I only came to know Kayla from The Thousand Lives when I started this WordPress blog, and goshdarn, does she know how to make people smile! It’s not only her comments on her thought-provoking posts, but her comment replies. They always brighten up my day. It’s good to know that my comments do the exact same thing! (At least we give back to each other, yeah? ;)) She has the coolest rating system and definitely deserves more attention than she is getting now. Without further ado, her guest post!
Commenting and the Length of Comments
All righty, here we go. Time to take over the blog! Thanks to our dear Meggy for allowing me to take her precious blog into my hands! From the moment she posted that she was going on vacation, I knew what I wanted to write about, because I think it’s high time Meggy (and everyone else) hears what’s been on my mind for a while: commenting on other blogs, and the length of your comments.
I don’t know about you all, but when Meggy stops by my blog, I always smile, because I know that whatever she says is going to be thought provoking, interesting, and enthusiastic. It makes all the effort I put into my posts worth it. But you know what else? She always apologizes at the end for leaving such a long comment. And every time, I tell her to hush herself because her comments are the most beautiful things ever. And she KEEPS APOLOGIZING!
See, this is what I don’t understand – why should apologies be made for long comments? If someone doesn’t want to read it, they can simply scroll down. But as a blogger, long comments just make my day. Like I said, it makes everything worth it. I feel important, and I actually want to make an effort to return the favor!
We’ve all done this: don’t lie. You’re scrolling down your dash, looking for a few interesting posts, trying to leave your quota of comments to get your name out there and hopefully stimulate your stats and comments on your posts. And it’s just not working. You don’t see anything with a spark, so you end up leaving two sentence, half-ass attempts at conversation. I’m guilty of it, you’re guilty of it, and it’s okay. But wouldn’t it be better if we all decided to – even if we commented on fewer blogs – write actual, thought provoking responses on posts that really matter to us?
Of course, there’s always the flip side – sometimes bloggers make it really hard to comment on anything! Maybe they’ve said all you would have to say on the subject, or it just isn’t a sparkling post and nothing they say makes you really think. But here’s what I’ve learned, recently (I wish I could remember who posted and inspired me to change): leave prompts at the end of your posts! I’ve started doing this for just one week now, and even on my book reviews (which get notoriously low views and comments), people have started commenting! Even if it takes a few extra minutes to create some thought-provoking questions, it’s so worth it in the end. It stimulates conversation, and everyone steers away from the stock, “Oh, this book looks good, I’ll add it to my TBR list!” or “I loved this book and agree with everything you said here!”
So I guess this post is really a call to arms, a wakeup alert for everyone in the blogosphere: bloggers, leave prompts for your followers, and followers, make an attempt to actually leave legit responses! Taking an extra five minutes in your day leaves everyone feeling satisfied, like we’ve actually accomplished something amongst all our flurries of book tours, memes, and actual reviews.
I’m going to take the challenge to change, will you?
And since I just preached about leaving prompts, here are some for this post:
- Do you make an effort to leave longer comments? If you don’t, what do you find gets in the way of leaving a bulkier comment?
- Do you find it hard to make prompts for the end of your posts? If you do leave prompts, have you noticed a change in the type and amount of comments you get on your posts?
*Disclaimer: I did not pay Kayla to write such things about me in the second paragraph!*