Why Commenting is Important | Winter 2017 Comment Challenge

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I’m excited to announce that I’ll be participating in the Winter 2017 Comment Challenge hosted by FLYLēF and A Kernel of Nonsense. I’ve participating in a few of their comment challenges in the past and I love how it fosters a strong sense of community between bloggers. I don’t know who my partner will be yet, but I can’t wait to find out! To learn more about how the Comment Challenge works, visit the sign-up page here.

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Here are a few reasons why I think commenting is so important:

  • It creates meaningful discussion. Discussion is one of the best parts of blogging, in my opinion. Sharing thoughts about books and bookish topics with other enthusiastic, passionate is one of the things that makes blogging worthwhile.
  • It builds bonds between bloggers, readers, and everyone in the bookish community. Communication is key in every aspect of life, including blogging. Commenting allows bloggers and readers to easily connect through quick thoughts or long conversations.
  • It breathes life into a blog. An active comments section is often the sign of an exciting, healthy blog. The more people are commenting and sharing their thoughts on what you have to write, the more inspired you’ll be to further discuss topics in the future.

These three reasons are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to recognizing the value in commenting. Though life gets busy sometimes and it’s not always easy to find the time, I always try to set aside a few minutes on a regular basis to jot some quick notes in as many comments sections as I can. Think of the amazing discussions we could have if we all start commenting a little more often!

Why do you think commenting is important? Do you make it a priority to comment on blogs or do you prefer to communicate in other ways, like through social media? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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35 thoughts on “Why Commenting is Important | Winter 2017 Comment Challenge

  1. I try as hard as I can to comment when I can but I don’t do it nearly as often as I should. The comment challenge sounds amazing though! I will definitely check it out!
    Because we all want someone to talk to about what we post otherwise we wouldn’t post it online!

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    1. Your last point is so true! I feel as though commenting is an essential part of blogging because why else would we dedicate so much time to it? There’s no point writing discussion posts if there’s no discussion!
      Glad you’re going to check out the comment challenge! 🙂

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  2. I’m participating in the challenge too! I’m looking forward to it. I agree that commenting is so important. I feel like I’ve been absent from my blog and the community for a few years. I’m excited to reconnect!

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    1. Yay!! 🙂 I feel that way too, especially since starting college and losing a lot of the time I had available to blog in high school. It’ll be nice to reconnect while I’m on winter break.

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  3. Commenting is so important! I try to comment as much as I can, purely because every comment I get makes my day, so I want to give that back to people if I can. I love chatting about books, and having so many people out there willing to chat with me is incredible ❤

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    1. Exactly! I think about that sometimes– the fact that so many people are willing to chat with us about books online– and it gives me that warm and fuzzy feeling inside ❤ The bookish community is so wonderful!

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    1. You should definitely check out this challenge! I’ve participated in the past and it’s a great way to make more friends in the blogger community. If not, there are always other challenges like this out there.

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  4. I try to comment as much as I can, but sometimes it’s really hard to find something particular to talk about, and I don’t want to write just “Great review” or “Great post” – I might have really LOVED it, but sometimes I really don’t know what else to say :/
    This challenge sounds very interesting 🙂

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    1. I struggle with that as well, though I think a simple “great review” is enough sometimes– especially if I haven’t commented on that particular blog in a while. Glad to know I’m not the only one who struggles with this! 🙂

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    1. Definitely! It’s also nice not to be limited to only 140 characters like on Twitter. It’s easier to have longer, more thought out conversations and discussions through blog comments than through tweets sometimes. Thanks so much! ❤

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  5. Hi Holly! Welcome back and thanks for joining the Winter 2017 Comment Challenge. Great points on why commenting is so important. While social media is important to circulate news and info, I still find chatting on blogs to offer the most meaningful connection. ~lonna

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    1. Exactly! I LOVE when people comment on my posts, even if it’s just to say hello or to quickly share their own experience with a book or topic. It always brightens my day, so I love to pass that feeling along. ❤

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  6. OOH I may have to sign up for this! I’ve been meaning to get back into commenting, and this would be the kick in the pants that I need to do it. I haven’t even responded to many of the comments on my own blog in months, although I still post there. I feel so disconnected from other bloggers right now. 😦

    Good luck on your commenting challenge!

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    1. The time factor is definitely something I struggle with when classes are in session– sometimes I just don’t have enough time to go through and write thoughtful comments on everyone’s posts! I’m hoping to dedicate some time to doing that this upcoming semester, but we’ll see!

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  7. I try to comment when I find something cool or interesting, or if the post author is trying to spark a debate of some kind. Too often though, I feel intimidated by commenting or I feel that I have nothing valuable to contribute. I tend to take the easy way out and just give an enjoyable post a ‘like’ instead of letting the author know how much I enjoyed their post. I’m working on commenting more in the future!

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    1. I struggle with that sometimes, too, and WordPress makes it all too easy to simply “like” a post rather than actually commenting on it. Lately I’ve been making an effort to take the time to write more thoughtful comments, though, and I feel so much more connected to the blogging community. 🙂

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  8. I try my best to comment on blogs whenever I can find the time! It really does help to build up some interesting discussions and commenting is a great way to get to know your fellow bloggers. Thanks for this post, Holly 😀

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  9. Commenting is such a rewarding aspect of blogging, not only does it negate those “I’m just shouting into the void” feelings, but it really fosters creativity amongst bloggers. Our community is stronger when we engage in discussions, make those meaningful connections, and encourage one another. So glad to have you join us again, Holly!

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  10. Commenting really does help to bring a blog to life I think. Also, if a blogger starts to believe no one is really reading or processing what they are talking about, they will be more likely to give up. Sometimes I do feel I am “shouting into the void!”

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  11. You make some really valid points. I just started my own blog just a little over a month ago and until now I felt too intimated to go on other blogs and comment. I decided to change this for the New Year because, as many of you said, commenting really is what gives life to a blog! I love being involved in discussions and commenting is the perfect way to do so !

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