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  1. alifebewhiskered
    Member

    When I first started my blog back in December I remember how lonely it was to begin with. No comments, few views, no like-clicks. When I started getting comments it was so exciting, just a few can make you feel that you are not just talking to yourself and that some people are interested/entertained by what you write so you should keep on at it.

    With this in mind I started leaving the odd comment on other new blogs while I was tag surfing. If I saw a blog with few or no comments I would leave one, just as a little boost to the blogger. I thought it was nice, a bit of support for fellow bloggers. But when I scan through 'Track My Comments' virtually none of these people ever acknowlegde my comments. Just a reply of 'Hi, thanks for your comment.' would be nice. So now I'm wondering if I have made a 'boo boo'. Is commenting on stranger's blogs considered a breach of blog etiquette? Like, "Go away lady. I don't know you!"

  2. I consider any on-topic comment to be a valuable comment and I an grateful for every one I receive. I reply to every one of them. Granted I am running behind and sometimes it even takes a couple of days for me to reply but I do reply.

  3. Perhaps it takes newbies a while to work out the whole comment thing? Also, some do not come to post everyday, or even check their blog every day. Some make one post never to return. Such is the life of the internet!

  4. alifebewhiskered
    Member

    I think I'll keep at it then. I've made some good friends on here since I started blogging. Maybe I'll make a few more!

  5. @alifebewhiskered
    Have you found http://lifewith4cats.wordpress com yet?

  6. Sorry I b0rked that link? http://lifewith4cats.wordpress.com

  7. I think commenting is always a good thing, whenever I get time I browse through blogs and comment on stuff, many times I read pieces which I really enjoy and so I feel they deserve some sort of aknowledgement at the very least.

  8. alifebewhiskered
    Member

    @timethief
    Thanks, I'm having a read now.

    @nuttyneuron
    I'm the same. My first few comments really gave me a boost so I want to do the same for others. If I've enjoyed a post I like to either leave a comment or, if I can't think of anything intelligent to say (which happens often!), I click the like button.

  9. shoesaddiction
    Member

    Commenting on new blogs gives the new bloggers quite a bit of motivation, I definitely know how it feels to blog and feel like you are just talking to an open space.

  10. alifebewhiskered
    Member

    @shoesaddiction
    I just paid you a visit. Shoes aren't really something I get excited about (I'm a 'flats' girl), but I'm sure you'll find some people on here who share your addiction.

  11. I think if new bloggers don't respond to one of your comments, it's probably because they're not exactly sure that they're supposed to. Some people simply want to put their stuff out there without interacting with anyone and hope that people magically start commenting on their work.

    But yeah, I definitely try to comment on new blogs too, although I don't do it as much as I should. When you think about it, you could be the person who gives them the extra boost of confidence when they need it to eventually go on and be successful with blogging.

  12. I enjoy blogging, I enjoy reading other blogs and I enjoy leaving comments - it seems to be the least I can do knowing the time and effort put into what people put out. As many comments as I leave however I am forced to conclude that my own blog sadly . . . sucks due to lack of comments coming the other way. This leaves me feeling I am whistling in the wind.

    Which takes me back to the beginning when I have to re- examine my motives for blogging in the first place. Feedback from friends and others via FB, email etc is always positive and my posts are written as letters to them. They are wonderful friends.

    Am I on my own with this? Does this make me sound sad, and bitter?

  13. Thats a good observation about new bloggers not answering comments because they are unsure and still learning the ropes. When I answered my first comments, I know my answering was really poorly worded. Its intimidating until the blogging bug bites you.

    I love leaving comments. My method is to follow a new blog for a month or two and to leave sincere comment love. If they don't eventualy return the favor, Then I drop them. (unless I really really like the blog and cant do with out it.) That way time will proove who is interested in forming a blog relationship, and who is only fishing for comments. (Those are the people who only visit once and never come back)

  14. It's great motivation for a new blogger. I always leave a comment if I've surfed a page. Im an addict for the readomattic, it's fun exploring new blogs! Happy reading, blogging and commenting.

  15. You know, for new bloggers to understand reciprocal blog commenting etiquette takes time --if they catch onto it!

  16. I just wanted to say again thanks TT for that ref. This day with @alifebewiskereds contributions to my topic has just been so wonderful. We have had so much fun in the comment section today that I laughed all morning. We were like kitties with a new catnip toy. :)

  17. alifebewhiskered
    Member

    @TT - Yes, thank you. It was a great suggestion.

    @4cats - It's been so much fun. When you and Nadbugs get going you are really hilarious. 100% my sense of humor!

  18. I thought you two would hit it off! Good to see collaboration in full swing!

  19. shoesaddiction
    Member

    I have two blogs right now. When I started my first blog, it was because of money, and it wasn't fun. I got some comments and requests but it didn't even motivate me to blog. I rarely respond to comments. It felt like blogging was a responsibility or a burden or something like that. And then I finally got to a point where I don't want to blog anymore. It was so restricted to the niche and sometimes I just have thoughts about other stuff that I want to blog about.

    Now, I started this new blog not to make money but just for the sake of writing something about what I'm passionate about. I've seen some of you left some comments on my silly thoughts, that actually makes my day :) so thank you everyone :)

  20. shoesaddiction
    Member

    I have two blogs right now. When I started my first blog, it was because of money, and it wasn't fun. I got some comments and requests but it didn't even motivate me to blog. I rarely respond to comments. It felt like blogging was a responsibility or a burden or something like that. And then I finally got to a point where I don't want to blog anymore. It was so restricted to the niche and sometimes I just have thoughts about other stuff that I want to blog about.

    Now, I started this new blog not to make money but just for the sake of writing something about what I'm passionate about. I've seen some of you left some comments on my silly thoughts, that actually makes my day :) so thank you everyone :)

  21. @alifebewhiskered and lifewith4cats

    I'm so glad I brought you two together. I'd like to share a hilarious cat video with you two. See here > http://emmerogers.com/2011/03/shining-a-light-on-my-marital-status-or-lack-there-of/

  22. alifebewhiskered
    Member

    @TT - Hilarious! Thank you, keep 'em coming! :)

  23. thehappyhealer
    Member

    I'm new to WordPress and I like to comment on other blogs - for the same reason - they're new, I'm new... it works.
    Finding other blogs that have common themes to mine is also fun - like a scavenger hunt!
    enjoy!
    http://animafoto.wordpress.com/

  24. I just watched that video link. Why women are single. Hahahah thats great!

  25. hehe great video! I've always wondered what cats do with their time, now i know!

    I also appreciate every comment! Even the ones my friend comments on. It gets me all excited when I see a WP email :)

  26. Comments are wonderful support and I appreciate them greatly. My problem is time zones. I get up to overnight comments and have a limited time before my shower (sorry for the visual) to respond. Then I get home from work to the Australian time zone comments! he he he - having a global audience can be interesting!

    I try to respond as I approve, but sometimes I feel I've been too short and sweet in my responses due to time contraints. :(

  27. I leave a comment if I feel that I can add something to the post, such as being supportive or relating my own experiences to it. Naturally I appreciate all commenters on my blog!

  28. charityhutchison
    Member

    when I got my first comment I was so surprised-I just didnt know what to do! I ended up not responding.But now I try to respond if I can.I think that commenting is a good thing to do. Its like saying Hi in real life.:)

    Charityjh
    http://www.charityjh.com

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