A few years ago, my office was trying to figure out Social Media, and I read a few books, I have also picked up lots of tips from other bloggers. Comments can be difficult, but they can also be engaging and fun. My feelings on them.
- Allow comments. There are a couple of blogs I look at from time to time because I enjoy what the person has to say, that don't allow comments. I don't read them as often, I don't feel the same sense of connection to the authors that I do through an exchange of comments, though I think if we got to know one another we would enjoy it.
- If you want comments, comment on other people's blogs. The more blogs I comment on, the more comments I receive.
- Reply to comments. Many regular commenters check back to see if you read their comment, or what you thought of it. Think of it as returning a hello to someone you pass on the street.
- Your comments don't have to be an essay, just a few words to say, hi, I was here and I read what you wrote.
- Be kind in your comments. Be kind in your replies to comments.
- Spam and Trolls happen. Spam I simply delete, they usually go away after a few days. Trolls should be ignored, not encouraged. If the Trolls are rude, delete them. Unfortunately I don't know how to block them. I have never turned on moderation, but I have deleted spammers and trolls.
- Expect that some posts, may draw disagreement in the comments. There are topics I avoid, I recently posted something political and within an hour took it down because I knew it was going to draw a lot of negativity (even if I agree with the negative comments, I didn't want it on my blog.) I shouldn't have posted that post.
I have met some incredibly wonderful people through blogging. Comments are a huge part of that. Thank you for reading, I know the readers far exceed the commenters. I love every comment, and I always feel special when a long time reader leaves a comment. I also appreciate the readers. I blog for me. It gives me a place to share photos I have taken, and to talk about my views on the adventure of life. Knowing that people visit and read what I have to show and say, reinforces that I am not talking to an empty room. By the end of the year, I will reach half-a-million views, I have enjoyed over 15,000 comments.
What blogs should I visit this week?