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 🙂

50 thoughts on “14 Ways to Come Out of the Blog Lurker Closet”

  1. canada diffrent mah.how to get sober when go from 42C to 10C in the night and DURING SUMMER. oh well,besides, how can i give up on being myself right? no1likeme.

    Adino: Summer also 10 degrees… scared to visit there already

  2. “hello!” lol

    To help my readers follow your #1 tip above, I periodically remind them that I love hearing their opinions — even if they totally disagree with me — and that seems to help them get more “chatty.”

    Thanks for the great advice 😉 — and for your wife’s peace of mind that was totally *not* a flirtatious wink 🙂

    Adino: Welcome! I guess Darren from ProBlogger has posted up my blog tip 🙂 I came up with this list because I wanted more people to comment, and I guess it worked!

  3. Thanks! Yep, I came through one of Darren’s recent posts (but you knew that already, lol).

    I just subscribed to your blog and I look forward to reading your posts!

    P.S. — Love the design of your blog…it makes me feel happy!

    Adino: Yahoo! Thanks for subscribing 🙂 I’m glad you like the blog design. It means I won’t have to spend a day changing templates!

  4. Great post here! I was a blog lurker too before but when I started blogging myself I felt the urge to comment more on the blogs that I read, I feel more in a “community” now. 🙂

    Adino: Thanks for the compliment, and welcome! I know how you feel. Being a blogger gives me that sense of confidence.

  5. It would be hard to read that post and not leave a comment! 😀

    I like your advice. There is no reason to be shy on a blog. Everyone loves to receive comments!

    Adino: Hi, welcome to my blog! Yeah, it seems to be working really well hehe…

  6. I found your post via ProBlogger. Nice tips! As a recovering blog lurker, I’ve been inspired to comment here on a first visit, and I normally have to come back to a blog several times before I’ll leave comments.

    Adino: Thanks, glad I was able to help 🙂 Welcome to my blog!

  7. Found your link from problogger and your post really provokes visitors to say hello 😀 (I’m a first timer not a lurker yet, though.) It makes one feel like “ok you want me to say at least *hello* and I said it, now what? ” 😛 *joking*

    Adino: Well I’m glad you said hello, it made my morning brighter 🙂

  8. Hello Adino
    first of all I must say that I really liked the current design of your site. it looks really really good. what makes it look better is the content what you write and the way you write. I wish you a happy marriage in the future ( yes that means I read the entry about your second month anniversary stuff 😛 )
    I wish I will be able to see the days that I will be able to live with the woman I love 🙂

    Adino: Hi, welcome to the blog! Thanks for your kind words and best wishes. Hope you stay around 🙂

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  10. I am going to share these tips on my blog – thanks for letting me do that 🙂

    nice blog design. I can here from problogger.net after reading one of his posts.

    Adino: Sure… just make sure you let your readers know where you got the tips.

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