Can Blog-Hopping Become A Burden On Book Bloggers?

I tend to be blog-hopping’s biggest fan.

  • I get to meet new bloggers. I know when I was a smol newbie blogger, when bigger blogs with 500+ followers even bothered to interact with me, whether they replied to my comments on their posts or tagged me in blogging awards or showed some love on my own posts. It was a huge source of encouragement for me (and it still is!!!), so I enjoy giving that joy to other people!
  • I give back to the bloggers who have given to me. If someone is nice enough to take the time to write a comment on my blog post, it’s just nice to return the favor, you know? Not to mention that it really helps foster relationships.
  • I enjoy interacting with others. I mean, isn’t that pretty much the entire point of blogging? Getting to talk and share your opinions with others so you feel less alone (and so you can eventually rule the world)?

But we simply can’t ignore it: sometimes, blog-hopping and social networking straight up sucks.

And that’s what I wanted to put on the spotlight today.

In the months of November and December, I did so poorly at blog-hopping and commenting back, and I absolutely hated it. I mean, it just gets boring when you shout into the void, but don’t bother to read other people’s attempts at shouting into the void.

We always seem to overlook that it can sometimes be a lot of hard work and a burden among bloggers everywhere, and I wanted to talk about that today!

truth #1: i need to be in a certain mood to blog-hop.

Name it, and I’m probably the Moodβ„’ version of that. I’m a mood reader and a mood blogger when it comes to writing posts and such, and the same thing applies to blog-hopping. When I’m not in the mood to comment on any posts, I really don’t bother too put in a lot of effort, which doesn’t help everyone. Whereas when I’m in the mood to comment, my excitement about it makes me want to comment on anything and everything that my Reader provides!

The same thing can be said about commenting back! I do enjoy giving back to the community and looking through blogs and posts that I wouldn’t have ordinarily stumbled upon, especially if I want some inspiration. But when I’m too exhausted to do it, I don’t even bother, since I know I’ll just take a lot of shortcuts.

truth #2: it can be really, really tough sometimes.

Surprisingly, most of us have some sort of life outside of blogging, whether it’s school, work, taking care of family, writing books, bookstagram, extracurricular activities, reading, and just plain fun stuff and hobbies! Who knew? And that can often translate into not having enough time to carry out all of our blogging duties, blog-hopping being one of them.

Though pretty much every blogger out there understands, since we’re all pretty much in a similar situation, it does suck that it always tends to boomerang back to your own blog. I mean, sometimes the lack of interaction that I don’t give in means that people might skip out commenting on my own (which I will be forever salty about because it implies that commenting is something we’re only obligated to do when said blogger comments on our blog, which is dumb) and I don’t think any of us want our blog stats to suffer.

truth #3: commenting can be a tricky business.

It really can be! Even right now, I’m being candid when I say that my comment sections aren’t the same way they used to be before I took a hiatus, and I’m still trying to figure out how to get people to comment on my posts. It also can serve as a bit of a dilemma because I just don’t know what to do – I mean, what else is there when you’ve commented on the posts in your feed, commented on the posts of brand new bloggers, reply back to your own comments, and post interesting posts…and it seems like you can still only manage to get ten people to comment? Honestly – it can be quite frustrating.

If I do manage to get a lot of comments, having to sift through them all when it comes to replying and commenting back is a lot of work and can get really tiring, especially after having to reply to all those comments in the first place AND visit new blogs. It’s a lot of hard work, and, sometimes, you just need to take a break and step away from it all!

do you think that blog-hopping can sometimes be a burden? what are some problems you have dealing with blog-hopping?

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137 thoughts on “Can Blog-Hopping Become A Burden On Book Bloggers?

  1. I love blog hopping! Except I can never seem to find new and interesting book blogging sites. 😁 I have a bunch of favourites ( one of which is yours, btw, but I have to go to a lot of trouble scrolling through tags and obscure nonsense to find blogs with interesting and bookish content

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  2. I love blog hopping! I always discover someone new πŸ™‚

    Commenting though… even if i love a post, i don’t always have something to say. I really like the wordpress function of liking posts. Whenever i come across a blog with no like button i kind of feel compelled to say something, but then i end up not to, because if i can’t say something worthy, other than “hey, nice review” i just choose not to say anything. Is it bad? I don’t know… most blogs i follow are on wordpress though, so it’s less of an issue.

