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#socialbloggers 6 – comments

Hi there, friends! It’s that time again when I share with you the questions from the latest #socialbloggers twitter chat, hosted by myself and the…

Hi there, friends!

It’s that time again when I share with you the questions from the latest #socialbloggers twitter chat, hosted by myself and the lovely Noor of Noor’s Place. Saturday nights topic was all about comments, the importance of quality comments, quantity and how to encourage them. 

We did touch upon the whole ‘follow for follow’ trend that is big amongst blogs, twitter and Instagram. The majority did say they don’t leave those type of comments, or accept the follows. I must admit that I have left them in the past when I was new and naive to blogging and I would be a liar if I said I don’t accept them still. There are some of you that have asked for a ‘follow for follow’ that have become regulars to my blog, and I’ve become regulars to yours. So even though there are a lot of bloggers that are just after the follow with no intention of becoming a regular reader or commenter, I have had some positive experiences with it myself so I wouldn’t rule it out completely! 

My personal tip on encouraging comments is to give comments! I comment back everyone that comments on my blog, although I behind at the moment, I will reply to all. If there is text in someone’s post, I will say something related to the text 90% of the time rather than the photos and I avoid generic ‘cool post’ type comments.

I ALWAYS leave my URL in the comments and I encourage those who comment on my blog to do the same. I know some regard this as blatant advertising but I’d much rather just have access to your URL than have to click your user name, then your G+ account, then your ‘about me’ page. JUST GIVE ME YOUR URL! It makes my life so much easier. I like easy. If you know what I mean ;).  

Okay. To the chat.

Q1 – How do you encourage comments and engagement on your blog?

@bloggerforums @noorslense I have now started to ask a question at the end of blog posts, & then reply to each commentator #socialbloggers
— The Trollbead Troll (@TrollbeadBlog) March 8, 2014

@bloggerforums @NoorsLense I ask questions at the end of a post or ask people to make any suggestions in the comments. #socialbloggers
— Emma (@FrillsDoodads) March 8, 2014

#socialbloggers a1: ask questions, but dont force naff ones. Show an interest in hearing others thoughts ( this should spread to social too)
— Cat (@moreaboutcat) March 8, 2014

@bloggerforums I hate it when a post ends with “Do you like cheese? What’s your favourite cheese?” It’s just so banal! #socialbloggers
— Becky Bedbug (@BeckyBedbug) March 8, 2014

@blogbranch I comment on as many blogs as possible. I find it easier if there is a question, or if it something I relate to #socialbloggers
— Emma (@FrillsDoodads) March 8, 2014

@bloggerforums yes they do, a lot if the time I’m reading from my phone or tablet and captchas can be very difficult #socialbloggers
— Modern Housewife (@Modern_Wife) March 8, 2014

I never comment on blogs with the captcha.Don’t want to ‘work’ to be nice to someone. Am i the only one who feels like this? #socialbloggers
— Alice Barton (@TheMowWay) March 8, 2014

@Naaj_Rona @TrollbeadBlog @bloggerforums I HATE CAPTCHAS! #socialbloggers
— Noor Unnahar (@NoorsLense) March 8, 2014

Q2 – How does the quality of the comments matter vs the number of comments? 

@bloggerforums I would prefer quality over quantity, but at the moment I’d take quantity! #socialbloggers
— Jasmine Brink-Li (@JasmineFlower1) March 8, 2014

@bloggerforums @NoorsLense Quality of comments generally means they actually read the post, rather than just advertising #socialbloggers
— Emma (@FrillsDoodads) March 8, 2014

@bloggerforums like most things, quality over quantity. Like the difference of a Facebook comment over a thumbs up #socialbloggers
— Alison Hope (@AlleyHope) March 8, 2014

@bloggerforums @NoorsLense quality 100%! I mcuh prefer to get to know who reads my blog, what we have in common and learn!. #socialbloggers
— Alice Barton (@TheMowWay) March 8, 2014

@bloggerforums I would much rather 1 comment from someone who has clearly read the post than 10 generic ‘follow me comments’ #socialbloggers
— Lauren Rebecca (@LR_daydreamer) March 8, 2014

@moreaboutcat it’s great when you see who your ‘regulars’ are #socialbloggers
— Alison Hope (@AlleyHope) March 8, 2014

What does a ‘great comment’ consist of? #socialbloggers
— Corinne (@bloggerforums) March 8, 2014

@bloggerforums when the comment really adds to the post, is relevant and may even invite further conversation. #socialbloggers
— Kendwy Valdez (@Mindofkiwi) March 8, 2014

@bloggerforums When people show they’ve had a genuine interest in your blog and read posts properly, that’s always lovely! #socialbloggers
— Alice (@Alicimo_) March 8, 2014

@bloggerforums when it’s relevant and adds to the initial post #socialbloggers
— Tanya Snooks (@Windsormumof4) March 8, 2014

Q3 – What’s your feeling behind follow for follow comments? Do you accept the offer or leave them yourself? 

