One of the things that gives me the greatest joy when blogging, aside from talking about books with people who both get the importance of reading and the awesomeness of books, is commenting and getting responses to comments (amen for those plugins and widgets that automate that because I’m terrible about returning to a blog to see if someone responded to my comment).
I don’t have a lot of local, everyday friends who read. How I hooked up with this crowd of nonreaders, I really don’t know. I love them and have a great time with them but when I mention a recent release — a big one, mind you, like a Janet Evanovich, Diana Gabaldon or Ridley Pearson, not the UF, romance or YA I usually read — they look at me blankly then excuse themselves to get a drink or run quickly away from the crazy book lady. (I suppose it would add to my eccentric reputation if I yelled after them, “Why don’t you read, you foolish people? It’s the greatest pleasure there is, along with mind-blowing sex, a cold beer on a hot day while floating in the lake and Whole Foods’ vanilla-chocolate cake!!”) (Seriously, if I had all of those things, along with an awesome book all in one day, it would be The Best Day.) (What? I’m easy.)
ANYWAY, because I hang out with nonreaders for the most part (and students who claim not to read but, when they think I’m not looking, sneak a book they’ve had their eye on off my shelf and spirit it away. And, if/when they bring it back, will they talk about it with me? No. Of course not. We just pretend it never happened. *sigh*), I get a huge thrill when I get comments on my posts. I enjoy leaving comments on as many posts and blogs as possible. And responding to comments. And getting responses to my comments. Seriously, if I had the time, I’d comment more than I do (as would a lot of us who comment, I suspect).
There’s just so much joy when talking about a good book or a hot cover or even sharing disappointment over a book that didn’t live up to what we’d hoped. It’s what’s kept me coming back to blogging when I take a break or when I’m overwhelmed at work/life or when I’m so far behind in my reviews that I feel like I’m drowning which makes me not want to write the damn things at all. (yeah, I’m at this stage right now. And it’s probably why this is a rambling discussion post rather than another review or even a pre-squee.)
I don’t comment for new followers, though I have found some great new-to-me blogs when the blogger comments on a post of mine or leaves an interesting comment on another blog I’m reading and I trundled over to his/her blog to take a look and say hey. Personally, I always return the comment, mostly because it irritates me if I comment multiple times on someone’s blog (and I’m talking a couple of weeks’ worth not just once or twice) and that person doesn’t bother to leave me a comment or respond even once. Now, if a blog gets tons of comments, that blogger doesn’t always have the time to visit or respond to every comment for every post. I get it. Some people just want to post their reviews or whatever and be done with it. Still. Visiting those bloggers who comment on your blog even just once in a while (once a week, perhaps) isn’t going to kill you. Or don’t. That’s fine. That’s your choice. But, I have to tell you, if you don’t comment, don’t respond to comments, you’re missing out on a huge part of what makes book blogging awesome.
By commenting, you’re opening up a dialogue with fellow readers and fellow bloggers. Through visiting a variety of blogs and commenting, I’ve met some absolutely amazing people (and even had the chance to meet some of them IRL), read some fabulous posts and been introduced to more fantastic authors and books than I’ll ever have time to read (but, God help me, I’ll try!). So, I gotta ask: Why comment? And I gotta say: Why not?
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