4 Life-Altering, Easy Ways to Show Bloggers Love


Sometimes I get REALLY BUMMED when I'm blogging.  Don't tell me you don't experience this too!  It's like I'm talking to thin air.  I research, I make a graphic, I schedule the optimal time to post, I write that post with my best spicy talk - and then...nothing.  Sometimes I get a comment, maybe two, but in general I think, "IS ANYONE EVEN LISTENING TO ME?"

I was sobbing (internally) about this to my husband, and he said, "Yeah, but think about all the blogs you read and never comment on.  They don't know you read their posts, but you did, and you liked them.  Probably people do the same for you.  You don't KNOW they're there, but they are."

Ouch.  Guilty as charged.  I read blog posts and never say a word.  I feel like my comment won't matter.  But on MY blog, comments DO matter to me - so I'll bet my comments matter to other bloggers.  So here is what //I// am going to do about it - and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU DO THE SAME!  Because everyone deserves love, community, support, + encouragement!

#1: leave a comment!

DUH.  Even if you're not sure what to say, something as simple as, "Hey, I loved this post!  Thank you for taking the time to write it for us," means THE WORLD to the blogger.  Take me: I could be spending time doing something tangibly useful, like washing dishes.  But no, I decided to spend time writing a post for you guys in the hopes that a) you'll like it, + b) it will be useful to you.  Was it?  Say so!  And not just to me - to all the blogs you read!

#2: "like" the links!

Did you come to the blog post through Facebook or Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram?  "Like" it!  IT TAKES ALMOST NO TIME AT ALL PERIOD.  What a simple, awesome way to let the blogger know, "Hey yo, I saw this and I liked it!"  Without that, the blogger has no idea!

#3: share the link on your favourite social media platforms!

Did you know that WORD OF MOUTH marketing is the BEST FORM?  YUSS!  Do you love your bloggers?  Share the posts you like!  Spread that love!  Throw it like confetti!  I can tell you right here + right now, there is nothing that leaves me so peachy as to see that someone liked my post SO MUCH, they went ahead and SHARED IT WITH THEIR FRIENDS.  Angelic singing!  Praise the Lord!  Hallelujah!

#4:  rate their work on amazon + goodreads!

Are you a reader following an author-blogger?  Maybe you're not good at writing reviews (pick me! here in the front row!), but that's okay!  It's really important for their work to be rated, so just jump into Amazon or Goodreads and leave a rating.  That's all it takes!  Blam - you're done!

those are my top-four tips for encouraging bloggers + letting them know they're loved. got anymore suggestions?  i refer you back to #1: leave them in a comment! <3


image via oh i don't know pinterest

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  1. Oh, this is a really good post! I used to always leave comments, but sometimes I don't know what to say except "Awesome post!" I feel like I ought to add something more. . . intelligent? to the conversation. But also I've been reading so many posts recently, it's become difficult to comment on all of them. In light of that, I guess someone liking a post enough to leave even a small comment is still quite meaningful. I shall remember!

    Um, also I've recently been doing posts in which I link back to all of my favorite posts. I currently compiling one for, next week probably. I've already linked to a few of your posts on the draft. I just wanted to let you know, I love your blog!

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    1. Aww, gawrsh. :3 Of all the things you could say, that is super encouraging to hear. Thank you so much. It's an honour to know I've been able to create meaningful content for you. <3

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  2. Amen, Jenny! I'm not always the best at leaving comments, but as I blogger I know how meaningful even one response can be! Thanks for sharing this.

    Dani xoxo
    a vapor in the wind

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    1. I seriously doubt being good at commenting comes naturally. XD It's probably something we all have to get off our butts and try harder at - MOST DEFINITELY ME INCLUDED.

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  3. If you want more comments, you could ask for advice-people like giving advice. :D And it gives them something to do. But I know, like you say, that it is more gracious on the reader's part to comment whether or not it affects their ego....

