Don’t worry, it’s OK to comment on a new blog
One blogger reported to me that whenever she comes across a fabulous new post on a blog she's never seen before, she hesitates.
And the reason is purely because she is worried about whether it was OK to comment on a new blog before she got to know it really well.
She wondered whether providing immediate feedback was inappropriate within such a short introductory period, and was reluctant to show show her appreciation so readily.
There’s no reason to be shy
I'm afraid being this reluctant isn't helpful. If she is unwilling to comment, the author won't know someone has enjoyed what has been written, and the reader will have missed her chance to tell her so.
There is no reason why anyone should hesitate before commenting. You need to learn to embrace your overwhelming desire to comment on a new blog by not holding back!
Your reputation won't be at stake if you reveal your enthusiasm from the beginning. It isn't like a 'first date' when you have to be careful to not scare the other person away!
Blogs thrive on comments
Blogging can become a thankless task if you don't receive any comments on your blog. It's disheartening to toil away producing your best work, only to get nothing back in return.
The blogger needs to have some sort of interaction to know they have a readership. This isn't the same as getting page hits, as this doesn't necessarily mean the visitors have read the posts.
The blog's author can tell from those who comment on a new blog whether they are writing the right kind of content. They learn what their readers think and what they expect, and this will enable them to produce more of the same or even make improvements for future posts.
A form of communication
Leaving a comment on a new blog is the reader's way of communicating with the blogger. They could, of course, send an email through the contact page, or engage with them on social media. But much of this would have little meaning away from the context of the actual post in question.
Commenting is a continuation of the original post, and the best way is to think what you would say to the blogger if you saw them in the street, for example, and then merely write that (albeit one-way) conversation in the comment box.
But it doesn't have to remain one-way. If the blogger responds to your comment, you could reply in turn. There is no reason why comments can't continue back and forth as the conversation develops. I once had a vibrant multi-threaded conversation through my comments with an enthusiastic reader, and it was very enjoyable.
It works both ways
Commenting could be seen as a form of networking, especially if it is based around the format of giving as well as taking. Responding to show appreciation is one of those ways.
Being able to comment on a new blog means you are able to thank the blogger for entertaining you with their content. However, you won't get an immediate response, as that is not how blog commenting works.
Unlike social media, blog's don't work on real-time. Comments need to be moderated first as a precaution against spam. However, to make the process more pleasant, there are commenting plugins that provide a thank you, or even an appreciative gift in return if you are lucky.
Biting off your own nose
Restraining yourself due to politeness and worrying about how to comment on a new blog is a wasted opportunity. How can you establish that important relationship with the blog's author if you don't make the first move?
Hesitating to leave a comment prevents you from having your say that could be important or helpful to the blogger. How else will they know what they have written has moved you to express your opinion? They could learn so much more from you if you become a regular commenter on their blog.
And of course, consistent commenting on blogs that are relevant to your own cause can pay dividends in your favour. This is picked up by the search engines, and your good turn is rewarded by increasing your own blog's Domain Authority.
Leave a comment on a new blog today
Go on, take the plunge. You never know, you make even make the blogger's day, and encourage them to write more excellent posts.
And think about how you can do this altruistic practice more regularly. It will help both you and those blogs you bother to comment on.
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