Much like writing novels, everyone has their own technique for writing a blog. And much like everyone's methods for writing novels, I'm always curious about other writers' techniques for blogging, too. So I thought maybe we could do a trade every now and then here on the Archives-- I'll spill mine, and you share yours. Today's trade of, er, trade secrets is on commenting.
My tactic is rather simple, and I'm the first to admit that it needs work. Hence the post. Are you ready for my groundbreaking commenting strategy? Are you sure? Here goes:
I comment when I have something meaningful to add to the blog post or other comment dialogue.
I know, right? Here are the troubles I have with this technique, though:
-I don't always comment on every blog I read. Sometimes, by the time I get to a comment thread, or read a post, everything that I would have said has already been said. This leaves me feeling like I'm not adding to the conversation, and therefore, I typically would rather not comment. But I don't like people not knowing that I have read their posts.
-I don't comment if the post doesn't invite conversation or if something doesn't leap immediately to mind to say. Or if I've recently said much the same thing on a lot of other posts. This, frankly, comes down more to efficiency than anything else. I follow a hundred or so blogs, and I do try to read each and every one.
So, I'd like to hear your commenting strategies. How do you visit other blogs?