Blogging Struggles: Commenting

I’ve recently (as in, the last two-ish months) started to keep track of when I’m actually commenting on other people’s blog posts – mainly because I wanted to see how much time I spent doing that, right? Well… turns out I don’t do it nearly enough. As in, I’ve done it on less than five days in the past two months. Honestly. This is just ridiculous and I think super unfair to everyone who actually takes the time to read my posts, like them and leave me a comment.

And I still can’t quite put my finger on why. I actually talked a bit more about this last year because I felt like I was in a commenting slump – if that’s even a thing. But seeing how it’s been months and months since and things haven’t really changed much I wonder what’s going wrong here.

On my own blog, I do my best to reply to comments in a timely manner and usually, I get at least that done. But I also follow so many fantastic people who write great posts that I want to show my appreciation for by leaving a like and comment. But I feel stuck? Or like there is a blockade or something going on that I can’t seem to work around – or through, for that matter.

Which bothers me. Honestly. It’s not like I don’t want to comment and be interactive with the people I follow but there’s just something in the way.

So, what does a blogger do if they can’t work through a situation? Well, they ask other bloggers for help. It’s a community and I’ve gotten such great feedback from you guys before so hopefully, this is going to be such a situation.

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Not that I want to put pressure on you guys to solve this problem for me. I’m just curious to hear how you guys go about commenting and how often you do it. If you sometimes get into these periods of time where you just simply don’t want to comment – no matter if you have time to do it. Because obviously sometimes you just don’t have the time to be as active in the community as you might want to.

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31 thoughts on “Blogging Struggles: Commenting

  1. Swetlana, I could totally relate to this post ❤ before I got back into blogging, I felt a huge struggle to comment and blog hop on other people's posts. So basically, I just let myself not comment for a while and just focused on writing my own posts. After I got that done, I started commenting more on a couple of posts and then later on, blog hopping. Don't force yourself to comment if you can't ❤ it's definitely a process. I also advise shortening the amount of people that you follow on WordPress? That's what I do and it's definitely been helpful to only have to comment on around five posts a day!

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    1. Yeah, I feel like I might still be in a tiny bit of a blogging slump at the moment or every now and then so I haven’t been forcing myself to do anything – not write posts, reply to comments or blog hop. I don’t want to make this into chore I’ll hate.

      I don’t even feel like I’m following that many people to begin with? I think I’m at around 30? And even then I don’t read all of their posts and instead usually focus on a handful of people. Maybe I should try commenting on those posts regularly to get myself into the habit! 🙂

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  2. Aaahh this is so relatable, Swetlana! I really don’t know why I haven’t been commenting on a lot of posts — it’s not emotionally draining right now (I feel perfectly fine writing this comment). But I just I’m not motivated…? Which is so weird because I used to LOVE leaving comments! And I even read all the blog posts in my Reader, it’s just that I don’t comment. :// Anyways I hope you (and I!) can get out of this weird slump! 💖

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  3. I can definitely relate to this! For me, commenting and blog hopping are probably the things that cause me to procrastinate the most. What I do to try and help this is to open a bunch of blogs and click onto the last couple of posts (if I haven’t read & commented) and then I open my own blog and click on any blog posts where I haven’t commented back yet. I then sprinkle my posts in between the other posts and then I sit down for an hour and go through the posts and comment away!
    It’s not perfect and it sounds a bit dramatic but it works for me. Also, if I’m just not in the mood to comment on blogs I will just take the day off and come back in a day or two and that works for me too.

    Good luck! I hope you find something that works for you!

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  4. I’m awful for commenting on other posts. For me, it’s mostly that I read posts on my phone, and I am awful at typing on my phone, or I’m reading posts while doing something else. I like quite a few posts, but comments are more difficult. It’s always one of those things that I keep saying I’m going to do more off, but then I’m reading posts on the road and I’m back where I started. I get to the comments made on my own, but I’m working on the rest.

    Hopefully you find something that works for you! It’s a tricky thing.

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    1. I don’t mind too much replying to comments on the phone if they come in as I’m holding my phone – I just hate that I don’t have a grammar checker on there like I do on my laptop. Maybe I should try to read posts on my phone more often and comment that way – trick my brain into thinking I’m just texting with someone rather than doing something I ‘have’ to!

      Thank you, I hope so too!

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  5. This is something I struggle with. I try to visit at least 20 random blogs a day plus a few that I go to daily. I at least try to like the posts, but I need to comment more often. My biggest issue besides the time is that I don’t always know what to say. I do try my best to reply back to all the comments on my blog though.

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  6. I can relate to this so much. I feel likeI really want to comment on things, but I often… just don’tahev anything to say. Or I have something to say, but I can’t figure out how to phrase it, and think it sounds stupid, and am just to self-consious to actually comment.

    So I just… don’t comment. I just silently like, sit there staring at the comment section for five minutes, and then leave.

    And t’s ridiculous, because what I value most about blogging is the interactions with other people who share my passions. But then I… don’t interact.
    Yay me.

    I really have no idea how to go about commenting more… If you figure it out, let me know!

