By: Melanie | December 20, 2013 | (36) Comments

discussing through midnight

This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads as a discussion post of all things bookish.

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Hey guys! CHRISTMAS IS IN 5 DAYS. OMG. I. CAN’T. WAIT! Finally gonna have a white Christmas as I am holidaying where IT ACTUALLY SNOWS. *squeals* Other than that, I have my first blogverse tomorrow and my best book bloggy friend’s birthday also tomorrow so this will be a short post as I am working busily on those two posts.

I think commenting is better than any other social media like Twitter or Facebook to promote your blog because you are actually going onto someone’s blog and reading what they write and communicating with them. I’ve made some bloggy friends that way and got to know a lot about them. Commenting on someone’s blog sometimes even means you get a comment back. Personally, I will only comment on someone’s blog who will comment or talk to me via other social media because what’s the point of my comment if they don’t respond to it, or leave a comment on my blog? The whole point of commenting is to interact and share thoughts, if the conversation is only happening one way, it’s a complete waste of time.

Anyhoo, how do I comment? I usually leave medium-lengthed comments when I have the time, but sometimes (nearly most of the time these days) I leave relatively short ones. Also, over time, I started leaving “<33” at the end of my comments. Aneeqah @ My Not So Real LifeΒ both ended up doing it and we called them love hearts and kisses and ice creams (because <33 looks like all three) Ehehe. And now Eileen @ Singing in the Rain does it too πŸ™‚ Us three have #yoloswag *wink wink*

Also, in a few weeks I’ll be able to leave comments on blogspot.com blogs again! While I don’t want my holiday to end, I miss seeing and readingΒ a lot of my fav blogs πŸ™

So that’s me, what about you? How do you comment?

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Melanie

Owner (and crazy nut) at YA Midnight Reads
Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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36 Responses to Discussing Through Midnight (19): How I Comment

  1. Jasprit says:

    I usually interact with blogger friends through other ways too usually Goodreads and Twitter. I like being able to chat with them in other ways too. My length of comment usually depends on what the post is about. If I’ve read the book or the post is something that I find really interesting, then I usually end up leaving mini novellas! Thanks for sharing a great post with us Melanie! πŸ™‚
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  2. Sophia Lin says:

    Oh noes, blogger’s trolling you? Tis not April Fool’s Day blogger! :p
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  3. Commenting on other blogs is so fun, I’ve gotten to meet lots of awesome bloggers this way including yourself Mel! I think it’s best interacting back too, keep the conversation going.
    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence recently posted…More Than This by Patrick Ness Review: Exploring the meaning of lifeMy Profile

  4. Christie says:

    Unless the post is interesting or relatable, I mostly leave relatively short comments, especially if I think my comment won’t get a response. I mean, I would appreciate it if the blogger would reply even just on the comment instead of leaving a comment on my blog as well. I love bloggers who are able to socialize with those who read their posts. Honestly, without readers, we bloggers would just be idiots talking to ourselves. Great post, Melanie! (Oh and, you’re fourteen as well? Nice to meet you!)
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  5. Stephanie B says:

    Commenting on a few blog posts definitely lets a blogger know you’re officially reading what they write and opens up the other social media doors a bit less awkwardly than randomly tweeting them. Honestly though, I already talk to and follow more bloggers than blogs (shame on me) so at the moment I’m trying to comment and read more blogs. I like to comment on blogs when I already know the blogger just so they know my interest and conversations with them are actually genuine.
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  6. You know what? I think I’m going to start a discussing post come 2014. I do enjoy talking about other stuff, too. As for commenting, yes, it is a great way to promote your blog, as well as getting new bloggy friends who share you interest. If I have read the book, I usually type up longer comments, or if I do like what the post is about. Happy holidays!
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  7. Charlotte says:

    I absolutely agree with what you said about commenting being better than interacting via Twitter and Facebook. Personally, I really find it hard socializing through Twitter because the conversation there is impromptu and I am not really a good conversationalist. I always prefer commenting because I have the time to process my thoughts without making things awkward if I commented late.

    I really don’t mind if people won’t comment back on my blog after I commented on theirs. But then, if they won’t, I would easily forget about them. I suck at checking my RSS reader, bloglovin or any feeds for that matter so I just rely on my memory on what blogs to visit. So if I don’t often see a blogger commenting on my post then chances are, I would forget about him/her. Hahahaha.

    However, I always return the favor when a blogger comments on my post. It may take me a long time but I always see to it to check out the blogger’s blog.

    Great post, Mel! <3
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  8. I agree with you! I always go to the blogs of bloggers who have commented on my blog, and it’s a great way to make new blogger friends! And you’re right, through commenting and seeing what they read, we do get to know each other a lot better.

