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5 Reasons to Leave A Comment

By 5MinutesForMom |

CommentingLadies, I am going to tell you a story about mom blogging in the “old days”, before Twitter and Facebook — yes, pull up a rocking chair and put down your smart phones, (we didn’t have those back then either.)

How did we get to know each other and find new mom blogs to read before Twitter, Facebook and Stumble Upon?

Well, we commented. We DID. We really, really did. A lot.

It is kind of like in the REALLY old days when they wrote letters. By hand. And put stamps on them. And walked to the mailbox.

And just like the fading art of hand written notes, commenting is growing rarer. We dash off responses in tweets and leave comments to Facebook updates. But the commenting on posts? Well, IF we have time – maybe!

Let me first admit, I am amongst the worst offenders.

But back when we first started 5 Minutes for Mom, I commented on blog posts for a minimum of two hours a day. That was the main way relationships were built! That was how we found each other and became friends. Good grief — we didn’t even have blog conferences to attend yet.

But now, I do most of my blog reading on my iPhone or my iPad, where commenting is rather difficult.

So perhaps it’s time we listen to a lesson from the good old days of mom blogging…

The Fading Art and Priceless Tool of COMMENTING on BLOG POSTS


1. It is your calling card

Your comment is a note that respectfully shows the blog owner that you stopped by for a visit. It is a sign of a most polite and attentive reader. Leaving your comment then allows the blog owner to return the visit, whereupon you may engage in new conversation and become friends.


2. It shows other readers how witty and/or fabulous you are

In the old days, the comment section was how we most often found new sites to read. (Well, second to the good old blog rolls on our sidebars.) When someone leaves an intriguing, helpful, or funny comment, other readers want to read more. Yes — it is like throwing out your line and catching new readers!


3. It deepens your relationship with the blog owner

Before we had the chance to chat on Twitter and Facebook, the way we got to know each other better was to leave meaningful comments that turned into conversations, even spilling into email correspondence.

And while we do still have Twitter and Facebook, nothing can replace sharing your thoughts about the post a blogger so carefully created and published. Their post matters to them. Show them it matters to you.


4. It adds value to the post

The comment section can take on a life of its own. The humor or insights of the post can be continued on and on by the readers discussions and comments. This additional value benefits everyone — the reader, commenter, and blogger. And it is darn fun to be a part of these extended conversations.


5. When it comes down to it, every comment is basically an AD for YOU!

Back in 2008, Susan wrote a post called Why Comment at 5 Minutes for Mom. In it she told the story of how Stephanie from Adventures in Babywearing would almost always be the first person to comment on every post of ours. So, at the bottom of every post, at the top of the comment section, there would be Stephanie’s comment — standing out for every reader to see.

Stephanie became one of our earliest blogging BFFs and the founding editor of our 5 Minutes for Parenting site. To this day, we adore Stephanie and count her as one of our most treasured blogging friends. And it all came from those comments she would so loyally leave.

So, when you are tempted to click away from a post for your next quick social media fix, consider lingering a little longer and leaving a comment. Not only are you living like we did in the old days, but you are growing your blog, reinforcing your brand, deepening friendships, adding value to the blogosphere, and basically putting up an ad for your site.

Yes — we had some good things going on in those olden days. Let’s not leave it all in the past…

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Janice Croze and her identical twin, Susan Carraretto, are the founders of 5 Minutes for Mom – a mom blog committed to promoting and connecting the online mom community. Janice is also a photographer who specializes in children's photography. You can find her photography work at janicecrozephotography.com.

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19 thoughts on “5 Reasons to Leave A Comment

  1. Katherine says:

    So, I almost ran off to tweet a link to this…then figured I should stop to comment on it first! Great article. I always love getting comments on my blog!

  2. Ashley | Domestic Fashionista says:

    Well, how could I sit and read all of this without commenting! lol! This is very true though! I remember when I first started blogging, I loved looking for new blogs and taking the time to email me back. Now it is so much faster moving and I don’t take quite the same time. I value my readers and the ones who comment regularly are the ones I feel closest to. A great reminder to slow down a bit. Perhaps less twitter and more commenting for me? I think I will work on that!

    Speaking on this matter, why does my url not show up here when I comment?

  3. Tara R. says:

    Commenting does seem to be a lost art anymore. When I leave a comment, I don’t just give props on Twitter or Facebook, I go to the blog and leave a note there. I appreciate it when people take the time to interact with me on my blog, I want to spread the love.

