One of my favorite SF/F writing blogs in the authosphere is Magical Words. Smart posts from smart people. But I no longer comment on posts from this blog. Why? Because, due to spam–I think–they have instituted a login rule. I have 30 or 40 username/password combos having to do with my internet activities, and as much as I love MW, I just don’t have the time or energy to log in every time I want to comment. I understand–they’re a very popular blog and they all have far busier schedules than I. And far more brilliant things to say. But everyone has their limit, and if you stack up enough obstacles to participation, you are going to lose some. I wish they didn’t have to require a login, and I wish it wasn’t such a pain for me to deal with. But things are how they are. I’m not knocking MW. They’re still in my google reader and I read all their posts. But I’ve got too many passwords rattling around in my brain already.
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So, I was responding to a comment today, and I realized a certain habit of mine that I’d never really thought of before. One of the standard pieces of advice for making your blog known to the blogosphere is leaving comments on other blogs. Preferably related ones. It lets people be aware of you and shows them what sort of material and attitude they can expect on your own site. This can also help create name recognition. If someone sees you commenting frequently on other blogs, and happens to hit your site on google, there’s a lot better chance of them clicking your link first.
Now, I require all my comments to be approved by me before they appear on the blog. This is partially because I’ve had some spam issues, and partly because I think it’s good practice. While comment sections should be relatively open, it’s better to nip problems in the bud.
Getting back on topic, do you what the first thing I do after reading the comment is? I click through to the commenter’s blog. Almost invariably, they have one. I might read a few of the posts on the front page if they are interesting, and even leave a comment. It seems to me that a lot of other bloggers follow this practice as well. It’s useful for starting a conversation between the two bloggers, even if the topics are wildly different.
What this is all leading up to is, if you leave a comment and you have your own site, always take advantage of the url/website option for commenting. Even if your site has nothing to do with the topic of the place you are commenting. You never know what might interest someone. Of course, good etiquette says don’t leave a link to your own site in the body of the post. I delete those links myself, and I know many others do as well.
Pretty standard stuff, yeah, but it never hurts to remind people. After all, I might love their blog, so it’s not like only the commenter benefits.