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Crafty Business Week – Blog Commenters

Reported by Guest Blogger, Heather Mann

licensed by flickr user Noemi Manalang

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’t@donotcontact.com.” 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.

1st comment – “Hi, I’d like to enter the giveaway”
2nd comment – “Whoops, I forgot to enter my e-mail”
3rd comment – “Whoops, I hit enter too fast”
4th comment – “OMG, did it again – I’m repeatoffender32@gmial.com”
Gmial??

10. Suzy Knowitall

This commenter corrects two facts in each article and has a dry school-teachery tone. Oh, and the “facts” she corrected? She should have checked Snopes.com before she posted.

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!
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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.

Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!

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28 Responses to Crafty Business Week – Blog Commenters

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    Jenny Lilac May 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    I laughed reading this post! Very on the nose! Those kind of comments just go to show you that people aren’t any kinder online than they are in person, and they’re probably a bit more outspoken online too. Hope you are having a good week and get looks of positive, encouraging comments!

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    Becky May 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    Funny but true post..:) I comment when I blog hop.

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    MaryNSC May 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    I M scared to say!

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    Jess-The Whimsical Butterfly May 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    Funny, but I don’t really consider myself to be any of the above, thankfully?! Furthermore, I’m really grateful that a lot of my friends/followers/colleagues don’t fall into these categories either. I do have to admit that it appears as if the “I don’t really mean it” blogger has been left out, LOL! My pet peeve (if I may say so) are the people who leave a 2 sentence “great card” comment and have cut/paste it a million times on their other friends’ blogs too. Thanks for the laugh-was a very well-written article and I’m curious to see what people will say. I would honestly hope that I’m one of the truly heart-felt people left out there-gosh, I really hope so!

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    rush May 24, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    when on a blog hop where there are prizes involved, of course i have to leave a comment. i mostly stick to blogs i follow anyway. i don’t go through hoops, such as become a follower…post it on my blog…follow on facebook…give a pint of blood, etc. there is just no sense in that! if there is no prize, i click on each participant just to see what they are up to. i don’t feel compelled to leave a remark but do when i feel something is outstanding.

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    Kari May 24, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    Heather this is HILARIOUS!

    I’m probably worse than the commenters you listed above…because I rarely ever comment at all! I know that’s probably a horrible thing to do but I get so busy and see tons of blogs daily and just can’t comment most of the time.

    However, I’m totally commenting on this post because I LOVE, LOVE this article…made me laugh right out loud!

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    Sara @ Mom Endeavors May 24, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    Great post, super funny!! The titles are great!
    My favorite (not) awkward commenter the one that didn’t read the post at all and their comment shows it. I got a comment once that said, “by the way, your daughter is beautiful”. Sweet, right?! Not so much when we only have boys and the post referenced “Big Brother”. UGH!

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    RMC May 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    Hilarious, and so spot on!

    By the way, I ate too much Thai food last night and spent the night on the can, but I could never do the crafts you do because you are so talented, but come join my linky party and comment on my blog…
    JUST KIDDING JUST KIDDING!!!!!

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    Kathy May 24, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    I have to admit, I was a little nervous at first reading this…..I thought. “oh oh, she doesn’t like anything people write in blogs”? But then I got the humor, and of course, I know of whom you speak! Tee hee….I follow my fave blogs religiously and comment there, and if I do a blog hop then of course I comment and make it personal rather than generic. But I do tend to write long comments (as you can see)….I’ll have to watch that! I’m gonna share this ‘review’ with some scrapping friends for sure!

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    Kerr Murphy May 24, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    I laughed at this. I usually refrain from leaving comments on most sites despite myself because I don’t want to fall into a catagory of annoyance to the author. However this classification you created has caught, in my experience of reading most articles or blogs on line right on the button of what people do.
    Thank you for sharing.

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    Catherine May 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    I’m the Emoticon-abuser. 🙂 I think you forgot to mention us. We think we hate emoticons, but in reality, a comment isn’t complete without at least one winky face. 😉

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    scrappingnomad May 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    Hilarious! I will never read comments in the same way again! Now I’ll be trying to fit every comment into a category!

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    janine May 24, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    Only the brave will post a comment on this one…lol But, kidding aside, I usually try not to analyze a comment—it is what it is.

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    Carmen May 25, 2011 at 4:11 am #

    I’m going to put my hands up to stalking a few people but it’s OK cos they stalk me right back and we all have friendly injunctions against each other 😛

    Joke.

    About the injunctions.

    But not about the stalking 😀

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    Aisle 3 May 25, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    :blush: I think I might blog comment offender in a couple of those categories. Thanks for the friendly reminders!

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    Shirley May 25, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    Hi, Heather. I enjoyed your post! I am a blogger, as well as read a bunch of blogs every day. when I respond, I respond sincerely. I rarely respond just to win something (unless it is something I want really, really bad).

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    catdidit May 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Hahaha! Tooo funny! I am just a plain ole’ commenter…I dont know what you would call me, ROFL!

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    Scrapycandy May 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    I always visit but not always comment. And I have a list of blogs I frequent. I want to be supportive. But often if I’m tired or harried, I just do not comment. If I am really impressed, I say so. I admire bloggers as I would be really lousy at it. Keep up the good work.

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    mudmaven May 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    Thanks for this great commentary on commentors – hits it on the nose in every category. ~chris

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    Sija May 26, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    Unfortunatly sometimes I’m number 9… Great post. I’m typing my comment while sitting on my balcony. No Chimpmunk involved 🙂

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    Sue in CT May 27, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    I have had them all. I tend to be a little bit of the person who writes a book to respond to a question. However I do say on the subject but I have also done the “Nice Card” too. I follow over 100 blogs and I just can’t spend time writing on everyone so I rather (on my own blog) get “nice card” rather than nothing so that is why I do it. Just to let the person know I was there.

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    pennyd May 28, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    Wow – you nailed some of the comments I’ve received! I love your style – very enjoyable to read. I don’t always comment – particularly on bloghops, I run out of things to say.

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    POSH June 1, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    Enjoyed your post….I’ve never left a comment on your blog before, not giving away anything, ehhh..LOL
    Thanks for the chuckle.

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    Daniel-Catalin Cretu June 11, 2011 at 6:48 am #

    Funny post:) …
    All the best!…

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    Logo Design July 19, 2011 at 2:50 am #

    Thank you very much I hope you do not mind me blogging about this piece of writing on my website I will also link back to this post Thank you .

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    Alexander October 30, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    I’m glad that you appreciate what people’s wrote in your blog. Anyway, hopefully there will be many useful insights that I can take from your blog. Thank you.

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    machine a sous November 28, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    Very good advice. Thank you very much

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    Truth About Abs December 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    Interesting post.I would like you to write on my blog.What do you think?