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Interaction – The Dos and the Don’ts: Blogging Tips #6

A feature in which I share my dubious blogging wisdom with you.

Welcome back to the Blogging Tips feature! In this edition, we’ll talk about interaction online – comments, self-promotion and building your reader base! It can be difficult to navigate the world of blogging as a fresh new blogger, so we’re gonna talk a bit about how you should (and shouldn’t) approach the whole interaction deal.

This post was inspired by a comment I got, and the poll I ran that followed it. Basically, a person commented on my social media with “Great post! Check out my page where I did this/that”. I am a bit iffy about those kinds of comments. I’ll get into it more, but here are the results of my poll:

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So most bloggers don’t enjoy that sort of comments. Why is that? Are they just stuck up and don’t want to help new bloggers (spoilers: it’s not). What is it all about? And how should you approach self promotion if not by comments like that? Let’s talk about it.

commentawayThe most important thing when you first start blogging is to be noticed. And how do you do that? You follow other people and comment on their posts. Interaction is key to you building a follower base. Find some wonderful blogs that you actually enjoy, follow them, check out their posts and leave some nice comments.

bepushyI find comments with just Nice Post! Check out my blog! to be really pushy and obnoxious. Mostly because it feels like you did not read my post at all. It feels like you just hopped on there to get me to check out your blog, without returning the favor yourself. When you put so much hard work into your posts, it can be really disheartening to see someone just leave a comment to promote themselves without ever taking an interest to my content. So how should you get them to look at your blog?

repeatI find that I will always go check out and follow someone’s blog if they keep popping up on my radar. People who tend to leave me multiple comments (all of them just focused on the posts I do) will almost always get a follow back for me (I say almost because sometimes I miss someone, and that’s unfortunate). If I keep seeing your name in my notification box, and we keep talking via comments, I will instantly feel like you appreciate what I do, so I would want to appreciate your content back. It’s how it goes. Keep commenting on people’s post, be engaging and they will most definitely follow you back.

likeThere are a lot of people who just like my posts automatically without ever commenting. I realize that not everything warrants a comment, and that’s fine, but if someone NEVER EVER comments on your posts, and just keeps liking them – they probably don’t read them. So if you want someone to notice you, you’re gonna have to interact via comments eventually.

stimulateWhen you’re first starting out, you can fall into the hole of writing solely reviews. Reviews don’t get you a lot of views, mostly because they don’t stimulate interaction. If you want people to engage with your content and comment on your posts, you have to create content that sparks conversations. Discussions are great for getting people talking and eventually coming back to your blog.

overdoitI find that people sometimes overdo discussion posts. What I mean is that they fall into the trap of creating discussions that are overdone and worn out. You don’t have to have only discussions on your blog. You can make lists, recommendations etc. which will still gain views and get people involved. You can even write exciting reviews (a wonderful recent example by Sydney @ Fire and Rain Books) that will get people involved and talking. The key is to keep your content fresh and versatile, so people will want to interact with you.

finalthoughtsSo how should you approach comments and interaction? As with anything else in life – with taste. Commenting on people’s blogs is essential to building your follower base. However, I find that if you want someone to notice you, you should be nice, talk about their posts and not yourself and repeat that. I guarantee that this will get you on other people’s radar. Also, keep posting content that will make people come back and comment.

anythingtoshareI’d love to hear from you! Do you have any tips of your own when it comes to interaction? How do you feel about self promoting comments? Let me know!

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62 thoughts on “Interaction – The Dos and the Don’ts: Blogging Tips #6

  1. I love this discussion so much and I hope people will read it. If someone is liking my posts literally 20 seconds after I’ve posted them then I know they haven’t read it. Sometimes I get too anxious about following back and/or commenting but you’re absolutely right that consistency (and politeness) is the key to following back.

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    1. Exactly! I know who reads my posts and who doesn’t. I don’t mind it, it’s just that I will probably not follow back someone who just likes my posts. And yeah, commenting can be a bit nerve racking but once you realize it’s important, it’s all good. So glad you liked the post!

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  2. Okay I must’ve been gone for a while because YOU UPDATED YOUR BLOG SUBTITLE THINGS AND THEYRE SO PRETTYYYY.
    Also, thank you so much for the little shout out 😘 I had a ton of fun writing it and I’m glad you enjoyed reading it to. I know reviews tend to get less stats, but I love them anyway. And I don’t want to overdo the discussions like you said.
    The most important thing I think is to do real and thoughtful comments! That’s how you interact with the community, and chances are if you keep commenting and starting conversation, you’ll get a follow back because they see you have a personality and something in common.

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    1. Thank you so much, I am so glad you like them, since they take ageeees to do 💖 Your review was amazing, I really loved it, and it’s a perfect example of how reviews can be written to engage people. Of course, and I completely agree about shared interests and personalities – all important for making blogging friends!

