I read a great article on Meylah today about successful commenting on blogs. These are three tips given:
1. Only comment if you have something interesting/helpful to say
2. Stop blatantly promoting your business
3. It's okay to disagree, but do it professionally
I haven't had a problem with readers(?) self-promoting on my blog, but I have noticed it on other blogs I read. (I add the ? because I don't think they're reading!) Some people don't realize how much of a turn-off it is to see "look at me, look at me!" I think Meylah's tips can apply to more than just commenting on blogs... I curated a treasury last week about Grandparent's Day. The first comment on the treasury was something like "Hi! Great treasury, I love the colors. If you have a second, check out my treasury at blah-blah-blah and show it some love. Thanks!" My first reaction? Honestly, I was a little pissed. I know that's ridiculous, but it was obvious she hadn't even looked at the treasury, and it seemed as if she was just copy-and-pasting her comments. My treasury was based on a theme, not a color, and she hadn't even taken the time to notice that. I deleted her comment, and that is the first time ever I have done that. It just seemed so selfish, selfish, selfish, and I didn't have time for it. So please remember your manners when commenting!
By the way, I love comments that are part of the conversation. I do wish that you, dear reader, would comment when you have something to say... I so often feel as if I'm talking to myself. My google analytics show me that I'm not, but speak up! I'd love to hear from you.
The Meylah article brought me to another great resource for us bloggers. I've only just come upon it, but it looks worth checking out. Here's a link to an article called 7 Things to Avoid While Leaving a Blog Comment , The name of the site is Daily Blog Tips... can't wait to check it out further!
All the best, Jessica