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The Art of Blogosphere Conversation: Responding to Readers

Your blog is gaining traction: followers are trickling in and they’re commenting and hitting the like button on your posts. How do you respond?

All of a sudden, your growing blog is attracting likes, comments, and pingbacks, and the party is bubbling at your (blogging) house.

You think: People? Comments? Likes? Oh no, now what? How do I respond? I’m not much of a conversationalist.

There’s no need to wilt under social pressure. We’ve got some tips on how to keep the conversation real and flowing.

Let’s take things one step at a time.

Note: this piece focuses on how you might handle constructive responses to your posts. Got trolls? Here’s some great advice on how to deal with them.

Likes

Likes are a nice way to show support for another’s post. How might you respond to a like? A reciprocal visit shows you care. Clicking on a liker’s Gravatar takes you to their Gravatar profile, where you can find their site (if they list one). Visit that person’s blog and see what they have to say. You might just find something you like and if you do, recognize it with a like, follow, or comment. If you don’t find anything that moves you, that’s ok — it’s better to say / do nothing than to practice blind reciprocal liking, commenting, and following.

Comments


Comments are where a lot of the action can happen on your blog. Sometimes you’ll get thoughtful comments and sometimes perfunctory praise, such as, “awesome,” or, “great post.” In both instances, inquiring blogging minds want to know more — pose questions to suss out your readers’ deeper opinions on what you wrote or shared:

  • The “tell me more.” You said you loved “x.” Say more about that. Why did you love it?
  • Ask all about them. Have you had any similar experiences? Tell me about them.
  • Ask them to put on your moccasins. What might you have done differently, if you were me?

Other general conversation starters:

  • Ask them how they found you. What drew you to my blog?
  • Ask about their origin story. How did you get into blogging?
  • Ask about their favorite reads. Which other blogs do you love? Do you have any favorite posts you return to again and again? If so, which ones?

Pingbacks

A pingback (provided that you enable them) happens when someone links to your post.

Pingbacks may be only a few words, such as “Loved your post,” or, since commenting etiquette dictates that comments over a few paragraphs should be written on the commenter’s blog, you might get well-considered pingbacks containing much more.

You may choose not to respond to shorter pingbacks, though a “thank you” to the pingbacker and even a probing question about why they loved your post could generate some deeper discussion.

Longer pingbacks are definitely worth responding to. If someone has taken the time to write up a few paragraphs in response to something you’ve written, it’s good form to visit the pingbacker’s blog and respond to any questions they may have posed and pose any questions of your own (such as the ones we suggest above) that arise after reading their response.

And now, over to you

What tips and suggestions do you have to offer for creating a warm atmosphere and lively, constructive discussion on your site?

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  1. “You think: People? Comments? Likes? Oh no, now what? How do I respond? I’m not much of a conversationalist.” Is Dailypost reading my mind? :)

  2. I love conversations… and I think I am good at it too. Often the comments feed is an extension of my blogpost and I love to read them later on. However, now with the social media, I have spread myself out in so many different social media forms – Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and comments on individual blogposts are much lesser than what used to be before. Although I like the fact that the readers are getting a choice to respond from a medium they are proficient in, I would still prefer them to leave comments on my blog.

    1. I agree with you. I love the conversations, too. It makes blogging so much more fun. I look forward to seeing who commented on what on my blog. And as for FB, it doesn’t really seem to lead to as great of conversations as blogging. Weird. Maybe because FB is more friends and family who know you and aren’t necessarily interested in what you are interested in. Or maybe they are just sick of you waxing on and on about the same ol’ thing. ;)

  3. I’m not a fan of great post or awesome. If I get those, I say thanks. No more.

    I get some very thoughtful comments, my blogs are pitched as discussion blogs, so I do spend a lot of time responding to comments. I don’t post every day because I also devote a fair amount of time to visiting other bloggers.

    Blog style is up to the individual. If you write in a style that invites discussion, you will get great comments. If you write a few words with pretty photos, you will get one liners that say great post.

    I’m not a fan of questions. If the writing or comments are good enough, questions are unnecessary.