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    1. I’ve heard people suggest keeping a notebook near when you’re reading posts so that when you get a thought or something you can write it down immediately and that way you won’t forget about it by the time you’re done reading, especially if it’s a longer post. Maybe that would be a good thing to try for you?

      And same here! Which is why this bothers me quite a bit because I’m missing out on that interaction on other blogs! And I will make sure to share any tips I might come across! ❤

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  7. I am glad to see that this is one struggle we all have. I’ve been working on this myself, trying to read through each post and comment on the ones I really have something to contribute. I think we put too much pressure on commenting on too many blog posts. I’ve found that while working when my brain needs a breather, I’ll open two or three new posts that I’m interested in, read them and comment on those that I want to. Then I just ask for email notifications, to keep track of them. So far this is working because I can comment on at least once a day. But, time constraints and multiple responsibilities like reading books are making even this hard sometimes.

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  8. I think a lot of people have this problem. I’ve been really bad with commenting the last couple months. I’ll type out a response and then delete it because I don’t think it’s a good comment and then end up not saying anything. And then there’s the issue with how time consuming it can be… I don’t even have a solution but just know that a lot of people feel the same way 😛

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  9. I usually take some nights when I’m at home and I read the post I’m interested into. Sometimes I find difficult to read and actually leave a decent comment, because… I’ve not much to say. Even if I quite liked the post itself.

    I usually feel much more okay with discussion post, because is an occasion to create something. But at the same time I feel stuck. In that case I simply leave a like, if there’s the option. I feel that is still a way to say “I apprecciated your post anyway”.

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  10. OH I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been feeling this commenting slump, Swetlana, I wish I had a magical solution for you. Honestly, commenting can be really draining sometimes and I get your feeling. I am used to, know, go every now and then through my wordpress reader and blog hop that way and leave comments on the blog posts that inspire me almost every day, but I know that, it’s because it’s a habit and that I’ve started to take that habit at heart, that it works out for me.
    I feel like the best thing you could try to, is to take time to read the blogs you want to, whenever you feel like it. If you don’t feel like commenting right away, maybe keep the blog post in your bookmarks somewhere, to come back to later. What helps me, as well, is that I keep a notepad open all the time I am reading blog posts, especially discussions. Because most of the time, when I read a blog post, I am interested and I love it, but once I’m done with it, I am at a loss for words, sometimes. With that notepad idea, I sometimes write something that the post inspires me, a book the blogger mentioned I want to talk about, etc. That helps me and also somehow makes me write comments easily by the end of it all, because I have tons of things to say haha.
    It’s definitely a process to find the right rhythm for you, take your time with it – maybe watch less blogs, or more, find new ones, go through a couple every day or every week, don’t overwhelm yourself and most importantly, find the blog posts and bloggers that wil make you want to start a conversation with ❤
    I'm sorry I rambled on a lot haha, I'm always here if you need to chat or if I can help with anything. you'r doing amazing xx

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    1. That’s what I’m hoping to do too: create more of a habit of commenting which is why I started tracking how often I do it but as I saw I need to put more work into making it a habit! Because I do believe that it’ll be easier to do it regularly that way.

      And taking my time is definitely already something I do. I don’t like forcing myself to read because I feel like that doesn’t give the bloggers I visit a fair treatment if I do it because I feel like I HAVE TO rather than a WANT TO situation.

      And I really like your idea with the notepad! I might have to give that more of a try in the future too – especially with longer discussion posts where I’ll often forget what I read by the time I’m done. xD

      Please, don’t ever apologize for rambling on my blog! I really appreciate it whenever you leave these long and sometimes rambly comments! ❤

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      1. I really hope this will help – really, once you settle things into a little routine, it’s so easy to get into it and to, somehow, keep it while it not feeling like a chore. I hope you’ll feel the same way about it soon 🙂

        And the notepad always helps me for discussion posts, because… I have too many thoughts and I don’t remember everything once I’m done reading hahaha 😛

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  11. I’m pretty late with my comment and I don’t have commenting figured out, but maybe I can help at least a bit? 😄 I definitely do commenting in bulk, usually I try to do it once a week (which didn’t work out in the last time), as I simply cannot do it daily, that doesn’t work for me at all. So maybe you should start by trying to figure out when commenting works best for you: daily, weekly? In the morning or evening? I also bookmark all the posts I want to comment on, as I feel like the My Likes section can get pretty crowded! Again that’s usually what I try to work with and you shouldn’t feel like you have to comment on every post, as this can get stressffull pretty fast 💕💕

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    1. Hahahaha, you know how much I appreciate your comments, Caro! No matter how late they might be! ❤

      Yeah, I think that might be something I have to try out over the course of a few weeks! Also, I should've totally done the bookmarking thing before! I've missed commenting on so many fantastic posts because I never go back too far in my reader later on.

      Thank you for the tips, Caro! I really appreciate them! ❤

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      1. ❤ ❤ ❤
        I hope it works well for you! It definitely gives a better overview, as my Likes got too crowded with time and I dreaded going into them to find the posts I wanted to comment on. Bookmarking works a lot better when it comes to that 🙂

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