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Commenting was the same way, but I have learned a few things—and it turns out that all it took was a little practice to make commenting easier.
These seven ideas work really well for me:
1. Actually Read the Post
Short comments aren’t bad, but if you can’t pull out a few details your comment sounds plastic and recyclable, which is sad since people want to know you read what they wrote.
2. Say What You Have to Say
Sometimes you may agree with the blogger—tell them. Other times you disagree—tell them. Maybe you have an anecdote to share on the topic—tell them. Or perhaps you can answer one of their questions—tell them. Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts and opinions, because bloggers love to hear them.
3. No One Expects You to Be Shakespeare
Fun fact: bloggers are people. Commenters are people. And yeah, use good grammar—but you don’t need to write an epic poem. You’re there for a relationship with the blogger, and I highly doubt anyone is tracking your comments for later publication (and if they are, run).
4. Be Respectful
Most of the time, someone else’s different opinion does not affect you—there’s no reason to be salty in your comment if you may be misunderstanding someone, or if they have a completely valid argument. Even if they don’t, you’re better off than being nice than being a jerk about whatever it is.
5. Check Back on Comments
You can actually have a conversation with comments. I did with Wild Horse about Fangirl, and Aimee about a book she carries. It was cool to have comments, but it was also cool to actually have a conversation, too!
6. Know When Not to Comment
You don’t have to comment on everything you read. You can come up with your own reasons, but sometimes if I’m uncomfortable or feel out of my league, on a professional blog or simply uninterested, I don’t pretend to be someone I’m not. I just go.
(This also applies if I can’t be nice or write with good intentions. If I am just mad, I let it go. Being cold never bothered me anyway.)
7. Enjoy Yourself
I don’t let myself read Youtube comments anymore because random people just type in stuff they believe about God or abortion or gay marriage or drugs and there’s like, no happiness or relevance. When you comment, ENJOY YOURSELF. Be happy. Add to the discussion. It’s your chance to participate in a community, so make the most of your opportunity!
Commenting is a lot easier now, for me, and something I enjoy a lot more than I once did. As my father says, practice makes better!
What are some of the things you do to write awesome comments? When do you decide to comment? Do you even comment at all? (Ha, if you don’t, I won’t know because YOU WON’T COMMENT hahaha)
BY THE WAY if you have any interest in guest posting for Fan Month, be sure to let me know on my contact form, so we can chat in an email!
ALSO Imogen Elvis recently shared another post about crafting perfect blog comments, so I thought I’d share it, because resources.