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Stop The Summer Slump Day 5: Let’s Talk About Commenting

By Jun 19, 2015 7 Comments

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Whew! This has been a busy week. We challenged you to step outside of your comfort zone, write about the smallest things, plan your summer fun list, and celebrate summer picnics…and now we are at the last day of our Stop The Summer Slump challenge.

Keep your blog going strong this summer with the fun SITS Girls blogging challenge.

Stop The Summer Slump

My Mama always told me, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” I lived by that mantra through most of my childhood. Alright, I tried to, but I didn’t always succeed. I’ve tried teaching it to my kids as well. I’ve changed it a bit to today’s vernacular: “If you can’t be kind, be quiet.” But recently, I was reminded of Kid President’s much better adage:

“If you can’t think of anything nice to say, you’re not thinking hard enough.”

When it comes to blogging, kind words and comments are the life’s blood of many writers. It’s the way we know that we have connected with someone. Pageviews are one thing, but comments? Comments make us giddy. Well, me anyway!

Summertime is full of lazy days and fun-filled nights. It’s a time for taking a break and taking it easy. But many bloggers, myself included, have complained about the “Summer Slump.” There are a number of Bloggers who stop posting or post less frequently during the summer, but there are also plenty of us who still blog and still crave the interaction that goes along with it. Obviously when pageviews slide, commenting slides as well.

I don’t comment on every single post I read, but I try to. I guess I just don’t try hard enough sometimes, according to Kid President. So here are some tips to help you leave more comments this summer and beyond:

1. Support
Supportive comments are great! Try not to leave it at “Great post! I totally agree!” That doesn’t really tell a writer much. Elaborate a bit. What do you agree with? Can you pull a quote from the post that really made you nod your head? Point it out in your comment. Was there an infographic that really helped you understand things? Mention it.

2. Oppose
As my friends at LMFAO like to say, “Stop! Hatin’ is bad.” There’s a way to oppose someone’s viewpoint and still be kind. There are many times that I’ve said, “I’m glad you found a way that works for you. At my house, we find that {fill in the blank} works better.” Make sure your statements refer to you and yourself. You don’t need to sound preachy or try to change someone else’s mind. It’s OK to disagree with someone’s opinion and that doesn’t mean they need to change to make you happy. If you choose to disagree, try to make a sandwich with your comment. Say something nice, mention your disagreement, and then end with something else nice.

3. Commiserate
Sometimes when I read a post it reminds me of something similar that has happened to me. I personally like to be reminded that my trials and tribulations are the same sorts of things that other people are going through. It makes the wild and crazy kid behaviors at my house seem more normal. Go ahead and share your story or a piece of it, just be careful that you aren’t trying to compete in the “craziest kid contest.” Plus your comment might trigger enough of a story to use on your own blog. In this case, make sure to give credit to the blogger who started your thought process.

4. Question
I like a post that makes me think. Sometimes a real concrete question comes to mind. “What did you do then?” “What happened to her?” Sometimes the “what if machine” in my head starts going over time and I start to wonder, “What would have happened if…? Or “What do you think you’d do the next time?” These are all great questions to write in a post. On occasion a writer might leave out a pertinent detail that make the story hard to follow. It’s okay to politely ask about it. Also, if you’ve never visited a blog before, it’s okay to ask a background question that helps you understand.

5. Add
What else can you add to this conversation? Have you seen a similar article? Mention it. Does it remind you of a book you once read or a movie you’ve seen? Bring that up. If the person writing the post was standing right in front of you, tell you about this story, recipe, DIY, etc. how would you respond?

Day 5 Writing Prompt

The summer slump is a real thing in Blog-Land. Don’t just complain about it. Do something! If you are writing you should be commenting. I challenge you to find 5 new blogs you’ve never visited and leave a comment on a recent post. Use the advice above to help you jump start your thoughts, but above all be genuine.

Link Up Your Post Here

Link up a recent post on which you would like to receive comments and feedback, and then go visit those 5 new bloggers and spend some time writing in their comment section.


Thanks for participating in our Stop The Summer Slump Blog Challenge this week! We enjoyed reading all of your blog posts and seeing your creativity at work. Next month we are going to have a fun community challenge focusing on photography. Be sure to sign up for our emails to be kept in the loop about that and other fun plans (as well as sponsored post opportunities) all throughout the year.

About Rabia Lieber

Rabia is the co-executive director and Chief Van Operator in the Lieber household. She works full time as an office administrator at a local university. In her "spare" time she keeps up with The Lieber Family blog, volunteers with a local non-profit and shuttles her three kids to their various activities. Married to her husband Ken since 2001, they work together to teach their children to pretend they have manners in public, appreciate all things Geek, and gracefully avoid public meltdowns (from the kids and themselves). You can follow her on social media here: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, G+, and Pinterest.

7 Comments

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  • Lana says:

    Thanks for the reminder~ cheers from kidcandoodle.com

  • Emma says:

    This is my favorite linky of the week! I love commenting and finding new bloggers. Thanks for the commenting tips! 🙂

  • Carolyn says:

    I have loved this series! So grateful to have found the SITS Girls, and all your excellent advice and resources. What a fantastic way to connect with other bloggers! Who knew this was where all the wise, witty, and wickedly awesome women were hanging out?! So glad I now do!

  • Lowanda J says:

    Thank you for hosting this week’s summer slump and for making the last link up one where we just link up any post we like. I had left a message last night that I didn’t think I would be able to submit a post for today because I wasn’t in the mood to write. I live in Charleston and lost a former church member in the horrible shooting the other night. She was a song bird and I will truly miss her smooth and soothing voice. Please keep Charleston in your prayers as well as the rest of the nation. Thanks again. #prayforCharleston

  • Lydia says:

    Rabia – You are the QUEEN of commenting. In fact, when I read blogs, I honest to goodness think, I need to comment b/c Rabia is so good at this. Perfect post for you to share! And yes, there are lots of ways to comment. 🙂 Thanks for this awesome reminder.