I usually stay away from writing the “Let me tell you how to” kind of posts.
I do it for a good reason. I am no pro, about anything. I am not the person you should come to, no matter the advice you are seeking.
Unless you plan to travel to Denmark. Then come to me! I have a bag-full of the best advices you could possibly get.
I would never pretend to have enough knowledge or skills to guide new bloggers. There are lots of much better people around for that… But (there’s always a “but”) I was reading Cristian Mihai’s post Commenting on other blogs; What works, what doesn’t today, and it is definately an important aspect of blogging for me.
Some people like commenting, and others are rather quiet and will just visit and/or leave “likes” behind them. Either way is fine with me, but I’ll admit I really enjoy the direct interaction.
I have my own netiquette when it comes to commenting. And although I don’t know better than anyone of you, here are a few points that are important to me, when it comes to leaving comments on fellow bloggers’ posts…
Although most comments I’ve seen are writen to agree or compliment the author, it happens that you disagree more or less strongly with the subject of the post. It is ok to disagree, but I think there is always a constructive way to leave your opinion if it differs from the writer’s. If you can’t write something polite and if you absolutely feel the need to be agressive, keep your comment to yourself. Please. No one appreciates feeling attacked. (ok, yes, some people like drama, but I think that the vast majority of bloggers don’t seek that)
I’m not talking about reacting ridiculously to every comment you get, but it is always a good thing to at least aknowledge it, when people take time to leave their appreciation. A simple “like” or a “thank you” can do, if you are a bit busy. I think it is also ok not to answer right away… We all have a life outside the bloggosphere, and very few of us have all day to keep up with feedback we get on our blogs. As I write this, I know I have a bunch of comments left to reply to… And I will get to them later today. If you know you won’t be able to answer the notes left in your inbox, you always have the option to close the comments.
Take some time, if you have some
There is no such thing as “too short a comment”. A “well done!” or a “Really enjoyed this” is always appreciated. But if you have a little time on your hands, and a post really speaks to you, it’s a nice thing to be more specific. Quoting a certain part of the post, or explaining more extensively why you enjoyed your reading can lead to an interesting conversation. That’s how you get to connect with other bloggers, and believe me, there are tons of amazing people around, ready to have a lovely chat.
To link or not to link
I am not against leaving a link to your blog in your comment, per say. I do it every once in a while, when the post I read is directly connected to the link I am leaving. Or if I wrote something about the blogger I am leaving a note to. What I have a problem with, is when people leave a comment like “Hi, please come visit my blog and tell me what you think! *link to blog*” I know there is no bad intention, when people do this. And usually, these comments come from brand new bloggers… But they just feel a bit agressive to me. Come have a short chat instead, you have a much better chance of getting my attention. Oh, and please, don’t even think about asking people to “follow” you…
Please don’t shout
Writing in capital letters means you are shouting. There are a few exceptions, like a loud burst of laughter (who doesn’t enjoy seeing that a fellow blogger found your last post hilarious?) but in general, no one likes to be screamed at. I know I don’t. (This doesn’t apply to you, Carol Anne… I know some of you always write in capital letters. It is ok with me… Don’t worry at all!)
As I previously said, I am not here to tell others how to blog, but if my opinion can help someone, I think it is worth posting. Plus, if you want to read what a far more experienced blogger thinks about the subject, and how it could improve your blog, click here, and tell Cristian Cyranny says “hi”.
Happy blogging, Lovelies!