If you’re a new blogger, you’re likely coming into this industry (ugh, I hate that word) to an array of “how to be a fantastic blogger” posts all telling you to do X, Y and Z in order to succeed in this pool of bloggers all trying to do the same thing. I write what I hope are “helpful” posts for new bloggers (and not so new – you’re never too old to want to improve!) but I always state that the advice I’m giving is what has worked for me or is currently working for me and you’re under absolutely no obligation to take any notice of it. But some of these “helpful” posts certainly have a different approach; less ‘here’s a suggestion, why don’t you give that a go?’ and more ‘if you want to be successful you have to do this because if you don’t you suck and you’ll fail miserably’. Jog on.
Blog comments are like, a huge thing if you’re a blogger. Some bloggers feel like a failure if they don’t receive comments on their posts (you’re not), some rely on the comments in order to feel like a success, some literally don’t care at all and there’s a whole multitude of attitudes towards the old blog comment. I also always see people wonder why they’re not getting comments and contemplating what they’re doing wrong. Since I started my blog, I’ve been pretty lucky in that I’ve always received comments. That’s not me being big headed, it’s a fact. But I don’t wanna do a typical “how to get more comments” type post because it’s probably been done to death. I wanted to talk about what makes me comment on a blog post and similarly, what makes me not. What I look for in a post which makes me comment. Which hopefully, you can apply to your own posts!
Over the course of the last month, I’ve tried really hard to get more involved and be more active in the blogging community, particularly on Twitter. I feel like I’ve succeeded in my mission as I’m making much more of an effort to share posts, chat with bloggers and find new ones to follow. Another thing that I’ve started taking part in are comment threads. For those that don’t know, comment threads are run by certain bloggers / accounts and basically gives everyone taking part the chance to share their new blog posts, discover new blogs and gain some comments on your own as well.
Having followers and readers is great. I won’t lie. When I started my blog, although I loved writing book reviews and enjoyed it immensely, I would often dream about having a decent amount of followers who I could get to know, exchange comments with and build a rapport with. I would grow green with envy at the bloggers who had hundreds, sometimes thousands of followers. Who would receive comment after comment on their latest post and who would constantly be chatting to people all over the blogosphere. I realised that although I loved writing and reading – followers were something I wanted too.