Making Time to Read and Comment on Other Blogs

Given the length of my “to do” list and the number of items on it – and I mean “to do now or real soon”, not just “to do one of these days” – I’m sure I’ve spent a disproportionate amount of time today going through my feed reader and catching up on a lot of blogs I enjoy reading.

I’ve left a comment here and there, but most of the time has been reading. I did spend some time researching, completing and publishing one blog post, but it was on another blog (see Would You Include Twitter as a Fellow Panelist?), not here.

Even so, I was feeling frustrated because I’d actually started out to look for some inspiration for a post for this blog – if nothing else to let people know I’m still around. But while I found lots of interesting and informative posts, I did not seem to have any fresh inspiration for a post that would fit in here.

Then I read Chris Brogan’s declaration that next Monday, April 28th, is to be “Reading and Commenting Day“, a day for doing just what I’ve been doing today, reading and commenting on other people’s blogs. And he encourages his readers to report back on what they/we have done. I guess that for me, Monday might have to be a day when I do some of the things I had previously thought I’d be doing today. I can report on some results from my own reading and commenting day.

Actually, I have long followed the advice I picked up from Dave Taylor ages ago, to allocate a serious proportion of “blogging time” to reading and commenting on other blogs (my recollection is that he recommended 40% but even if that is not exact it was a significant proportion) .

It’s about being part of the conversation and contributing, not simply taking.

Just that today’s excursion wasn’t quite planned. I suppose there was part of me that wanted to take advantage of the fact that it’s been a public holiday where I live.

And, come to think of it, I did achieve what I set out to do. I got the inspiration for this blog post!

Why not give Chris Brogan’s challenge a try? See you over there, reporting, I hope.

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  1. Since I am a banker by day and working part time in my home business, time is short so I plan what I do at night carefully. It’s sort of a 80/20 rule. I try to focus on 20 pct of work generating 80 pct results. I read every night just about everything I need to read about the business. I do follow a sort of time table which includes blog commenting every night.

    Work From Home Business Blog

  2. I try to set at least one day per month as a reading and commenting day. Maybe this is not enough, or is it too much.

    I don’t spend the entire day reading and commenting, but rather my breaks in between other projects. It really ends up more like an hour during that day is spent reading and commenting.

    I think that it is worthwhile to read and comment. First from the act of contributing to others blogs, but also from the point of an education. If you spend all your time on your blog and only your blog, then you miss out on the value that others are contributing from their blogs.

    I just discovered your blog today on my reading and commenting adventure, and I like it. I will certainly be back to read more of your blog entries.

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  3. @Leah My answer to your question is ” it depends”. It depends on who is leaving the comment and why. I never mind getting a “nice job” or “thanks” or other very brief comment *from a blogger*. What I do mind is when I see one of those very brief comments and the link goes to a sales page or a blog-type site which has no indication of being owned by a living, sentient, thinking person. I know that it is *possible* that someone has one of those sites and is commenting in good faith, but the reality as I see it is that such “comments” are generally spam. I delete them so that others do not have to experience the irritation of clicking through to find a sales page, not a blog. By all means, Leah, leave your brief comments – I will appreciate them just as I do longer ones.

  4. Leah Maclean says:

    A question … is commenting with just a “nice job” or “loved what you had to say” just as acceptable as a well thought through commentary? There are times when time is tight that I think that I just don’t have the energy to craft up a multi-paragraph comment. And sometimes all that can really be said to a post is “thanks” but I think that may comes across as a little lame.

    I suppose it is just as you say it Des – it’s about whatever contributes to continuing the conversation. And sometimes saying “thank you” can contribute a great deal.

    So Des, thanks for the post it has made me think on this Sunday afternoon and made me commit to continuing more conversations.

    Leah Macleans last blog post..How Highrise works for Working Solo

  5. @Karen Glad to hear it’s become addictive for you, so you will be able to continue writing your thoughtful posts – I hope other readers here will click on your name above and check out your Wandalust UK blog

    @Dave Thanks for the clarification – I suspect it’s counter-intuitive for a lot of us, as it obviously was for me, to consider as a strategy spending more time on other blogs than on our own

  6. Des, this is a fantastic idea. Thanks for highlighting it.

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  7. Actually you’re close. I recommend that people spend an hour a day blogging, and that be allocated thusly: twice a week you write your own blog post on your weblog, and three times a week you spend the time finding and adding thoughtful comments on other people’s weblogs. So that’s 60%, right? 🙂

  8. Yes being a blogger does take up a serious amount of time, researching and writing your own posts, reading and commenting on other blog and promoting your blog. It is a long term commitment, I started blogging for my travel business in October 2006 and have kept up the blog slog because it has brought more visitors and reveue to my site.

    It does become a bit addictive as I’ve now started as editor of the Wandalust UK travel blog entailing writing 5 posts a week.