  4. I think having opinions that you can articulate politely and a willingness to entertain debate is important. If you’re interested in things, you become interesting by proxy i think. Be passionate and you’ll rouse the passion of other people.

    1. @roughseasinthemed offers a solid suggestion above in her comment:

      I also devote a fair amount of time to visiting other bloggers.

      Spending time reading others’ sites and leaving thoughtful comments on others’ blogs is a great way to become more known in the communities you’re interested in.

    2. A lot of people are very busy. Just because someone doesn’t engage as much as you’d like, doesn’t mean they’re not worth following. I follow several bloggers who NEVER respond to anything I say/like/etc, but their writing and opinions are interesting and good, so I stick to it.

      1. You seem to be reading my mind lately, Tempest Rose! I feel the same way; I think everyone has different levels of engagement, and it’s simplistic to think everyone interacts the same way. I read blogs that I find personally engaging, but I don’t ‘expect’ those people to interact with me or follow me back – if they do, of course, that’s lovely, and it may result in a friendship. But not everyone wants to be “friends” online.

      2. Blogging from my perspective is more like driving a highway. I’m still kind of a newbie here on wordpress, but what I see is the constant flow and movement of the traffic… and probably that’s why Blogging U. was created…

        They are conscious of it and it’s the part of they business to take care and look after for the fresh and brand new wave of publishers and readers to keep the constant flow and buzz…

        Driving a highway is mostly on the 5th gear, so is fast enough with no chance to see everything in such of the detail as it is on the whole blog. There are few stops along the way of course, so whenever the blog post or a sharing content matches the interest and vibration of the audience, and also shows up with perfect timing in the space of the right community, then likes, comments and emails are pouring in, because of their extra time to stop, think and write…

        Every time we are publishing something on our blogs, some people will drive by naturally when other ones will stop in and fall in love with what we are doing and even share with their best friends…

    3. I completely understand this question… and aside from assuming that perhaps you are doing something incorrect or rather start to feel like you shouldn’t be blogging at all, which is already defeating enough – it is frustrating to do all the things suggested, in this case we are specifically talking about being active and participating in the community of other bloggers, and see no movement on your own blog.

      I experience this too and it is frustrating mostly because not doing this, or suggesting it is nothing, kind of defeats the logic of maybe one of the most suggested tips on WP for actually creating readers / followers. You read everywhere the steps to getting more readers and this is like the biggest one, which is the reason you are asking – now what? It isn’t frustrating for bloggers who already have a good following, which perhaps is why you are not getting a lot of sympathy on this topic. I would however think about whether or not you’ve done everything suggested, and also consider how long you’ve been blogging. It does take time and practice.

      One thing that is definitely a good point though – you really should follow other blogs which you enjoy and continue to comment, etc. for the sole purpose of sharing how much you liked what you saw. A like or comment should not be left just for the sake of earning the same. You want people to follow your blog because they genuinely enjoy reading it – not because you liked their stuff too. The engagement is a way to say, “I was here,” and hope it triggers them to take a peek at your blog. It doesn’t guarantee that they will. Also, it helps to follow other blogs that have similar interests to your blogs purpose. People that like similar topics, etc. are going to be more apt to appreciate what your blogging about. For ex. If I am a chef blogging about food and I am interacting with a blog about single dads who race motorcycles (or something) chances are that blogger eats takeout over the kitchen sink, and isn’t going to be all that interested in my souffle recipes – you know? Hang in there. Don’t give up.

      1. thanks for understanding my point… I will never give up, believe me, and I’ll continue commenting, liking, and sharing whatever interests me… But its not bad to share our thoughts here and of course I am not obliging any one to like my posts back, I love blogging and writing, nothing will change this fact.

  5. I respond to everything but I make zero effort to reciprocate. As a (primarily) humor blogger, I get followers who blog about all sorts of stuff. With me, it’s rarely the case that I’ll enjoy someone else’s blog just because they enjoy mine; it would be different if I were writing a car blog (for example) for people who are interested in the topic. That also means I’m never disappointed when I’m a regular commenter on someone else’s blog and they never stop by mine.

