This can be an issue sometimes in the comment section. People will only leave a link to their blog, or something that is theirs, but not comment on the post.
Some bloggers, myself included, may feel awkward with these comments because it then puts the blogger almost into an obligation. Especially with comments telling the blogger to read a post, and then comment afterward letting the person know what you thought. An awkward, “I don’t really want to do this because I’m being told to, but now this person thinks I will…” guilt trip.
And those are not fun.
So, here are some points to consider if you want people to read your posts and get to know your blog.
Do not ONLY leave links to your posts in the comments
It is rude. It shows no respect to the blogger. The section is called comments because people should comment on the material written.
When we want to be noticed by others, we need to make sure we make it a priority to respect others. Respect is a trait highly noticed. I promise. 🙂
I don’t think it is wrong to leave a comment talking about the post, and having your link to your blog at the bottom. As long as the comment isn’t about you, but the blogger you are commenting on.
Do not in every comment post a link to your blog/posts.
It doesn’t bother me, but it could bother other bloggers.
Again, a blogger’s post, unless the post was about spotlighting other bloggers, is not the place for self-advertisement. I have read a number of posts on how bloggers are turned off by commenters using the comment section to advertise.
Do not comment “Great post,” or, “I like this,” and then ask, “Check out my blog,” or, “Read this post and let me know what you think.“
It is inconsiderate to take away the choice of a person. Telling them, “When you are done reading leave me a comment letting me know what you think.”
We do not want to be that blogger who has a majority of readers reading out of guilt trips, or a forced obligation.
We want readers to read because they want to.
Do not continue to ask someone to read your posts after they already have.
Maybe it worked the first time.
Asking someone to read a post, and they did, but they haven’t read anything else. Should the same attempt be done?
Everyone has different tastes. Even if bloggers share the same interest in certain topics, it does not mean they will like a particular writing style, agree with certain perspectives, or just not have as much interest in the blog itself.
Having someone not interested in a blog does not mean that blogger is a bad writer. Not everyone will click. That’s okay.
Be respectful of that.
If you want others to read your blog, consider being an active reader of their blog
One thing that I don’t understand quite well, are bloggers who refer to their readers as friends, but the readers are the only ones really making an effort. The blogger does not reach out and actively read and comment on their readers’ blogs.
For example, I don’t think it’s right for me to consider myself a friend to another blogger if it’s basically one-sided. So if I had a reader that read every post of mine, but I didn’t really do anything for them as in post-reading, and getting to know them. I don’t think I could use the word friend because I’m not really being friendly back. I’m not being a friend to them.
It doesn’t feel right to have friends, but not be a friend to them. Do you see what I mean?
I view friendship as a two-way relationship, and I don’t like it when bloggers take the word friend lightly, for being polite. However, this is a personal preference, and I’m sensitive about it because I’ve had toxic friendships in the past. Not everyone feels the same about this as I do. 🙂 Some people simply are trying to be nice.
But nonetheless, consider reaching out to those who show consistent dedication to your blog and your writing. If you don’t reach out to them, they have no obligation to consistently reach out to you.
It’s a key rule in understanding as a writer, one I have to remind myself, no one is obligated to do anything for you.
Make sure you are welcoming, not threatening. Make sure you are humble, not proud.
I hope these tips come in handy ❤
We can always become better writers, bloggers, and individuals.
I am thankful for the blogging community and friends I’ve made on here.
How has the community helped you?