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  1. Man, I wish I had thought of “WordPress Chick” first! Commenting is not a comfortable thing to do, even if we all know it rocks the SEO. I’ve begun to try to comment on a post that would inspire me to comment about in in social media. To comment in both locations and occasionally extend that to a blog post of my own about the topic. Using some backlinks and posting about my post occasionally draws comment. But I suspect that I’m writing in a vacuum many times because only the spammers seem to be inspired to comment.
    I usually comment on posts that are about something I’m interested in and can make a decent, reasonably intelligent addition. As a blogger, I know that is not required; almost any attention (except spam) is welcome!

    1. Hi JudyAnn,

      haha…yea, I thought of “WordPress Chick” long before I really knew what I was doing. Just loved WP & loved the name (ignorance is bliss, huh?).
      Thanks for sharing, I know what you mean about it seeming like spammers are the only ones commenting. I felt that way a while ago and what I’ve found is as I’ve shared more (more transparency) and am showing up and engaging more I’m receiving more comments. Which of course seems totally obvious, but trying to balance doing work in your business and engaging with a community can be tricky. I can’t say that I’ve found the right equation yet, but am simply trying to do a little more each day in terms of reaching out.
      Thanks again.

  2. Well, I couldn’t read and *not* leave a comment, right? 🙂

    I’ll share any post I find valuable, but I tend to only comment if I have something of value to add to the conversation, which means I don’t comment a ton. 🙂 I agree with you that Twitter is easier, but I’ve actually challenged myself to share one good nugget a day on G+ that I’m not sharing on Twitter. Kind of as an experiment, but also because G+ is better when a topic/link invites a conversation.

    I look forward to hearing more about this summer challenge!

    1. Thanks Carrie,
      I was hoping to inspire at least a few comments. 😉

      I agree with G+, I just need to integrate my two Google accts. so for now I keep one open in one browser/monitor and the other open on the other one. My biggest challenge is probably time- and staying on top of engaging and working (although I guess technically engaging is part of working…).

      I’ll keep you posted on the Summer challenge too… maybe I should focus on clear instead of clever with the name (I get hung up on this a lot). 😉

  3. Hi Kim!
    There are a few blogs I comment on .. yours, for one — but it’s been quite awhile since I last did! Or was it an email I sent? 🙂

    I think the reason I don’t comment frequently on blogs is because of lack of time: if I comment, I want my comment to add value and not simply say, “Great post!”.

    It’s difficult to write a decent comment when work and family are beckoning. And occasionally there may be a topic I feel strongly about, but I need to be careful how I respond due to always keeping my “online reputation” in mind.

    1. Hi Dora,
      Thanks… 😉
      (hows the Genesis stuff coming along?)

      That really is the biggest challenge for me as well – time. And just writing “great post” makes me feel like a spammer. I’m curious… and tell me if this sounds smarmy, but I wonder if it would be helpful to have a list of suggested responses that you could just tweak? Kind of canned responses, but something that basically said “thanks, great post” but with a little more umph too it (I’m just thinking this through as I’m responding to you). Then they could be adjusted and sort of customized to the post? I may see if I can play around with this and come up with a few… I’ll let you know. They would probably be primarily for the tutorial /news type posts where this isn’t necessarily a lot of feedback required.
      hmmm…. whatcha think?

  4. Hmmm… I’ll have to see what you come up with. It could work with some news or technical posts. Most of the blogs I follow are motivational/inspirational, so if I do comment I like to be very thoughtful.. and interact with the other commenters, too.

    Re: Genesis — I’ve been working with Premise landing pages. Premise is pretty nice. I’m used to working directly in HTML/CSS, so working in a UI like WordPress feels constricted sometimes. But within the Premise plugin it’s not bad!

    1. Hi again Dora,
      Yea… coming back to this idea 24 hrs later it doesn’t feel like one worth pursuing… haha (canned responses to tweak). Even for the news/tutorial sites. It just goes against the relationship building that should be at the core of it all. Gotta love a new perspective a day later, huh? (that’s the beauty of getting older… I have NO problem saying, “yea, not such a great idea!” haha).

