2 Tips for Commenting on Limited Time

So many commenting opportunities, so little time, right?

commenting on limited time

Here was a discussion with a reader recently:

Hi Amy…I’m struggling in the comment department. I love reading other blogs and commenting, but as a SAHM [stay-at-home mom] my time is so limited. I so want to read/comment on the blogs of those who leave comments for me, but I just don’t have the time! My blog is growing and the comments are getting more and more. Do you have any suggestions on this issue? You do such a great job of responding to comments and on FB!

Raise your hand if you can relate to not having enough time! (I’m certainly raising mine.)

Tip #1: Time budget to the rescue!

I suggested she allot a specified amount of time on commenting each day, set a timer, go for it and then once the timer goes off, call it good.

After all, we can only do what we can do. (Sidenote: This is exactly what I talk about in Tell Your Time…and I’m trying to practice what I preach!)

Tip #2: Be strategic

Just thought I’d add this second tip as well. Maybe it goes without saying, but when you’re tight on time, make sure you are doing the right thing and not just something.

One of the tasks I’ve added to my daily blogging task list is to visit 2 or 3 strategic-to-me blogs which I want to make sure I get to in my allotted commenting time.

Instead of hopping online and bouncing around from blog to blog, leaving comments here and there, I’ve picked out a few bloggers with whom I want to build a relationship (a la my top traffic tips – see #3).

It never hurts to be purposeful and forward thinking. (By the way, it’s also a good strategy if you want to eventually guest post there someday.)

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  1. says

    Thank you for your tips! I’m a new blogger and at this point I’m putting A LOT of time into checking out other blogs and trying to get traffic to my own blog. I want to encourage other bloggers, especially since I know how much it encourages me when someone leaves a comment on my blog, but I’ve been feeling overwhelmed. I like you’re idea of setting a time limit and just doing what you can. I guess that’s what I’m going to have to do!

    I found your post through The Purposeful Mom’s post on 14 Tips For Increasing Your Blog Traffic.

    • says

      So glad you stopped by, Missy. I can totally relate to where you’re at. It can be so overwhelming, especially at the beginning. Hang in there!

  2. says

    I personally dislike automatic comments through software but I still appreciate manual comments on my blogs as far as not spams. Sometimes people just want to response as simple as possible to the posts they have read without thinking too much how long the sentences.

    • says

      It’s hard for me too, Michelle. I’m a true introvert, but I’ve found concentrating on just one or two places makes it doable for me.

  3. says

    I agree with you,Managing Time is a very important thing,and you have encouraged to do right things within a short period of time.Its very helpful.Thank you for your valuable tips.

  4. says

    Very interesting and new information to me. I’m still such a baby blogger to all of this and knowing that I need to be strategic is helpful. Sometimes I just need to be steered in the right direction, thanks!

  5. says

    Wow – only just come across your website from Moneysavingmom and there are so many good tips here. I have seen it so much, but having a successful blog is both easier and harder than we think. It is fairly “easy”, but takes a lot of time and effort.

    Thanks for all the tips.

  6. says

    I am getting better at carving out regular time to make comments. Before I use to try and comment at the end of the day, but I found I was just so tired I had nothing to say that at all sounded intelligent. For the last 2 weeks I have been commenting for just 15 minutes (I use a timer) first thing in the morning, and I am seeing my numbers creep up, and some of the blogs that I commented on showing up in the referral section of Google Analytics. Referring to Google analytics is really helping me learn how to comment more strategically.

  7. says

    Amy, besides having a fabulous name :) I love your tips!! I am trying to build my blog and traffic and love reading other peoples for comfort of knowing I’m not the only one fighting this blog fight, but definitely find it can be a TIME SUCK!! ha ha Like Pinterest and Facebook! Thanks for the post! :)

  8. says

    Thank you SO MUCH for this post. I’m a very new blogger and while I think I’m getting the reigns on posting consistently (I don’t need to explain myself to a fellow SAHM, lol), I’m looking ahead and seeing what I can do now to build a solid readership. I knew about commenting, but STRATEGIC commenting is new to me! Thanks so much!

