Three years ago, on April 28, 2008, when this writer started her first ongoing blog, even posting anything on the Internet in a blog felt like speaking in front of a crowd of hundreds, thousands, even millions.
Truthfully, unless I was writing about something extremely topical, and wrote about it as soon as the news emerged, the chance of getting any visitors to my new blog was minimal. On my new blog, I was speaking to myself in a quiet room, with no one else in the house.
You can imagine that commenting on someone else’s blog was even harder for me. What if what I wrote sounded stupid? What if I left a typo? What if someone commented back that what I wrote was wrong?
Commenting on relevant blogs is a key to the kingdom on the Internet. With one exception that I know of. If you know that someone may be trying to hurt you, as in a domestic violence situation, you definitely want to keep a low profile to protect yourself. Don’t comment, or at least not in your own name.
Everyone else, commenting is key! Key for you. Key for other blogs. Key for this blog. When you don’t comment, you’re missing out. Seriously. Especially as a writer, it’s your job to build relationships with readers far and wide, near and dear.
Why leave a comment?
- You’re building a new relationship. Unless the blog is already a huge success with dozens to hundreds of comments a post, every comment matters and counts to that blogger. Relationships begin and are strengthened from that. Just like striking up a conversation with someone at a concert or art show.
- You’re leaving a Web link on a relevant site, back to your own website, adding value to your website.
- You’re leaving a trail that other readers can follow back to you. They might buy your book, subscribe to your blog, leave a comment for you, ask you to write a blog post, or start a project together.
- You’re contributing to another writer, letting them know their content was read, and hopefully, had enough value that you could leave some positive or constructive comment.
- Even if you disagree, if you’re respectful, you’re contributing to the conversation between writers. (Have you ever posted something and gotten no comments at all? It’s like speaking up in a group and having no one acknowledge you spoke.)
Did any of those reasons make sense to you?
Here’s the challenge. Comment on a post here today, now. Don’t put it off.
Just say thank you. Or just say, I liked this phrase you used, “type the phrase in quotes.” Or say why you agree or disagree.
If you see a typo or something that the blogger overlooked, send a private message. They’ll appreciate it. I’ve started connections with several prominent writers by doing just that. Connected to them now on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Take the challenge, and start weaving your own special web on the Internet. Leave a comment.