Has anyone ever tweeted you with a link asking you to comment on their blog post?
Have you yourself asked for a comment and then been told that the other person will only do it if you comment on their blog first?
For most people the answer to those questions will probably be 'yes'. What I'm talking about here is a fairly new thing called 'comment trading/swapping' or 'comment luv', where you will be asked to comment on someone's blog post. You might ignore it, like I do. You might say yes. You might say yes, but only if they comment on your blog first.
It's spam! It's like when a salesman comes to your door asking if you want to buy a washing machine or some other random item - the answer is no, I would not. Wouldn't it be nicer if you got comments on your blog posts just because people wanted to, because they felt your content was so good?
Personally, I'll comment on a blog post if I think it is particularly good and/or if I have something to say. It also depends on how much time I have. Since when did it become acceptable to hassle other bloggers to comment? I'm pretty sure it wasn't a thing until recently. When people outright ask me to comment on their blog post, I ignore it - I'm not being mean, I just don't feel comfortable with it at all. People should comment on blog posts because they want to, not because they've been asked.
You could argue that 'comment swapping' or 'comment luv' helps new bloggers gain a following, but does it really? To me it just makes them look like their content isn't good enough to get comments on it's own, so they're having to spam people instead. A lot of us didn't get comments for months when we became book bloggers, but I'm pretty sure the majority of us didn't care because we were doing what we love and that's all that mattered. If you're having to ask people for comments, maybe you should think about what you may be doing wrong in that department.
Personally, I'm fine with:
- Tweeting me your blog link if you've mentioned me or if you genuinely think I'll enjoy it.
What I'm not fine with:
- Tweeting me asking to comment on your new post.
- I love it when people comment on my blog, but for them to then say 'can you comment on mine now?' That just makes me think you didn't even care about my post, you're just doing it for the comments.
As always when I write a rant-y blog post, have a photo of a kitten!
What do you think about comment swapping? Discuss!