  9. says

    Yes, three hours went by today and I hadn’t even realized it… Strategic efforts sound very enticing…I”ll get on that as soon as I finish reading through all of your links I haven’t read yet…yeah, I will…

  10. says

    Thanking you for answering the question Diane asked about what is strategic. Perhaps my conscience is a bit too tender, but I feel guilty for leaving comments on anyone’s blog for the sole purpose of growing my own blog. I am always analyzing myself: “Am I doing this just to encourage someone and because I really like them, or am I doing this for selfish reasons?”

    Maybe because I haven’t jumped from personal blog to business yet, but even though I am in the process of creating a small business, I would feel guilty commenting on people’s blogs to promote my business.

    Perhaps I just need to get over that?!

  11. says

    I thought commenting on blogs would be a natural way to grow my readership since I was doing it before I had a blog.

    But you raise a good point about commenting strategically. I don’t want to come across as the smarmy salesperson in promoting my blog and therefore I have been commenting where I would have commented anyway. But perhaps I should put more purpose into my comments, while still avoiding coming across as pushing my blog on to people who wouldn’t be interested.

    One area I plan to focus on is eliminating my diarrhea of the keyboard; I tend to get wordy when I’m interested in a topic. This wordiness may cause me to spend more time than I should commenting.

  12. says

    Okay.. here’s my question (and I’m inwardly cringing because I know I’m betraying the true vastness of my cluelessness here…) What exactly do you mean by “strategic to me blogs”?

    • Amy says

      First of all, there are no dumb questions on this blog! :) We all understand the learning curve that goes along with blogging!

      Great question. What I mean by “strategic-to-me blog” is one on which I can focus my efforts. It’s a blog that might be written by someone I might like to eventually partner with in some way or it might have readers that are similar to my target audience. In other words, if I’m trying to grow a blog about knitting, it wouldn’t make sense for me to spend a lot of time on blogs about philosophy. Does that make sense?

  13. says

    Great tips, thanks! I think it’s a great idea to not go all over the place, but to aim for the right blogs to comment on. I do, however, spend some time looking for new blogs that I don’t know about yet. I love the timer idea as well :D

  14. says

    I understand the strategic commenting, but I have a specific dilemma (though perhaps it’s not unique). I work full time outside the home + a commute and am trying to build a my blog. By the time I get home, make dinner for the family and finally get a little computer time I feel as if “commenting hours” are over. It sort of like trying to join a conversation when the everyone else is already walking out the door. Any ideas on how to approach visiting and commenting on blogs when I’m not available to do it during the day?

    • Amy says

      Great question, Nickeletta. The first thing that comes to mind is taking 5 or 10 minutes or so during your lunch break to comment? I’m not sure how feasible that would be, but if you have access to the internet it might work. My other suggestion would be to interact on Facebook instead of in the comments. So, if you see a comment on a blog and it seems like the activity on it happened earlier in the day, jump over to the blogs Facebook page (hopefully they have one) and leave a “Hi! I saw your post today about such and such and just wanted to tell you such and such!” update there. You could simply email the blogger directly too. The goal is to build a relationship so if they are hanging out at other places online, try connecting with them there too. I hope that helps!

  15. says

    I have been struggling with this a lot as well, it’s nice to hear the idea about setting a time limit. Sometimes I get carried away and jump from blog to blog, it’s a nice idea to allot some time for myself and just go with that instead of trying to comment back on everyone or at least try to make a ton of new contacts!

    • Amy says

      “Sometimes I get carried away and jump from blog to blog…”

      Oh, I never do that. {{shifty eyes}} LOL! :)

  16. says

    Always so wise, Amy!

