Tuesday, February 17, 2015

5 Ways to Stay Engaged While Reading Blog Posts

(Hey, guess what? If you haven't entered in the giveaway for an Amazon gift card or you want to participate in Fan Month, both of those things are still happening here!)

At this minute I am backed up on 43 blog posts on Bloglovin’, and the sad truth is that I am not going to get through them any time soon. For one thing, I do have a life outside of the Internet. Writing, school, etcetera.

However, another part is that I do spend some time on the posts that I read, and that means I can’t always get through the pile very quickly.

I mean, it’s important to write a good comment when you’ve read something, and to do that, you need to have a little bit of focus.

May 28th 2008 - Will Work For Attention
Flickr Credit: Stephen Poff
Here are a couple things that work for me:

1. Only Open One Post at a Time

I know this can sometimes be hard, especially if you aren’t using Bloglovin’, which (sometimes) keeps track of what you have or haven’t read—but one tab means one focal point and less switching around.

2. Mind Your Other Tabs

I know that if I’m on Pandora or Facebook, general maintenance or a new message can easily pull me away from what I’m reading. Either by signing out or playing long tracks, I look for a good 3-5 minutes I can spend on a post without getting distracted by my other activities.

3. Read it More Than Once

I don’t know about you people, but reading vertically is really hard for me. Sometimes it helps to go through things a couple times to make sure I didn’t glance over any of the details.

4. Keep Your Hand Off the Mouse

It is SO EASY to scroll with the scrolly wheel—but I find that if I allow myself to look at the screen without giving myself the option of moving the screen down, I am able to keep my attention better.

5. Think About the Comment

Admittedly, sometimes you can get caught up in what the comment is going to say, but by spending time thinking about your reaction, you’re also participating with the text—and that’s the point!


I know—it’s super easy to skim, and we’ve all written sweet nothings in the comments box, but we all have the chance to change. Staying engaged with what you’re reading is just another way to show your appreciation for the bloggers you love!

Now, this certainly isn’t a conclusive list, so I’ll ask YOU. How do you stay engaged with what you’re reading?


14 comments :

  1. Very useful!! When I know I have a lot of posts to catch up on (and I almost always do,) I open a bunch of posts and my eyes glaze over them so much, I have to read them about five times for anything sinks in. It doesn't help that I do this at the end of the day when I'm tired. -le sigh- Great tips!

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    1. Ugh, that totally happened to me too! It's hard fitting in blogging with the rest of our activities, but I hope that you'll be able to push on through... eventually! :)

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  2. This. This is really useful (and just in time for Fan Month!) I normally read a post once for its main points, and then as I comment I zip up and down to note all the little things I like. I love it when other people comment on details of my post, because it feels much more personal than a generic comment. (I mean, not that generic comments aren't also nice. But details are nicer.)

    The keeping my hand off the mouse (or trackpad, I guess) is a new thing but I shall have to try it. The urge to skim tempts me too often.

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    1. XD That's what I thought, too! I completely agree with what you said—going up and down is one way to do it, and it's just nice when we are able to give and receive detailed comments over your standard, "Nice post, adios." comments.

      Let me know how it goes! I was pretty good at it in November, but I've fallen away, so I'll be relearning with you!

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  3. Only opening one tab helps me a lot, too, because tabs make it so easy to multi-task and not focus on one thing. However, I never learn my lesson and I still open a billion tabs. At least it gives me the goal of eliminating all those tabs to work towards.

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    1. Yes, too many tabs is too much to handle sometimes. But, sometimes we can use tabs as a do-list—we just have to be careful that we don't get distracted!

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  4. These are really great tips! I'll be sure to put them into practice when I'm reading posts. I particularily like the tip you gave about reading it more than once. I already do this one, as it makes certain points and information stick in your mind. So well done, great tips, great blog!

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    1. I hope they help! Rereading is a great practice (and not just in the blogosphere) so it definitely helps the message really "stick." Thanks for reading, Cindy!

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  5. Ooh what great ideas! I suffer from this so often. I find that I'm really bad at thinking about what to say especially if the post is short. Sometimes I even need to reread the post three times to get the start of a comments.
    Thanks so much for sharing. I'm so glad Imogen @ Gossiping with Dragons shared this link today:)

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    1. I certainly hope they're helpful! I agree that short posts (or really, really long posts) can be difficult to comment for, because extremes are always hard to comment for. But we do what we must, anyway. Thanks for dropping by!

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  6. I NEED THIS OH MY GOSH <3

    For me, I try to read at least twenty posts/comment a day. It's insane but I can usually get through them!

    I find that the scrolling one is definitely helpful for me. If I scroll, I end up not reading it properly which isn't fair to the person who writes it. As a blogger, I totally understand how it feels to spend so much time on a blog post and have others respect that.

    Love this post <3

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    1. Wow, that's a lot—but it's good you can get through them!

      The scrolling one is simple, but I definitely know that of the list, it is my top one. You're right—it's important that we listen to all the details, and I think we bloggers feel that need the most.

      Thanks for reading, and I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

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  7. Great post! I'd honestly never thought about this that much, but you make a good point with really thinking about the comment. Another that I'm going to try to employ is minding my other tabs. While I normally only read one blog post at a time, I often have other tabs open (youtube, facebook, email, etc), and that is very distracting. I think I'll try to focus solely on the blog post for as long as I'm reading/commenting on the blog post and not switch tabs until I'm done.
    Oh, one other tip I thought of is to proofread your comment once you've written it. I always make sure to do that.


    Alexa
    thessalexa.blogspot.com

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    1. Well, I'm glad I gave you something new to think about! Having lots of tabs open is hard (atm I have Pinger, Pandora, FB, and email open...) and it's crazy how easy it is to get distracted. I hope you succeed in your mission to focus more!

      And I need to start proofreading. I have posted the dumbest mistakes, because I am silly and don't proofread. *headdesk*

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