Last week I did a Social Media 101 presentation at The Central Exchange in Kansas City. Good friend and social media networker extraordinaire Amy Hoppenrath asked for a focus on creating strategic, fresh blog content (btw - if you'd like to have me talk about a strategic approach to blogging / Twitter / social media with your group or organization, let me know).
In response to my expressed dissatisfaction with the blog eliciting infrequent comments, one attendee suggested a possible factor: readers are unsure or uncomfortable in leaving comments.
Reasonable point, especially for people new to blogging, so here are four basics on commenting applicable to most blogs:
- To leave a comment, click where it says "0 (or some number of) comments" at the bottom of a post. Clicking will open a dialogue box where you can type and submit your comment.
- "Thanks. This post was helpful." is a great comment! It doesn't have to be any more than that to put a BIG smile on a blogger's face for the rest of the day. If you want to do something more in depth, that's cool also.
- Identify yourself with your name. You don't have to sign up for anything to leave a comment here, but it's great if you at least leave your name so follow up comments can be directed to you.
- If you're really uncomfortable commenting, go ahead and send the blogger an email. Anything that provides some type of feedback and breaks the virtual silence is a positive.
Writing a blog can be a pretty isolated experience. Take 30 seconds to break through and leave a hint you visited and enjoyed what was there. As I said before, it will make a blogger's day!P.S. If you're a blogger, visit this Chris Brogan post for a great overview of approaches to try and generate comments.