I'm not one to rant, but when I opened my blog today and saw a re-post of a strange comment I deleted yesterday, I figured it might be time for a post on proper blog commenting etiquette.
1. Never comment on a post you haven't read. Now, some of my favorite bloggers tend to write loooooooong posts. If I don't feel I have the time to dedicate to reading the post, I will skip it, and of course, not comment. It's tempting to read the first paragraph and then make a generic comment (and I will admit I have done this in the beginning of my foray into blogging) but DON'T. I am not that good at being sneaky, and I doubt you are either.
2. Never comment with self-promotion in mind. Here are some of my not-so-favorite comments: "I agree. If you hop over to my blog you will see that...." or "Interesting. I recently released a book and would love for you to read it." or the shameless begging "Please come follow my blog. I'm building my platform."
I'm not naive. I understand that when we comment on blogs, we hope to gain our own new readers, but that doesn't mean we should be blatantly self-serving. Take a genuine interest in the blogs you comment on, and you may find a friend in addition to a new "follower".
3. Never copy and paste a comment in many, many people's blogs. Really--should I even need to say this? If you have mass information to get out there post it on your own blog; post it on Facebook; post it on a writing forum; Tweet it; whatever, but don't post it in someone's comments (especially two days in a row).
4. If you disagree with a post, comment! (But be nice). I've never had a problem with this as I tend to avoid conflict at all costs, and my posts are fairly non-controversial. But I've seen many blogs where readers use the comment bar as a cyber-knock-down-drag out. Classy? No way.
To not be overly mean and embarrass the aforementioned commenter with this post, I will be deleting the offending comment again. I am confident the blogger wasn't being downright rude, just still learning the blogging etiquette ropes. Heaven knows I made lots of etiquette faux pas when I started blogging.
So, now please don't be AFRAID to post comments on my blog. I promise not to be overly critical, and I'm actually a very friendly gal (who LOVES comments). Do you have any blog commenting etiquette rules you can add to mylist?