In September 2009 I wanted to write a review of a restaurant, and so I went onto a local food review site. The restaurant was not on their list of places I could review, and so I started a blog. I wrote the review and expected nothing more. The next morning there were a few comments, and so I went onto those blogs and left a comment for the person. I then started writing a daily blog and since then, I have come to a few conclusions about blogging which I would like to share with you here.
Writing a blog post is like having a conversation with yourself. Basically, your write something down in the hope that someone, somewhere will read it. But, if one thousand people read your words, and no one comments, you will not know that even a single person has read your blog post. When one person comments, they are entering into a dialogue with you. This is why I reply to each and every comment I get on my blog. But, this is not enough. In order to engage, I go and read the person’s blog, and leave a comment for them there. This was I am having a conversation with them.
Understanding this might help some people understand why they don’t get so many comments on their blogs. And it might help other people realize why some bloggers get hundreds of comments. I do not have a lot of time to read blogs and so I try and read those blogs where I can engage with people. I suppose if all I did was blog I could go and find another thousand blogs to read. But, my time is precious and therefore I chose to engage with people who engage with me.
I can remember the very first people to comment on my post, some of whom are now friends in real life, and others who are friends who live in my computer. I have met so many people by just having a conversation with them and my circle of virtual friends has grown immensely. Through a simple act of commenting and replying to comments, I have made the most amazing friends, each of whom has touched my life in some way.
Do you leave a comment on all the blog posts you read? And I want to say a special thank you to the people who left comments on my blog while we were in France with no internet.
What I blogged May 27:
- one year ago – Gluten Free Cheese Bread
- two years ago – Sourdough Chocolate Brownies
- four years ago – Cabbage Salad
- five years ago – Crème Patissière | Pastry Cream