I’m afraid I’ve developed a reputation as some blog bashing bitch with all my posts about how blogs are run.
So today, I thought I’d post about how to produce an awesome comment.
Step 1: READ
Its simple enough, but nothing irritates me more than commenters that don’t read the post (and yes, bloggers can totally tell). I know, we all have a million and one blogs to read everyday, work to do, kids/dogs to feed, overnight oats to make….but if your life is really that busy, why even comment? I know, its tempting to skim some posts that seem to resemble a piece of Russian literature, but when I skim a post, I usually won’t comment on it. Anyhow, I think the first step is to read! (have you read up to here??? yes??? thanks, I love you!).
Step 2: Don’t be a billboard
I know, there is nothing sweeter than self promotion. But it kind of makes me sick. I actually cringe when I promote a post of facebook or twitter, and its usually because I’m proud of it. Anyhow, what also makes me cringe is lots of links in the comment section. I often feel the real message is,
“Hello! I’m even more fabulous than you and I think you should read my fabulous blog and comment because my blog is fabulous.”
Additionally, this is the fastest way to get your comment deleted and to have future comments marketed as spam. Of course its fine to include a link to your site on your name, but leaving a link in the body will make some people think your being pushy.
Step 3: Be Thorough
And as I mentioned, I understand that most commenters will regurgitate short comments like, “Yum!”, and “Love it!”, and while those comments are ok, I think you are better off making a lasting impression by saying a bit more. Why does it look yummy? What do you love about it? And if you disagree, it’s even more important to say more than just, “you’re incorrect” or some other mindless ranting equivalent. For example, don’t say:
“You’re totally off base saying that Green Monsters taste like your front lawn!”
Hmm… all you’ve really said there is that “your wrong”. So if you truly disagree, it might be more constructive to write:
“I don’t think you should be so quick to judge green monsters just because they are green. Clearly, you don’t own a Vitamix which is the only blender powerful enough to cut through the grit of the greens.”
Step 4: Represent who you are
Part of the reason I love the ability to comment is that its true value lies in the opportunity to build long-term relationships. Leaving thoughtful blog comments can be one of the best ways to start a relationship. Write from your heart (I know, that sounds cliche). Comments like “I agree!” and “Have a good weekend” are nice, but they don’t say much about who you are. I sometimes leave snarky/bitchy comments. hmm maybe because I’m just being myself? And through being yourself, relationships will start to build with the blogger. And if you are indeed just commenting to promote your own blog, then really why not have you comment truly show a little bit of who you are to entice people to click over?
Step 5: Play Nice
I know, I want to yell at some bloggers too. Whether it’s to tell them gain a few pounds or tell them their protein vegan chiaseed low carb funnel cake makes me want to gouge my eyes out, there are still human beings behind blogs. Anonymity the web gives makes telling people how you REALLY feel a whole lot easier, but you should really keep to yourself what you would not have the guts to say in person.
Don’t feel scarred to comment! So did you really read this whole post?
And I’m sorry I have no recipe, I had a great one lined up but I really didn’t want to distract too much from this post.