This post was inspired by a twitter conversation with my girl Amber from Obviously Obsessed where we talked about increasing our own commenting on other people's blogs.
I have seen it recommended countless times, in order to grow your own readership, you comment on other blogs. There are tons of suggests, comment on x number of blogs a day, leave personal comments etc etc.
I can tell you that those suggestions are 100% true and yet we all have that "silent majority" or those readers that just do not comment.
As a blogger, I am far more likely to take notice if someone comments more than once with actual comments and not just "Hey, follow me comments" I definitely notice when someone comments more than once and engages in conversation and that is when I will check out that person's blog, because I feel like I know them.
I'm calling you out, you read and leave bloggers and readers. I think it's really easy to read a post, want to "like" it but just clicking the "x" button because we don't have a really profound or unique thing to say.
And I'm not just calling you out, my lovely silent majority, I'm calling myself out because I am one of the world's worst. A lot of times, I have my laptop propped on my legs, my arms wrapped up in a blanket with just my one hand out to press the down arrow on my keyboard. Then I click x, without ever really telling the blogger how much I loved that post. Sometimes, I'm too tired to write a comment, even if I have a lot to say.
One of the things I'm trying to be better about is commenting on other blogs, especially if I have a lot to say. But, even if it's something as simple as "You rocked that outfit!" I want to comment.
As a blogger, one of the only ways we know what readers like and don't like is by the feedback and comments we get. It's also a great way to leave a smile on someone's face that is free and easy to do, if we just take those couple of extra seconds to tell them that we appreciate their time and effort because blogging sure does take a lot of effort.
Do you try to comment on a certain number of blogs each day?