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    1. Nine times out of ten, I try to leave my posts open at the end for readers' comments, and definitely ask for feed-back - otherwise I'm just yammering to hear myself speak, which is NOT COOL! When I'm commenting on other peoples' blogs, I try not to give unsolicited advice, because I feel like commenting on another blog is just like being a house-guest: I'm in someone else's home and they are the host whom I respect. I want to be sure I thank them for opening up their home to me! :)

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  4. *bows* point taken, Jenny. I'm not brilliant at leaving comments but one can always try harder ...

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    1. I know that the more I read blogs, the more I view Youtubers, the more I follow Instagrammers, I see they're just like me: they're people, who put a lot of time + love into their content, and I think they deserve to know that people like us are seeing their content, reading their posts, and loving what they do! It's so encouraging when /I/ get comments, I'll bet it's just the same for other people - so it's my goal to be so, so, so much better are just liking, sharing, and leaving even small notes to brighten up other creatives' days. :D

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  5. As someone who has had blogs before (and is thinking of starting another one in the near future), I know it can certainly be discouraging to have no one comment on a blog post. I usually don't comment on things - I always am under the impression that I am being a nuisance and that no one (let alone a blogger/YouTuber) wants to hear my thoughts. (In fact, I often don't update my own social media because of /that very fear/.)

    But recently I have realized that that is positively silly and I should work on that.

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    1. I found it really discouraging too, and I also tend to think that no one wants to hear my comments. Pfft, what's she know. Who is this upstart. Why is she on my blog? Gosh, this is so annoying. ...Right? That's how I see other people viewing me. But my husband jolted some sense into me, and I kinda think other bloggers/Youtubers probably really appreciate knowing that other people see and love their content - because they're doing all this FOR US. So in the end I thought, hey, even if it is a little annoying to one or two bloggers, Imma do the right/polite thing and let them know I appreciate their work. <3

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  6. I've had this same exact experience...feeling a little disappointed at not getting comments, and then remembering guiltily that I'm not always good about commenting myself. Too many times my thought process goes, "I really like this post, but I'm in a hurry right now and I'll come back and comment later," and then half the time don't come back after all (or have forgotten what I meant to say in the first place). But you're right. Commenting or giving a shout-out doesn't have to be difficult. Reminds me of an article my mom shared with me recently (on a blog I bet you'd like): http://www.becomingminimalist.com/compliment/

    On a slightly different note, what program do you use to make your blog graphics? I'm trying to make the (rather excruciating) switch from using pretty Pinterest pictures to public domain/homemade images, because of copyright concerns, and I'd love to make some attractive graphics of my own...without needing to have a designer's eye. :)

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    1. Yeah, I find it's better to just jump in right then and there and say something. I kid myself that I'll come back once I've sorted out my thoughts...but let's be real here. That doesn't happen. XD

      I just use GIMP! You can download lots of fonts of dafont.com. I use a simple blur feature + text for my graphics. Nothing difficult or fancy. :)

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  7. Okay, I don't comment much, but I do read every one of you posts and enjoy them!

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    1. Aw, I'm so glad! Thank you so much. Knowing that made my day. :D

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  8. Sometimes I hover too long over the comment 'box'. I wonder what to say, and if it really needs to be said at all. But just as compliments in real life can be appreciated, no matter how small they are, so a compliment on a blog can't be wasted.
    That said, I suppose now is as good a time as any to say that I really do enjoy your blog posts and rich writing style.

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    1. I worry about that too: should I say this? what if it's stupid. so many people have said it already. maybe I should just leave. I might annoy the blogger. But then I figure, encouragement is ALWAYS welcome. Encouragement never goes out of style.

      P.S. I love the name "Blue." Just "Blue." Prolly it's just an online pseudonym, but I still love it. <3

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  9. These are really, really, fantastic tips. Seriously. :)

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  10. I AM NOT GOOD AT THESE THINGS, MAN. XD But here's a comment because Imma try to be better!

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  11. Well. I've been silently stalking your blog & other online things for some time (technically I've made a few comments on Instagram but I think that's it) and this post has pushed me to take action and say something boring like "Hi, I'm a fan and I enjoy your work!" I've read both published books and eagerly await Drakeshelm or whichever novel manifests itself next.

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