Comments are actually the best
One of the best feelings in the world is waking up to an inbox full of blog comments. Literally (and maybe sadly) the first thing I do when I wake up, before I even get out of bed, is check my email and look for "Disqus" in the subject line!
I realized very early on in my blogging experience that I couldn't (and wouldn't want to) do this without all of you and the unique opinions that everyone brings to each discussion post. I found Bloggers Commenting Back, which is basically a group of bloggers committing to not only comment back to comments on their own blogs, but also to visit those blogs and find something fun to talk about on them! After two years of participating, I honestly can't imagine doing things any other way! (Seriously, everyone go join!) Sure, sometimes I get busy and have to put it off until tomorrow, but I try!
Because this was something I adopted early on, I'm always surprised when I find that there are bloggers who never comment back and rarely visit other blogs.
Why is commenting back important?
- » Discussion - Obviously. Like I said, this is really my number one reason for blogging! If it got to the point where I was literally just talking to myself, I'd probably have to throw in the towel.
- » Traffic - Let's face it. Part of the reason we do this is to gain readers! We all want people to read our reviews and show interest in what we have to say.
- » Fun - I have such a good time talking with people on my blog and on others! I love it when we agree and I love it when we disagree! FREE HUGS!
- » Consistency - Here's the thing: If you never, ever comment back, people will stop visiting your blog. I can confirm this based on weeks when I was away and unable to reply and my comments suffered greatly. If you want people to continue engaging with your content, you have to engage with them!
So how do you get more comments?
A final plea
Do you comment back? Do you find it to be too time consuming or maybe you just forget?
Let me know in the comments! (hehe)