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6 Simple (But Important) Things To Remember About Blog Comments

Blog comments are the ultimate relationship builder between you, your readers and fellow bloggers. They’re a way to connect with people and create valuable exchanges of knowledge, opinion, ideas and support.

If done correctly, good blog comments can equally perform a meaningful role in improving engagement and site traffic; readers frequently discover unknown sites by seeing who else has commented. They should never be considered an afterthought as they’re absolutely an integral part of blog post writing; you should be making it as easy as possible for your readers to become involved in this way.

It’s essential to remember, however, that blog post comments are not something to obsess over; a post with few/no comments doesn’t necessarily mean it’s unsuccessful. Visitors to your site will often be keenly invested in your work but won’t always leave a comment. 

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Here are some blog comment tips to keep in mind that may inspire and help establish this type of site participation as an all-around, indispensable part of your writing process …

Deal With Spam Comments Effectively

Spam comments are something all bloggers will have to deal with. Whether it’s the incoherent, word salad ramblings of a spambot (a computer-generated comment sent out to multiple sites) or another blog using your comment section for self-promotion (usually unrelated to your content); their ultimate aim is to create backlinks to their sites. In most cases, if they’re using comment spam to achieve this, their links/sites are likely malicious and not worth your blog being associated with them.

The best way to get rid of spam blog comments is to block the user and then delete their comment (even if it only made it to your spam folder). In the past, I relied solely on my site’s spam detection program to file the comments away, but more and more kept on coming. Since I’ve actively started blocking spambot accounts/users the number of irrelevant or phishing blog comments have greatly reduced.

Make Building Connections Easier

As bloggers, we like to add links back to our own posts/sites in comment sections as it’s an effective way to develop connections and drive traffic (as long as it’s not spammy, as outlined above). This form of cooperative promotion through genuine, valuable commentary should be encouraged; make sure the ability to include a name, email and site URL in the comments section is enabled.

Comments Should Add Value

If you’re going to take the time to submit a comment, make sure you actually read what’s being shared. I’m occasionally guilty of skimming through someone’s writing and leaving a “great post” generic response when I’m pressed for time. This ultimately ends up being inauthentic and doesn’t add anything to the discussion; it’s equally likely to be detected as spam which can damage your own site’s rankings.

It’s completely understandable to be overwhelmed, busy or unable to leave/return comments. The blogging community is vibrant with caring but busy people; we all have stuff going on we need to prioritize or deal with. Waiting until a more convenient time to read and respond to other’s work is the best way to make sure you’re adding value to someone’s post.

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Include Negative Comments

Unless it’s something you absolutely will not tolerate on your site (personal insults towards you or your readers, dangerous and/or harmful ideologies, for example), negative comments can provide a chance to increase interaction. If you’re willing and/or able to respond (it’s okay if you’re not), it can promote critical dialogue and learning. Every so often people will express differing opinions/experiences with disapproval and/or anger that can be beneficial to what you’re discussing in your blog post. However, if it’s targetted unkindness or too much to mentally/emotionally deal with, it’s completely reasonable to leave it unanswered or even delete it.

If you’re going to exclude certain comments; it may be best practice to clearly display/state that while you welcome participation, you reserve the right to remove/not approve comments.

Facilitate Engagement

One of the most effective ways to get blog comments is to ask questions at the end of each post. This not only provides an impetus to reflect on what you have shared, but it can also take the guesswork out of what to write.

Return Comments

This may not always be feasible due to time/energy constraints or the volume to work through, but where possible; it’s encouraging to return comments left on your site. It’s blogging reciprocity in action; if someone takes the time to write a comment on your site, leave one on theirs. As mentioned before, the blogging community is a very welcoming place and most people will understand this won’t always be achievable. I often need to use productivity tips to keep me motivated and/or organized when I don’t have time — just find what works for you and be as active and supportive as you can towards other bloggers. 

I hope you found these 6 simple (but important) things to remember about blog comments; they’re undoubtedly a significant way to initiate a genuine connection and give you and your posts a boost.

Do you have any blog comment pet peeves? What extra advice do you have about utilizing comments on your posts?


Further Info:

How To Write A Blog Comment Policy – ThoughtCo.

To Allow Blog Comments Or Not? Here’s What The Data Shows … – OptinMonster

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101 thoughts on “6 Simple (But Important) Things To Remember About Blog Comments”

  1. Blog comments are something that surprised me when I started blogging as I didn’t realize how much of a factor they would be in building connections with other bloggers. It was a pleasant surprise!

