People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn’t stop you from having your own opinion. ~Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
Blogging is a very garrulous profession. You need to know everything about everything or something about everything, or everything about one thing. But you can never know nothing about everything. That’s like signing a death warrant for your online social media life.
Didn’t the above statement freak you out completely?
In spite of all this intense tension of ‘being a brand online’, there is an integral part of blogging that all of us love. And that’s irrespective of whether we are high on the best bloggers list, or anywhere else on the list.
Whether you blog for a living, or whether blogging is something you turn to once everyone is fast asleep and no one’s awake to listen to you rant, “Blog comments” are something that get all your neurons tingling, and the dopamine flowing.
Let’s sidestep for a moment.
Can you recall a day when you felt so ‘not-into-blogging’, that you decided to quit it all? You logged into your blog account, frantically scanning for the deactivate option.
But what did you see instead? You saw a comment.
Cherry on the blue cake? It was a positive comment.
Imagine your luck!
You read the comment once, twice, all the while grinning from ear to ear. You have tears in your eyes, and you immediately regret even THINKING about shutting down your blog.
But the fact is, as much as you like reading comments, there are moments and days when you don’t know how to write one. Or worse, what to write in the comment.
- You don’t understand what the blogger is trying to say,
- You don’t like the style of writing that the blogger has used,
- You feel the blogger has already said everything you want to say about the topic,
- You feel utterly spent and bored,
- You feel that the blogger is dumb and their account must be blocked. (What? I’m being honest.)
I know that you read these points with an expression of horror plastered on your face.
In the above situations, you may have resorted to
- not commenting,
- commenting something stupid,
- unfollowing the blogger,
- not helping the blogger understand their mistake.
Say aye if you’ve ever felt a loss of words when you’ve faced the comments input form. For whatever reason. It’s okay, all of us are human.
Today’s three tips solve this comment dilemma. Because, I’ve been there before, and I want to help you with my experience.
1. Read the post twice. And thrice, if you need. Understand the gist of what the blogger is trying to say. If you can manage to say something about the entire post after this exercise, good. If not, read on. You can select one of the many paragraphs that the blogger has written. More specifically, choose the paragraph that 1. you liked 2. you know more about 3. you can identify with. Share your own relevant experience, share any knowledge that you may have. In short, aim to add your views, which enhance the knowledge-value of the blog post.
2. Appreciate something. Honestly, I’ve never found a post that has absolutely nothing to appreciate in it. It could be an expertly clicked picture, or a nicely framed sentence, or even a silly anecdote that brought a smile to your face. Type it out, mention the element of the post that you liked and appreciate it. Thus, the blogger can get precise feedback on the elements that readers appreciate, and work on improving their content strategy (See, that’s how you save a blogging life.)
3. If both these strategies don’t work, this one will: read the other comments. Now, this doesn’t mean you copy+paste exactly what other bloggers have written. It means: you can get a general idea of what other bloggers understood from the post, clear out any misunderstandings you may have had about the topic, and then create a comment.
Wassup, happy readers! This post is written for the #AtoZChallenge, and this is the third year I’m participating in this challenge. Do keep cheering me on all through this month, as I’m hell-bent on scoring a hat-trick in 2017, at the age of 18! My theme for this year is : The Encyclopedia of Blogging Memories, Feelings and Lessons.
Here’s a special question for you to answer today: Share few lines describing a unique comment you received. Or a comment that helped you pivot from blogging melancholy to blogging heaven.