Hi everyone! So this post was going to be a bit of a gripe originally but I thought I would actually make it a more informative post. So if you are a blogger you are likely to be aware of ‘pods’. They are often used on social media to boost engagement. I’ve read that they are most commonly used on Facebook, twitter and Instagram, although I only have experience of using them on twitter and Instagram as I don’t have a page for my blog on Facebook. I thought it would be a good idea to share my experiences of using pods on both platforms.
On Instagram, the idea of a pod is to ask other members to like or comment whereas on twitter the idea is that you share your latest post with other members and they comment on it and you comment on their posts. In honesty, my experience of Instagram pods was better than my experience of comment pods on twitter. I liked being in an Instagram pod because not only did it get me engagement, which is the purpose of it, when I left the pod these peoples still followed me and still like my posts and vise versa. Also, I like finding new people on Instagram so it was useful to have this interaction. The only reason I left was because it was constant and I’m not great at Instagram.
In comparison, I didn’t have as great an experience of comment pods on twitter. I actually recently joined a comment pod on twitter for the first time although I left it a couple of days later. The problem I have with comment pods is the comments people leave. Just to give some context I have this thing about leaving long thought out comments. I often think when I’m leaving people blog comments that I wish people would leave me comments like the ones I leave. I feel like if you are going to go to the effort of leaving someone a comment it needs to at least look like you’ve read the post and actually have something to say about it rather than saying great post or something super generic. I also think that I put so much effort into a post that a generic comment feels like a bit of a kick in the teeth.
This is why I have a problem with comment pods. Yeah, I got 29 views and 10 comments on my latest post but some are ridiculously generic. I mean some aren’t too bad as I can tell they’ve read it to some extent but I’d rather have a few well though out comments than loads of generic ones. Comment pods get a bit of a bad rep anyway because the comments come off as a bit fake and to be honest I have to agree. I think I maybe wasn’t in a pod with the right kind of people but it’s probably not something I would do again. I think one of the best ways to get comments is comment swaps such as the Teacup Club meetings (run by the lovely Bre) because that way you don’t have to comment on absolutely everyone’s as well as get more engagement.
That’s all I really have to say. I just want to say if pods work well for you then don’t be put off by my opinions. Have you had any experience of pods? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
Thanks for reading!