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If you’re a blogger, comments are what push you to keep trudging through the writer’s block and what keep you from throwing in the towel. You love hearing from your readers because it means SOMEONE IS READING THIS STUFF (although many of us would still write even if no one was reading).
But bad comments – those icky self-centered comments – those are the ones that pop our little bubble of excitement.
Truth is, we’ve all been a victim of “comment vomit.” We may have even been the one vomiting on occasion.
Maybe self-centered comments don’t bother you, but they bother me.
If you’re visiting a blog ONLY to have someone visit yours, well that’s no way to make friends.
Picture it in person: you’re having a conversation with someone and you’re telling them a story. A really great story. When you’re done, you pause and wait for a reaction. Then the person says:
“Just saying hi! Come on over to my house!”
What? Yeah, it’s weird in the blogosphere too.
OF COURSE part of the reason we comment on other blogs is that we hope they visit ours. But you really have to give to receive. Post genuine comments that show that you did in fact read their post. Because all us bloggers want is a little validation.
You may not learn anything today; you may be a perfect commenter! If so, just hang with me because this one is a bit of a rant. But I have to let it out because I’ve seen a few really hideous comments on people’s blogs lately (one in particular which I’ll share below).
Here are some of the worst offenders and how to remedy them:
Sorry to interject but this full post is now over at Momcomm.com, my blog that’s chock full of can-do blogging tips. Stop by for posts about writing, social media, blog critiques and more!
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