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.
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1. Only Open One Post at a TimeI 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 TabsI 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 OnceI 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 MouseIt 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 CommentAdmittedly, 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!