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Once upon a time, I did not comment back. Now, I have always replied to comments (regardless of how long it may take me), but I didn’t start commenting back until about a year and a half ago. And I did it because I found that when I commented on a blog, and then that blogger came and dropped a line on my blog, I felt appreciated. Which is why I comment back now.
When you comment on someone’s blog you’ve taken the time to read the post, to think about the post, and to take those thoughts about the post and put them into written form. That is time and effort, two of the most precious things we have. So when someone gifts me with their time and effort by leaving a comment on my blog, I want to gift them back. I want to say: hey, I really appreciate that you came to my blog and left a comment. So here’s my appreciation.
I know that some people think that commenting back is a “meaningless” comment, but not to me. I do not leave meaningless comments. Ever. (Except when this blog was, like, one week old and I didn’t know how it worked.) I will find a blog post that I am genuinely interested in reading, and that I think I will have thoughts on. And then I leave a comment on it because I want to. I want to give something back to the person that gave me something. If I really didn’t want to do this, then I wouldn’t be someone who comments back. Simple.
Personally, I feel super appreciated when I leave a comment on someone’s blog, and they come over to my little sanctuary to leave one for me. I feel like there’s an extra level of interaction and mutual blogger love. I don’t judge when people don’t come back over to my blog, but when they do I certainly take more notice of them. (Let us not touch on when bloggers neither reply nor comment back because what are they even doing.)
So there you go. I like commenting back because I like to give something to someone who has given something to me. And who knows, maybe they’ll feel the same way that I do when someone comes by my blog after I’ve been to theirs. I might be making someone happy, if only for a moment.
What about you? Do you comment back? Why? Why not?