time I try to go by the rule of “if you don’t have time to comment, you need to wait to read it.”

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