The Missing Link
In the past few months, I’ve started leaving a link when I comment on other people’s blogs. I had done this in the past, thinking it would make it easier for them to find material written by me that is pertinent to what they have talked about in their blog. Then I read an article on a blog advice site that said this was tacky and made it look like you were just reading and commenting on another blog to advertise your own. Embarrassed, I stopped posting any links.
Very promptly, a viewer complained, asking why I hadn’t included a link as she had grown to depend upon them. I used this as permission to resume the practice. Since then I have never had a complaint about leaving links, but I’ve had at least a dozen bloggers thank me for doing so. It makes it so much easier to find the correct spot on my blog that I think they might be interested in, or in some cases, just helps direct them to new material they might have missed if they posted after I did.
I’ve found that this has given birth to so many more conversations and in fact I’ve found the blogging world to be a warm and caring and interactive place–partially due to the facility with which people can find my own thoughts about topics they themselves have written about.
So, dear blogging friends and friends to be, if you are making a comment to me about a specific blog of your own that I’ve commented upon, perhaps you’d consider including a link back to that post on your blog, since by the time I receive your comment on my comment, I’ve probably forgotten the name of your post or how to find it.
I’d love to comment on your comment and since there is so much to write and see and read each day, the less time spent searching the better! The same is true when you read my blog about a topic you’ve written about. I would love to read your thoughts. Help me out by giving a link!!
I’m interested in how you feel about this matter. Do you feel “used” when I include a link with comments? That is not the intention.
And now, here is a link back to the Daily Post site: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/daily-ritual/