Part of running a blog, involves commenting and blog hopping. Now I’m sure we’re all familiar with what commenting is, it’s a form of engagement. Blog hopping, not everyone may be familiar with this term. Basically, you hop to someone’s blog post to read it and engage with it in some way. Likes, comments, sharing via social media all count.
Monday’s post was all about Authenticity in Engagement, which I recommend you check out either before or after this post. Next weeks post in this series, will be on Community and Discord Servers just as a heads up. If you want to read that post first, then by all means go on ahead.
We’ve covered content types (Discussions, Tags/Awards, Book Reviews, Blog Tours, Guest/Collab Posts). We still have Policies & Disclaimers, Graphics as well as a few other things to cover. Guess what. None of that matters though if you don’t engage and support others content.
More Book Blogging 101 Posts! (click to reveal)
Book Blogging 101: Blog Hopping & Commenting (currently on this post!)
But Clo…how do I find posts to hop to?
You can try looking on twitter, search a specific hash tag and tweets will pop up, with posts linked into the tweet. Another way is via the WordPress reader (assuming you’re using WordPress)..
However, a way I actually blog hop these days is by returning comments on my posts. (I sometimes slack at this, mostly because it’s draining for me) and through the shareyourposts channels on the several servers I’m part of and the erm one I co-own with Sam @ Fictionally Sam.
For me, it’s easier to hop to posts shared on the server than elsewhere, since I can just react to the link with the emoji I use. That way I know I’ve hopped over, and others also know I have. I’m aware not everyone is on Discord though so, just start with one blog. (handy dandy list below to find just one)
Cait @ Paper Fury
Rain @ bookdragonism
Charvi @ Not Just Fiction
Soph @ Bookwyrming Thoughts
Cami @ Reader in the Attic
Kal @ Reader Voracious
Sam @ Fictionally Sam
CW @ The Quiet Pond
Izzy @ Nine Tale Vixen
9 book bloggers are listed here, hop to anyone of them, read a post or few, that they’ve done. Then scroll through the comments. Who else has commented? Chances are, a high proportion of them will be book bloggers as well, since we strive to support one another in this community. From there, you can hop to other blogs, not all of them will appeal to you. That’s ok…just find ones which do and start engaging.
So if I comment…they’ll comment back right?
Don’t hold your breath. I’m being serious here. Commenting on people’s posts with the view that you’ll get comments back, is the worst way to dive into this. Commenting on people’s posts does not mean they’ll comment back. I know not all of us return comments, majority of us do try really hard though to return back comments. It’s just hard sometimes, particularly when like me…you kinda let things build up and have so many comments to reply and return.
I swear I’ll get to you, and if I don’t return a comment don’t sweat it. A lot of us who do return comments use this line of thinking: if we land onto your blog and we can’t find anything we’d like to read we’ll hop on. This is because:
Commenting on posts is a form of engagement but it’s not the only form. You can also like a post (which is why you should try and have a like button!) As well as sharing the post on social media. Comments are nice but not when they’re generic or just there for the sake of it.
Go into the world of blog hopping with this in mind: if you comment on 10 posts maybe 2 out of 10 will return your comment the same day. You may get another 4 or 5 later on in the week/month return comments too. You’ve a 99% chance of all 10 people replying to your comment at some point. (not straight away though)
I’m guest-estimating here by the way, so please don’t literally do this and then wonder why it’s not worked like I said. It’s totally dependent on the blogs you visit, the comments you, how busy that blogger is and so many other things. Comment when you have something to say/add, comment because you want to not because you’re looking for a comment back.
I comment so I can engage with others and also so I know I’m not just throwing posts out, into the wild and not giving back to this community.
How To Engage
I mentioned above about different forms of engagement. Here’s the thing though…you can engage with them outside of the blog! I know crazy right, also please, please don’t be scared of approaching “bigger bloggers” because wow, they’re all wonderful and at the end of the day. It is just numbers, they’re still people, or dragons 😉 who blog about books and if you like their content, they’re still going to appreciate you saying so.
- Commenting on blog posts (when you have something to say)
- Liking posts
- Sharing posts on social media
- Like/retweet their tweets
- Like/comment on their posts on insta
- Get involved with polls on twitter/insta
- Join a discord server (this will be a separate post!)
Discord is an app and website, it’s honestly the reason I’m still blogging to be honest. The community I found on there is what kept here, I came for the community and I remain for the community.
As always, I hope this post was helpful for you and if you have anything you’d like to see covered in this series. Leave it below in the comments!