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How To Increase Your Comments – Jane Style

(Many of you have asked me how it is I attract so many comments. Seriously? How long have you been reading my blog? I garner about half the comments most of you do. So, before you read the below tip sheet, I have to qualify. This post is tongue-in-cheek. It truly is. I know that many of you employ some of these tips with sincerity and passion. (How do you think I came up with this tip sheet?) And I’m jealous of you. Honestly, I am. This post is merely poking fun at myself and my own lack of passion/energy/discipline at honoring the comments that do come my way. For all of you who have been slighted by me in that regard, please know I am deeply sorry and acutely aware of my inadequacies. Now, on to the post….)

How To Increase Your Comments – Jane Style

10. Write all the comments yourself. As many as you like. Until your fingers bleed.

9. Comment after everyone else’s comment. Even if all they say is, “Great post!”

8. Let the spam through. After all, the spam was nice enough to spam you in the first place.

7. Beg and plead for comments. Ask oodles and oodles of questions for your readers to respond to. Even if the questions have absolutely nothing to do with your post.

6. Pray that God and all the angels will bring more comments to your blog.

5. Scream at the lurkers and guilt them into acknowledging their presence.

4. Promise prizes for comments.

3. Become a comment whore and indiscriminately leave comments on any blog you can find. Even if all the time you can spare is to say, “Great post!”

2. Make it easy for your readers to comment. Skip log-ins, CAPTCHA codes, registration forms and the required first-born son.

And the number one way to increase your comments?

1.

Sorry. I couldn’t come up with the number one answer. Yes. I am THAT comment-challenged.

Can you help? (Hey! I just employed tip #7! See? I’m learning!)

(All “Great post!” comments will not be deleted. So if that’s all you have to say? By all means, I’ll take it!)

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Just Your Two Cents, Please!

Saturday marked my 6 Month Anniversary in Blog World! Happy Blogaversary to me! I took a peek at my very first real blog post (as opposed to my first fake post found here) and I realized how much I’ve grown in just a short 1/2 year.

My writing has improved. I’m more aware of how a post looks best, disregarding many rules from my middle school English teachers. Looking back on that first post I realize there were no archives in the right hand column. Nor were there snazzy little “feel good about yourself” links to click. Or a blogroll, for that matter. I don’t even think I knew what a blogroll was at that time.

So much has changed and I have you all to thank. For your encouragement, your support, your advice. Just the opportunity to read YOUR blogs has helped me to grow as a writer, blogger and person. I am so grateful. Thank you.

Robin, at Passions and Soapboxes, was a very early reader and she took the time to send me detailed instruction on how to post my very first award (given by her, :). Thanks, Robin!) I remember being so stunned that someone would take the time to help ‘lil ol’ me out. And then it just snowballed from there – encouraging letters, comments, even phone conversations.

I have surrounded myself with some very supportive bloggers out there. They are relationships I hope continue to grow and flourish.

I know many of you stop by and choose NOT to comment – for whatever reason. I really don’t mind. But today I’m asking everyone who stops by to share a little piece of advice – for all of us – about something you’ve learned about blogging. It could be something you figured out for yourself or the best/worst advice you received from someone else. Or a quick pointer. How about a been-there-done-that-and-never-gonna-do-it-again? Your two cents. Any helpful information will do.

It’s share your best/worst tips at Jane’s today. And we all get to benefit from your wisdom and learn from each other.

Thanks to all of you out there for an amazing ride these past 6 months. Here’s to many, many more!

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