With the A to Z Challenge in progress, I thought this would be a timely topic.
We all love blog comments. They acknowledge our efforts and make us feel worthy as a person. A comment means we evoked a response. And while blogging isn’t a popularity contest, lots of unique comments also means we have a lot of friends.
What is proper etiquette when it comes to leaving a comment?
1 - Demonstrate that you read the post.
Sometimes we don’t mind “Great post,” but that really doesn’t tell us anything. A comment should reflect on something the person wrote.
With book announcements, “Congratulations” or “Sounds like a great book” work, although it would be better to say a little more. But comments like that on a guest post are shallow. “I hope you sell a million books” sounds nice, but if the person wrote about a topic, a comment should reflect the content.
Cutesy comments on one word or the title also don’t say anything.
Commenting about something else entirely isn’t polite either.
2- Avoid a major argument.
Sometimes a blogger tosses out a controversial topic and invites strong opinions. it’s okay to get involved in the discussion with an opposing position, just remember to keep it civil. Visiting someone’s blog is like visiting someone’s house - remember your manners.
If the person isn’t inviting a discussion, just stating an opinion, don’t rain on his or her parade. It might be something held dear to that person. Maybe it’s his or her dream. Don’t be a sourpuss. If that person loves a book you hated, just politely say “Sorry, I just couldn’t get into it.”
Don’t get into a flame war with other commenters, either.
If it’s a subject that you just can’t say something positive about, remember the old saying - “If you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.”
3 - Comment because you want to comment.
Commenting just to get people to return the favor is selfish. Comment because you care about the topic or you care about the person.
At the same time, returning comments is just good manners. Try to find something nice to say. If it’s a topic way out in left field or offends you, it’s okay to walk away though.
4 - Don't comment just to promote.
It's okay to have a link in your comment, but not a blatant, obnoxious promotion.
The comment itself shouldn't be all promo.. Don't comment just so you can tell that person about your book, product, service. etc. Unless it directly relates to the post, just don't do it.
Those are the basic guidelines. What else would you add?
Good luck to everyone participating in the A to Z Challenge!