I’m really bad about commenting. So much so that I’ve almost forgotten how fun it is to go around the blogosphere and leave different messages on different blogs. Of course, there are a lot of factors in why I don’t get to comment often. For starters, as an introvert, it’s hard to go leave multiple meaningful comments without feeling totally drained and sometimes I just don’t have anything to say/add. But the number one culprit is time.
Ever since my junior year in high school two years ago, I’ve been in a constant time crunch to make time to blog. I barely had enough time to churn out two posts per week, let alone go around commenting (commenting takes me a long time).I’ve realized that to me, writing new posts and publishing new content is more important than commenting on other blogs. It’s a pretty selfish notion, perhaps one brought on by the fact that I like writing posts more than I like commenting.
But lately, I’ve been thinking about just leaving my blog to hang while I spend my free time snooping around other blogs. Technically, it’ll be more efficient – instead of having to block out hours of time to write a blog post and create the graphics needed, I’ll just need thirty minutes to comment on a handful of blogs.
The funny thing is, one of the reasons why I constantly end up in a blogging slump and can’t write new posts is because I have no motivation. It’s hard for me to make time to blog if I feel like only a small number of people are reading my posts. But at the same time, I can’t really grow my readership without commenting on other blogs.
So right now, I’m trying a new schedule. I’ll write new posts this week (because I have more spare time) and focus more on commenting next week (full of exams, very little time). And I’ll keep alternating each week, and maybe adjust depending on if I have more or less time. This way new posts and commenting will be equally prioritized in the long run. At least, that’s the plan (and theory). We’ll see how well it works (aka how long I stick to it).
What about you?
Do you prioritize new posts or commenting over one another?
Do you have a post/comment schedule?