So, in 2018 I’ve been trying to comment more and read more content from other blogs, something I’m still woefully bad at (because I like hiding in my corner of the Internet and selfishly letting all the people come to me) and, I’ve been finding that I click on the titles I’m interested in from that day’s posts, open everything in a bunch of tabs, and then only end up commenting on less than half of them.
Why does this happen?
I have the time to reply to them all, but I end up skimming and exiting out of a majority of them. I took some time over the last few months to consider this because part of my resolutions for this year was to comment more.
I managed to pin it down to more or less, one central reason: there wasn’t really anything to respond to.
Now, this post isn’t a criticism of how people write their blog posts–you all should write them however you want to write them. It’s your blog and you really shouldn’t cater to my wants and needs before your own. This is an opinion post about blog posts that I like to read and blog posts that will make me comment on them.
So technically this should be titled “How to Get Vicky to Comment on Your Post,” but ya girl’s gotta use clickbait sometimes, right?
I am a certifiably picky blog post reader. I like reading my own voice with my bad puns and dry and sometimes even drier humor. I find myself funny (not LOL funny, but more of a “haha I get it” funny) and obviously, I like reading blog content with similar voices.
I stray away from snarkier blogs because they make me feel guilty, and I stray away from super gushy blogs too. What I personally like in a blog post is something that is engaging and most of all, shows individual thought.
I don’t pride myself on being better than other bloggers because we all blog differently. But I have my preferences, and what I personally like to see in a blog post is something that’s
- can’t be found in the Goodreads book info section (i.e. the summary, publisher, page length, genre, etc.) and
- shows that the blogger is thinking about the book(s), whether it’s positively or negatively.
Take book spotlights for instance. If there’s a book spotlight post with two sentences of “This is a super cool sounding book and I’m very excited to read! Here’s more about the book:” and a copy pasted Goodreads summary, I’m not going to be inclined to comment or interact.
What lies in those two sentences that shows the blogger is really interested in the book? Typically, there’s nothing that will urge me to reply back.
I’m over the days of commenting on people’s work solely to get comments back. That was for Wattpad and all the manipulation and competition to get readers. I’m in the blogosphere, and I personally expect people to be more mature than that.
I love the idea of commenting back and try to do it as much as possible, but I’m also not going to comment on people’s blog so they comment back on mine. I want genuine relationships, not fake friendships.
You can obviously do this without it being fake, but I don’t want to fall into that pit of forming fake friendships again, so I’m refraining (it’s like I’m an alcoholic, but with commenting. A commentholic, perhaps.).
So, I’m more refrained with my comments. I don’t like commenting inane platitudes. I want to comment back on something substantial, and to do that, I need more than two lines of commentary on a book.
Tons of bloggers have probably experienced the same trends I have–you get more likes and replies and interaction on discussion-like posts rather than book reviews.
Well, I think it’s because it gives more for the reader to respond to. And this is what I like to see in a blog post and what I’m inclined to reply to.
In blog posts, even if there’s a few prompting questions on the bottom, rarely do people actually use them. They usually comment on something the post talked about.
I’m using Ashley Rae’s blog, Thrifty Bibliophile, as an example. Her post “If people ask why you like to read…” has 26 comments on it, and most of them don’t reply to her question “When someone asks why you like to read, what do you tell them?”
Instead, they talk about the content of the post, which is what we ultimately strive for as bloggers. The questions on the bottom are prompts to get people to chat with, but isn’t what you really want is for someone to talk about the content of your post?
This is what makes Ashley’s posts so awesome and why I almost always reply when I open one of her posts up–because she has tangible, original content in it, not just a copy-paste summary.
So, my recommendation for getting someone (at the very least, me) to reply to your post is to write your own stuff. It could be 200 words of gushing, or it could be a well-structured discussion on if a book is racist or not. It just needs to be you.
Your words are what inspire me as a reader to comment. This might be the total opposite for other commenters, but copy-paste summaries don’t really cut it for me. That’s not to say that you can’t write this type of post, but this is just what I like to see.
What urges you to comment on a blog post? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!