A dear blogger friend, Anamika Agnihotri, once said,
“Bonding between bloggers happens in the comments section!”
It’s in the comments section that you lay bare your soul, share your feelings and your views. Maybe you share your own experiences vis-a-vis the post, especially, if it’s a personal post. Most of my personal essays have bloggers confessing how they, too, experienced something similar and the kind of effect it had on them.
I have bonded with bloggers over the comments they have left on my posts. Well, we are all humans, after all, sailing in the same boat!
The comment’s section is a place where you receive suggestions, guidance, as well as quirky ideas to tackle issues that are, often, universal in their nature.
I have also received “Nice post!” kind of comments, too – just these two words, nothing else. With time, you learn to take it all with a pinch of salt, and learn a thing or two about commenting yourself!
Now, let me confess something. I find it difficult to comment on poetry, for poetry is not my cup of tea. Initially, I would struggle to come up with respectful comments. But with time, I learnt that analysing the piece of art helps.
So, I read the poetry twice, even thrice, if need be, to reach the heart of the poet. Trying to read the poet’s thoughts hidden amidst those words and then constructing a worthwhile comment helps. Maybe you could write how a particular line struck a chord. Or, how interesting it was reading about a personal experience, or a theme, in verse.
Leaving behind genuine comments also ensures a visit to your blog from the blogger you visit. Believe me, if you leave behind a comment just for the heck of it, you might put off the blogger, and lose in on some precious traffic! Being sincere in commenting helps in connecting with a stranger and you stand a chance of making new friends.
From my few years of blogging experience, here’s what I learnt about the art of commenting.
Make sure you have a proper Gravatar image. It lets the blogger know who visited.
Be friendly; add a personal touch to your words. Try to make a connect.
Read the post thoroughly before you comment. If you feel you could not comprehend the post, read it again. It takes just a few minutes of your time, but your words could mean a lot to the blogger.
Share your story (in short), or an anecdote, if the topic is something you relate to. it’s heartening to meet kindred souls!
Pay sincere compliments. DO NOT go overboard with the praise.
DO NOT leave behind links to your posts with a “Great post! Do visit me!” That’s bad manners, especially if you are visiting the blogger for the first time.
And, finally, always remember,
“Words can inspire, and words can destroy. Choose yours well!”
If you have any other pointers on the art of commenting, do share with me!
My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge is all about my blog, Metanoia, and my blogging journey from the time I started, 5 years ago. The lessons I learnt, the tips and tricks I picked up from fellow bloggers and the guidelines I could have used back when I began.
You will find all of my A to Z posts here.