Recently, while doing the rounds of A to Z April Blogging Challenge it has come to my notice that some bloggers don’t get any comments at all, despite well-written posts, and others get dozens, despite a post which has nothing special to recommend it. This isn’t great for the blogging community.
With the Challenge in another 15 days or so, as a co-host I wanted to discuss this situation, and to help me do this, I’ve invited DL Hammons, another co-host, to Daily (w)rite.
First off, I want to thank Damyanti for allowing me to hijack her blog for the day. I wanted to take this opportunity to discuss the importance of community, cross promotion, and at the same time talk about a brand new way to share comment love.
Being a co-host of the A to Z April Blogging Challenge has given me a chance to broaden my exposure to the outpouring of support the blogosphere has to offer. Hands down, there is no better resource for aspiring writers. Information and experience is shared openly by multi-published authors, agents, editors, other industry professionals, even newbie writers attending their first conference. The trick is learning how to shake off the insecurities that accompany being new, and just dive in.
I’m constantly reading how new bloggers are intimidated by this seemingly tight-knit community, taking a long time before they work up the courage to comment. That’s funny, because comments are the life blood of blogging. It’s the positive feedback received from these snippets of sunshine that motivates all of us to continue to churn out helpful material. It’s also the Yin-Yang philosophy of the blogosphere that adds a different significance to commenting. If you want to be noticed, then the best way is to do that is to comment, and comment often.
There have been many vehicles developed to help bloggers make connections with others just like them. Blog hops, Blogfests, IWSG, and the A to Z Challenge are just a few examples. But recently a worrisome trend has crept up where people feel they don’t get nearly as many comments as they make when participating in these events. Whether this is true or not, a good rule of thumb is to treat every comment you leave as both a digital HUG…and an investment in your own imprint. People tend to gravitate towards bloggers who comment frequently…and have something to say beyond “Nice Post.”
I recently invented something new, and it squarely revolves around commenting. I call it the BLOG BLITZ.
Here’s how it works — after you sign up on the linky list (click on the badge), you’ll become a member of the Blog Blitz Team. Then from time to time, I select a deserving blog (that must be part of the Blitz Team) and a specific date. I then email the team members the information and on that date we all go out of our way to visit that blog and leave an encouraging comment on their most recent post. I’m talking about hopefully a 100+ comments appearing out of the blue in one day!
At first I’ll pick who gets blitzed, but then I’ll start taking recommendations from other members for deserving targets. My only restriction about who joins the Blog Blitz Team is that your blog cannot be primarily for commercial gain.
Thanks again to Damyanti for sharing her space with me. If you take anything from my words today, let it be this…spread the comment love!
D.L. Hammons enjoys taking a break from writing technical journals and procedure manuals for his day job and dabbling with novel writing or an occasional short story. Son of a military family, he grew up across the southeast and ultimately graduated with a Business degree from Louisiana State University. After a stint working in the big city (Atlanta), he packed up his family and settled in central Arkansas to be closer to family. His love for writing was seeded in high school where he wrote both news and feature articles for the school paper, but it wasn’t until his children began heading off to college that he found the time to resurrect his passion for prose. Although his first love falls into the Mystery/Suspense realm, he has recently discovered an interest in YA. His short story Itinerary is scheduled to be published in AN HONEST LIE this spring.