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  3. Yesss. Comments are so much more meaningful than likes. I love it when people regularly come back to my blog and comment because I’m like “oh yeah, my best friend just commented again!”

    Another don’t would be don’t just read the title, assume you know what they have said in the post, and comment something because you just end up looking like a fool and it’s SO obvious.

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  4. Great post! (Sorry, couldn’t resist!) It also works both ways, sometimes I think I’ve left an engaging comment and the response comes back as ‘Thanks for visiting’ it makes you wonder if they’ve bothered to read your comment. I suppose it’s just the nature of the beast, but when you do get a conversation going it can be great fun.

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    1. Haha I see yoy! Yes, exactly! You’re right! I always try to respond to comments in the same way I comment – expressively and substantially. It can suck when you get just a “thank you” reply to a long comment. That’s actually great advice, so thank you for commenting (see what I did there?) !

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  5. Make sure you FIND TIME to REPLY to comments that people leave, even if it is just a simple “thank you.” There is nothing more annoying when you take the time to leave a comment and the poster can’t be bothered to reply. I always make a concerted effort to reply to every comment, even if it is a few days later.

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    1. That’s also great advice. I was just talking to someone about how it can be disheartening to see just a “thanks” to an elaborate comment, but it can be even worse not getting a reply at all. Yes, absolutely, I also respond to every comment I get, whenever I find the time!

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    2. I have to agree with this, as somebody that is very new to this it is a little disheartening when somebody doesn’t even egg knowledge that you have made a comment….
      And they really have made it quite easy for you to keep track of all your comments, I wish Goodreads we’re like this I’m always getting lost as to who I have already responded to 🙃

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      1. Well I am super active on there, this is my new venture! But believe me it is very hard to keep track of who I responded to and notifications can get all screwed up at times🙃
        X Berit

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  6. this post is literally the perfect guide to interacting. I can see leaving a link to your blog if they blog on another platform, like wordpress v. blogspot or something like that. it’s horrible to just leave a super generic comment that = i’m here for promotion. ❤

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    1. Agreed! I’ve gotten a couple of comments here (on WordPress) with links to blogspot blogs, and I did not mind that at all. As long as the person is saying something meaningful I don’t mind, but the generic self promo is quite annoying to me. And thank you, I am so glad you enjoyed the post and think it’s helpful!

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  7. I love these type of blog posts, about what we do as bloggers because it’s easy for everyone to relate to or understand. And I agree, though I have to admit I’m not perfect at replying to my comments always I do appreciate them all. But I would never promote my blog on anyone else’s unless the post asked for that. btw, your graphics are gorgeous💖

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  8. Your post is spot on. I find myself liking a lot of blog posts because I want bloggers to know that I stopped by but didn’t have anything constructive to add to the conversation. I do agree, though, that comments should not be advertisements for your own blog. When I see that, I feel like someone’s standing at my front door trying to sell me something.

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    1. Thank you! I don’t expect people to comment on every single post, obviously, and of course I just read and like a post sometimes, but we all have those auto like followers who like a post within 5 seconds of it going live 😂 that’s exactly how it feels, it’s the perfect analogy!

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  9. Posts like these are really helpful for new bloggers. We started our blog because we wanted to talk about books with people and I definitely find it disheartening to not get “likes” or comments..which I know isn’t the point, but like you said, blogging is hard and when you put your heart and soul into a post, it’s nice to know there’s someone out there who actually enjoys it! What kind of discussion posts do you recommend? We have mainly focused on reviews, but have recently tried getting more into bookish things, but it’s hard to know what is interesting and hasn’t been overdone prior to our blogging experience! ALSO because apparently I can’t stop talking, how do you make your pretty little title thingies?! They are beautiful and I’m very jealous….

    Ok, I think I’m done. for now.

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    1. I am glad you find them helpful! And I can understand your frustration. I think moving away from reviews is key when you first started out. I think for discussions the best topics are those you feel passionate about and have something to say. I think being on Twitter and being in the loop on book related stuff can really be helpful. A lot of my posts are inspired by recent events (like the cover change discussion I recently did). The key is to find something that you are involved enough and have an opinion on so you can make a post out of it. Something that will get people talking. And I make my graphics in Inkscape. I download the art from Freepik and then I edit it in Inkscape. There’s a tutorial on the Freepik site that is helpful! Hope all of this helps a bit!

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  10. This is such a great post! I’m somewhat new to blogging but liking without commenting is something I’ve noticed on Goodreads as well and it kinda annoys me? Like I don’t want to come across as bitchy and of course I’m thankful for people liking my reviews (and as you said, it’s okay not to comment every damn time, sometimes we don’t have the time/inspiration/etc) but when it’s never, ever, everrrrr it really feels like I could write whatever and it would be the same. Which is a shame. Honestly I’d be way too anxious about liking without reading XD Anyway! Thanks for this post!

