Commenting and Receiving Comments
When I started blogging, I had my whole anti-social phase. As in, I was scared of every single blogger and read but never commented on their posts. Raise your hand if you can agree with me or you did the same thing...
So I thought that I'd magically write good posts and not have to comment on peoples' blogs and would get amazing comments in return. Major facepalm right? So I've learned that commenting is something I have to work on. And it's something that's essential to spread love across the blogosphere and to get some comments in return!
I'm really angry with giveaways that MAKE me follow their blog with Bloglovin. I have a system with Bloglovin'. I don't follow you on BL unless I'm actually going to read your posts. And just so you know, people, I don't read reviews unless they're books I've already read or books that I have and am going to read. Other than that, I'm not reading the review. So if you're blog is mainly reviews but have awesome features, I'll be a bit like a ghost.
I try to comment on at least 10 blogs or 15 per night. I don't do too well because I usually skip so many blogs (reviews again!) so I need to follow more. But because of my whole "not a hiatus, but it sort of is" thing, I've been so behind on commenting and I don't expect on anyone to comment until I can get myself straight.
But my problem used to be when I comment on so many blogs and I don't get a comment back. I comment back on a lot of people when they comment on my blog. Maybe I don't follow, but I always comment back that one time.
I think I've learned since that 6 months, you don't have to comment on people who comment on yours. I think that it's nice but it can be nuts if you get lots of comments. But I always feel a little sad when I spend hours on a post and thinking it out with absolutely no comments. I'm part of an idea called Bloggers Commenting Back (Readers in Wonderland) so I take this stuff pretty seriously. It's all about being nice and when you have a little moment, take time to find a blog post that piques your interest and leave a creative and awesome comment!
And no, when participating in a meme, saying "great (haul, feature... whatever) check mine out!" is NOT a comment. I will not check out your blog and I will be a bit pissed. I don't care if you "comment" a copy and paste comment; I don't even think you read the post so it isn't cool. Those aren't real comments. Real comments are paragraphs or at least 3 sentences where I actually get your thoughts on the post and what you think can be improved (if applicable). Those are the ones I want and call me demanding, but I'd rather have 1 PARAGRAPH long comment than 5 stupid small ones.