    Blogging is a hobby, not a set of transactions.

    And so my first tip is patience. If you’re writing quality posts that are properly tagged and titled, you will get regular commenters eventually. Unfortunately, lots of people quit before that happens.

    My second tip is to keep commenting on the blogs you do enjoy. The other regulars on those blogs will notice your existence and they’ll visit if they like your comments.

    1. “Blogging is a hobby, not a set of transactions.” Very well said; I try to keep this in mind at all times. Blogging is my hobby, and that may enable me to regularly connect with certain people, but we shouldn’t take such interaction for granted.

    1. Same. Often I’ll post late at night (Daily Prompt; Writing 101) and then comments/likes typically show up while I’m sleeping – my policy is to answer once I’m awake. Or if I post during the day I try to answer in the evening. 24 hours is a good rule, I find.

      1. Have you ever done this? Have you ever been on reader and someone you follow and you just love uploads a post and you want to press like and comment but you DON’T because it would seem like you are stalking or something so you leave it for later in the day, but god help you if you forget! Oh, the humanity! ;)

      2. I may have? I don’t know – when I first began blogging I was very unsure of all the commenting/liking etiquette. I remember I used to toil for ages over a comment because I wanted to get it ‘right’.

        Humanity indeed :)

  6. I find it difficult to steward my blog visitors when so many follows, likes, and comments are from spam accounts. I’ll admit I don’t always do the courtesy visit on a like since I’ve wasted too much time visiting spam blogs.

  7. This is some very sound advice, but it focuses on a lot on the blogger asking more from the commenter. Especially with first-time commenters, I don’t want to make them feel like I’m pushing them to more commitment. I prefer saying more myself — if a commenter compliments on my photo, I say more about where I took it; if I’m complimented on my poem, I says thanks and add what inspired me, etc. :-)

    1. I like this approach – I don’t always have it in me to turn every comment into a longer conversation, but I do like to show my appreciation for readers. I think sometimes a simple thank you is all that needs to be said!

  8. As a novice blogger, yes, it’s good to get some likes or comments. They act as motivators as well as reminders – to do better and reach the audience out there. If I like a post – I prefer telling the author why and what’ I liked rather than just ‘awesome’. Glad to read your post.

  9. I appreciate and try to respond to all comments, and visit “new likes”. I agree with Mara – unless commenter is a repeat, I won’t ask them a question – it’s either obviously gratuitous or possibly intimidating. Far better to respond with “thsnk you” and visit the new commenter’s blog than to ask them a question about your own.

  10. I scarcely pay attention when I get just a like. I hardy ever do so; I’ve found some bloggers liking everything they see and I find it not so sincere. When I really like a post it’s because there’s something that trully move me or make feel a good sensation. So, I primerly comment about what I find interesting or appeals to me and, finally, of course, I click the like bottom. And so is how I spect the community to behave with me.

  11. Personally, I feel the “like” feature is being abused. I get what I call “like spammers” http://sweattearsanddigitalink.com/2012/07/10/like-spamming/, people who clearly go through liking everything without commenting. How else can I acquire 5 likes on a blog post that has just one view, and how can I get likes on posts that are 1000 words or more, some 20-30 seconds after hitting “post” and believe that it has been read?

    I use the MORE tag and have switched off my likes so I also know that the culprits are not even reading what they are liking. To me, liking a post serves no purpose.

    1. You raise some good points and I respect the decision you have made for your blog. I just want to offer another point of view to consider: Sometimes I’ll read a post and think it’s very good, but I either don’t have anything constructive to say about it at that moment or I’m having trouble putting my thoughts into words. That is when I will “like” a post, instead of commenting with “awesome” or “well said” or the like.

      1. I use the “like” function to say, “Hey, I read this thing to the bottom. It kept me interested. I didn’t click away halfway through. I will probably be back.” I think that is the only right way to use it.

