If you are reading this and have never commented on my blog, this blog post is for you.
Over the past week, Chris Brogan, Daniel Scocco, and Marko Saric shared tips on increasing blog comments.
- Chris wrote about persistence and experimentation
- Daniel suggested building a blog community
- Marko added how one comment translates into 230 visitors
There is another way: Pay homage to your lurkers.
Veerle Pieters borrowed the idea from others, describing De-Lurking Day as a special day “celebrating lurkers and exhorting you to muster the strength and bravery to click on that comment button and end the deafening silence.”
I read hundreds of blogs every week. Some are by title alone, others are by the first paragraph, but many include the entire content which sparks me to add a comment.
In recent days, I added comments to a diverse selection of blog posts, including:
- Don’t Pick the G.I. Joe Action Figure
by Julie Roads
- Turning Towns into Cities
by Danny Brown
- The Most Hard Working Tech Bloggers in the World
by Amit Agarwal
- Thank You 2008, You Finally Gave New Media a Name
by Elias Bezannes
- Thoughts on Social Media Careers
by Rick Mahn
If you choose to add a comment below, don’t think of it as a favor to me but as a favor to everyone else. See, as much as I enjoy reading a comment, I can assure you many comments are added just because other comments preceded them.
In this vein, if you choose to de-lurk, here’s what to do:
- Whether you are reading this in a feed reader, an email message, or a syndicated blog post somewhere, click here to visit the actual post.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and follow the directions to add a comment.
- Type in your real name so I and others know who you are.
- Type in your email address so I can email you privately, thanking you for de-lurking.
- Type in your blog address, or your corporate website, or maybe your Facebook page. Somewhere where I and others can click your name (your web link will be linked to your name) and read more about you.
- Type in your Twitter id, if you have one.
- Type in whatever text you want, e.g. how long you’ve been reading, where you live in the world, what you do for a living, etc. Pretend we met at a bookstore and you’re introducing yourself to the world.
- If you want to read subsequent comments of other people, you need to check the applicable box under the text box to receive emailed updates. I click this box on every blog I comment on.
Please don’t be shy. Care to de-lurk now?