My thoughts on blogging…returning comments
13th November 2014
I feel like a veteran of the blogging world. I may have started off making Piczo websites 5 to 6 years ago, but even then I had a blog (of sorts).
It was more of an updates section where I told my visitors about the winner of my Site of the Month (SOTM) competition, and shared what ever rubbish “blend” I had made using images of Heath Ledger. I also discussed a few personal aspects of my life, like starting GCSEs and going to the cinema to watch The Dark Knight again and again.
I wish you had known me in the Piczo days because you’d probably be laughing right now! This was genuinely what my “blog” was all about, and I loved it.
I moved on and stopped editing and destroying celebrity images. I focused on coding and learning about comment management systems. I was pretty clueless to be fair. I used Haloscan, CuteNews, FanUpdate (are you feeling nostalgic yet?) and finally WordPress.
Change is inevitable. I changed websites, commenting systems, website content, blogging style, etc. But the one thing that remained constant, and still remains constant to this day, is my belief in returning comments.
To me, if someone has taken time to read my blog and write a comment about it, that is something special and it means a lot. Always has, always will.
To show my gratitude I return the comment. I visit the commentor’s blog and leave a comment about their blog post. Even if it’s not straight away, I make sure I return the comment. It’s a fantastic way to communicate with bloggers and make new friends online. Constantly returning each other’s comments is a wonderful cycle.
I also reply to comments on my blog, but replying isn’t really the same. Replying is like saying “I’ve acknowledged your comment. Cheers.” where as returning a comment is going that little bit further. Taking the time to visit their blog and read their content is meaningful. It will mean just as much to them receiving a comment on their blog as it did to you. Why wouldn’t you do that?
You see, I think returning comments is a dying act. I think it’s us veterans who stick to the tradition while many newbies have yet to learn the tradition. I’m not saying it’s just veterans who return comments nor am I saying it’s just newbies who don’t, but it certainly seems a lot less common these days.
Asking someone to read your blog gains hits. Returning comments gains loyal readers and friends.
Come on folks! Let’s keep the tradition alive. Look at all the comments on your latest post return them! Visit their blogs, say hello and make some feel special.
Do you return the comments you receive on your blog? Do you think the act is becoming less common?