        General stats are a lot less meaningful than likes and comments. People who are using the “like” function in any other way than to say “good job” are using it wrong, I think. I know that people do use it in all kinds of other ways. For example, some people use “like” as a bookmark so they can come back and read later what they apparently don’t have time to read now, when they already have time to be on WordPress to begin with. That seems a little silly.

      2. Oh I know some people use it that way, especially some of my regulars who will offer comments more often than not :) I just have a problem with those who use it in a hope of piggybacking on the back of my traffic. For those, it’s a lazy way to engage with bloggers.

  12. I spend as much time visiting and commenting on other bloggers work as I do in writing my own posts. Blogging is a give and take. You will get as much out of it as you give.

    Spending time reading posts and making thoughtful comments is a good way to build your presence in the community.

    On the flip side – If you spend little or no time reading and commenting on other bloggers posts, you own blog may very well stand still in time.

    1. I couldn’t agree more. As someone who enjoys both reading and writing, i like to dedicate some time each week visiting other blogs that i follow or finding new ones and reading what they have to say about certain subjects and i guess that is where tagging posts effectively comes in handy; something i didn’t comprehend before.

      The way i look at it is if we all concentrate on the writing aspect of blogging; who is going to do the reading?

      Like you said it is a 2way stream and for your presence to be known you need to engage as much as you want others to engage with you.

  13. I try to respond to everyone…eventually. If I don’t, it’s because I don’t know the comment is there.

    I don’t mind “great post” or “well said’ because sometimes that is really all that needs to be said. Also, if the commenter is new, then responding somehow may eventually make them open up more. Unless the post really was only just “Nice!” :-D

  14. I love writing my blog and sharing the little experience that I thought might be worth sharing. As for me, it’s not about followers, likes, comments and awards. It’s about the message. Sitting there with a cup of coffee in the morning, it’s my therapy session :-)

  15. Your tips were wonderful and helpful. I enjoy conversing with people, and when I post things, especially in my crochet blog, I do ask questions for feedback….it seems to me…this could just be me that it is easier to hit the like button than to take the time to write something. Some people have fabulous posts and 40 likes and faces show up and 2 comments….know what I mean?

    1. Yes I know exactly what you mean… I am a newish blogger, still finding my way around slightly different “leaving a comment” parts of blogs. Some are really easy to pop a little sentence or two, others are much more complicated, and those I have found tricky, but I shall get used to it in time and leave comments if I can, as there are some truly lovely things to read about, and are more than worthy of messages.
      Best wishes, Jay

      1. Yes, I agree…some blogs have a security layer and those are always a bit of time, especially when your in a rush….but I manage to handle them! Lol. Would like thank you so much for taking your time to visit my blog, it means much to me. Sandy

  16. If someone likes or follows my blog I at least go and have a look at theirs because they might have a similar blog I’d find interesting. I always try to respond promptly to comments, it’s nice when people take time to write something rather than hitting the like button

  17. Hi Krista,
    re: pingbacks
    I check the post that generates every pingback I receive and examine the content of the site it’s on. Provided it is a quality post on a quality site I approve the pingback, and comment, and if the blog content interests me I may also subscribe.

    However, if the post adds nothing to the topic I published about and appears to have been published only to have me approve the pingback as a backhanded traffic generation device, I do not approve pingback, I do not comment, and I will not subscribe.

    If am faced with site that depicts published posts with strings of copy pasted pingbacks in the body of the posts, and/or if the site appears to be full of awards, and responses to memes, reblogs and very little else, then I will not approve the pingback or comment or subscribe.

    If the site is filled with virtually nothing but reblogs then I report it to Terms of Service Staff and request that the blog be made private.

    1. I’m with you ! – one of the things I really loathe is a blogger’s responding to a challenge by including every single entry to it in his/her post.
      I’m also very much against awards of any kind: not only for the hypocrisy of their traffic-generating intentions, but because I don’t consider there should be even a whisper of competition within the blogosphere.

      1. Hi M-R
        I’m so incensed about what I have seen lately I am tempted to publish a rant on the subject pingbacks.

        I have even taken a couple of bloggers on in the support forum, who were addicted to posting a string of pingbacks into the body of a single post from memes found here on The Daily Post. They were complaining about the new format for pingbacks in this blog because interfered with their ability to easily copy and paste a string of up to 91 pingbacks into the body of a single post on their blogspot blog. Yes, you read that number and that web host correctly.

