Wednesday, June 5, 2013

IWSG: Commenting on Blogs

 
Hosted by Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh!
 
I love commenting on blogs, but I usually don't have time to do it. Maintaining a blog and commenting on blogs are full-time jobs. Unless you're a Ninja and hired clones like Alex J. Cavanaugh... Seriously, I don't know how he does it all.
 
I prefer putting a thoughtful comment on a blog rather than "Awesome post!". I want to have a connection, so therefore I comment on film and writing related blogs.
 
I usually comment on five or more blogs every day depending how busy I am. I read Alex's blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday despite I may not comment. I know I must pay my respects to the Ninja Captain.
 
I've had this insecurity ever since I've ventured into the online writing community. I really want to make time, but it's nearly impossible. I have so many things on my to-do list and life gets in the way. I'll eventually make my rounds.
 
How do you find time to comment on blogs?

16 comments:

  1. So many of us are in that same boat. Especially if you work and have other responsibilities, it's impossible to spend as much time visiting and committing on blogs as much as we'd like. We just do what we can and rejoice in that! Writer’s Mark

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  2. I'm the same with comments. Sometimes I give myself an hour to sit and read blogs - like over lunch or during the evening. I probably do read too many each day, especially when I'm procrastinating over my WIP!

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  3. I have been *terrible* at commenting during the last six months, but I HAD to focus on WIP - the point of being a writer - write. Right?

    Now, I've a month "off" before I start WIP#2 and I am trying to comment as much as I can :)

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  4. I'm really bad with comments sometimes. Sometimes I'll comment on a lot of blogs, others hardly any at all. It depends on how much time I have.

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  5. I love commenting, too, especially if I have more to say than just that I enjoyed the post. Doesn't always happen, unfortunately.

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  6. Ninja secret!
    Just steal a little time here and there. Or lose sleep, although that's never fun.

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  7. Blogs can be really time consuming; I so go that, Livia. Let your writing come first (something I sometimes put on hold in my "visiting blogs" excuse). We'll all be around regardless. :)

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  8. I just do the best I can. If I have some time, I visit. And if I've been there and read, but came up with no clever comment...I'll go ahead and add a great post or what not...just to let them know I was there. But I don't do nearly as well as most people, but I try.

    (And I did learn from Alex to start with the bloggers who stopped by my site...I try to return the visit from my comments...then I head off to my buddies...then if I get time, I wander the blogosphere!)

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  9. I get out a timer and comment on blogs for one hour. When that's over if I didn't get everyone it's too bad. That's how I write too. It's amazing how motivating a ticking clock can be :)

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  10. I have blogrolls on my blog and try to comment on as many as I can as soon as I have free time. You just have to do your best.

    Blog: Queendsheena
    IWSG Co-host

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  11. I have issues with just posting "Awesome post!" as well. Lately though, I will filter through my blogs that I follow (which is a LOT!) and comment on the topics that hold my attention. I can't comment on every blog hop that pops up, because half of them I am really not interested in and it takes time away from the blogs I DO want to comment on. Sounds kinda selfish, but I gotta spend my time wisely. I also try to read everyone's blog and comment at least once a week. Hops like this, I focus only on the participating blogs. I'll go back to the others later on. Good luck!

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  12. Commenting on blogs is not always easy, but it is part of blogging - sort of like flushing the toilet is part of using the bathroom...

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  13. It's not easy for any of us, but there are things that can help. Having a plan and a system that works for you is a must. Using a blog reader service like Feedly can organize your favorites and speed things along. It truly IS faster when you work from one central place like that.

    In Feedly, I group blogs into several categories, but the main ones I use are 'Close friends & crit partners', 'Writers 1', 'Writers 2', and 'Writers 3.' (The first one is self-explanatory. In the other 3 groups, I organize writers in order of how often I visit their blogs.) The 'friends' group gets visited several times a week. The 'Writers 1' usually does, too. Groups 2 and 3 (in that order) get visited only if I have time--and only the blogs that catch my interest or that I haven't visited in a while.

    The other thing that I think one should do, if at all possible, is pay return visits when a blogger visits you. At the very least, shoot them an email to acknowledge their comment.

    As to comment content, I'd love to be able to leave lengthy comments all the time, but that's not realistic. IMHO, a quick comment is better than none at all. ;)

    IWSG #123, until Alex culls the list again. :)

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  14. One blog at a time, then I collapse. Can I hire clones? I'd be so willing to do that.

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  15. This has been a huge issue for me in the last few months. I really love visiting blogs and having a chance to read through them and give meaningful comments, but I've had those days when I've treated it like a checklist and run around ragged, saying "nice post" . . . which is kind of silly, really.
    I just try to work at it one day at a time. Some days I can sit for a while and visit, and some days, I just can't. It's taking me weeks to get around the list of people I want to visit.

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  16. Awesome post! JK

    I know what you mean. I want people to know I stopped by and enjoyed a post, but it takes a lot of time and energy to leave the kind of comments I like to leave. Sometimes it keeps me from visiting blogs at all because I get burned out. That's a shame!

    Thanks for sharing. So glad to know I'm not alone. (This very insecure writer missed IWSG this month due to an insane amount of promotion for my current book -- not a bad reason to miss!)

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