Part of freelance writing is making friends with other freelance writers. People may claim that writing is a solitary act (which it is in the context that it’s you and only you creating your article…Unless you and a group of writers do a joint post) but once you have your article(s) written, the next step is interacting. You can learn so much from following your favorite writers’ blogs and social media accounts, both about them and about the business of freelance writing. One of the best ways I’ve learned to make friends on BlogJob is through regularly commenting on blog posts of interesting writers but any writing website or social media account works for leaving comments.
An important question that comes up about leaving comments is, “What kind of comments should I leave?”
When you may have interaction with the writer, should the comments you leave be nothing but praise for the article and/or the writer? Some writers (freelancers of course, but also published authors) only want to see nice comments. Sometimes this translates to “You write something that isn’t 100% glowing and I’ll sic my guard dog fans on you!” It’s a scary possibility that product reviewers and fellow writers with friendly suggestions face. On the flipside, if you are commenting on an article and have suggestions or questions, you have the perfect platform to ask the writer directly.
Another question you might have is how long and how specific your comments should be. I like to address something the writer said that stuck out to me. Sometimes my comments to them are longer because I have many thoughts I want to share and I feel like they might appreciate seeing an engaged audience. While I try not to leave comments longer than the author’s article because that might cause them to lose interest, I try to leave a substantial comment.
I have mixed views on short comments that are equivalent to “You wrote something!” and that don’t address anything I wrote. It’s always nice to get compliments, but I like the comments that are complimentary and interactive. That might be why I like to leave substantial comments. A good suggestion for new comment writers is to think about what they read in the article and what they thought of it, and then write a comment expressing that.
Readers, how do you interact with writers (any writer, not restricted to freelance writers)? How do you choose what kind of comments to leave?
Sweet face, sharp tongue, keyboard at the ready.