        Of course, I was born yesterday (not!) because I believe (in a pig’s eye) their claims that they had that they visited every post, and that every one was a quality post, including the ones that had a single sentence with a pingback in it to the original meme and nothing else.

    2. Of recent, I’ve received a few pingbacks that I would consider suspect. Either the responses were inappropriate, didn’t make sense, or were a sale for some random product. I reported these as spam. I hope WordPress can check into these, and hopefully weed them out before they reach us. Thank you.

    3. I appreciate the comment you shared about the handling of pingbacks.

      Still in my first year of blogging… pingbacks have puzzled me. The only ones I’ve had are without a comment and usually link back to a long list at the end of the weekly photo challenge.

      After checking where the ping back originated, and finding the situation I just described… I send the pingback to the trash. Yeah! Glad to see that seems to be the the consensus for what to do.

      Thank you for your thoughts and the replies it generated…. very helpful.

      1. I’m glad you found what I posted to be helpful. In my most recent post I included a link to an interesting article. Did you know that the presence of low-quality comments on an article can cause the article itself to be considered lower in quality?

        I think it’s to keep in mind that everything posted to your blog, comments and pingbacks included contribute to its brand, either positively or negatively.

        That’s why I wish we had the ability to remove spammy likes from commercial people who appear to be just looking for a traffic flow back to their own sites.

      2. I’m more concerned about spammy “follows” than likes. I wish there was a way to block those types of follows.

        Now I’m intrigued by the concept of comment quality, and will look for your link.

        By the way, how much spam is “normal”? Sometimes it seems like the Akisment is catching awfully high numbers for a non-trending type blog like mine…

      3. I hear you re: spammy followers.

        I’d like the ability to manage my followers list by keeping it up to date myself, so I can have some confidence in the numbers of followers reflected in my site stats.

        I do not use Publicize so determining my blog subscribers count ought to be straight forward. However, I am not convinced that my number of subscribers reflected here https://wordpress.com/my-stats/?blog_subscribers are accurate, and I know my number here https://wordpress.com/my-stats/?blog_subscribers&type=email isn’t either.

        At present if someone is subscribed and their email address changes or becomes defunct we bloggers cannot remove it or make the change so the total number of email followers is not accurate.

    4. Well said. I take part in challenges because I’d like to improve my writing. I also like exchanging views with other bloggers, and want to soung grumpy, but it doesn’t make much sense to increase statistics if the views come from people who pingbacks to your page in the hope to gain more visitors.

      I thought the purpose of pingbacks was to establish a connection with a post that you’ve quoted from another blog. I don’t want to have a list of other responses at the bottom of my post: I feel this might puzzle my target audience, which is people interested in hiking and nature related topics, and only at secondary level other writers. It’s just not consistent with my blog. If someone wants to read other posts in the challenge, which I also do, they can access it from the challenge page or in the reader, that’s what tags are for.

      1. Hi there,
        I hear you and agree that posting a string of pingbacks from challenges and other memes can result in reader distraction. It’s critical to keep our blog’s purpose and our target audience in mind, and to make our blogs as easy to read and as distraction free as possible, to assist visitors with remaining focused.

        When enabling widgets the wise blogger knows less is more. We want readers to focus on navigating to content that’s not on the front page, and to high quality related resources beyond the blog. That’s why wise bloggers don’t post decorative but useless tat like rows of awards and badges in their sidebar(s).

        When creating content relevance, clarity and brevity are paramount. When we tag posts we are assigning only the least number of relevant keyword tags that accurately describe post content. By extension knowing less is more and applying relevance, clarity and brevity to the selection of pingbacks we choose to approve and display makes sense.

        If any pingback does not add value to the original post content, approving will not amount to doing your audience or your blog a favor, and may even result in the opposite.