    I’ve found it a lot easier to let go of the guilt now that I can reply to their comments on my blog and know that the reply will be emailed to them as well. Then when (or if!) I have time, I can go back and visit their blog, but at least I’ve been polite.

    I need to build a strategic list though. Thanks for the prompt

    • Amy says

      Thank you, CraftyMummy. Yes, I agree, the email notification is nice. (For those of you interested, I use the Comment Reply Notification plugin which can be searched for and installed via your Dashboard).

  17. says

    Wow, super helpful! I also LOVED the tip about setting a timer. My issue is that sometimes I get “excited” about my own comments and end up writing too much on a blog post that I loved reading. Thanks again!

    • Amy says

      Been there, Helen! Sometimes as I’m leaving a long comment I’ll think, “Hey, forget leaving a comment, this will make a good post on my own blog!” :)

      • says

        I totally had that same thought the other day. And then, I actually DID blog about what I was commenting on. Haha. You should check my recent post… that was the RESULT of a comment I posted on my friend’s blog. So so true!

  18. says

    I like how your tips encourage us to set boundaries. I have to admit, I’m great at leaving the “Great post!” comments, so this is a reminder that I need to be purposeful with my comments and not so fluffy. Thank you for this helpful tip. :0)

    • Amy says

      Well, I always like getting comments whether they’re “Great post!” or something more meaty. It’s always nice to know people appreciate what I’ve written.

      Oh, and by the way, when I talk about setting boundaries, I’m talking to myself first! :)

  19. says

    Excellent tips as always Amy. Like Trina said, I’ve learned so much from you. I will implement your strategic-to-me tip as my blog grows and evolves.

  20. says

    Thanks so much for answering my question, Amy! And, for continuing to ponder the answer. I think in so many ways, I needed someone to “give me permission” to not worry so much about commenting.

    I especially like the idea of focusing on the strategic-to-me blogs. I have done this recently and I know it has built my readership. Funny thing is, even in commenting on the other blogs, I get dragged into the convo! So, even in that sense, I need to learn to engage and also disengage when necessary. I’m not the only one who can add to the conversation. I need to leave room for others to speak as well.

    • Amy says

      I need to leave room for others to speak as well.

      Ah, yes. Another good point too.

  21. says

    Great post & so appropriate for me. I’ve lost control of my replying to people who leave comments on one of my blogs & feel really bad about. Thanks for the perspective!

  22. says

    Exactly what I was thinking about today! I love the tips about setting the timer and putting your time into those strategic relationships, but what I need to do most is just get started! Thanks for you encouragement today!

  23. says

    Another great post, Amy. You have taught me so much!
    When a new commenter turns up on my blog, I try to visit their blog and just say thanks for stopping by. But I don’t try and keep up a relationship with all my readers on their blogs – just the strategic ones, as you said.

    • Amy says

      I agree. There’s a difference between stopping by to say hello to someone and intentionally trying to build a relationship.

  24. says

    I’m struggling with the same thing! I definitely like the tip about strategically commenting… though I have to fight the guilt of not reciprocating for everyone who takes a moment of their (also valuable) time to comment on my blog.

    • says

      This is especially difficult for me with the repeat commenters who have blogs. I so want to support their efforts AND read their blogs (there’s a lot of good stuff out there!), but I just do not have the time. I think if I get there at least once a week I’m doing the best that I can, and that’s all that I can do.

      • Amy says

        Yes, the internet goes on forever, so there will always be more you could do. Knowing when to stop, I think, is one of the characteristics of the most successful bloggers.

        • says

          I’m glad to hear (ahem…read) that line about knowing when to stop. It doesn’t FEEL successful to stop. With my fifteen month old running around, my house in disarray, dinner yet unplanned and still having done little in the blog world, it feels like I need to keep on a-keepin-on, but sometimes I just need to STOP and reorder my life. Blogging will be there when I get back, but I have trouble remembering that sometimes…..as though that one particular comment is going to be the ultimate watershed moment….