    I’ve definitely been guilty of scanning through a post and replying quickly when there’s that time pressure or whatever else in life nagging at me, but will try and read through and give a thoughtful comment. I appreciate it so much when people do this for our blog posts and try to offer the same level of support to others. It really makes a difference.

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    1. I realy enjoy getting and giving comments as it’s such a lovely way to nurture blogging relationships and just generally be supportive. I don’t always have time or the mental energy because … life, but it’s encouraging to know that everyone else is pretty much in the same boat and we’re all just doing the best we can. Blog comments are so valuable and I appreciate the time you took to leave yours!

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  2. GREAT post, blog comments are a massive thing for us bloggers. There are so many ways to get lovely comments but it is sad to see the old “lovely post” comment. Whenever I find a blog I love, I’ll drop them comments on the posts I loved reading and try to add value not only to the blogger but also to the other people adding comments. I love chatting and it’s so great communicating with bloggers in their comments!

    Rosie

    https://www.loverosiee.co.uk

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    1. Exactly! Blog comments are such a great opportunity to build connections and find new sites to explore. Bloggers often put a lot of effort and care into their posts so it’s great to let them know that it’s appreciated! Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. I think having some dedicated time to blog comments is a good idea (I’m putting this into practice more) as comments really are a lovely way to build engagement and support the community. I’m so glad the spam comment tip was useful — I’ve definitely found it has helped!

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  3. As a new blogger, I love seeing new comments on my posts. I’m glad people have taken the time to read through my thoughts, and I love leaving somebody else nice comments aswel. Yes, I am guilty of scanning through posts, I used to do this quite a lot before I had a blog as I was pressed for time, But now I know how nice and important it is to take the time and read through the whole post and leave a comment valuable rather than “nice post” it’s nice to know people are supportive and it’s lovely supporting others. ♥

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    1. I’ve always appreciated the comments people leave too as it’s such a nice interaction that I can return. As so much effort is put into writing blog posts, it’s a good idea to spend time reading them and showing the post some love with a well thought out response. I am trying to make sure I have a dedicated time to respond to all comments I get and not rushing this part of blogging life. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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  4. Awesome post – when I first started blogging I thought the quantity of comments was important where as overtime I’ve learned the quality of comments I receive and leave for others is much more valuable (as you mentioned!). I find dedicating some time in my planner to returning comments and commenting on other blogs helps me make meaningful comments too! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. Exactly right! It’s about the value of comments we receive and leave on other people’s blogs that counts. It is a great way to encourage each other, learn more and build engagement. The planner tip is a really good idea as that takes the stress out of when you will focus on responding to comments, etc!

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  5. I have gotten a fair share of negative comments or, at the very least, comments disagreeing with what I have shared in my post. I love these comments as much as I love enthusiastic responses because they really open up room for discussion on both ends.

    I try to leave as meaningful a comment as I can; comments that say something interesting or share a unique experience add depth to a post. I love scrolling through the comments on a post to see what kind of response it has evoked, especially if it is a recipe or guide.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It is so great that you’re open and welcoming towards negative comments. They are definitely an opportunity to learn or see something from a new perspective. We can sometimes get a bit closed off in writing so any connection can be a valuable one.
      I try to leave meaningful comments too and think having an organized time to do so rather than rush it has helped me do that. Reading others comments on someone’s post is also really interesting — I’m glad you find that too!
      Thank you so much for reading!

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  6. I love commenting and reading comments. If I read a lovely blog that doesn’t relate to my knowledge then I may not comment as I may not know how best to. For example, I may read an article about space which I have no knowledge of, or being a parent.

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    1. I do much the same, I often read things that are out of my sphere of knowledge/experience so if I don’t have anything of value to add I usually ‘like’ the post instead. I think doing this is perfectly reasonable and good blogging practice. Thank you for reading!

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  7. I get so many spam comments. I have spam blocker that helps with blocking them. I have to constantly empty my spam. I personally love getting to read comments on my blog but I know that if I don’t have many its okay. Some people don’t want to leave a comment and I’m okay with that. I have enjoyed getting to read so many blogs and getting to comment on their blog.

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    1. I was getting a lot of comments in my spam folder too so I started to block each user/account before I deleted/emptied them and it has had a dramatic impact on the numbers I was getting.
      I love getting/reading/responding to comments as well as I often make some lovely connections but it’s absolutely true that a good proportion of visitors don’t leave comments, and that’s 100% okay, I sometimes love a post but don’t have anything to immediately add.
      Thank you for stopping by!

