Be responsive to comments in the first few hours after publishing.
Reward your most dedicated readers and commenters by engaging with them first! This will encourage more people to read and respond to future issues and updates when they see others getting interacted with often.
Stay Engaged at Your Own Pace
Creating art, posting it, sharing it, and commenting can be a lot of work! Be sure you’re in a good mindset and mood before going into the comment section.
Say hi to the haters (Or Don’t Say Anything)
If you see something negative in the comments, don’t feel compelled to respond with more negativity. Some commenters assume their messages won’t even be seen by the creators themselves. You stand a chance at changing their minds if you approach them in the right way! However, if it seems like someone is looking for a fight, the best thing to do is not give it to them.
Put out calls to action on social media
Encourage your social media followers to drop a comment on your issues and updates. Bringing over people who already follow you into the comment section can help kickstart the feeling of “community” when you’ve got a pre-existing relationship to build on.
Don’t be afraid to tease upcoming events
People are going to theorize about the stories you’re telling. Don’t be afraid to drop hints about upcoming events or tease future developments. Keep them coming back for more!