@bloggerforums @NoorsLense Not keen had it once and followed. It’s a bit like asking a celeb to follow you on Twitter #socialbloggers
— Tanya Snooks (@Windsormumof4) March 8, 2014

@bloggerforums @NoorsLense I never accept them either. I will read your blog if I want to, not because you need high stats #socialbloggers
— Emma (@FrillsDoodads) March 8, 2014

@bloggerforums @NoorsLense don’t accept, don’t leave them. #socialbloggers
— Alice Barton (@TheMowWay) March 8, 2014

@bloggerforums @noorslense I don’t leave them myself, I’ll have a look if someone leaves me one but don’t always follow. #socialbloggers
— The Trollbead Troll (@TrollbeadBlog) March 8, 2014

@bloggerforums A3: I remember I used to accept them as being “nice” . Just after I learned many thing , I stopped #socialbloggers
— Noor Unnahar (@NoorsLense) March 8, 2014

Requesting follows on someone’s comment section. Not cool! #socialbloggers
— Kendwy Valdez (@Mindofkiwi) March 8, 2014

@bloggerforums that’s where my first follower on blogger came from. I followed as it seemed the thing to do #socialbloggers
— Tanya Snooks (@Windsormumof4) March 8, 2014

#socialbloggers dont ask me to follow you. Ever. I will follow if I like your blog. I always check out bloggers that comment
— Cat (@moreaboutcat) March 8, 2014

Thanks to everyone who joined, if you missed out, we’ll be having a chat again next Saturday at 6pm GMT.

It’s been a LONG time since I last enjoyed a chat this MUCH #socialbloggers THANKS ladies!!!!
— Alice Barton (@TheMowWay) March 8, 2014

Degustabox Giveaway!

On Saturday Lilly and I tried the Tyrrells Apples crisps I got in my Degustabox. I have a discount code for y’all so you can try it too! £3 off when you register with Degustaxbox:

£3 off discount code: ARIMK

You can also enter my giveaway below.

Anyway, as I said, Lilly and I tried the crisps. I tried the ‘Proudly Plain’ flavour first. They were okay. I wasn’t too impressed with them. They tasted like cooking apples which is pleasant enough but nothing amazing. 

I then tried the ‘Smashingly Cinnamony’ flavour. I put it in my mouth and instantly said ‘Oh. My. God.’. Lilly tried one and was also in love. They taste like a wonderful mixture between a warm, cinnamon and apple crumble and mulled wine. I would recommend you try these if you have a sweet tooth, or a liking for cinnamon. They have so much flavour on them and are just lovely. I would repurchase them for sure!

See what else I got in my Degustabox here.

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  1. same here girl. I discovered some amazing blogs through this and connected with a whole bunch of bloggers. If someone leaves a comment for follow for follow , I go ahead and accept. I feel there is nothing wrong in that !?

  2. I loved reading this post! It really helped me understand what readers look for on blogs and I take the answers from the questions as feedback and reflect on how my blog fits in with it all. Thank you so much!

  3. Great question for your socialblogger I agree with some like comment to follow and seeing regulars on my post. I do not like when they said following your blog follow back when clearly they not following your blog. Great post doll.

  4. Great topic for a chat! 🙂 I hate the “follow for follow” comments, they never even read the posts, just say the same thing on every blog. I put it in my comment text saying I ignore it, but people do it anyway. Now that I moderate comments, I’ve started just deleting ones like that. I’d rather have a few quality comments from regulars than 100 follow me pleeeeeeease comments!

    Away From The Blue

  5. I’ve never been home during these twitter chats, but really appreciate the recap that you do. I think a follow for follow is find as long as it is PERSOnAL and constructive. I reach out to people who have interests like mine and if someone has tried to be my “friend” I follow back. I also hate “cool post” comments, I mean it is just so obvious they didn’t even skim what you said!!

    And my weekend was fantastic, I wore some great outfits, went to Mantua with my man and bought a ton of used toys for my son…not to mention I ate copious amounts of gelato!! How was yours?

    Angie from reasons to dress take a glimpse into my euro mommy life

    btw those apple chips made me NEED A SNACK like RIGHT NOW!