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  8. one of the things i love about blogging is the feedback in the comment section. it always warms my heart when a reader takes the time to write a comment. as you said, it’s nice to return the favor if you have the time. these conversations help build stronger connections and true followings.

    my biggest pet peeve is when someone comments with a simple thanks for sharing or whatever because chances are they didn’t really read it. haha!

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    1. Yes, it’s pretty obvious if someone hasn’t actually read the post as it’s always a super generic comment they leave, haha! I throw no shade here as I don’t always have the time to read everything. It’s good you get so much out of comments on your site (and returning the favour when possible) as I truly believe that the blogging community is largely built through them. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  9. It never clicked that spam comments might be trying to gain backlinks. I’ve met so many amazing people through blog comments, I’m really grateful for them 💚

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  10. It makes my day when I see someone has taken the time to leave a comment on one of my posts! I think you can always tell who’s read the post and who hasn’t haha but I always take the time to return the comment and prefer to wait until I have the time to do so rather than a quick skim.
    Comments can be really helpful too because someone might mention a point you’ve not touched on in your post, so you can go back and update it later to include more on this point!

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    1. Exactly! I often find a new perspective or point I hadn’t considered and I like to explore new knowledge opportunities. Blog comments can be so enriching and a great place to build connections with other people it’s worth making the most of them if you can. Thank you so much for reading!

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    1. I generally feel that if you don’t have anything to really add to the post in a comment then you don’t need to leave one. I often read posts that I don’t easily relate to so rather than try and come up with something to say I may just ‘like’ the post instead. It’s totally okay if you don’t know how to interact with them — it’s always best to do what feels comfortable/natural. Thank you for this question!

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  11. Blog comments were so unexpected when I started blogging! I was so good about replying to every single one but I’ve let them build up lately and are so behind. I need to try to get in the habit of regularly checking them!

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    1. The great thing about the blogging community is we all understand that everyone gets behind on comments. I think having some designated time to respond to them is good but also don’t worry if that time is sporadic — it happens to us all! Thank you for reading!

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  12. This is a very interesting and informative post. I experience alot of spam comments. I am going to look into getting a program to block the spammers. You are right, bloggers should be courteous and return comments. Great post.

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  13. I really enjoy commenting and receiving comments! It’s one of my favourite bits of blogging as it’s where the posts come to life and you get to see other perspectives on them. Thanks for sharing these tips – I especially liked your thoughts on how to deal with negative comments in a positive way!

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  14. It definitely is true about forming meaningful bonds with other bloggers by commenting. That’s how I met most of my blogging friends here on WordPress. Although, I’m not sure about leaving most negative comments as sometimes it’s just malicious. If the commenter noticed one person got away with it, more could be coming.

    Overall though, very fun and informative read! ☺

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    1. I agree and 100% advocate for that in this post — if a comment is melicious in nature then I’d never advise to respond (just delete it) but some negative comments (disagreement, emotional response to what you’ve shared, etc) are an opportunity to have meaningful dialogue. If it’s something you can tolerate, it may be worth including, but if not just leave it unanswered or remove it. Blog comments should add value, if they don’t, they don’t need to remain on your post. Thank you so much for reading!

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  15. This was a great post, Molly – we love commenting on other blogs and find it a great way to construct meaningful relationships with fellow writers, and you are so right, they are the best way to connect with the readers too! x

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  16. I love this post Molly and I agree with all the points you made. I return comments as often as I can. Also, I publish most of the comments I get on my blog. The only comments I trash are comments like “Good post. I enjoyed reading” and comments that were obviously dropped without reading the post. When I get comments like Good post, I enjoyed reading. I’m like WHAT IN THE HELL! It’s annoying to put so much energy into a post only to have people leave meaningless comments on the post. In my opinion, I would rather prefer you don’t leave a comment on my blog than you leave such a comment. So I’ll add that you read posts before leaving a comment and also, avoid leaving comments like Nice article, Informative post and all that. I agree that leaving comments is a great way to form a bond but if you do really want to form a bond with a blogger, you need to leave meaningful comments. One thing I suck at is replying to comments on my blog. I love replying to comments but I never get the time to do that. I just hope I get time to start doing that soon. I love you and your blog so much!!!! This was a fantastic post. Thank you for sharing! x

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    1. I’m with you on this! It’s very obvious who has and hasn’t read a post through the type of comment they leave. I’ve seen some really awful examples on other people’s sites that I’ve read and commented on. One was a really heartbreaking, personal post and it had so many “Cool post!” style responses that showed they hadn’t read it. It’s totally okay to not leave a comment if you don’t have time or any idea what to say, just giving it a ‘like’ is enough if you’re not able to write anything. I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts and commenting on them when I can give it the effort it deserves and really appreciate your input here!