    PS. I’m part of the ‘I hate it and ignore’, except if I know the person and it’s a friend because I know it’s genuine.

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    1. Nice post! 😉 I’ve been trying not to be pushy since I switched over here. I love the community over here!

      I don’t mind it if I have been talking to someone and they also include a review to a book we have in common in their comment. I like checking to see how similar they are. I will occasionally do that with mine too if I know they don’t mind that, but I try to be casual about it.

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  11. Awesome advice! I find self promo quite annoying, however I am in a habit of occasionally linking to a post of mine if it’s about the same/a similar topic?

    Commenting is definitely an important part of blog development and I think discussion posts have really helped me start conversations with people in the comments section because in the past I’ve just posted and people have seen/read it, but never commented.

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  12. This was a fantastic post! You approached the issue really well!
    Honestly, if someone comments on a post and says something like “I said a similar thing in my review” or engages me in conversation while mentioning a similar post I am super chill with the self promo.

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  13. Thank-you for writing this post. I’m shy and get really anxious about comments (I can’t tell you how many comments I’ve typed and then deleted because I felt stupid/annoying) it’s something I’m working on, and this post has really helped me. It’s something that not many people talk about, so thanks again for sharing your thoughts and advice! 🙂

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    1. I am so so glad you found this helpful! And please don’t be anxious about comments – every single blogger I know(including myself) LOVES comments and blogs FOR the comments. There are posts where I get a bunch of likes and one comment, and I am always frustrated about those. So I think people would really appreciate your comments, so don’t stress too much about it. Thanks again!

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  14. I don’t think I’ve experienced the self-promo much with my blog but I often get more likes than I do comments, which does sometimes bug me a little because I do want to discuss the things I write about even if they’re not always book or Disney related. I suppose it’s finding that balance of writing what you want and what other bloggers react to.

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  15. I agree with this whole post. I for one want people who interact with with me and my post. I love hearing what people’s different perceptive on things. They may have a opinion that I didn’t think of. This post is extremely helpful.

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  16. I think that people should try to be as genuine as possible – if you liked a post, but can’t think of anything to add, then a ‘like’, or a share, or whatever, is nicer than just leaving without acknowledging that you liked the post!

    That said, I totally get that some likes etc. are automatic and spammy. And that just irritates everyone 😐 – like I said, I think it’s most important to be genuine. If you don’t enjoy *getting* spammy comments/likes/whatever, then don’t *give* them! 🙂

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    1. Agreed! Oh of course, likes are appreciated completely, I just meant that there are those people who like a post within seconds of publishing said posts, and it’s far less likely for me to notice them that way, then if they comment on a posts. And obviously, genuine people and comments are always appreciated.

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  17. This is so true! I only comment on posts I’ve actually read and enjoyed, so it does always strike me as a little cheap when people only comment a couple of words on mine. And don’t get me started on links to their own post🙈🙈

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  18. This is a wonderful post! Honestly what’s really disheartening to me is when I blog hop and try to find new blogs and I get all excited that maybe I’ve found some new great bloggers to befriend, but I visit and leave comments… and they never do the same. I just feel unappreciated and use my time for other blogs instead. But yeah, once I start interacting w/ someone a few times, I start to remember them, and it’s nice to have that mutual appreciation.
    Oh, and discussions are great because then even readers who don’t have the same taste can chat and maybe even find things in common 🙂

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    1. It can definitely be disheartening – a lot of stuff about blogging can be 😅 But I definitely do feel like you have to build on interaction, continue commenting and it’s bound to get back at you. Discussions are great for precisely that reason, you’re completely right!

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  19. I agree with this. It’s disingenuous and sleazy for someone to leave a comment simply for the purpose of plugging their own blog. It’s like they’re just using me. On the flip side, it would be awesome if bloggers remember to “release” comments if they have their blog set up to hold comments for moderation. It’s happened to me a few times where my comments didn’t appear until a week after I posted them. It makes me feel like my comments don’t matter–and as a result, I won’t ever want to interact with that blog again.

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    1. Yes, exactly! I get how you feel, I always try to check comments as soon as I see them and approve them. It is however pretty useful to have my comments set up like that, since I get some stupid ones frequently, so they all have to be on review

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  20. I agree 100%! I think how your wrap up this post is spot on! Bloggers should approach commenting like any other interaction: with good manners and how would you like to be treated! Do you like people that just talk about themselves and don’t listen to you? Or would you like to always be the only one that visit your friends while they never visit you? Common sense! Great post!

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