Chai break is a periodic feature on This is Lit to discuss concerns that every book blogger has. This is meant to be a lighthearted discussion that you’d have over tea and the only reason for it not being called Discussion Post is that the site’s author thinks that would be too mainstream. Pfft.
Pour the coffee and break out the biscuits, for today we’re discussing comments!
The first advice you hear when you start blogging is about commenting. Comment on other bloggers’ posts! Give out appreciation and encouragement! Be nice!
There are 5 kinds of commenters I’ve noticed in the blogosphere:
1. Short and sweet Sue
Her comments are usually 1 or 2 lines long. The length doesn’t limit the sweetness, though. Bloggers usually stick to these kind of comments.
2. Generic Greg
His comments are way to generic. You never know if Gregory even read your post in the first place. “Great review” is not a great comment, boi.
3. Worn caps lock Wendy
SO MUCH UPPERCASE! Wendy’s caps lock key is exhausted from all the times she screams in the comments. But, you know what? These are the best kinds of comments. They get you excited to write more. Knowing that you have followers who actually like your posts enough to scream about it in the comments section is all the encouragement you need.
4. Pingback Princess
You’ve never interacted with this person, but they tag you in memes and nominate you for awards. This ends up opening the door to interacting with them. I’ve met some wonderful people in the book blogging community this way.
5. Spamming Sam
While Askimet blocks the actual spam, there are some other bloggers who spam your comments with unrelated gibberish. I had an experience with a Spamming Sam recently, where I repeatedly received comments on several posts, saying “follow me”. Don’t be Sam.
No matter which type you are, always comment! Artists need as much encouragement as they can get. Commenting is also a great way to make friends in the blogosphere.
Let the discussion begin!
In the comments of this post, we’re going to discuss this. What type of commenter are you? (Spamming Sam, you don’t have to remind me.) Do you do the short and sweet comment? Or do you go all out and leave a gold mine of positivity in the comments section? Let me know in the comments!