Are You a Comment Spammer or an Etiquette Queen?
Short and sweet. Don’t write a blog post of your own in the comments. Or even worse, a novel. Add something relevant to the conversation. You can comment with a funny joke or story relating to the article or even just to thank the blogger for the interview. How long is too long? It depends on the goal and type of comment. A sentence or two is perfect for a thank you. If the post has a desired length, such as two-hundred word tip or a 400-word excerpt be sure to follow the blog owner’s rules.
It’s a dialog, not a hit and run. Comments are a way to form online relationships and not just with other bloggers or authors. Hopefully it is also with your readers. Make sure to come back to see if someone has responded to you. Many blogs have a click box to request notification if someone leaves a reply to your comment. Responding to a comment is especially important on your own blog. Just as you felt appreciated when someone you respect left a comment for you, pass the feeling along.
Like conversations, not all comments are positive. Practice respectful disagreement, not personal attacks. ALL CAPS IS YELLING. It’s really easy to get attached to your writing, but don’t ever show your frustration. If a negative comment appears on your own blog, don’t respond to criticism with anger. That said, you DON’T have to thank a troll for their nasty words. And deleting spam (or a troll) is always an option.”