I read a lot. Each day I work my way through messages on email, social media, this here cool writing blog and my lifestyle blog. Of course I often get derailed and start clicking links and reading.
When I see something I like, I tell the author. I leave feedback. Do you?
Are your responses fluffy or fruitful?
Fluffy: Cool post! Thanks!
Fruitful: I loved #6 on your list! I also find myself spending too much time on social media during the workday. I love your idea of using a timer or scheduling social media into my workflow to stay on task and meet deadlines. Can you recommend a specific timer app or scheduling tool? Thanks!
The second snippet of feedback not only pats the writer on the back for a job well done, but also creates a common “we’re going through the same experience” bond between the reader and writer. Asking a question at the end is a great way to start a conversation and get more genuinely helpful advice.
Leaving intelligent, insightful feedback is the first step in networking and hopefully forming a relationship. After all, you never know who your next writing client will be! Always showcase yourself in the best light possible, even on a feedback form.
Note: This post was updated on April 21, 2019.