So, you may have seen that I’ve been participating in the Support Book Bloggers Challenge. The challenge for March (despite being able to do it in any order) was to comment on 10 book blogs. I wasn’t sure how to highlight that in a post, until I thought about turning it into a combo of highlights and discussion. I think the importance of commenting on book blogs is a topic that can never be understated. The chance to do that AND hype up fellow bloggers?
Yes, please. Let’s do it.
Commenting on Book Blogs
If you are a book blogger, you might connect with this emotion: the elation and joy you get when you get a notification that someone commented on your post. Maybe it’s a post that you spent a lot of time on, so having that external validation is so rewarding. Or, perhaps it’s a post that’s personal or one you wrote without taking into account current trends or SEO data, so you’re pleasantly surprised. Or maybe it’s just nice to know that you’re not shouting out into the void and having someone respond is the universe’s way of saying, “Hey, I hear you”.
Commenting on book blogs is a wonderful way to show appreciation for a blogger you admire. It can not only show appreciation and make a blogger feel valued, but it can also be a way to start a dialogue; discover new bloggers (or them discover you); even form friendships, to name a few positives.
Of course, there is always the chance of negatives: the spam comments, attacks or cruel misunderstandings. I hope the are very few and far between for each of us!
I am huge advocate for sending time commenting on book blogs. However, I do have a few tips I think it’s important to keep in mind.
- Be genuine: Don’t just comment on a post just for commenting sake! It’s never required to write a novel in the comments, so writing a sentence or two is absolutely okay. However, while writing “nice post” is kind, it doesn’t give a blogger a lot of feedback or chances to interact. So, be thoughtful and genuine with your comments. It goes a long way.
- Check your intentions: This ties in with the above. Commenting and engaging with other bloggers is a great way to help not other find new bloggers, but for them to find you! However, if that’s your main (only) intention by commenting, reevaluate and try again.
- Don’t be afraid: I know when I first started blogging, I was so nervous to comment on someone else’s post–especially when it was a blogger I admired or was considering a “large” blogger in the community. Que imposter syndrome. Yet, I cannot think of a time that a comment I left was met with anything other than kindness and excitement. Plus, the amount of friends I’ve made through slowly connecting with one another! I’m so grateful.
- Yet, don’t feel guilt: Remember, if you don’t have time to respond with a comment; or, you enjoyed a post, but don’t know what to say? That’s okay! A simple like is still a great way to show appreciation and acknowledge the blogger’s work and post. Linking it in monthly wrap-ups or sharing on social media are other great ways (and following their blog, if you don’t already). Commenting on book blogs is in no way required. Simply another avenue to show appreciation.
So, I hope that context above was helpful, explaining the value of commenting on book blogs and some etiquette/tips. Now, I wanted to share a few posts that I commented on recently from other bloggers. (Honestly, I just went through my notifications, generated when they responded back, and found the most recent few, as I don’t keep track of this sort of thing).
To me, these were posts that I appreciated enough that I had to pause and say something. Whether because it made me think, because I loved the post or I just wanted to check in on the blogger who wrote it. I hope you’ll enjoy them, too!
- Old is New Again: Why Writing Reviews for Backlist Books is Great by Caitlin @ Realms of Our Mind
- May’s Moments of the Month: March // Finally, Some Relaxation!! by May @ Forever and Everly
- Let’s Talk Bookish: It’s Time for a Change by Rukky @ Eternity Books
- How to Write SEO-Optimized Blog Posts: 8 Beginner Practices to Try by Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books
- Pondathon II: A Round 3 Summary by Mackenzie @ Colour Me Read
I really liked turning (last month’s) challenge post into a combo of discussion and highlighting other bloggers. What do you think? Do you comment on book blogs? Is it a regular practice or something you want to get to? What are some posts you’ve recently commented on or enjoyed? Let me know in the comments and thanks for reading!