Comments are a blog topic that I find particularly interesting. They are an important part of blogging because they help you to create connections with other bloggers on the web, but they can also do much more than that. By creating connections with bloggers that write for papers or companies, you may find yourself with an unexpected job opportunity in the future. That’s why, to me, the most important tip about commenting on blogs is to make sure that you mean what you say and say what you mean.
Projecting a fake image of yourself on the internet is dangerous and not wise. If you’re in the field of communications and hope to have a future in the field some day, it’s smart to make sure that you are putting yourself out there but not in a way that paints a false picture of your skills or even your personality. You also want to make sure that you are telling the truth and that you have read the post that you’re commenting on in full because the writer and other readers will assume that you have done so and simple words like “agree” can go pretty far and put you in a category you may not want to be in. Not all posts are resonant of their titles, mostly due to writers’ sarcasm and desire to grab attention using any means possible.
These comments that you leave on other writers’ blogs are in a sense giving you an internet personality, and you need to decide what yours will be and what you want to project yourself as to others. That’s why it’s important to keep it professional and to also not bash every blog post that you come across. The comments you post can lead to Twitter followers and things of that nature, so at the end of the day you want to make sure that your comments don’t leave a sour taste in an important writer’s mouth. The truth of it all, is that blog comments can make or break you, so make sure that you’re paying attention to what you’re writing, even if it is a measly 50-word post.
Check out these blog posts on how to write effective blog comments:
- How to write great blog comments by Mack Collier
- How to write a great blog comment by Grammar Girl
- Effective blog commenting strategies by Nick Simpson