So many commenting opportunities, so little time, right?
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.)