If we're building a web presence and signing up to follow more and more blogs, then we may start to feel overwhelmed by the number of postings that show up in our dashboards or google readers.
If you're like me, you may wonder, how in the world can I keep up with all of these interesting, entertaining, and instructive blogs? How can I possibly comment on each of them and do so in a genuine way?
We're torn. We know commenting on other blogs is what draws readers to ours. But making those comments often takes a huge time commitment that detracts from other writing endeavors.
So, what should we do? Here are just a few choices:
1. Abandon the effort. This might be a very valid option for some writers who need or want to devote their time to working on their novels or learning the craft. A terrific blogging friend, Michelle Argyle (aka Lady Glamis), has chosen to back off from blogging for that very reason. I admire her determination to spend more time working on her novel. Sometimes, commenting on blogs has to take a back seat to other things.
2. Prioritize blogs. I think in the blogging community, it boils down to loyalty. When we're crunched for time we tend to gravitate toward the blogs of our most loyal followers or the blogs we find the most helpful. Here are a couple of other suggestions from last post's comments:
- Eileen Astels Watson: "I limit the ones that I comment on every post to those who consistently comment on mine."
- Jeanette Levellie: "I usually make a list of who comments on my blog posts, then try to connect up to their blogs that same day or the next."
- Donna Kohlstrom: "I try to set aside time daily to read other posts and comment. . . sincerely."
- Keli Gywn: "We make time for what's important to us. I've given visiting blogs and leaving comments higher priority lately, and I've been blessed as a result. Not only am I learning from other bloggers, but I'm also getting to know some awesome people."
What kind of posts discourage you from leaving comments? And how are you making more time to comment: are you cutting back on commenting, prioritizing blogs, scheduling time, helping other bloggers, or something else?