“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!