What!! Not another blogging rule. Ignore at your own risk.
Not Another Blogging Rule
Recently, a conversation came up in the blogosphere about bloggers not receiving many comments anymore, and some even admitted that they don’t leave any or respond to any because it’s too hard, or too time consuming, or too something else.
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That really struck a chord with me. In a world of social media and less interpersonal relationships, it’s becoming hard to leave a comment? Come ON! What if I met you for lunch and you took the time to tell me how your week has been going and all I did in return was give you a thumbs up? It’s too hard to respond.
Sounds pretty silly right?
Or say blogging is your job and this is how you make a living or are trying to make a living …shouldn’t you engage with your customers?
I’m much more likely to buy something from a friendly sales person, than a standalone product I know nothing about.
Reciprocate the love!
It’s a kind gesture to acknowledge when someone leaves a compliment on your blog or reaches out to you (if it’s not spam). Don’t look at it as another blogging rule but as common courtesy. We owe it to our moms. They spent years teaching us manners. I have unfollowed blogs who never ever respond to their comments. I mean, are you blogging or journaling for yourself? Then keep your diary under your bed, please.
Regardless of whether you do this for fun or for money, I think it’s not only good manners to leave a comment on your fellow bloggers’ sites, but also a great relationship builder. Saying it’s “too hard” to leave a comment is just pure laziness in my opinion. Do you not call your mom back because it’s “too hard” to push all the numbers?
Is it worth it?
Sure many readers don’t come back to your blog just to see if you’ve responded, but some still do. Install the “Comment Email Reply” plugin (not an affiliate). It’s free and it will notify the reader of your response. It will make their day!
I personally want to know what my readers are feeling or thinking or whether they’ve made my recipe so if you leave a comment saying “just visiting, come see me at xyz.com,” leave that comment to yourself. I’m interested in your emotions not your emojis.
Stepping off the soapbox for now.
What do you think? Does social media have etiquette rules? Leave a comment and let me know …or don’t.
Just remember: Having a strong opinion on a topic is fine, but personal attacks are never acceptable.
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