This is one of those posts that no blogger ever wants to write or bring attention to, but it has to be done.
Lately I've bee noticing a lot of comments being left on posts that consist of "Nice post! _______ my blog link" or things like "Cool! Check out my blog? Follow back?"
I guess it just really hits home and hurts my feelings when I see things such as this because I put hours into my blog every day, whether its taking pictures, meticulously editing to make sure my writing is perfect, or just sitting in my bed thinking of new posts. So when someone is so blatantly rude to come on a post I've spent my time constructing and advertises their own blog I get really upset.
Sometimes people will leave really thought out comments that show they've spent the time reading what I've posted, but still ruin it by leaving a link to their blog. I'm not sure if I'm the only one who knows this, but anyone can access your blog from clicking on your profile picture. So in essence, there's no need to leave an actual link in your comment.
I'm willing to bet lots of other bloggers feel this way about commenters leaving links, but at the risk of sounding rude either just delete the comment or don't respond to the parts that are asking "Check out my blog?" "Follow back?" because I've know I've done it for a long time.
I do my best to leave up every single comment because everyone has the right to express themselves (and I've been lucky enough to only have had one hateful comment in almost 2 years of running this blog) but I just can't help feeling sad every time I see a new one pop up.
I don't write this blog for anyone else but me, I love putting my thoughts on beauty products out on the internet. I've tried to stop blogging for a few weeks (school reasons), and all I do is constantly think about is what I'm going to blog about next. I write reviews that I know I would love to read and would find helpful when researching a new product!
I think I just need to suck it up and start deleting every comment that includes a link to a blog. And by that I don't mean delete the comments that are linking me to a post to show me something, that is totally okay.
Even though there has been a flood of self-promoting commenters lately, don't think I forget about all you lovely people who take the time to say something thoughtful to me! If you honestly want to get noticed by a blogger, leave them a comment showing them you've read the details of their post.
I think all bloggers will agree with me when I say I notice those people the most, and I'm definitely going to check out your blog after you've so thoughtfully read mine and took the time out of your day to show me that. That's how I find out about so many fantastic blogs!
I just don't see any point in leaving a comment on a post if you're not going to actually mention anything from the content. If you want to self-promote, do it the right way and use blatant ads, my newest post is not an ad and I won't allow people to try and use it for their own self gain.
Since I'm just listing the things not to do, I thought it would be good for me to do a little how-to on leaving a good comment.
How-to Leave Great Comments on Beauty Blogs:
- READ: There's no reason you should ever leave a comment unless you've read someone's post, otherwise what are you doing?!
- APPRECIATE: When you were reading the post did you love that the blogger included all the ingredients, a description of the product from the companies website, a variety of clear and crisp photos, links to where you can get the product? Tell them that! No beauty blogger will ever get tired of hearing that you enjoyed the work we put into composing a post.
- TYPE: When typing up your comment, make sure to pull details from the post. Did the beauty blogger think the product was too shimmery, not pigmented enough, the wrong color for their skin tone? Did you disagree or agree with anything they said? Point it out! Make sure you check your spelling and grammar as well before you send your comment, nobody wants to be confused when reading your comment!
- CHECK BACK: I know on my blog I make sure to always reply to every comment, and a lot of other bloggers do that as well. Its a great way to strike up a conversation with a blogger and get noticed the right way, because you've genuinely read the post and want to talk about it.
This post isn't meant to offend anyone, if you're content with leaving your blog link in all your comments then by all means keep doing it. I just feel the way I do about it, I get offended. Just because I feel a certain way about this subject doesn't mean another blogger won't be okay with it. But I think from now on I'm just going to delete the ones that upset me and hopefully someone will gain something from this post!