Every now and then, I like to make a post that encourages thoughts, opinions, and discussions. This is a well-beaten topic, I know, but I want to talk about it anyway!
I've been blogging for almost five years now, and one of the best ways I find to keep up with other bloggers and what they are doing...is by commenting back. It's simple, it's proactive, and it's FUN. I know, I know...it can take a bit of time. You have to visit blogs, read posts, and leave a thougthful post that's a bit more than "cool review" or "awesome post" but I like to do it.
I figure if someone can take the time to visit my blog and leave a thought, then I can go and do the same on their blog. Not every commenter has a blog, I am quite aware, but I do feel like most of us have some sort of blog these days.
For those that don't, I'm happy to talk to them via email if they have questions!
So basically...this is my Art of Commenting-
I tend to answer people back about my specific posts (if they leave a comment) by email or a note on one of their posts...but I don't just mention my blog on their blog. I do read the post and leave a thoughtful comment, and then I might quickly answer something they asked on one of my posts or reply back to that thought.
Why don't I comment them back here? Sometimes, I do...but I figure there are so many blogs, people might not check back to see the answer, or they just might forget. I know I do! And I'd hate for them to not get a reply.
Why do I comment back on their blog if they comment here? I just find it polite, it allows me to get to know blogs (I've found really awesome sites this way), and it starts bloggy friendships. And isn't that a huge part of blogging, anyway? Getting to know and talk to people with like interests?
So what about you? Do you comment back, and how do you do so?
If you're like me and try and comment back to EVERY person that comments on your blog (and I know sometimes we just can't...but for the most part...) then please leave your blog's URL in your comment here. I'm thinking of making a list on my blog of Blogs that Comment Back for those that want to find blogs that welcome comments and always try to return the favor.