  6. I don´t like catpchas either! It is a total waste of time. As for the subject follow for follow I do it. Whoever follows my blog I follow hers or his , I thik it is a question of politeness . But when I follow a blog I also like following with all the consequences and I try to visit often ( although sometimes people just want to have more followers, that is not my intentition). Kisses:)

  7. One of the best reads in a long time. What I hate most I would say is the empty comments i.e Nice outfit! or Great look! without knowing what actually was written. There was a commentor on my Street Style post saying “I like your skirt!” when the image was not me, but a random person on the street. Obviously she didn’t read my post. I try to read and comment accordingly. If I have nothing much to say I just move on. Follow for follow is fine if you really like the blog and request for the person to check out your blog in return and follow if she likes it but a random click on a blog and request for follow is NOT cool.

    From Dubai with xxx
    Mrs Jack Of All Trades

  8. I find it most challenging to keep up with blog comments but I do my best because I think it is important to read and acknowledge other bloggers’ work. I definitely want more followers, but only if they are actually reading and getting something out of what I’m posting.


  9. You really write excellent blogging tips pieces, Corinne. (Side note: do you say cor-IN or cor-een?) I actually referred someone to your “when to say no to sponsors” piece the other day and really enjoyed this one along with the chat transcripts about comments and follow/follow back. I’m also on board with the “leave your URL” sentiment even though I know some people don’t favor it, but it makes it much easier for me as a blogger and blog reader to find someone. Yeah, it’s maybe one or two clicks less, but STILL. I want to be lazy sometimes, okay? LOL. Thanks for linking up to Manic Monday! -Gina
    On the Daily Express

  10. Brilliant post Corinne. Very useful. When I started my blog I was joining link-ups of blogs I had no interest in following. Now, I only link-up and follow posts I wish to read. x

  11. such a great post,when it comes to quanitity or quality i geuss at the moment quality does for me.I always read all the blogs i follow
    kisses & keep intouch

  12. Corinne, you always leave meaningful comments! I applaud you for that. I always try and develop some type of friendship with my readers. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I really go that extra mile and READ people’s blogs. However, sometimes it gets one-sided and if they don’t ever comment on mine I delete them. HaHaHa Some have nerve to get mad! Like, I’ve been commenting for 3 weeks on your blog and i NEVER hear from you, so guess what bye bye! HaHaHa I don’t have time to write 300 people a day. So I patronize blogs that follow and comment on mine.

  13. great post.
    i agree, hate the captcha and the people asking for you to follow them..esp those who say follow me and i’ll follow you back!

  14. Love this little chat summary! I missed the last social bloggers unfortunately so feel like i’ve had a little catch up now x

  15. Hi Corinne! interesting entry, I must admit that sometimes ask follow also follow and they ask me some back and stay as recurring readers and others do not see them again lol, also hate captchas! are so tedious, and if I like also that I leave the link to your blog on a topic of save me time does not bother me, I like reading that treats the post and comment on what has also written, I agree with you time to visit who visit your blog and you see you have to be here I am 🙂

    I am happy to have achieved global community in my blog and interact with them constantly!

  16. I have so many thoughts on this post! I am not really a fan of follow for follow posts. It’s one thing if I feel like they’ve made a genuine connection or are trying to, but when I can clearly tell they’re copying and pasting the same comment on multiple bloggers is a turn off. I definitely try and visit/comment on everyone’s blog who comments on mine (tho, I’m with you and behind at the moment!)
    Even with the link up, which is fairly new to me, I want to make sure I read everyone’s post! And when I comment – I do try to extract something that I can relate to vs leaving a disposable “nice outfit” comment.
    And Captcha. uggh. It’s really frustrating! I feel bad that it took me 9 months to turn that function off my blog! When you’re commenting on 50+ blogs in one night, it definitely slows down the process to mess with that!
    Anyway – bottom line – so glad you shared this with Manic Monday! Loved reading all of the chatter, too!
    Carylee |

  17. this is such an interesting discussion!:) I thing there’s nothing wrong about the follow for follow thing as far as you’re supporting blogs that you really like♥ I made many amazing friends this way and I’m always trying my best to stay in touch with them:)

  18. I would like to try the Cinnamon flavour because I love cinnamon and recently saw a apple and cinnamon recipe on one of my fav blogs so I would like to give it a try.

    I am guilty if not leaving my link so here you go

    Naaj Ronas Lifestyle

  19. though i don’t follow the chats on twitter, i love reading about them here on your blog. and i do agree that many times, a genuine comment is what will prompt me to check out the commentator’s blog and i will be sure to leave a comment back.

    as for replying comments, i tend to do that on the other person’s blog and not my own. somehow i find it strange commenting on my own blog(!) i think it “cheats” the total number of comments and makes it look like many more have commented than the actual. i like when people leave both their url and e-mail address. if not url then e-mail and a name at least! (even if it’s just some random nickname)

  20. I really enjoyed this post. I love that you included your twitter comments into the post. It’s nice to see things from a different perspective.

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