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I do love a good linky, which is probably fairly obvious from my blog! They are of course a good way to increase traffic to your own blog, we all know this, and it’s one of the primary reasons we join in. But, it’s also a great way to find new blogs and to read some wonderful posts that you probably wouldn’t have found otherwise.
I also find them inspirational, not just in terms of giving me ideas for writing a post, but also through the other posts that I then read: different interpretations of a theme, different viewpoints, creative ideas and activities.
And then there’s the community. Each linky has its regulars and sometimes it feels a little like meeting friends in a cafe, grabbing a cuppa, pulling up a chair and telling each other about your latest project/moment/opinion. Sharing your ideas and having a chat :)
I always try to comment on as many linked posts as I can, although the reality is that most of us don’t have time to comment on every one. And, if I know I won’t have time to comment at all, I just don’t link.
There are of course days where you link up and then your day goes pear shaped. But when that happens I make sure that I, at the very least, reciprocate and visit any blogs that have left a comment on my post…
And therein lies the trigger for this post!
I’ve been doing a fair bit of commenting over the last few days and I have completely failed to find a couple of people that have commented on my blog. I feel terrible, and it got me thinking about the things that make life easier for yourself and others in a linky.
Before I start, as always I like to put my thoughts in context: I am a WordPress user and currently use the default WP commenting on my own blog. When I comment on other blogs, I use my WP identity or make sure I leave my URL, if given the option. I also have a Disqus account, which uses the same display name and image as my WP identity. My Twitter account also uses the same image, as does my Google Identity…
So, here are my Top Tips for stress free linky commenting:
1. Please, please, please don’t leave a cryptic title if you haven’t used your blog badge for the thumbnail! Yes, it may be an attention grabbing headline, but if I’m trying to find you to comment back, it’s probably not going to help!
2. If you have a blog badge, use it, if appropriate. For some of the photo linkys it’s more appropriate to use the image, but then I go back to point 1, please use your blog name in the description.
3. If it’s a text list, not a thumbnail list, then definitely include your blog name in the description!
3. When choosing the identity you use to comment, make sure the details are up to date, and include your blog name and/or URL! If I can’t quickly find your thumbnail/name in the linky, my next stop is going to be the URL or name you’ve left with your comment.
4. If you have a Gravatar, make sure the details are up to date and include your URL in your profile.
5. Consider creating identities for the common commenting engines, for example, Disqus. This means that your photo/details are consistent, which makes it easier for others to identify you and find your post.
[If someone can explain how the default Blogger commenting works, then that would be great… How does the information display? I’m aware that when I comment with my Google Identity it may not be particularly useful if you don’t already know me?!]
Having fairly recently gone self hosted I am considering upgrading my own commenting to Comment Luv, one of the main reasons being the ‘link to last post’ function as I’m sure that this makes linkys a lot easier to keep on top of. Any thoughts/opinions on this would be appreciated!
I will always do my best to find you, and have been known to resort to Google, Twitter and/or Bloglovin… but, best will in the world, I don’t always have time to do this! So, if I haven’t commented back, at least know that I will have tried my best :)
Now, I’m off to double check that all my details/identities are up to date!
What are your top tips for making commenting easy in linkys? What have I missed?!