With the emergence of modern technology, there are now so many ways to keep a person entertained.
And if you’re anything like me, you probably would find that browsing through reader comments in popular blog posts is another way to keep the amusement level up one notch.
The most recent places I’ve been so far are Yahoo! and Sarah Pope’s blog post re plagiarism committed by Senator Tito Sotto’s minions for a speech the senator delivered against the RH Bill on the Senate floor.
Comments on Ms. Pope’s post were particularly enlightening, with RH Bill proponents collectively shedding light on what the bill is all about. Of course, there were those against the bill’s passing as well, and the regular, well, trolls that, even for their obnoxious ways, keep the ball rolling.
If you’re a new blogger, comments on your blog posts may skyrocket your endorphin levels all the way to the moon and back. But wait, before you go dancing around in excitement, remember that as in any coin, comments on your blog posts have two sides, too – an advantage and a disadvantage.
- A blog without comments is one-sided – the basic characteristic of a static website. Comments make a blog social and interactive, keeping readers involved in the discussion. Remember, if you take the social out of social media, all you get is a news report.
- When readers leave comments, they usually leave links pointing back to their sites, which can further the discussion. This also is a way to connect with like-minded bloggers, find new blogs to read, even ideas for future blog posts.
- The biggest drawback in enabling comments in a blog is spam. Most blogging platforms have spam detection capabilities and/or widgets to save you time manually filtering out spam. But of course, not everything gets filtered out.
- Comments like “Nice post!” or “Thank you for sharing” do not at all add value to your post. In a nutshell, a relevant comment is one that keeps the discussion going and gives a new perspective to the blog post.
- With commenting, be aware that your blog becomes a target for entities that see your blog as nothing but an advertising vehicle to promote their own blogs or websites. This, of course, is deceptive and manipulative, a black hat SEO technique these entities employ.
Why commenting is good for bloggers
As Chris Garrett points out, blogging is not just about saying your piece. It’s all about joining the conversation where it is happening. Mr. Garrett shared ten benefits associated to going out there and commenting, but here are five that especially resonated with me:
- Do unto others what you want others to do unto you. The golden rule is not the golden rule for nothing. If you want people to comment on your blog, take time to comment on their blogs as well.
- Commenting allows you to become visible to other bloggers, and make friends in the process.
- Commenting helps you develop new perspectives, especially if you take time to visit blogs you’ve never visited before.
- There are blog posts you would readily comment on and others you just couldn’t no matter how hard you force yourself. Given this, you get a better sense of content worth commenting on, something best remembered when creating content yourself.
- If you’re a decent enough commenter, you know better than think of a blog post as nothing more than a way to promote your own blog. But it cannot be denied that if you leave valuable comments, people may take time to visit your blog and see what else you’ve got to say.
If you’re a blogger and haven’t been doing much commenting lately, it’s probably time you joined in the fun.
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