Reported by Guest Blogger, Heather Mann
I’ll admit. I blog for comments. Sort of. I mean, I started out in the beginning because I love to write, and shortly became addicted to the amazing power of a great comment. The internet is great that way. Craft, write, hit publish, reap positive vibes from across the globe.
Who are some of these commenters, anyway? It’s amazing that anyone can find my craft blog amongst the sea of internet awesome. Most commenters are nice and genuine people, but some of them just seem to have ulterior motives.
1. The One-Up Her
This commenter can’t just be happy for you if you come up with a cool idea. She has to share her idea she had three months ago that was the same, but better.
2. The Shameless Self-Promoter
You’ve never gotten a comment from this person before. This comment is generically complimentary, but then goes for the jugular in sentence #2: come join my linky party! or I’m having a giveaway at my blog! Comment wraps up with their URL.
3. The Over-Sharer
Two paragraph comments are usually nice, but sometimes they just stray into the awkward. Like, when she signs off saying “I typed this all with one hand while I was breastfeeding Lil Chimpmunk! LOL!”
4. The Martha Martyr
To this commenter, you are Martha Stewart, and she is the dirt on Martha’s floor. “Oh, this is so beautiful. I could never make such an amazing popsicle stick finger puppet because I’m just not creative!” Yes you can, Martyr. I just showed you how to make it in three easy steps!
5. The Double-Dipper
This person wrote a very nice, heartfelt comment on your post. Awwww, that’s so sweet. Hey, she wrote the exact same comment on your best friend’s blog too. Awww, that’s so not.
6. The Sob Storian
If you’re having a giveaway, this person is at the ready with the reasons why you should pick her to win the 4-pack of glitter. I hope Random.org is swayed by sad stories! (This is the reason I use Random.org for giveaways. I would want to be like Oprah and make everyone a winner!)
7. The Stalker
She (let’s hope it’s a she!) comments on every article. Knows your kids by name and age. Knows where you work and casually drops the info in comments. Tries to friend you on Facebook and asks how your mom is doing.
8. The Invisible Man
This commenter leaves a detailed question (or often, criticism), but no contact information and a fake name. Sure, an email address is required in order for people to comment. You try emailing “ohnoyoudon’firstname.lastname@example.org.” I welcome discussion and even criticism, but it’s really frustrating when you can’t respond to the person directly.
9. The Repeat Offender
This person is just a little trigger-happy.
10. Suzy Knowitall
Just so you know, I welcome comments from all kinds of commenters, even the awkward ones!
What kind of Commenter are YOU? Do you leave comments when you blog hop? If you are a blogger, how do you encourage comments? Please let us know in the Comments section below this article on our website!
About The Author
Heather Mann is the blogger behind Dollar Store Crafts, Decor Hacks and CraftFail, and hosts a weekly Twitter chat for creative bloggers (#crafterminds, Mondays at 1pm Pacific). Special thanks to Amy Anderson for help on this article too! Illustration licensed via Flickr by Noemi Manalang.