Wednesday, June 12, 2013

How a Master Commenter Does It

Today is guest blogger day at the Blogathon, and I am happy to be hosting William Kendall. Regular readers will recognize him as this blog's most steadfast commenter. His dedication to leave comments has astounded me, particularly since I know that he reads many more blogs than mine, so I decided to ask him whether he'd be willing to share how he does it. Thankfully and perhaps not surprisingly, he was responsive and happy to oblige. Thank you for sharing, William!

How did you get into blogging?

William: First of all thank you, Annette, for letting me play on your blog today. I promise not to be like a bull in a china shop. Maybe a bear, or a moose.

When I first got into blogging, it was a learning experience. I had to find my niche and hone that. Somehow it was never going to be a cooking blog, since I have a tendency to burn water, unless readers were looking for a recipe for Scorched Chicken Parmigiana. My blog, Speak Of The Devil, ended up becoming a reflection of myself: an off-kilter world of nutty humor, utter nonsense, sarcastic commentary, cats, dogs, and a cranky Mountie. For some reason I’m still trying to figure out, my sense of humour spoke to a lot of people, and in time, I was getting a lot of comments back.

You also follow a lot of blogs, don’t you?

Over time I found myself following more and more blogs. At last check, there are well over a hundred in my list to follow, and a handful that I otherwise click into from other pages. Not all of those are active blogs (seriously, if you haven’t posted in a year, how are we to know you didn’t get crushed by a rampaging Zombie Plot Bunny?). Still, each day more blogs get added onto the total, and it’s easy to fall behind. I actually am behind in my blog reading, but that’s not always a bad thing (though if someone’s doing a giveaway for a day or two and you miss it, you’re out of luck). It gives you a sense of how others are responding, and allows you to check if there are any spammers making their way past the filters and let the blogger know.

How much time do you think you spend visiting and commenting on other blogs?

I probably spend an hour or so visiting blogs, depending on the day. Even with falling behind, I find that if I can manage to read a given number of blogs in a day, I’m keeping ahead of the pack. I do comment back to the bloggers on my list, and to those who comment on my page. It helps to actually say something meaningful, to let your personality come through. Even though a “good blog” comment might suffice, I think saying something specific about the post is better as opposed to just putting in a “You are invited to follow my blog” comment. That’s a guarantee for me to not follow a blog.

I comment back, typically in my own twisted way, and it’s enough generally to get other bloggers to have a look back at my page. Over time, that builds interest from others in your page, even without realizing you’re doing it. And it helps if you’re having fun while blogging. People will pick up on that, and they’ll come back for more. And every once in awhile you can throw them for a loop with a serious blog. They never see it coming.

How do you find time in your day for all this blog writing, reading and commenting?

I'm in the world of academia, which oddly enough allows for a good deal of flexibility, in terms of working around your class schedule, and a ready access to computers for working. Not to mention an Olympic sized pool, which makes for good exercise.

13 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your insights and humor. Just what I needed on this dreary morning in WI.

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  2. Thanks for having me over, Annette!

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  3. I've known you for years, William, and your ability to follow so many blogs still astounds me!

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  4. You are such a gem William. I am honored to be one of the blogs you often comment on. I always look forward too it. This interview was insightful- Jeez, where do you find the time? 100's??? I thought I was over-involved with my 80+ or so!

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  5. Nice interview! And your blog is great!

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  6. Enjoyed a glimpse into your general blog approach! It's interesting, there seem to be many in academia who find blogging to be a welcome part of their day - some consider blogging/social media pretty essential even (there's a well regarded professor of English here famous for his Facebook activity). Glad you've been able to blend blogging into your life so well!

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  7. Thanks, everyone, for commenting on William's guest post. He deserves it, right? And thank you again, William, for sharing your approach!

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  8. Great post! I really enjoyed it! I wish more people took the time to comment to let the blogger know what they do and don't like.

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  9. Way to go William, I know I love to see your name pop up on my blog :)

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  10. I'm one of those lucky bloggers to have William stop by without fail for every post. I don't know how he gets all that reading done!

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  11. William is awesome, and a faithful blog follower! I started blogging about three years ago and I have been fortunate to have William as a follower since then. I love his sense of humor. Sometimes his posts make me laugh so hard I cry!

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  12. William is a very dependable follower. He always has something nice to say. Great interview Annette!

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  13. Congratulations on the Mansion section and the memoirs--I couldn't access today's blog and wanted to wish you all the success you deserve!

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