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  17. This is a very helpful post for a new blogger like me. Thank you for sharing.
    As a blogger, I do not mind receiving opinion differ comments without being too harsh on me. As you mentioned, this may lead to conversations among bloggers right there which is good for our site 🙂

    But I am too hesitant to leave such comments😀 I am the one who thinks a lot even for leaving a positive comment! Sometimes I think too much and just like the post 😆

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    1. I know exactly what you mean about thinking so much over leaving a comment. I often write one then delete it as I overthink it, haha! I think ultimately it’s best to do/respond however you see fit and what you’re comfortable with — at least that remains genuine and authentic even if it is not not leave a comment at all. Thanks so much for reading!

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  18. Such a great read! I am still trying to figure out the whole commenting thing on my new site, so I will definitely be taking all of this into consideration. My first site had a couple of hundred spam comments in one months time and that was… not fun to deal with LOL

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  19. These are amazing🌼When I first started blogging, comments really surprised me. I was awed by bloggers who would receive 100s if comments and I could bearly get one. It took me couple of years to get one genuine comment✨😂(It might be because I was just writing & not really intersecting with the blogging community -it goes both ways) x

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  20. I enjoy reading my comments- after all people have taken the time to leave them! I take on board any negative comments S long as they are constructive criticism. Some large bloggers/ YouTubers delete negative comments and it took me ages to realise this !

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    1. Exactly — it’s nice to return the love shown when possible. Negative comments can definitely be really useful as they may point out something we’ve not considered and it opens dialogue with the only exception being if they’re malicious or are just hateful without adding any value to what’s been shared. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  21. I love reading meaningful comments left in my posts. And I agree, commenting back can eat up a lot of time so I usually reserve that during the weekends or if I have a lot of downtime during the weekdays. Also, I wanted to point out that bloggers should check if they have comments enabled and are working on their posts. There were some websites where I read really great posts only to find out that their comment features are disabled or glitchy.

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    1. Reserving time in your day/week for comments is such a great organizational/time management thing to do. We can only do what we can and the blogging community is very understanding. I too get annoyed when I read a post that I really enjoy but comments are not enabled (especially if they’ve joined a blog comment thread on Twitter, for example) — great tip!

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  22. Thank you Molly for this post! As a new blogger I am glad that I realized how important comments are. Not only they help build relationships but what I do find most valuable is the discussion and the different perspectives shared on the same issue.
    Regarding the spam comments I think I have to look into it better cause I don’t think I have paid enough attention.

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    1. Comments are a lovely way of building connections and an audience — if we’re engaged, our readers will be too. Definitely get on the spam comments as they are not good to have on your blog/comment section. It definitely improved my overall site experience!

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  23. Such a great post, Molly! You’ve made many very helpful points here. I love how you emphasized that a lack of comments on a blog post does not necessarily mean that it’s no good. I think many new bloggers get very discouraged by this as they see the engagement on other sites.

    I also love how you pointed out that time constraints don’t always make it possible to be as engaged with comments as we’d like – on our own blogs and on others. It’s true though; a thoughtful comment that proves we actually read the post means so much! As bloggers, we invest a lot of time to research, write, and create. Knowing others see, value, and enjoy the work we’ve put in helps keep the motivation at healthy levels. 🙂

    A pet peeve of mine with comments are definitely the ones who clearly are only there for the link and write “great post” but had no intention of reading a word you wrote. I agree with you – our busy lives don’t always give us the opportunity to engage as we’d like. But I do think the golden rule of, “do unto others as you’d have them do to/for you,” is valid here. If we don’t have time, it’s okay to either wait until we do or just skip that task all together. At least that’s my humble opinion!

    Sending lots of love your way. Love your blog and the posts you share.

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    1. Thank you! When I first started blogging I definitely felt that a lack of comments was a negative — but it really isn’t. New bloggers often focus on this and so I think being able to reassure them it isn’t the case was important.

      I see so many bloggers getting concerned that they don’t always have time to answer comments or leave ones on other sites. I feel that everyone of us understands and experiences how difficult it can be to fit it all in. We can only do what we can do and I hopefully this post was reassuring to those stressing about it. I totally agree with you that comments are a way to show love and encouragement for the effort we put in so any time someone does leave one it’s a nice motivator!

      I feel you on your pet peeve too! It’s obvious who hasn’t read our posts or is just leaving a generic comment to get a link in, haha!

