No matter how long you’ve been writing, no matter how many pieces of work you have had published, or no matter how many followers you have, everyone still likes to hear feedback on their work, and if nothing else, the assurance that someone is actually reading what they are working hard on. But commenting on blogs is not only about encouraging the writer and giving him or her feedback; it is also about creating an online community. Commenting helps you as the writer to grow and learn about the particular audience and culture that you are writing for. So then, how can you make sure that your comments are beneficial?
Well, first of all, think about what you, as a writer enjoys reading within your comments. I personally enjoy comments that point out or highlight different tidbits from my post. This helps me to know what parts of my post were helpful or especially interesting to the reader. If you do not agree with something within the post, then let the blogger know, in a polite manner of course! I love hearing from people that do not agree with everything that I have to say because it adds interest to my blog. Conflict of interest is not always a bad thing, but can often make you think hard about what you are talking about and challenges you to be able to back up the things that you are standing for. No matter what, always leave some sort of encouragement. Even if you don’t agree with what the author is talking about, compliment their writing style, or even the format of the blog if you can’t think of anything else. Surely you can find at least one thing that you like about this particular blog, or you wouldn’t be reading it! Proofread your comment before you publish it. If you have noticeable typos within your post, it doesn’t reflect very well on you as a writer. Commenting is a great way to direct traffic back to your own blog, but if you cannot spell or punctuate, most likely readers will not be very inspired to click on your blog. The most important thing to remember about commenting is to be who you are. Be authentic. This doesn’t mean you can just say whatever you want, but say what you want to say in a kind and gentle way. The more you comment, the more friends and followers you will have. So get started!