Commenting on Old Posts

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It’s time to confront an issue that’s been bothering me for a while. And maybe also time to get some advice. I’m terrible at keeping up with the blog posts that land up in our inbox. Sometimes I’m too busy, sometimes I’m too lazy, but either way that means that sometimes once I get around to reading and commenting on blog posts, the post can be up to a week old. 

I wrote this post a few months ago, but I’m posting it now because school is starting to get busy which means that Chana and I are no longer able to keep up with our inbox in a timely fashion. And with this build up of posts, I want to to know how late is too late to comment?

Many times I choose not to comment on posts over a week old, for a variety of reasons. First off, there are already a lot of comments, and I figure that at least one of the previous comments makes my comment unnecessary. Or sometimes there are a lot of comments, but I see that the last one was dated a few days ago and I feel like the party has ended and I’ve missed my chance to comment, even if I have something to say.

To make matters worse, there are times when I’m so backlogged that by the time I’m going through the inbox I can have two posts from one blog to comment on. And many times I have a lot to say about the older post, but not much to say about the newer one. So then I need to decide what to do. Either I can be the weirdo commenting on the old post. Or I can give a half-hearted comment on the new post. Usually, I end up not commenting on either because indecision gets the best of me.

However, I feel terrible whenever I don’t comment on a post just because it’s old. Because I understand how exciting it is when you see that someone likes your post enough to comment. And I’d be more than happy to get a notification on one of our older posts saying it got a comment. But that rarely happens, which makes me think it would be a weird thing to do on other blogs. But maybe I’ll start doing it anyway. Having read this post you’ll now understand why sometimes you might get a comment on a post that’s a week or two old. It’s from me, saying that I really loved your post, even though I couldn’t get to it the day you posted it.

MALKA

Please tell me how you deal with this problem! Are you always up to date so it’s never an issue? Do you just not comment like I do? Would you appreciate me commenting on old posts?

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26 thoughts on “Commenting on Old Posts

  1. I don’t comment often in general. When I do it’s because I feel passionate about what I have to say, and even if the post is older the feelings are new to ME, so I don’t feel bad about commenting on older posts.

    “And I’d be more than happy to get a notification on one of our older posts saying it got a comment.”

    Consider it done. *whispers* You’ll have so many annoying comments to answer! *runs off before you can tell me otherwise*

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    1. I definitely hear that. Before I was a blogger I was the same way, but now I’m much better at sharing my thoughts if I have anything relevant to say whatsoever.

      And uh oh! I mean the notifications might be a bit annoying to slog through, but I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about all of our posts!

      Challenge accepted!

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  2. Oh this is such an interesting topic to tackle! I don’t feel like it’s ever too late to comment on a blog post, personally it always makes me so, so, SO happy to see someone interested enough to leave a comment and want to start a conversation or share their thoughts with me. I get the awkwardness that you can feel though, sometimes when browsing through blogs, I feel like I’m “late” to the party or/and that this post is dated from two weeks ago and is it weird if I’m only commenting now? But we’re all human and can’t be on top of the new blog posts every day and every time, sometimes we’re late and it’s okay, too. If we have something we still want to contribute to, I think we should – at least that’s what I am telling myself haha. That was a very interesting post! 😀

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad you found what I had to say interesting! I’m glad to hear that I can now go back through the years on your blog and comment to my heart’s content! 😆

      But in all seriousness, I’m glad to hear you say this because I mostly need motivation to comment even when I feel awkward. Many times I’ll discover fantastic posts in people’s monthly wrap ups, but the fantastic post is from the beginning of the month, and obviously wrap ups are posted at the end of the month. Then since it takes me another month to read through all the linked up posts, I can have something to say on a post that was published two full months ago!

      More than anything I think this post was my way of setting my resolve and explaining to people why I *WILL* be posting late from now on if I’m unable to comment on a post in a timely manner.