    5. Hi @timethief,

      I agree pingbacks can be a bit fraught. Every editor handles them just a little bit differently, though my approach is much like yours: approve only the pingbacks that make an effort at substantial commentary. Pingbacks with a single word or vague, weak praise are a back-handed form of shameless self promotion and I don’t approve them.

      If the site is filled with virtually nothing but reblogs then I report it to Terms of Service Staff and request that the blog be made private.

      Thank you for all that you do in not only helping our users, but also in tending the WordPress.com community.

      1. It’s reassuring to read that our approach re: pingback approval is the same.

        Thanks for the thanks re: volunteering in the support forums along with the other intrepid bloggers who I learn new things from frequently. I multitask from my business most days and I especially like providing answers to the most common repetitive questions. I can sail through many threads very quickly, knowing that what I post will be helpful.

    6. From @timethief:

      Did you know that the presence of low-quality comments on an article can cause the article itself to be considered lower in quality?

      I think it’s to keep in mind that everything posted to your blog, comments and pingbacks included contribute to its brand, either positively or negatively.

      This is excellent information and something that all bloggers should consider when they approve comments and pingbacks on their sites.

      1. Hi there,
        I’m slowly cleaning up years of comments and pingbacks on my posts and removing any that lack value.

        P.S. I do apologize for the missing word which is, of course, “important”.
        “I think it’s important to keep in mind …

  18. What’s considered a good start? I’m new to the blogger’s world. I’ve had 250 views in 3 days with 3 posts. Decent? Terrible? I’m trying to get off the ground.

    Thanks for the sound advice

    1. I would consider that a very good start, in general.

      However, personally, I would strongly caution against trying to quantify your number of posts as “good” or “bad”, especially as a beginning blogger. Getting too wrapped up in your view count usually ends up sapping your energy over time. Just look for general trends (are your views going up or down over time? what days do you get the most hits? does using social networking help you or not really?) and you should be all right.

      1. Great points. Thanks

        Sure, I want people to read my blog, but at the end of the day, I just enjoying writing and don’t mind blogging to myself if no one else cares.

    2. @burleywoods gives some great advice — blogging for the love of it is the best reason to blog.

      I find, that the most interesting people are those that are intensely interested in something and enjoy talking and writing about that passion.

      This idea reminds me of an article I read many years ago in an Esquire magazine, circa 1990 or so. The article was about the ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. I care not a fig about ballet, but the author was clearly passionate about it and wrote about it in such a way that I could not put the piece down.

      Passion breeds interest, that’s my experience.

  19. I get annoyed when bloggers reply to each individual comment, in particular when they do it with “thanks for stopping by my blog” or some bla bla. That’s not a real conversation, that’s a robot response.

  20. I’ve recently induced some frustration by removing the Like icon, Krista. My reasoning is that while I would be perfectly happy to have one if the person using Like also added a comment, I really don’t appreciate the Reader’s allowing him/her to scan the opening of a post and hit Like without a second’s thought. Worse: I know there are some who don’t even scan posts but hit Like because they’re familiar with my blog … whereas once they used to actually read it, they don’t any more but want to give the impression of doing so.
    I’d rather have no knowledge of a visit of that nature than allow the Reader to encourage apparent but unreal interest. Which is why I detest the Reader !

    1. I can definitely see your point. There is something vaguely disappointing about what I call vacuous likes.

      I will confess that I like the ability to Like from the Reader — I spend a lot of my day there and read full posts in the modal in the cases where the site owner allows full posts. This helps me keep up with my work, show some love with a like and/or a comment and staying in the flow.

      1. But you’re a professional, and are virtually OBLIGED to keep with scads of us (you poor thing). Besides, you’re not a grumpy old fart. You may become on, eventually: but you should keep your eye on me and not do what I do. [grin]

  21. Thanks so much for these suggestions. I love getting comments (especially) on my blog, but find it difficult to get/keep a conversation going. Maybe if I try some of these tips I can encourage a bit more interaction on my blog.

