14 Ways to Come Out of the Blog Lurker Closet

If you are a blogger and have readers who don’t comment, or you are a blog reader who doesn’t know how to comment, read these tips:

  1. Don’t worry about offending the blogger. In this blog, you can write anything. Feel free to let me know if you disagree with me or hate me. I will probably spend a night crying and a few days writing blog posts about it, but give it to me anyway.
  2. Just say hello! I have said before that even a two-word comment (with a smiley at the end) makes my day. I’m sure I’m not the only blogger who will drop everything just to respond to a comment.
  3. Don’t worry about language or grammar. Feel free to comment in any language you are comfortable in. Most bloggers are not particular about grammar (you can see proof of this in my writing!)
  4. Want to stay anonymous? If you’re shy about commenting here because you have a secret crush on Sushi my Shaolin Shih-Tzu, just use an alias as a name and a fake email address.
  5. You don’t have to impress anyone. Be yourself so that everyone can get to know your personality.
  6. Leave out links in your comments. Adding a link into your comment could get your comment flagged as spam.
  7. Copy your comments to your clipboard before submitting. Some blogging platforms require some sort of human validation. If you fail the validation, you might have to re-type your smart and witty comment all over again!
  8. Be consistent! When you leave comments regularly, the blogger gets to know you and includes you as part of their audience.
  9. Try starting a blog. Before I started blogging I was a blog lurker, but after I started blogging I was commenting like crazy. I guess ‘being’ a blogger gives me that sense of belonging. Don’t forget to leave your blog address!
  10. Be tactful. This might seem to contradict tip #3, but keep in mind that certain people are very touchy towards certain sensitive subjects.
  11. Read other comments to sense the ‘mood’ of the place. You don’t want to sound all bright and cheery in a blog about someone’s depressions.
  12. Comment at the correct posts! I remember once I commented at the wrong post. How embarrassing!
  13. Try not to post multiple comments! Before you hit that Submit button, make sure you have said all you have to say. The exception is if you are replying to the blogger’s reply to your comment.
  14. Email the blogger instead. You can submit a private comment if the blogger has posted an email address on the blog.

Don’t get overwhelmed with this long list of items. Don’t be underwhelmed either. Just be… whelmed. I hope this helps to remove any uncertainties you have about commenting.

At this blog, I just want you to remember tip #2… just say hello!

Bloggers feel free to share these tips with your readers 🙂

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