Let’s talk about anything bookish!
So, I have been pretty absent in the blogosphere and I admit that I haven’t been visiting and commenting on the blogs that I follow. In all honesty, I feel really bad but I have been slowly getting back into the grind.
Anyway, this made me think about commenting. Do they really matter? Are we obligated to comment on posts or even comment back just because someone commented on your post?
I have mixed feelings about this and I may be opening a can of worms because this is also an unpopular opinion.
I’m not saying that I don’t like comments, when in fact, I DO! I absolutely love replying to comments left on my posts and I’m really grateful that there are bloggers interested in what I have to say and I also love commenting back and visiting their blogs!
However, I only comment on posts that I am actually interested in. I don’t leave a comment just because. And I think this is fair. Usually, I look around the blog I visit to see if there is any post that I find interesting and then I leave a comment.
Anyway, I think that comments really matter! Comments are what makes blogging a community! In fact, I have become friends with a few bloggers through commenting on their blogs and I would like to believe that they also consider me as a friend.
Sure, commenting isn’t an obligation, but it would be really awesome if people comment!
Do you think comments should be more meaningful? Do you think that it is a must to comment back?
Sometimes it is hard to come up with a meaningful comment. A lot of times if I agree, I don’t have anything else to add to the discussion. If I disagree, I don’t like to be negative in other people’s spaces so I go away too.
Hmm I actually welcome negative comments. Not in a sense of mean spirited comments, but comments that create a discussion. For example, I read a book I didn’t like then I read a positive review for it, I leave a comment explaining my issues about said book. But that’s just me. 😉
Karen Blue says
I totally agree that comments should be meaningful but on the flip side I sometimes comment just to let a blogger know I stopped by and appreciate their content. I guess it’s just whatever makes you more comfortable. Do or do not. It shouldn’t make a brak a blogger if one person does or doesn’t comment. We put too much pressure on ourselves to get a discussion post with comments I think.
I agree, Karen! I haven’t pressured myself to post and comment but me not commenting as much made me rethink about this topic. 🙂
Sophie @ Dreaming Of Happy Endings says
I know I don’t comment as much as I should and always feel really bad about it, it’s something I need to work on. I completely agree with what you are saying though, I don’t see the point in trying to come up with something to say just for the sake of leaving a comment. I know I would much rather have others leave meaningful comments on my posts, but on the other hand it is nice to know there are real people reading and enjoying your content. Definitely something interesting to think about!
Yes, it is! I think all of us think the same thing. I actually enjoy commenting on interesting posts!
I’m not a huge comment giver. If I don’t have something to add to a conversation (like this one) I’m more likely to share the post on social media as my way of supporting a fellow blogger. I like getting comments but my lifestyle just makes it too difficult to maintain a replying back habit with regularity. 100% agree with everyone on not wasting time trying to create a meaningful comment when there really isn’t one. I do occasionally leave a “thanks for such an insightful review” type comment if I found it helped me decide if I’d like to buy (or not) a book. It’s not very meaningful but hopefully conveys that I appreciated their thoughts and the time it took to put them down.
Great topic zeee!
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Thanks, Rhi! There are those days where you visit a blog and read an interesting post or review and you just come up with a meaningful comment! Gaaah I hate that! I also like your idea of sharing their posts instead! That’s an awesome way to support other bloggers! 🙂
Lover Of Romance says
You know…I really do think that commenting does matter. I love building friendships with other bloggers, and the easiest and best way that I know to do that is do engage by commenting. And frankly, one of my favorite things is receiving comments, it just makes me so happy. I try to comment as much as I can, it all depends on my time schedule.
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I know what you mean! I think it’s one of the reasons why commenting makes blogging a community 🙂
I have lots of thoughts on this. I love comments like any blogger, but I want people to comment on my posts because they want to. Not because I commented on their blog or because they want me to comment on their blogs. There are times when I just don’t have time to comment and I will go anywhere from 2-4 weeks without commenting at all. Hey, life happens. I try to comment about once a week on posts that interest me and blogs I love and for the most part my comments have down a bit, but I’m not gonna focus on that, I’ll focus instead on the people that do comment even if I haven’t commented on their blog in a bit.
Yes, yes, and YES! Sometimes, I do feel bad for not commenting back, but I also won’t beat myself down for it. It’s fun commenting and visiting other blogs but will only comment on the posts that interest me.
Morgan @ The Bookish Beagle says
I think it’s important that comments are meaningful. As much as I enjoy getting comments and appreciate every one, a simple “Great post!” doesn’t mean as much to me as one sentence that tells me why they liked my post. And I agree that it shouldn’t be an obligation. I tend to get behind on commenting back and commenting on other blogs and feel guilty too, so I go on comment sprees every few weeks. I like that they foster community and conversation but again, only if you want to comment and feel like you have something you want to say. I try really hard to leave meaningful comments, even if I don’t get responses. I like leaving them 🙂
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I totally agree, Morgan! The occasional “great post” post comment will not get a reply from me but I will visit that persons blog and see if they have interesting posts to comment on.
I think it’s awesome, that another blogger comes and checks out my blog because I commented on their post, but I feel so awkward when their comment on my review is “thanks for visiting my blog”. It is like I didn’t say anything interesting enough for you to have a reaction to, and it feels like a pity comment. I was always a commenter, before I was blogging and still. If I have something to say, I will say it, but I don’t feel obligated, and I don’t really want others to feel that way either.
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I totally agree, Sam! I also don’t like those types of comments. And even though I appreciate the time it took for the person to visit and even comment on my post, I would still prefer to read a more meaningful comment. 🙂
Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction says
I try to leave a comment on most posts I read just so that the blogger knows I stopped by (even when I’m months late, as you can see). But I certainly don’t expect everyone to do that. I think it should be totally up to you how you handle commenting and replying. 🙂
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True! I do try my best to comment, but I also don’t force myself to comment when I don’t really have anything to say!