|Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts At Midnight host the 2016 Discussion Challenge.|
When I first started book blogging, I was pretty religious about commenting back. If you left a comment on my blog, I left one on yours. This was the first thing I did in the morning. Every single morning, I commented back. Then, two things happened that made commenting back difficult.
1. My blog grew. Compared to a lot of blogs, mine is small, but it feels big to me. Keeping it going is time consuming. As I got more interested in blogging, I started posting more often, and I got more comments on each post. I also discovered cool link-ups and “favorite” blogs that I wanted to read every day. I could easily spend a whole day blog hopping. I started to become less disciplined about commenting back because I just didn’t have time. The book blogosphere is huge. I want to see everything. If I spend all my time commenting back, I might not be able to look at link-ups or read the thousand blogs I follow on Bloglovin’.
2. I don’t always know what to say. Not everyone who comments on my blog is a book blogger with similar reading tastes to me. Sometimes I go to comment back, and I find a beauty blog, or a movie blog, or a baby-pink blog plastered with pictures of people kissing. Then I panic because I don't know what to say. I loathe makeup; most movies make me twitchy; and I don’t read sexy-times books. I have no idea what to comment in these situations. I spend a lot of time struggling to come up with something semi-intelligent to say about a topic I know nothing about.
I still comment back as often as I can, but I’m not as crazy about it as I used to be. It’s been hard to find a balance. I want to comment back, but I also want to discover new blogs, click links, read my favorites, and find random stuff that interests me on Bloglovin’. How do I do everything?
If you’re a blogger who comments back, are you strict about it? What do you do when you encounter a blog about a subject that doesn't interest you? Do you comment or skip it?