    I have to admit I really love butting in to Twitter conversations, though… there is just something about chatting back and forth with only 140 characters to do that with.

    I’m always happy when I get new comments on one of my blog posts, and I’m pretty sure most bloggers feel that way. And once I’ve made my way over to a blog, I usually check out more than just the post that was linked to through the comment luv on mine πŸ™‚ So it certainly is a good way to get me to interact with you πŸ™‚

    Congrats on your first blogaversary tomorrow! That’s awesome. I hope there will be many, many more.

    We are going to get a white Christmas too (I hope!) we’re going to Norway to celebrate Christmas with my mom and my sister, and my children are really excited to see their cousins, aunt and uncle and grandma. I might not be around much during the days around Christmas, so just in case : Merry Christmas Melanie!
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  9. Ooh yay for a snowy Christmas! I’m so ready for the holidays. πŸ™‚

    I always comment back to people when they write on my blog. I like to return the favor, keep the conversation going, and visit other cool blogs. I randomly comment on other blogs if I come across them and like something they wrote or just have time to leave my thoughts!

    -Lauren
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  10. Giselle says:

    I totally agree – commenting is a way to be social and if someone doesn’t even make like they noticed you left a comment it feels like a one way relationship you know. To me it’s part of interacting with my blogging friends. Long comments are not at all required – heck I’m fine with few words and I will make an effort to comment back regardless. I can’t comment every single day but I do try to backtrack everyone who commented on my blog since the last time I went to comment.

    I also comment less than I read. Like if I read on my iPhone it’s too much of a pain to comment with that so I usually just read and leave nothing. Also it’s said that only 10% of people who read a post actually leave a comment so don’t feel like blogs posts that get not many comments are not read, either.

    Commenting is how I met most of my closest blogging buddies – like you – so I think it’s one of the most important tools to get yourself known in the community and to find people who will eventually become your true friend.
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  11. Giselle says:

    Oh also – Happy Blogoversary and <33!!
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  12. I met a lot of my favourite bloggers through comments too. πŸ™‚ I usually always check out someone’s blog in return if they’ve commented on mine and their account is linked up – but I never expect people to do the same for me. It’s definitely nice when they do, though! But, mostly, if the content is interesting enough and I actually have something real to say, I’ll leave a comment. πŸ™‚
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  13. I love commenting too. It’s a great way to get to know more about other bloggers. Sometimes I get sad when some blogs never comment back..it’s like πŸ™ especially if they’re the same genre so I know we read the same books. I started just commenting on blogs I know comment back and also as many new blogs as I can! ^_^ Haha I love the <33 double heart. I do that sometimes but usually just do <3
    I'm so excited for Christmas too! I hope you have a great white Christmas! I wish mine would be white lol. Can't wait to hear about your holiday! πŸ˜‰
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  14. I am the same way, I only comment on blogs that comment back. I do make an effort to return each and every comment and I love the relationships you build over time by repeatedly commenting on your favorite blogs. I don’t have time to interact on Twitter much because by the time I get done commenting and prepping the posts I am already into it a couple of hours each day. You can build some amazing relationships by leaving comments daily. I am glad I met you πŸ™‚
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  15. Commenting on other blogs is fun and important. I like going around spreading love and yes, I also like getting comments back. Another way I like the community is Twitter. I never thought I’d say that, because the first half year I hardly used it. Now it’s starting to grow on me and it’s fun to interact even more personal with someone πŸ™‚
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  16. First and foremost- Happy Blogoversary!! <<33 and c[_] (ice cream & coffee) I always reply to and comment back. Depending on the post my comments can be short and sweet or long and goofy. I also interact on Facebook and Twitter as I am a social bug πŸ™‚ Since not all of my followers/commenters are not bloggers I really feel it is important to respond to or acknowledge their comments. I know blogger platforms don't allow them to see your comment which is why I encourage them to add Discus or comment luv to their blogs. I really think my personal interactions have helped my blog grow and consistently garner comments. Awesome post cupcake!
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  17. Alise says:

    Good post, Melanie! All your points explain the very reason why I started Bloggers Commenting Back! I love discussion, but it’s no fun if it’s one sided πŸ™‚

  18. I’m scared of commenting on major blogs because I feel like they won’t read my comments, even though that probably isn’t true. I never get comments on my blog, but figure that commenting religiously on others will eventually pay off. Plus, the blogs I comment on are a LOT of fun to read!