      Sending you lots of love too — I really appreciate your comment here!

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  24. I do think bloggers underestimate the power comments can have. Myself included until I realised the added to other bloggers and my own site. Great post. Sometimes it’s also nice for a little high five.

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  25. Love this! I agree and I love having comments because I love to hear other peoples thoughts or experiences to whatever I have wrote. I always try to read a post and comment authentically- which is why I don’t necessarily reply to comments straight away, I like to take the time. I have also been the one to receive comments where I have thought “you have not read my post at all”. Thanks for sharing x

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    1. I love them too and it’s such a great way to build connections and even learn something new. I only respond to/leave comments when I have the right time to dedicate to doing them as I am like you, I want to be authentic and have time to actually read posts — which I think is definitely blogging 101. Thank you so much for reading!

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  26. In the main, I think most bloggers are good about returning comments (I always do, even if it’s not the same day) but I agree, these should be meaningful. “Great post” says nothing, if you’re going to leave someone a comment, at least take the time to read their post and find something worthwhile to say, otherwise it’s just link dropping!

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    1. Yes, I agree that most bloggers are pretty good at returning comments in a more meaningful way — and it’s so obvious when someone doesn’t read a post and wants to just link drop. I feel like they’re missing out on building something special that will ultimately improve their overall blogging experience. Thanks for reading!

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  27. Great post, Molly! I agree with most of these points and am very blessed to have so many comments daily on my blog! For me, its a time restraint but even if I’m super slow, I always return or at least RT on Twitter 🙂 I always leave genuine comments on other blogs and never expect a comment back! Thanks for sharing and thank you for the continuous support! x

    Lynn | https://www.lynnmumbingmejia.com

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    1. It’s a great community to be a part of as we all know that time constraints play a large role in when/if we manage to respond to or leave comments on other people’s blogs. Finding what works for you is key and I love how supportive everyone is! Thank you for reading!

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  28. I definitely try to reciprocate comments, but occasionally I’m too pressed for time or I read a post and it seems like I don’t have anything really relevant to add to the conversation. But I’ve found that most bloggers do the same thing and are good about returning.

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    1. That’s what I love about the blogging community; we all understand that time isn’t always our friend and we sometimes may not know/have anything to say so won’t leave a comment. You’re 100% right that we’re all in the same boat and do what we can when we can. Thanks so much for reading!

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  29. Loved this so much! Comments are such an amazing way to not only get great engagement from your readers but an amazing way to get feed back, good and bad, so that you can get different perspectives from people all over the world.
    The blogging community is overwhelmingly supportive and I am so glad to be a part of it and to create long lasting relationships online with some bloggers – and it all started with comments, lol!

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  30. I have seen a HUGE influx of spam comments over the last few months. I do use a spam blocker and it prevents them from showing up in my comment inbox or being published for all to see on the blog itself, but I do see the number of comments in my spam folder before I empty it each time. It’s crazy!

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    1. I noticed an increase too so always block the users/accounts before you empty your spam folder as it seems to have made a big difference and has greatly reduced the amount that comes my way. They are so annoying, haha! Thanks for reading!

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  31. This is a great post! I too like to ask a question at the end of my posts. I love when other bloggers return comments and consider this to be a sign of respect. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I think even when we’ve read a post it can be hard to figure out what we want to write in a comment so posing questions is a real help. It’s such a simple thing to add and can be so meaningful. I 100% agree that it’s lovely getting comments from other bloggers (as I know how busy we all are) and I often learn so much from them too. Thanks so much for reading!

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  32. I’ve been getting a lot of spam comments lately, but luckily they just go straight to the spam folder. I’ve also been blocking URLs that are repeatedly making spam comments.
    I HATE the “great post” comments or the ones that are just “check out my new post”. Like no I’m not going to check out your post when you can’t even spend time reading mine before commenting.
    I don’t always return comments right away, but I will set time aside so I can leave thoughtful comments.

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    1. It’s definitely annoying to get spam comments or ones that just want to promote their work without actually reading what we’ve done — a little self-promotion is fine if it’s mutually respectful (which those types of comments aren’t). Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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  33. I went months and months without getting blog post comments. I think my realisation, is that not all posts will resonate. If your blog post sits in the middle ground, then few people are going to strongly agree or disagree with it, and comment, either way. Healthy debate is not the enemy either.

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    1. Yes, it’s quite common to have a number of readers who don’t comment but still enjoy the work being done and that’s welcomed too. Any interaction, whether it’s views, likes or comments all add to the joy blogging can bring. Thanks for stopping by!

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