  4. The Slacker Mom says:

    Hmmm, this is kind of the Golden Rule of blogging that I have been living by for the past 5 years. I haven’t found any of these things to be true though. I’ve spent hours a day reading posts and writing thoughtful comments, I have yet to see a return on my investment. Either that makes me the one blogger no one wants to read or talk to, or I’m reading and commenting on blogs that have writers that aren’t really into interacting with their readers. It feels like a big slap in the face!

  5. Nicole Barczak says:

    I LOVE this post! A F=friend/blog reader of mine pointed me to this post because I’ve decided to “revive” the blogging community I used to have “back in the day”. LOVE your witty take on this and your 5 reasons? SO TRUE! Thank you. I’m going to share part of this post on my blog and link/credit to your blog as well, if you don’t mind.

    Nicole
    oh-my-words.blogspot.com

  6. Crystal Wiltshire says:

    I LOVE this post! I have run a work blog for a couple years (onlygreenblog.blogspot.com) and just started my personal one (ideallyspeaking.blogspot.com). I can likely count the comments on either with 2 hands. It’s definitely a dying art, which is very unfortunate. There is definitely value added when a conversation takes part directly below the subject matter. Plus, (and I’m speaking from experience as the rare receiver of a comment) you make that blogger feel very special that you took the time to leave a few words. So this is my comment…and I will post it on twitter and share it on facebook, etc, etc, etc….but you heard it here first :)

    PS. Thank you Janice for being one of the comments I have received on Ideally speaking…you rock :)

  7. se7en says:

    I have to comment!!! And say I am totally loving Momcrunch!!! You just rain pearls of blogging wisdom down on us every single day – too wonderful for words!!! I definitely spend as much time commenting as I do blogging, if not more, it really is a fabulous way to get your blog out there and make friends and just connect. I have made some of my very best friends ever just by commenting on their blogs!!! I often say much more when I comment than I do in a blogpost simply because it is easier to say exactly what I think about a topic when I know my mum in law isn’t reading!!! Yup my commenting personality is a little edgier than my blog personality…I will tackle topics I may not address on my blog. Sometimes it is easier to be yourself in the comment section!!! That being said: My best tip would be: keep your comments light and happy – no one wants a grump on their blog: And if you have nothing nice to say then say nothing – really just go to a new screen rather!!!

  8. You Are Kidding Me! says:

    Agreed! I admittedly do not comment a lot (bad, bad blogger!) and this was a great reminder to do it! youarekidding-me.blogspot.com

  9. Jamie H says:

    I agree 100% with this article! I am one of those bloggers that started blogging “back in the day”. Five blogs later (2 currently active), I am guilty of not leaving comments. I can come up with every excuse in the book for not commenting (my main is that I read at work through Google Reader because everything but that is blocked) but when it comes down to it, I admit, I’m lazy. Thanks for reminding me that leaving comments is best for both me and the blog author!

  10. Anne says:

    I had a blog for a few minutes a few years ago. And you know what? One of the only commenters I had was The Bloggess herself (OMG). I love reading and leaving comments on her blog–she has the funniest commenters on the entire Internet–and she totally returned the favor.

  11. Stephanie Precourt says:

    Aw, thank you for this mention!! I am actually “off the grid” at a canin in the woods this weekend and have no Internet but snuck into town to get a signal LOL! Love you!! :) ps I did just write about this very thing to post while I was gone. How serendipitous!!!! xoxo

    Steph

  12. Diane says:

    Thank you! Great post. I will comment more starting right now.
    http://dmt-dailyphoto.blogspot.com/

  13. No Ordinary Momma says:

    Love this post and couldn’t agree more. It’s frustrating when you see a lot of traffic on your blog (Google Analytics or any other tracking) but get very few comments. It’s so helpful to a blogger to get feedback from the readers…it’s what keeps us going! Thanks for posting this.
    http://www.noordinarymomma.blogspot.com

  14. Courtney @ The Mommy Matters says:

    I continue to spend hours a day leaving comments. While I still make sure to take an active role in social media, commenting is so much more personal. And the only way to GET comments, is to give them.

  15. Vanessa aka mamascribble says:

    This is a great post and you wrote it on my birthday ;) I agree with your points here. I find that if a post really resonates with you (or not) it’s nice to leave a sign that you read it and that you appreciate the work that went into it. So, thank you again.

    Vanessa
    http://www.mamascribble.com

  16. Shannon Drury says:

    It’s still not to late to leave a comment, is it??

    http://www.theradicalhousewife.com

  17. Tamara @Jem of the South says:

    I love leaving and receiving comments. :-) What’s really cool is I didn’t really think people looked at my comments on other blogs, but when I checked my google analytics, I found referrals from a very popular blog. I was totally shocked by it and happy at the same time. :-)

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