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    • This is such a big issue for me too. I don’t think it’s bad, just a little awkward, because I might just be tired and not thinking but maybe that particular post didn’t give me enough thoughts of my own to talk about it, and then how can I tell someone their post didn’t inspire me to write a comment?
      Sometimes coming back later helps, but a lot of the time I just wait for a more exciting post to come along. It’s probably not the best way to do things, but I don’t have a lot of time to spend on dredging my brain for a few sentences.
      That’s a good way to use the like button.

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  3. I know what you mean about comments. Some posts lend themselves to having more of a discussion when others don’t. I try not to take it personally but it can feel a bit cruddy to spend a ton of time on a post and get a few comments or none at all.

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  4. Honestly, yeah it often feels like a burden to me but then I just remember that I love my followers and it would be rude not to respond (in my opinion and for my own piece of mind). And yes, because it often feels boring and like a burden, I generally put it off until I have 10 posts lined up and can’t avoid it anymore. It sounds bad but for me, that’s just the way it is because so often it’s just agreeing with the person, it’s not a conversation.

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  5. SO MUCH YES TO THIS POST !!!!!!!
    In my first year of blogging, I was doing great at blog-hopping, replying to comments within a day, reading others’ posts, etc… But in this last year? I absolutely sucked. I got dstracted doing other things, barely visited any blogs and when I did couldn’t find it in me to leave a genuine comment, and like you said t sucked. And the fact that I wasn’t interacting showed in my stats, while visits and visitors kept climbing up, likes plateaud and comments dwindled which made me sad because i LOVE talking to people but I just somehow COULDN’T do it.
    Now, I somehow enjoy doing it again and I’m trying to dedicate more time to blog-hopping. I just hope I can keep it up haha.
    Great post ❀

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    • Yes, when I was a newbie, I was doing all the blog-hopping all the time! But it just dwindled over time, which I really hate! And I feel that! I feel like since I’ve come back from hiatus, my likes and views have been the same, but my comments have just been SO LOW. πŸ™ˆ I also hope I can keep up again! πŸ˜…

      Thank you! 😘

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  6. I like blog hopping. It helps me discover amazing bloggers both book bloggers and other kinds kg bloggers. I try to comment if I really like a post but if I don’t know what to say I like the post. It feels really nice when people comment on my blog, that feeling that someone actually reads what you write and u are not screaming into a dark abyss. So I try to do it for others. Interacting makes blogging more fun to me

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  7. I find that I get very few comments on my blog posts, but when I do, I do try and respond. I get a ton more interaction on Twitter when I’ve shared a link to a post, or retweeted another blogger’s post. Twitter has sort of become my comments section!

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  8. I usually hop around to the blogs that I follow, read the posts and try to post a meaningful comment. It’s not easy finding new blogs to follow especially when I’m extremely picky when it comes to following blogs. I’ve followed the same people for such a long time, but also not following a lot of blogs keeps the blogging stress levels down. This is a great discussion as always, and you brought up things that I definitely relate too.

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  9. Yes! I have to be in the mood and have time as well, and sometimes I also don’t know what to say. I don’t mind at all though if someone just says nice review in a comment to me so I sometimes do this as well. At least they know I’ve read it. I’m wondering now how many blogs you follow because you do have to make choices right, you can’t comment on each and every one of them? I think I follow too many blogs (I don’t even know how many or where I can see the number) and I just pick out posts that interest me. Thanks for this interesting topic. It’s always nice to see how other bloggers experience this!

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  10. I love blog hopping, but I totally agree with everything you’ve said here! I’m like you, I’m SUCH a mood person. The worst is when I’m in the mood for blog hopping and commenting, but just don’t have time 😦

    I find it hard when I read a post, but don’t really have anything to comment because I feel like I SHOULD comment, but don’t just want to write something for the sake of it?

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  11. Honestly, I am very bad at commenting. I try to – I really do – but it can be difficult sometimes. There are at least a few blogs I comment on when they post, but I have to be in the right mood.

