Discussion: This Ain’t the Field of Dreams Folks

Posted May 14th, 2016 by in Discussions / 9 comments

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“If you build it, he will come.”

A note before I dive into this post. I wrote this post months and months ago but wasn’t sure if I wanted to post it. I’m to the point now that I think it’s still relevant.

I have seen a lot of posts about the bleak barren desert of comments in my five years of blogging. It’s true that you can pour your heart into a post and no one checks it out or comes out of lurkdom to comment.

Here’s the thing: just because you wrote it, doesn’t mean they will come. The Internet is a vast place. Very few people are going to stumble upon your excellent post. I’ve found that building your community and working your social skills will get you pretty far.

The last few months were spent in a big blogging slump. One day I was checking my Feedly and I started commenting like a fiend. Commenting on other people’s posts brought me out of my slump. And I’ve seen it come back like commenting karma.

Think of the book blogging community like a party. If you approached someone and they didn’t say a word to you even when you tried to engage them in conversation, would you stand there and just keep talking to them? Probably not. It isn’t much fun to be ignored.

My point is leaving meaningful comments on the blogs you enjoy is more likely to bring genuine comments to your own blog. Get out there and comment and make a blogger you enjoy smile today!

Stephanie

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9 Responses to “Discussion: This Ain’t the Field of Dreams Folks”

    • Stephanie

      I need to try and make more time for it. It seems like there is just never enough time anymore! I’m slowly learning how to balance my life out better though. 😉

    • Stephanie

      Exactly! I love finding new people. I love having conversations with people instead just like a drive by comment. 🙂

  1. Beth W

    This! Totally. I spent months commenting on people’s blogs daily, until I was totally burned out on it. I realized I started to resent feeling like I was a bad blogging friend if I didn’t comment. Commenting for hours was even more time-consuming than posting a blog posts and the reverse is true- if you comment, they don’t necessarily come check out your blog. Best to just read, and comment when you feel you can and want to contribute something.

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    • Stephanie

      Yep! I really think I’ve been suffering burn out for years trying to make myself an “it” blogger. There’s nothing wrong with being one at all, it just isn’t for me. I like being an introverted book nerd and trying to make myself anything different just isn’t going to work. I’m good with that. 🙂

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