I’m hoping to start a new trend; thus the title.
You read blogs, don’t you? Maybe you even have one of your own too.
There’s nothing more satisfying then finding that people are reacting to your words via a comment. It lets you know that someone is reading your stuff and making your efforts all worthwhile.
Some of your friends will be kind enough to comment on your blogs. Appreciate their interest and know it’s genuine; since, on the other hand, a lot of your friends don’t share your interest in what your blog is all about.
And that’s okay.
No need to “force” your blog on your friends. The folks with an interest in what you have to say are going to find you via your promotional efforts. You ARE promoting your blog via various social networks, aren’t you?
DO reply to your blog comments. Let people know that you are out there reading their (usually) kind words. I reply to as many that make sense.
Most of the comments will be positive. DO consider the negative ones; yes, they can be harsh, however, remember that people don’t always have the same perspective that you do. They may be bringing up another aspect that you hadn’t even considered. Acknowledge their comment and be honest; if it is something you hadn’t thought of why not tell them so and thank them for it?
Learn from the comments. There could be an idea from a commenter suggesting that another blog needs to be written on a particular subject. Go for it! Let them know you’re going to write it. Better yet, reply after its written and published and give them the URL. Continue that dialog!
One thing that is annoying is the occasional spam. What to do? Delete it. One of my most popular blogs, I Don’t Do Plumbing, So Why Are You Doing Marketing?, garnered a little advertising from a water heater company. I removed the comment but left their name there. Ha!
My plumbing blog garnered many great comments. It made people think. And that’s what I’ve set out to do. By pulling two things together that normally wouldn’t be paired (in this case plumbing and marketing), the objective was to get the reader's brain cells working a little overtime!
Here’s a comment from someone who totally understood my point: "You make some very god points regarding the value of professional assistance and the reluctance of many to invest."
However, my favorite comment was this one: "You've given me a lot to think about. Now, I'm off to do brain surgery on myself."
This reader understood my point too and made light of it AND made me smile!
Have you commented on a blog lately? DO leave your thoughts. You will be heard and the writer will greatly appreciate it. And as you can see, you can leave just a few words and have a big impact. Let’s start a trend and make the world just a little bit nicer.
The members of Chicago were probably grinning in 1970 when this tune became their first top ten hit. And if you want to really make me smile, please visit me via the website, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ ...and thanks for stopping by!