      Thank you for your encouragement and support! ❤️

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      1. Ahahaha well if you feel like it, please do haha, you’re too sweet ❤ ❤
        I get that, I feel awkward commenting on blog posts sometimes too and it's a feeling we can't quite shake, but… I always try to remember how I feel when someone comments on a post of mine, no matter how old the post is. It always makes me so happy and I'm all for making people feel that way, too 😀
        You're so welcome! ❤

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  3. Oh, hey, we’re practically the same person! I always feel weird commenting on an old post…but I don’t care how old one of my posts is, I’m delighted when someone leaves a comment! Now that you’ve identified exactly how I feel (thank you, haha!), I guess I need to start getting okay with leaving comments on older posts, as long as it’s a comment of substance that adds something to the discussion.

    I do my best to stay caught up, but I tend to not be online much on the weekends, so I miss everything then, which means Monday morning ends up being a commenting blitz for me. And I often feel like I’m annoying everyone, leaving my late comments, but I wouldn’t feel that way if I were the one receiving comments, so thank you for shoving my thinking in the right direction here. 🙂

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    1. I’m so glad to hear you say that! Whenever I’ve taken a break I felt the piling up posts to be shameful and so I feel weird commenting and showing people I’ve been gone for however long. But since I’ve been hearing so far that people appreciate comments regardless of how old the post is, I may need to tweak my thought process in this arena as well!

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  4. Oh, I am the queen of commenting on old posts!! Especially when it comes to the Discussion Challenge because I have a solid goal of commenting on ALL OF THE POSTS LINKED UP, but I’ll confess that sometimes I get way behind. Because of that, you’ll often find notifications from me for comments on posts that went up weeks ago. I sometimes do feel weird about it, but most of the time the topic is still just as relevant as when it was written, so why not? 🙂

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    1. I must learn from your ways then! I also find I do this when I’m going through featured posts in wrap ups. The post can be up to a full month old at that point, and it can take me several weeks to get through them. And then I always feel weird commenting. But I’m slowly learning to move past my awkwardness and comment! Especially with all the positive feedback I’ve been receiving from this post!

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  5. this is totally relatable for sure!! i do this all the time and the struggle is real. i always scroll through when i have time and get to some post that sounds interesting and then after already starting to write a comment, i just stop in my motion and scroll back up to look at the date lol. if its over two months, i just delete it because im embarassed and anything under, i just post the comment before my bravery leaves me again. You are definitely not alone there! Me, personally, would always love to get comments on an older post 🙂

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  6. Ooooh I have had this happen to me so many times! Do I want to be a creeper? The half-hearted commenter? I also a lot of times choose neither! But when I do make the choice, I end up going for creeper because I figure that the blogger will definitely appreciate a thoughtful comment more! I actually used to get way more stressed out about this but now… I guess I figure I am always glad for any comments, whether they’re new or old, so I assume other people feel the same way? (Oh and to answer your question, I am approximately zero percent up to date 😂)

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    1. YES! That’s exactly it! I feel somewhat stalkerish even though I discovered the post through legitimate sources. And the comments on this post have definitely supported the fact that everyone appreciates comments, no matter how late! (And don’t worry about it, now you know you can comment in 3 months if you’d like.)

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  7. Hey ho- this was such an intriguing discussion… I’ve never worried about commenting on older posts unless i was linked to and it’s been a couple weeks since I got the pingback (which has happened… >.<) I feel like we all get caught up in life at times and its such a pleasure to know someone care enough to come NOW and leave a comment. Plus I know a lot of big bloggers link to old posts deliberately … I think its really flattering! ❤️

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    1. Oh, wow! That is a really awkward situation to be put in, but I guess it’s better late than never? Pingbacks confuse me to be honest.

      I also think that you made a great point. Bloggers want to see their old posts getting interaction, but I sometimes feel weird when I discover an older post on my own without seeing it linked anywhere recently. But now I know to bury my awkwardness and comment away!

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  8. First of all, I’m late to the party!

    Second of all, I SERIOUSLY THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE! Since I re-started blogging in January, I’ve been trying to work at least 30 minutes of blog hopping into my mostly daily routine, but it only takes a day of falling off of that for me to feel completely overwhelmed again! I often come across amazing blog posts via other blog posts, but then by the time I get there it’s a month old and I feel like a weirdo for popping in just to say something that one of their previous 500 comments already said. I can’t imagine how the big bloggers keep up with all their comments anyway!