  22. I am quite a new blogger and have had a few comments but not as many as I had hoped. I work hard at trying to make my blogs as interesting and different as possible… spend time nearly every day leaving comments on other blogs, but still not as much traffic as I would like…

    1. Hang in there! I’ve had similar frustrations as you. I try to remember that I write for myself, but it can be discouraging when the view counter is lower than you’d like, and you haven’t gotten any comments in a while, and you start wondering, “Am I any good?”

      It might cheer you up to know you have a new follower. :) I’ve always wanted to learn how to sew, so maybe following your crafting blog will get me started!

      1. Arrrr…. thank you for your message! Yes, you are absolutely right about the “write for myself” bit, I find I do get a buzz about thinking about different subjects, taking my photo’s and then writing my speeeeel! I shall think of it as an added bonus should some one leave me a message. I am going to continue to write my blog, and maybe in time I will have more lovely followers like yourself! I am creating a few more sewing projects at the moment, so will be blogging about them soon, still yet to finish them so I have a total photo tutorial, keep meaning to do it, but you know how it is, other stuff gets in the way at times!!!
        Thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to send me a comment, and I am thrilled and delighted that you have started to follow me…. means a lot, THANKS!
        Bye for now, Jay

      2. No problem, Jay! And I know what you mean about the blogging “buzz”; I get it too! I’ll see a recipe, or visit somewhere in town, and before I know it I’m writing an entry in my head! :)

        Can’t wait to see your tutorials! Take care.

  23. I recently took an online blogging course for over 300 beginners. There was lots of discussion in the student forum about privacy. I was surprised that although all students wanted comments, they were shy about leaving comments on other’s blogs. They said it was way outside of their comfort zone. I recently reviewed Austin Kleon’s new book “Show Your Work” on my blog. His advice really helped me put the comments issue into perspective. To some people, numbers are everything — likes, comments, tags, etc. I love this advice from Kleon: “Stop worrying about how many people are following you and start worrying about the quality of people following you. Don’t waste your time reading about how people get followers, reading articles you’re not interested in, following people online because you think it’s going to get you somewhere or talk to people about stuff you’re not interested in. If you want followers, be someone worth following.”

    Anyone else read this book?

      1. Certainly! As for me, it looks like my local library doesn’t have it yet, so I may have to purchase it in the future if I want to take advantage of the tips inside! :)

    1. Thanks for sharing this! I was aware of Austin’s book though I haven’t read it. Sounds like some excellent advice we should be sharing for the readers of The Daily Post.

  24. I find this digital network to be totally fascinating. I can’t believe how easy it is to connect digitally with another. I think this is absolutely the upside of the internet.

    1. Absolutely. I think now that internet access is commonplace and taken for granted (especially in the Western world), we have a tendency to focus on the negatives or downsides.

      But when you blog and are able to connect with people all over the world, you are able to see one of the greatest strengths of the internet. :)

  25. I get e-mails saying a certain person likes my blog or even writes something positive about it. Never any negative things. But when I click on their blogs I can’t find where to comment back. I really want to but am frustrated by not finding out how. Can you help?

    1. Clicking on a liker’s Gravatar takes you to their Gravatar profile, where you can find their site (if they list one).

      Once you visit someone’s site, you’d need to click on one of their posts to read and comment on it. If you wanted to simply contact the blog author, I’d recommend checking to see if they have a Contact page or an About page that lists how to get in touch with them.

  26. Reminds me of when I was just a young lad. The country store. Must be Saturday afternoon, they are all dressed well and those are not work cloths, too clean.
    Alan

  27. Wow! Great advice. I’m new to blogging (I created and been nurturing my blog for 4 months) So I’m fairly new this and i’m most definitely going to implement these suggestions =)

  28. I guess people post for different reasons. In my case I really enjoy interacting with my readers, I am completely grateful that they are reading my blog and have enjoyed my writing enough to post a comment. I feel that it is only appropriate to at least acknowledge and respond to that comment – if someone rang you would you pick up the phone and not say anything? I feel that it is about me picking up my end of the conversation, the conversation doesn’t end when I hit publish.
    This does not mean that I don’t read non-responder blogs if I like their content, but it does mean that if I know they don’t respond I will not bother liking or commenting on their posts.