It seems like lately it’s all been doom and gloom and twisted darkness over here. So let’s talk about something a little more trivial. (Except I want you to read it seriously, because I am deadly serious.) Here goes…
My top five reasons readers should comment on blogs, rather than just read and leave, or read and tweet a nod of approval, or read and email, or any variation of the above.
These are my top five reasons readers should comment ON the actual post they have read. (In no particular order.)
One of the best things about the interweb is the ability to discuss all topics with all kinds of different people. And whilst there are plenty of platforms for this, I find comment streams to be the most interesting. Writing spawns ideas, and ideas spawn discussion. So get involved! And I encourage this even on my fiction. If you want to critique or draw out ideas, I’d be only too pleased.
When I was trying to gather readers and break into the erotic writers’ circle (as I like to think of it), the inimitable Roger Steiner told me to go and comment on other blogs. And sure enough, it does work spectacularly well as self-promotion. It may not be true of everyone, but it seems that many blog readers are also writers themselves. Or at least tweeters, or the like. Commenting on blogs is an excellent way to get your name out there.
I cannot count the number of times a comment has inspired me to write! Horny comments push me to smut, and insightful comments make me ponder things and write more articles. If you’re enjoying a blog, you should comment in order to inspire more writing. Furthermore, many bloggers are open to suggestion – particularly bloggers whose writing is of an erotic nature – so actually commenting significantly ups your chances of getting what you want.
Again. Except this time I’m talking about promoting the work you’re reading. Whilst I try to give each blog I come across a fair try when I discover it, blogs that are regularly commented on especially pique my interest, for the obvious reasons: if others are reading and commenting, the writer must have something to say. And so I might be more willing to spend longer looking for the angle than I would with a blog that was never read. This might seem a little short sighted (which, incidentally, I am) but there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to read every blog I come across. There has to be some method of weeding out the weak.
Most bloggers are writers who can’t live off their writing, even though they might like to. While the vast majority of us would continue writing regardless of whether anyone was reading or not – it’s like an obsessive disorder; I live to write – there is something to be said for the fact that we provide a lot of writing you consider worth reading, and thus, a little nod of approval, a few words, a thumbs up, would sure be appreciated. Like everyone else, we just want to be loved!
Of course, I’ll look like a real fool if no one comments on this. But then, maybe I’ll take it as a sign that I should step up my game.