The first time someone commented on one of my blog posts … oh my gosh, oh my gosh, OH MY GOSH!!! Excitement and fear overwhelmed me for a number of reasons. First of all, someone other than my mother actually read my blog. That in itself seemed like a miracle. Then the fear hit. What if the comment isn’t good? What if someone questions what I wrote? I can “what if” all day.
That was about 4 years ago and today I have a few more family members that read my blog posts. I make a concerted effort to reply to each comment with something thoughtful combined with a thank you. When there are multiple comments I address each one individually.
A few things I’ve learned when someone comments on your blog post …
1. Always respond. It’s lovely when a blog comment is simply complimentary, but sometimes the commenter wants to ask a question, share information and/or tell you how they feel.
2. Answer your commenter’s questions, thank them for sharing additional information and address their feelings.
3. When comments are not all rainbows and kittens – stick to the facts and keep your emotions in out of your response. See Chris Beadling’s post on addressing flaming here.
Remember that blogging is social media. Treat it accordingly. Be social with the folks that comment on your blog – especially the ones that are complimentary. I read post a few days ago from Pushing Social called Blog Traffic Secret: Woo the Groupies (written by Stanford ) that I keep going back to … the author suggested that you engage the commenters whenever possible and across other social media channels. The people that are commenting and tweeting and sharing your posts are “your groupies” and they want to engage with you. He has a whole section on “Groupie Seduction” that you must read.
For new bloggers, it can seem like forever until you get that first comment (from someone other than mom) so engage the person making the comment right from the start, be gracious and always say thank you.