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  12. This spoke to me on a whole other level! I can completely relate! I am finding December and January (in part my laptop crashed) have been so difficult and then I feel like an epic failure and get stressed out when I get the notifications, and I am like I NEED to reply! Then it takes the fun out of interacting and the cycle is vicious absolutely vicious! (Okay now I am being dramatic! ) I will say, I always try to set aside some time to comment and read blogs. And I am trying not to get to stressed out when I don’t respond right away. Thank you for this, it is nice to know I am not the only one who gets stressed about the blog hoping’ ❀

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  13. What a great post! I am also a mood blogger and commenter, whcih makes it difficult sometimes to interact. There are times (like right now) when I am like COMMENTS COMMENTS COMMENTS and manage to say real things in my comments, and other times where I think β€œThis was a good post and I want to comment on it to let them know but I just can’t think of anything to say/put the energy into it”. Same thing happens when commenting back. Sometimes I can see someone is trying to start a conversation with me and I want to take part in it but I am just not in the right mood to think of something to continue the discussion.

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  14. Before I got a blog, I loved commenting, although I didn’t follow nearly as many blogs then as I do now. Now that I have a (very neglected) blog, everything seems like so much more work. Although I tend to be a lazy person anyway and I’m busy touring and applying to colleges right now, it feels like I’m just excusing myself from something I’m supposed to do.
    However, I totally understand the need for hiatuses and slowing down, so I never fault people for not posting or commenting. It’s a lot easier to forgive other people’s faults when you recognize and forgive your own, and I think the recent trend in self-depreciative humor makes people think β€˜I’m saying these things about myself to be funny, but there’s no way they’re true. I can’t *actually* be that far behind/lacking stats/tired so other people can’t be serious about it either, so the reason they’re not commenting is because they’re rude, so I won’t comment on their blog either’.
    Wow, this totally turned into a rant. Sorry about that. Anyway, I totally understand being a mood commenter, because I am one!
    BTW, I adore your discussion posts. I’m so excited when I see a new one in my reader.

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    • I feel that! I’m in my junior year of high school, and I feel like it’s eating me alive. And I feel guilty when I sometimes ditch it for a blogging thing. I’m still trying to find the balance of it all! 😝

      And don’t feel bad about the rant; I get it! And, aw, thank you so much! You’re too kind! ❀️

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  15. LOL, 10 comments sounds great to me! The blog posts that wind up having 0 are the ones that I stare at all day. I just try to remind myself that not everyone will be inspired to comment, and inspired comments are my favorite.

    Very well done post.

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  16. As a baby blogger, I always get warm fuzzies when people from other blogs interact with me. In the beginning I definitely wore myself out with blog hopping. These days, my goal is to interact with three blogs every day. It’s a doable number for me, and if I’m in the mood to do more, that’s great!

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  17. Blog hopping is something I never imagined would be one of the hardest parts about being a book blogger, but it is. On top of finding the time to blog, we need to find time to promote our blogs and interact with other bloggers as well. I was terrible at blog hopping in 2017, but I want to be better in 2018 because there are some fantastic bloggers out there that I have yet to discover. Great post!

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  18. ahhh im with you here Mikaela. commenting can be so hard. do I comment back or just blog hop on blogs i already follow or find new bloggers today or reply to current comments and it’s just so overwhelming. i definitely have to be in the mood too! sometimes im just like…I read a post and then DONT feel like commenting and agrh ITS FRUSTRATING!

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  19. I am so with you on this one, sometimes it’s all I can do just to drag myself to bed at the end of the day never mind firing up brain cells for comments. I love blog hopping but just don’t always have the time to do it, I do always reply to comments left on my blog even if all I can muster is a “thanks” and mood does play a factor if I’ve had a hard day I can’t concentrate enough to do it. It is nice when I do find the time 😊

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  20. I like blog hopping, but I agree it can definitely be time-consuming. I try to do it at times when I am in the mood for it, as well, instead of having a mindset that I “have to” comment on 10 blogs or “have to” comment back today or whatever. Sometimes it’s hard to keep that perspective though, especially if you do notice your own stats changing based on how much you comment around the blogosphere.

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  21. I TOTALLY AGREE! I have to comment on a TON of blogs regularly to get traffic to my blog. While I think it’s entertaining, it is a TON of hard work. Every time I start to think that it isn’t worth it, something always ending up to change my mind.