    Great post,

    – Nova
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    • Melanie says:

      Sorry I haven’t been able to comment on your blog, Nova! It sucks that I can’t go on blogspot.com blogs until I come back from holidays in Jan 😐

  19. A post about commenting, so how can I not leave a comment? πŸ™‚

    I always comment back to anyone that comments on my blog. I’ll leave either short or long comments on my favourite blogs posts – not all, but a lot – depending if I have something to say. I think It’s nice when you leave a comment on blog and they comment back.

    And of course, I leave comments when it’s required as part of a giveaway:) actually, it’s through commenting via giveaways that I got brave enough to leave comments on non giveaway posts.

    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚
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  20. Celine says:

    I agree with you! I think commenting is a great way to interact with each other and to get to know each other better. This is partly the reason why I aways try to reply to my comments & to comment back. Besides, I always really appreciate it that people take the time to type out a comment, no matter how long it is!

    I have to say, I’ve been a bit sucky at commenting lately πŸ˜› I haven’t SEEN a computer in days because I was so busy! But yay for winter break now (although it’s summer break for you, right?)!

    I do think that Twitter is definitely a great way to socialize, but I really kind of suck at it, haha. For some reason, my social awkwardness in real life remains on the Internet and I never now how exactly to respond to people or whatever πŸ˜› I usually just lurk around on Twitter and tweet the occasional thing, but I really should interact with others more. But hey, that can be a goal for 2014 for me, right?

    Great post, Mel! <3
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  21. Nara says:

    I definitely agree- commenting is a great way to interact with readers and make new blogger friends πŸ˜€ I think the length of my comment on someone’s blog basically depends on how much I have to say. I tend to write longer comments on discussion posts, just because I have more to say, whereas with a review it’s more like “Great review! I agree with _” etc etc

    haha I have noticed that you like using the ole <33. And now that I look at it closely, it does look like all three of those things πŸ˜›
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  22. I have to agree… I tend to only visit blogs that visit back. I like the back and forth with other bloggers. πŸ™‚ So thanks for visiting my blog so much! And <33 right back atcha!!
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  23. I used to be so good at commenting. I would comment on like 30 or more bogs a day and try to always reply to comments on my posts. Now that I am working full time it’s a lot harder. I try to visit all of my favorite blogs on the weekends, but I know that I miss a lot. I do read a lot more posts than I comment on though. Sometimes I don’t have anything to say and I don’t want to comment just for the sake of commenting. It doesn’t really mean anything that way.
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  24. Melliane says:

    you’re right I agree with you too. I love to comment on blogs but if at the end it’s only one side and I don’t even speak to the person somewhere else it’s a little sad… But I do it too, depends on the blog and what the person read.

    I’m glad you have snow, you know in the south of France we never see any snow, and well when it’s the case the city is literally frozen lol. everyone stays at home. it’s funny.
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  25. You actually bring up a good point that I’ve never considered before. Commenting really IS a form of communicating, and not replying or at least commenting back kind of inhibits that. I’m all about commenting back, although I normally don’t reply to comments on my blog, simply because I get the feeling that people don’t come back to read them. =P But if a post is really interesting to me, or I get an awesome comment, or someone asks some questions in a comment, I’ll just go on Twitter and Tweet them about it. I’ve found that really sprouts some awesome conversations, so I always try to do that when I get a memorbale comment. =)

    Also, THANKS FOR THE SHOUTOUT! <33

    Lovely post, Mel dear! <33 This is such an awesome discussion to have.
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  26. Makaela says:

    I just got onto the blogging scene and discovered how great commenting really is. I’m a pretty shy adult… until I realize we have the same interests. I tend to look for blogs/people that I can relate to. It depends on the content, but I usually leave whatever I would say in person and see what they reply. Sometimes it turns into a great conversation. Other times it’s just adding my two cents. I’ve also discovered how awesome it feels to know that people are reading your posts. So commenting is #1 for me, I am still getting used to Twitter. πŸ™‚ Thanks for this post.
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  27. I totally agree with you Melanie! Commenting is definitely a form of being social around other people and sharing your opinion on everything. I love commenting on other people’s blogs because it also makes me feel so involved in the blogosphere and I love interacting with everybody! <33

    Fantastic post, Melanie! <33 (again just because)

  28. Rashika says:

    Personally, I agree. Leaving comments on other peoples’ blog is important, it’s a great way to meet awesome bloggers and I guess it strengthens our book blogging community. It’s a way of supporting your fellow bloggers. πŸ˜€

    I don’t think length really matters when it comes to the comment so long as the comment actually means something. I think you can usually tell the difference between someone who is JUST leaving a comment and someone who actually takes the time to read what you have to say.

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