ActiveRain Practices: Comment Reciprocation

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ActiveRain Practices: Comment Reciprocation


There are no requirements to leave comments on blogs as you view them but many members have found that you can build long term relationships with other members by practicing comment reciprocation. When someone makes a comment on one of my blogs, I try to leave a comment on one of their blogs if they have a current blog posted.

Sometimes, due to high volume or time limitations, complete reciprocation is not possible but it pays to make reciprocation a habit. If you have not practiced reciprocation, I encourage you to give it a try. While you are paying it forward, take an extra moment to 'like' the blogs as you view them.


Sedum, Kentlands Photowalk, Photograph by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Photograph by Roy Kelley

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

I posted this message over three years ago and thought it was a good time to to share it again.

Posted by

Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

Gaithersburg, Maryland  

Comments (46)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Great post, Roy. People often ask why no one engages with them... the answer as often as not can be traced back to the fact that they don't engage with anyone themselves.

Nov 30, 2018 04:38 AM
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Roy, you are always wonderful about reciprocating. Building relationships are such a big part of the Rain and we have to give before we take. 

Nov 30, 2018 05:47 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Roy.  I try to reciprocate for everyone that leaves a comment on my posts.  As I'm sure you know.

Nov 30, 2018 06:35 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

You do a great job reciprocating, Roy. Thank you for all you do.

Nov 30, 2018 06:56 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love the interaction that happens on a daily basis and every comment brings a smile to my face!

Nov 30, 2018 06:59 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Roy- I try hard to respond to comments on left on my posts as well as reciprocate by commenting on theirs. I don't always succeed but do everything I can to interact with the other members. 

Nov 30, 2018 03:43 PM
Faye Y. Taylor
StepStone Realty, LLC - Floresville, TX
Homes for Sale Floresville, La Vernia &San Antonio

Roy Kelley  Excellent points

Nov 30, 2018 06:52 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Roy Kelley - Good message! It's a practice I started long ago but there are days when business takes over and I can't get there. My apologies to you and those I didn't get around to comment on but I try my best to get there as soon as I can. 

Dec 01, 2018 06:17 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Roy, I am one that needs to be better with commenting on my comments,  I try.


Dec 01, 2018 11:02 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

You're so good at it, Roy! I get overwhelmed with work and 'life' and am not religious about it...Lord knows I try though! I do need to get better at reciprocation though, for sure!

Dec 01, 2018 04:08 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign


                                          Thank you, Roy. 

Dec 01, 2018 05:14 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning,  Roy Kelley comment reciprication is proper etiquette with blogging.... often we are so buried with work, we fail to follow that etiquette.... but when we can, we do...

Dec 02, 2018 08:15 AM
Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Hi Roy Kelley You are probably the best on AR  with this. You ALWAYS reciprocate "comments" and it is greatly appreciated.

Bill Roberts

Dec 02, 2018 11:41 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Comment reciprocation is ideal when you can file the comments the right way. Sometimes on my mobile, I can get a little screwy.

Dec 02, 2018 10:09 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I need to be better at reciprocating on other's posts. I always try to comment on their comments, but I don't always reciprocate on their posts.

Dec 03, 2018 03:32 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I abide by the policy of comment reciprocation. I may not comment on their comments, but I try to visit their blog and comment on one of their posts. (Whew). I've made some great friends this way, plus I've been able to glean lots of information on a myriad of topics.

Dec 03, 2018 03:05 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Roy

I try to reciprocate as much as I can, and find that many people do the same, but I'm far from consistent. I tend not to reciprocate the copy and paste comments and certainly not the spam ones.


Dec 05, 2018 07:58 PM
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Hi Roy, I've always appreciated your multiple responses to older blogs.  It definitely leaves a most positive feeling about you.  Thanks very much 

Dec 06, 2018 09:06 AM
Wilbert Cox

Heya..I love idea of reciprocating.It makes too easy and cool to be in contact with your audience.

Mar 25, 2019 11:02 PM
Wilbert Cox

And also it gives u idea about what are the drawbacks of our system and everything myschoolbucks

Mar 27, 2019 12:55 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Your feedback and your continued support are very much appreciated

Mar 26, 2019 03:46 AM