How to Be a Good Blog Commenter
I'm not a blog commenting expert (I mean, could that even be a thing?), but I do read a lot of blogs and try my best to leave thoughtful comments. I have also gotten some "blah" comments and some amazing comments, so I can also use that knowledge to tell you how to be a good blog commenter.
Don't Be a No-Reply Commenter
You know what I'm talking about. The person leaves a comment from "no-reply" because they don't have an email address in their profile. It's a big deal because people who blog on Blogger can't reply to your wonderful comment. So make sure you fix that ASAP! Here is a great tutorial of how to fix this by Sarah at Venus Trapped in Mars.
Read the Whole Blog Post
I get it -- sometimes we don't have time or we just lose interest in a post. That is fine. If you aren't feeling the post and didn't read the whole thing, don't just leave a comment for the sake of it. I've had many situations where I'll say something really serious/heartfelt. And I'll get a comments that is like "cute blog!" Huh? I might've said I broke every bone in my body or my dogs ran away to Canada or whatever and you're just glossing over that crap. No.
This is pretty obvious. I haven't really gotten too many mean comments so this isn't typically an issue for me. Leaving a thoughtful comment doesn't mean you need to completely agree with the writer. Having a respectful disagreement is fine, but just being mean is... mean. Duh.
Don't Leave a Million Links
I used to always leave a link back to my blog in my comment. But then I got lazy and stopped. If you're commenting on a Wordpress blog, you have already filled in your blog URL before you commented, so your name is a direct link right back to your blog. Easy! If you're commenting on Blogger or through Disqus, there will also be a link to your blog if someone clicks on your name and your profile is complete with your blog URL. Adding a link in the comment to your blog is redundant. Sometimes if a comment has multiple links in it, it gets flagged as spam and no one wants that.
Don't Say "Follow Me Back?"
This is usually a newbie move, but leaving a comments that basically says "Love your blog -- follow me back?" is a good way to have the blogger do the exact opposite. I try really hard to visit the blogs of my commenters and check out their blog, since they took the time to read mine. But getting a comment just asking me to follow them back is a turn off. Trust me, if you leave nice comments, you'll get people coming to your blog without asking them.
Start a Conversation
If you want on-going interaction with bloggers, leave an interesting comment they'll want to discuss. I love starting back and forth emails with commenters about an issue. I love learning other people's opinions or advice on a topic, plus it's always great having a good convo with my fellow bloggers.
Speaking of leaving a comment, what do YOU think is important to remember in blog commenting?
Editor's note: Interested in talking about commenting? Comment is the theme for June's NaBloPoMo. Sign up is open until June 5th.