Sometimes the best thing you can do to improve your own blogging is to spend more time reading and contributing to other people’s blogs. It’s the golden rule of blogging. Comment unto others as you would have others comment unto you. Ok, maybe I’m stretching that one a bit, but it really is one of the best ways to raise awareness of your own blog. It also happens to be one of the nicest things you can do to another blogger. Let’s face it, while you might continue to blog even if you never got another comment, it’s an incredible motivator.

Beyond that though, if you truly believe that blogs are a conversation, then commenting is just as important as blogging is. In fact, it’s important enough that a few people organized a 31 Day Commenting Challenge. This announcement page for it explains simply and eloquently why it is such a significant activity to engage it in order to be a productive member of the blogosphere.

It’s funny, it takes barely any time to do and yet I find so often I read a post and move right along without leaving any feedback at all. Even if you just leave a one sentence reply, it let’s the author know that you took the time to read it and what you thought. I can’t speak for anybody else, but even during this challenge when at times I’ve had 20-30 comments sitting in the inbox, I still take the time to read every single one of them. The inverse is true as well. There have been times when I’ve poured my heart and soul into a blog post and never gotten a single comment. While it doesn’t stop me from doing it again and again, I can honestly admit that it can be discouraging.

SO, let’s do unto others as we’d have others do unto us. For today’s challenge, find two blogs to leave a comment on. One can be a favorite that you’ve commented on before, but the other should be a blog you’ve never left a response on until now. Bonus points for going beyond the ‘required’ two!

Not sure where to find a blog you haven’t left a comment on before? Try visiting the 30D2BBB Wiki and leaving a comment for one of the other participants! And be sure that you’ve listed yourself there while you’re at it!

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