Why do we all write? Is it just so that we can see our thoughts on paper? Are we so bored that we take to our keyboards to share all that’s on our minds, only to have the post met with ZERO comments? OR, do we write for engagement and the enjoyment and enlightenment of others?
Millions of millions of millions of writers/bloggers/authors take to their keyboards daily to share their thoughts, tips, powerful information, news that we all can use, only to have it fall on deaf ears. I say deaf ears, because although it’s obvious by the tweet shares and Retweets on Twitter or Facebook that the posts are being read, very few of us are taking the time to share a comment or our thoughts. So, my question is this: “Why is it so hard to get some of you people to leave a comment on a blog post that you’ve read? DON’T YOU HAVE A THOUGHT ABOUT ANYTHING?”
When you write, don’t you want others to read it? When you write, don’t you wish that others would take the time to share their thoughts on your topic or just your writing itself? When you write, don’t you wish that the visitors to your blog post would take just a moment to “engage?” Yes, those are the three wishes of every writer/blogger/author.
I may not be able to reach many with this particular post, but, it is my hope that I am reaching the masses of the Rave Reviews Book Club members. If you won’t take the time to engage with comments, etc. on another’s blog post, why would they take the time for yours? Remember, do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.
After writing this, I had a thought. I know from previous experience of dealing with the takers of the world, that for you all to take a mere moment to help another (and, please know that when you engage on someone’s blog post with your comments, you are indeed helping them), you have to see that there is some benefit in it for you. (Rolling my eyes here). So, let me help you out. Here is a major benefit to leaving comments on the blog posts of others:
*When you leave a comment on a blog post, at the end of that comment, you should leave your signature. My signature (when I remember to leave it) typically looks like this:
By leaving a comment, along with my signature, I am inviting the readers of that particular blog post to visit me on my own blogs! Can I tell you that I have received numerous followers and visitors to my blogs by using this method? Yes, I have! Visitors have said to me “I saw your comment on (blogger’s) blog post and liked what you shared, so I decided to visit your site to read more of what you’ve written,” OR “Saw your links to your websites on another’s blog post and decided to stop by to check you out.” Let me also share that I’ve picked up a few new readers by using this method, so the couple of minutes it took for me to leave a comment, along with my signature, was well worth it!
So, there you have it. When you pass up the opportunity to share your comments on someone else’s blog post, and thereby passing up the opportunity to share the directions to your own house (links to your blogs or websites), you are also passing on an awesome marketing opportunity.
People, we’re all in this together, so why not take a quick moment to step up your support game just a tad bit more? Take the time, make the time, to engage on the blog posts of others. It will benefit that writer/blogger/author, and I can assure you, it will benefit you, too!