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  22. I think it can. It was one reason why I just went on a month long hiatus. I just didn’t have the time to visit OTHER blogs. I do like doing it, it builds conversation, but I have to set aside at least an hour and sometimes I’m just not in the mood to actually sit and read posts then comment something meaningful >.< It has nothing to do with the blogger, though. haha

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  23. OMG, I thought it was just met that felt this way! When I first started blogging and I was trying to get a good following I would spend hours on end every single dayyyy blog hopping. Back then, I had more time, motivation and I guess since it was new, I liked it more. Now however, with all the changes that have been going on in my life I haven’t been the best blogger out there, especially when it comes to commenting on posts. At times I get so lazy. I’ll even bookmark blogs to come back to when I’m more “in the mood” but then a week later and they still go unread… the struggle is real, lol. ❀

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  24. OOF I LITERALLY FEEL THIS POST SO HARD

    blog-hopping is so much work omg!! okay so when i returned from my hiatus i was consistently blog hopping for a couple of days but then the POSTS PILE UP AND UP AND UP and everyone’s constantly posting and also why do i follow so many people tbh. life is harddddd

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  25. i try not to think of it as a burden… i mean it’s time consuming yes, but i only do it when i know i have free time. commenting is hard, let’s admit it, that’s why free time is essential for me so i have time to think of what i’m going to write without time constraint. it’s a lot of work yes, so if i couldn’t do it i don’t do it and don’t feel bad at it. once i do it after a while of not blog hopping, i just do it on hours straight! πŸ˜€ great post mikaela!

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  26. aaaaaah, I totally get this. I’ll go on sprees every few days where I comment on fifty posts and queue up eight of my own, and then don’t act on anything else besides replying on my own blog for three days. it’s THE WORST but also THE MOST FUN WHEN YOU ACTUALLY DO IT. good post and I love your discussions!

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    • Ah, yes, just last Wednesday I literally commented on so many blogs because I was in the mood for it. And since then, I haven’t commented on any. GO FIGURE. πŸ˜‚ But I am hoping to make a nice schedule that works for me and makes room for other stuff, like school. 😝 And thank you so much! ❀️

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  27. Totally agree about the fact that you need to be in a certain mood to comment and blog-hop, that happens to me too! The whole commenting, reading other people’s posts and so on is very time-consuming and you can’t possible commit yourself to do it for hours every day, especially if this is not a full time thing. But at the same time, comments always make the writer of the posts happy, and it’s nice to make other people happy! It’s always a huge dilemma. Great post! πŸ™‚

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  28. Bloghopping is my new hobby being relatively new to book blogging, I’m enjoying it especially seeing the variety and passion for books that I am encountering but I guess it can become overwhelming and I think we all have “those days” where we don’t want to really do “peopling”

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  29. I completely agree with this! It’s funny because as I am reading this, I am blogging hopping. It can be a burden, especially when I haven’t caught up with it in a while, it takes a long time.

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  30. I absolutely agree with what you’ve said here! I am definitely a mood blog-hopper too and some days/weeks I really just don’t have time because of work and looking after myself. I also find it hard to attract comments from other bloggers sometimes but I do put specific questions at the bottom of all my posts in the hope that it will attract more comments. I usually find that my reviews attract the least comments whereas discussion posts, unboxings or memes tend to get more people involved in chatting bookish things!

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    • Totally! Last week I was just buried with stuff to do and could barely get any blogging stuff done, which I hated. And that’s so true! I feel like I have some people who have always liked my posts, but never once commented. I get a sense of accomplishment when they finally do! πŸ˜‚

      Yep, same! My discussions and lists definitely get more interaction than reviews.

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  31. iI haven’t hopped in a few years. one thing i’m noticing now is that i’m hopping to a lot more different countries than i used to (lots of Indian blogs, for example). the blog universe used to seem huge; now it has an infinite feel to it. what an adventure!

    cheers.

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  32. oh god, I love this post, Mikaela! I definitely have to be in the mood for blog-hopping, and if I’m not, the comments I write sound so fake & not at all genuine, and I think bloggers would rather get quality comments from me a few days late, than blech comments on time!