      I’m glad you like Premise. I have it and haven’t used it for a while. As much as I love all their products I found Premise doesn’t always play nicely with other plugins, which is a bummer (keep in mind I haven’t used it for a while so it might be worth another go around).
      Thanks again Dora!

      1. It’s always good to consider new ideas — ya know, nakedly brainstorming on your on blog. Ha-ha! Seriously, though, I think that helps others see that it’s okay to experiment .. and it’s okay to back-track, too, and say, “Whoa!”

        Thanks for the warning about Premise. It’s someone’s else’s account that I’m working in, so I’ll pass on the warning about plugins. Hmmm… I think I’ll do a search for Premise plugin conflicts now… 🙂

        1. I LOVE the “nakedly brainstorming”… I’ll definitely be using that somewhere soon (with a shout out to you of course!).
          Have a great weekend Dora!

  5. I think most people agree with you on the commenting, you\’d only do it if you\’ve something great to say. I like to have a like button on the blogs I read because I know how important feedback is but I don\’t want to get out there and be boring either 🙂 So that saves me time. About your idea of creating a community, support and all? I had the same train of thought (woohoo) and I was thinking: personal blogs have all kinds of games, giveaways, writing challenges, sharing challenges etc. and I need that for my business blog. So after asking some people who seemed to be interested, I set it up! There is now a business blogging challenge for all who need a bit of a push, support and love. The signup has just started, I’d love your opinion about it 😉 Talk soon!

    1. Hi Andrea,
      That’s FANTASTIC! 😉 I’ll definitely check out the business blogging challenge! And kudos for starting it (a lot of great ideas can get stuck in the ‘idea phase’).
      I do like the sharing buttons as well- but there’s just something about the interaction of a comment on a blog that kicks things up a notch! I get the not wanting to be boring either… there are plenty of times when I sit for a few minutes thinking of how I want to comment / what I want to comment about (so I don’t sound like a numpty), but it’s worth it.
      Looking forward to checking out your blogging challenge! 😉

  6. Leaving comments on blogs has become a lost art, and most people would rather lurk that leave a thoughtful tidbit behind for Kim to get excited over. I have to blame the influence of the Facebook – it has trained people to be wary of the WWW again, kind of like AOL did 12 years ago. Come back inside, you’re safe inside the confines of FB… (not really).

    Finding something of value to share is great but remember to leave a comment yourself so that your tribe truly knows you practice what you preach.

    1. Hi Doug,
      Thanks. That’s a great way to describe it… a lost art. I think social media is great, but the value of a relationship built on someone’s blog is going to be far greater than a comment left on social media. I love the ‘come back inside’ point too. I think of this when I see people using FB comments on their site (or now I guess you can use G+ too)- essentially you’re giving the social media site your comments, even though it looks like they’re living on your site.

      I’ve been working on leaving more comments when I have something of value to share with my readers as well. I think this is where utilizing social media (to find more relevant sites to comment on) would be invaluable.
      Thanks again,

  7. Hi Kim,
    Finally getting caught up on emails and reading this post! I love to comment, but not always. Sometimes I don’t feel like I have anything valuable to contribute other than “great post” so I don’t say anything. But I have an opinion on what I just read, then yeah I love to leave comments and “meet” other bloggers. It’s a great way to network too, like you said. I have met many bloggers this way and it just opens up the room for conversation.

    I understand why some bigger bloggers turn off their comments, but I think it’s a shame because sometimes you really want to respond to what’s been said or even just ask a question about it and you can’t. I also like to read other people’s comments because it’s more contribution to the topic. Different points of view or other things the author may not have thought of by publish time.

    Btw, i also wanted to comment and let you know the new site design looks AMAZING! Great job!

    1. Hey Marianne!

      How was your trip? 😉
      I completely understand what you mean about feeling like you don’t have something valuable to contribute, I’ve done that myself. I’m really trying to make a conscious effort to comment with something when a post resonates with me. Sometimes I have to go back to the post later in the day (which isn’t always great because sometimes I forget).

      You’re SO right about comments being turned off! I understand when a post is older, but other than that it’s kind of a bummer (or when they don’t have any comments at all).
      Keep me posted on your site launch! 😉

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