By Jael Strong
As noted on our blog throughout the month of October, commenting on blogs accomplishes many things. It keeps us connected to other writers. It gives us a forum in which to voice our support or opinions. Additionally, it increases our visibility in the world wide web. So, is there ever a good reason to stop commenting?
The Little Picture
On one hand, we may be wondering about a particular blog. Perhaps there is a blog that you have been frequenting, commenting regularly, and now you have reason to wonder if you should continue to do so.
There could be a few reasons for you to contemplate this. Unfortunately, sometimes a relationship with another writer can become caustic, and commenting on a particular blog has become a negative rather than a positive. On the other hand, you may regularly comment on a blog, but rarely receive a response and question the level of activity on that blog. In these cases it is natural to wonder whether continuing to comment on that blog is productive.
Honestly, repairing a damaged professional relationship is better than cutting it off. If commenting is giving you negative exposure, ceasing to comment on a particular blog may be beneficial.
If it is a question of wondering whether a particular blog is productive, the answer is a bit different. Since we want to build positive relationships with other writers, supporting one another is part of the program. Not everything can be measured in numbers. So, if you have something to say about a blog, even if the blog doesn’t seem to have much traffic, say it! You will be supporting a fellow writer and you will be building connections.
The Big Picture
So, now you are so swamped with work that commenting hardly registers on your radar. From a business angle, it doesn’t seem worthwhile to devote any time to commenting. Should you cut this particular aspect out of your routine?
Realistically, you may not have the time to devote to organized blog commenting. Obviously, paying work takes precedence over business-building techniques. So, logically, cutting back on organized commenting or even eliminating organized commenting may be necessary.
Still, consider the benefits of continueing to comment, even at a decreased level. And always comment if reading a particular post moves you to do so. Afterall, we all value feedback from others and it only takes a few moments to share our insights.
Jael Strong is a writer for TheWriteBloggers, a company dedicated to creating professional blogging content for increased internet visibility.