On the importance of comments

Hi friends, happy Wednesday! I hope you’re having a lovely week so far. Today I’m glad to be back with my blogging ways feature, and I’m especially eager to rant about this latest subject that’s been on my mind for a while. Like a LOT of other subjects, since I am kind of obsessed. In case you didn’t know that yet.

I know that many other bloggers have tackled this subject already, but if I’m being honest, there is no such thing as finding an original subject to talk about whenever you are blogging. What matters is how you talk about it and I’m hoping to share my point of view on that one because I hold this close to my heart, I really do.

As you know it already – or maybe you don’t, if you’re new, HI and thank you for reading this -, the community is a huge part of my blogging adventure. If numbers are something we all look forward to seeing grow, what matters most here for me is the relationships I have with other bloggers. And more often than not, they are all starting with a single comment. Whether it started on my own blog, or by me blog-hopping and leaving my own comment, it all started like this.

But then, there comes the dreaded, often asked question in the blogosphere: do I need to comment back? I have read multiple blog posts about this, multiple points of view on this subject and I’m not going to lie: this is something you have to figure out for yourself but before anything else, STRIKE that NEED verb out of the question you’re asking yourself. If you NEED to do anything, you’re not blogging for fun, you are making it an OBLIGATION and let me tell you, that’s not good. That’ s the road heading straight to burn-out, and that’s not good AT ALL.

I’m always trying to share my experience as much as I can with you, because I want to be as transparent as I can on these blogging struggles. In that mindset, I will say it right away: if I had NEVER, ever commented back, I don’t think I would be where I am right now. I can’t affirm that, since I’m no Doc Brown and unable to turn back time to see what would have happened only if…Yet some deep part of me feels like it knows this.

After more than two years of blogging, I have managed to build incredible friendships, with people I am talking to on a daily basis ; and it all started because we both built conversations on both of our blogs. In sharing our love, our thoughts, in coming back and checking with each other on latest blog posts. It was as simple as that, because we appreciated each other’s blog posts and opinions, we let the other know and that was it. Like I said before, NO sense of obligation here: just pure, WANT to share the love on OTHER bloggers’ posts. Commenting back, seeking other bloggers, growing my little bloggers’ circle and overall, having fun just sharing the love by leaving one single comment, contributed A LOT to my blog’s growth. Yes, I’m talking numbers here, for one, digits and all. But also, and most importantly, it contributed to my happiness in blogging, which has, despite what society is trying to make us think, NO price.

So, yes. If you’re asking me this question, I do think that comments are important. It all depends on your own blogging experience, I guess. Whether you’re into this for blogging views, or the community, you do blog your own way and I’m not here to judge. I’m just not into this keeping comments for myself kind of way – I much, much rather share the love and I’m hoping that it shows. Even if it takes a whole lot of time.

Obviously it is hard and sometimes impossible to comment back on every blog post, or just comment for that matters. There are too many book blogs to visit and to discover. We all have school, work, responsibilities outside of this time-consuming hobby to manage to do it all without breaking a sweat. Yet. I’m doing my best to share the love, because I LOVE this community. Despite the dramas, the blogging envy, the bothering moments, the hiatuses and burns-out, this is the reason I come back. To see comments awaiting on my blog? Sure. BUT also, and so very much, to catch up with other new bloggers. Discover their own thoughts on books, bookish subjects and more.

I came here to have my little blogging bubble. To share my thoughts on books, bookish subjects, blogging subjects and more. I stayed here for the community, for the comments, for all of the other fantastic blogs I discover and want to chat with. I’m here to SHARE the love.

Do you think comments are important on a blog? Do you try to comment back, or not at all? Why, or why not? I’d love to hear your thoughts about this, so feel free to share them in comments!

 

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156 thoughts on “On the importance of comments

  1. I think blogging is one of those things where you get out what you put in. If you are visiting blogs and commenting, people will take notice and give you some love back. I’ve seen lots of bloggers who have a great blog & content, but I know for a fact they never blog hop or comment on other people’s blogs… then they wonder why? Blogging is all about relationships, and relationships are not one sided.

    It can be RIDICULOUSY hard to read & comment on all the book bloggers I follow, but I do the best I can. It is also hard to leave “meaningful comments”…. sometimes there just isn’t much to say. I’ve heard people criticize the quick comments like “great post” or “great review” BUT in my opinion that person took the time to at least write that… maybe they loved the post/review, but didn’t know what to say? A comment is a comment to me. Sure, I appreciate the longer & more thoughtful comments, but I love the short ones too.

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    1. Thank you so, so much Amanda, for sharing your thoughts about this with me ❀ I agree with you – for me, blogging is this, giving and getting back. That's how i grew my blog but also how I have been happy blogging for the past two and a half years, because of the comments, conversations and friendships I have forged. It ouldn' thave happened if I didn't give anything back from the beginning.
      It is SO hard at times ahah, I didn't know it would be so hard. It's a lot of fun and I love reading blog posts but it's so hard and time-consuming.
      I kind of agree with you – I'm still happy to have a small comment. Writing long comments take such a long time, and I'm still glad whenever someone took the time to write a comment, even a short one ❀

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  2. This is such a thoughtful, introspective post, Marie! I’m right with you there, pal. I always get excited about receiving a comment because blogging can sometimes feel like, and I recognize this is a hackneyed notion, a shout into the void, you know what I mean? But comments remind me what I love the most about blogging: the community. I don’t feel obligated at all to comment back, but I often find myself being curious of people dropping by my blog and taking the time to comment and join in on the conversation.

    It’s always nice to wander in your side of the bookternet. You have a lovely weekend. ❀

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much, Miel! ❀ I agree – sometimes I feel like I'm just shouting into the void, internet is such a big place, so whenever I get "noticed" and aknowledged with a comment, it is one of the greatest feelings.
      The community is one of the best things – probably the best, if you ask me- about blogging, I agree. I always love chatting with new people and discovering new blogs πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much ❀ ❀ I hope you had a lovely weekend, Miel, and will have a great week ❀

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  3. Hello! I am starting out new (or not so new at the time being) so it isn’t like I get a lot of comments. So all the comments I recieve get at least a thank you or some other acknowledgement.
    Commenting surely is important. It lets me know that someone actually read my post instead of just pressing the like button when my post appeared on the feed. Some of my followers have never read a post of mine. I only get about 20 likes on my posts when I have 70 people following me. So it is those 20 people who matter the most because they take the pains to read and comment. So even if they fail to read my posts for a while, I will understand that something is keeping them busy or unavailable. I won’t hold a grudge against them even if they never again comment. But those people who believe in a ‘follow for a follow’ principle, it is them that I detest.
    Nice post, though. Won’t mind if you can’t reply.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts about this! πŸ™‚ I agree with you – it’s so great to get aknowledgment for what you’re writing and to see people interacting with it. Many people are just “following” but not really being there, trying to be part of your blogging circle. It’s the others, the one taking the time to like, chat, talk with you, that make you happier πŸ™‚

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    1. Ahah oh yes, I have these moments as well – I guess we can’t always be inspired. Comments have to be natural in a way as well, if they’re forced it’s not good either πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts about this! πŸ˜€

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