    Now that your post got me thinking about it, I have a weird system in my head. When I find a post I have something to say on but it’s more than a few days old, I comment anyway, but I don’t expect to get anything back. Especially when I see how many other people have commented already, I know I’m late to the party, but I just want that blogger to know that their post was SO GOOD that it’s still getting traction days later. I think if I were a huge blogger, I know I’d fall apart trying to respond to everyone…but I think it would still feel nice to have another person telling me that my words meant something.

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    1. Hahahahahaha. That made me laugh! I feel like the party has just started!

      First off, know that you are not alone. All the comments on this post proved that to me. Secondly, I kinda love your system. It’s basically you just showing your love without expecting anything in return. I think that’s super awesome. I’d love to adopt that mindset.

      And just know, I’m so happy that I got to respond to another comment on this post! Your words definitely meant something to me. Thank you so much for commenting!

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  9. I’M LATE, I’M LATE FOR A…. Okay, I don’t know how to phrase this properly without being awkward, haha. I definitely get how you feel though! Sometimes I feel I don’t have anything to say to a recent post (and I always try to go for recent so I’m part of the conversation). Sometimes the blogger doesn’t post much and I WANT to leave them a comment, so I go back into one of their old posts (especially if I know them well enough).

    I love seeing comments on old posts though – I’m very bad at hopping and base my hopping (for the most part) on comments to keep myself in check or I’ll forget, so while I forget to respond to some old comments because I’ve already moved past, I enjoy seeing them! Sometimes I’m not there yet, so I’m perfectly okay with it because to me that means my post is still gaining traction and is a conversation starter. 😀

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    1. YES! I’ve found awesome blogs, but I’ve only had something to say on some of the older posts! And since the only way anyone would know I loved their blog is if I told them I sometimes end up commenting on old, random posts that give me a chance to say something.

      And getting a comment notification is always exciting! And then once I click on the comment I love how it’s a surprise which post I’ll be taken to. There’s something nice about knowing that it’s not only your newest post getting love.

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  10. So this post is old…and I’m commenting on it LOL. In my defense, I just found the link on Sam’s blog (WLABB), but that was an old post too…so I guess that’s how I roll 😂. I don’t have much time to comment during the week, so I usually take advantage of the weekends…that’s the main reason why I find myself commenting on older posts. And like you, I sometimes give up on commenting altogether if I see that the post I set my eyes on got so much love already that my comment seems unnecessary. But if a really old post is brought to my attention (I’m talking months or even years old) and I like what I see/have something to contribute (and the blog is still active), I comment. Old posts need more love than new ones sometimes, especially if the blogger didn’t have a follower trail back then so the post went unnoticed. On one hand, I’m a little vary of doing that because bloggers hardly ever reply to old comments, so I don’t really know if I made a difference. But I for one am so grateful when someone finds an old post of mine and takes the time to comment, so I try to do the same on occasion.

    Roberta R. @ Offbeat YA

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    1. Nah, you’re fine. This post is barely 2 weeks old. But I’m still glad to see people commenting on it!

      And that makes sense, playing catch up inevitably means that there will be a slew of comments before yours from people who had the chance to comment the day it was posted.

      And I think that’s a good point. If it’a really old post or a really new post it’s not weird, but if it’s a month or two old I start feeling weird. I wonder why that is? And I definitely appreciate how as our blog grows more people comment, and think it’s nice to know that it’s possible some people will find our older posts and feel free to comment at some point in the future!

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  11. I am so, so bad when it comes to keeping up with my inbox so I’ll often comment on older blog posts and I hope people don’t mind. From the perspective of a blogger – I love when people read and comment on my older posts! People start following you at different times so they may not have had the chance to see a certain post before now. I wouldn’t worry about leaving a comment on an older post – I’m sure the blogger appreciates it no matter when you send it through! 🙂

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    1. That’s a great point! I love reading a whole bunch of old posts when I start following a blog. Commenting is a great way to start interacting with a new blog, and is the only way to make new friends! And that’s very true, comments are wonderful, no matter when they’re received, even if writing them may feel awkward at times!

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