Lorelle has been doing some great blogging recently and her latest titled How NOT to Comment on Comments has a lot of wisdom in it. She outlines 5 main ways to make your comment count when you leave it on someone else’s blog:
1. Say Something Intelligent
2. Ask Something Intelligent
3. Write Something Intelligent
4. Add to the Conversation
5. Your Comment is a Mini Resume
I particularly like her last point where she writes:
“Your comments on this blog, and many others, are published with your name and blog URL on them, if you include them. When people click your name, they visit your blog. Your comments are little representatives of you and your blog.”
I’ve written previously about how every post on your blog has the potential to add to or take from your goals and objectives as a blogger – the same is true for the comments you leave on other people’s blogs also.
I suspect a lot of people leave pretty random comments without much thought to what they’re saying and the impact that their words might have on their own reputation.
Don’t just leave comment for the sake of it or because you’ve heard it will help you promote your blog.
A lot of people say leaving comments is a great way to raise your profile. There is truth in this, however they can also hurt you if you don’t put some thought into them and use make them intelligently.
I know both as a blogger and a comment leaver that comments can be a very powerful tool – their impact can leave a lasting impression on others both in a positive and negative way. Use them carefully!
Update: for a related post see Liz’s on 10 Reasons Readers Don’t Leave Comments on Your Blog