    I’ve definitely been slacking on blog-hopping because 1) I don’t feel doing a lot of blogging-related things atm, and 2) my mental health is not at its best right now. but like?? I always find myself reading people’s posts, but not wanting to comment on them??? so that’s interesting too. πŸ˜‚

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    • Thank you so much! ❀️ And I agree! I feel much better when I can reply with a long comment that sorts out my thoughts over a short and snappy one.

      I feel like I’ve been so busy writing blog posts, I just ignore blog-hopping. Which is dumb, because I’m writing March posts now??? I should take a break??? But I don’t want to. I can’t. πŸ˜‚

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  33. Blog-hopping can definitely be a burden but in different ways as well.
    I love blog-hopping; I really do. But I have to be in the mood for it. It also sometimes happens I’m in the mood to blog-hop, read different posts but.. then I’m not in the mood to actually comment?! It happens, sometimes and it feels awful, it really does.

    Sometimes I also feel guilty for blog-hopping when I have yet to check out some posts of the blogs I actually follow, haha. But I guess that’s a whole different story. :’) [Oh, not to mention the pile of notifications I have yet to go through but I simply don’t really feel like it..]

    We all have our moods. πŸ™‚

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  34. YES TO ALL OF THIS!!!! I love blogging, and I love commenting on other people’s posts. Sometimes I feel sad when I go to the effort of commenting on other posts and then I get no comments in return. But then sometimes I think people just don’t know what to say. I have to be in the mood to blog-hop (just like I have to be in the mood to write blog posts haha). This is such a great post and you make some excellent points!!!

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    • I totally feel that! I think last week, I posted a new post and blog-hopped like crazy…and yet I still only got eight comments on the post, and I felt so defeated. 😩 But it can pay off in the long run! I also have to be in the mood to write blog posts, or they come out terrible. 😝 Thank you! πŸ˜„

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  35. I only comment when I really feel like it, otherwise it just doesn’t feel genuine, and I don’t want to appear insincere to other bloggers. I comment to be helpful, or to applaud good work, or just to express my opinion like now. I really enjoy finding new and interesting bloggers to follow, someone I can learn something from. I like inspiring people, wise people and people that are just spilling their thoughts onto the page. I’m not bothered when people don’t reply back, unless I ask them a question, otherwise just a like of my comment to indicate they read it is enough.

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  36. man ten comments on one post would be amazing…
    i try to blog hop; but like you said, you have to be in the mood. one of my kids had a birthday this past weekend and just from not looking at emails for three days i now have over twenty blog posts to check out. it’s so daunting. (but obviously i have sucked it up and am catching up because here i am! lol)

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  37. Oh I relate so much to this post! I absolutely adore blog hopping, as for me, it’s the heart of blogging. But it’s true that it can be really tough sometimes. As you said, both the time and the mood have to be there and I found I’ve been struggling with just commenting back on people who left me a comment, and I don’t find the time to do bloghopping of my own and it makes me feel so guilty and inadequate sometimes. I know people understand as we’re all in the same boat, but still it remains one of my main goals to bloghop more πŸ™‚

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  38. Great post!! I’ve been really slacking on my blog hopping simply because of my busy schedule. I recently had to cut back on the number of blogs that I follow to keep it more reasonable. Now, I always feel so refreshed when I get caught up on my favorite blogs! πŸ™‚

    I totally agree that finding the right thing to say can be difficult. I personally have no problem with a simple, “Great post!” When I see someone comment with that, I always thinks it’s so nice that they not only took the time to visit my page (whether they read the whole thing or not) and then on top of that, took the time to comment. I know it bothers many bloggers…but to be honest, I’ve been unfollowing people across the board when I see them tweet/post on fb/mention in a blog about that. Life’s too short to deal with stuff like that πŸ™‚

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  39. Great Discussion post! This is a topic that I have been thinking about lately as well, because I have been pretty stressed which made it harder to blog hop and comment. I find that I get demotivated quickly when I’m busy and the comments start piling up, sometimes evertyhing can get a bit overwhelming. I also feel like I have to be in the right mood to blog hop, because I really want to write comments that show my excitement!

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  40. I love blog hopping but I tend to fall across those I can connect with (after sifting through a lot that I can’t) I don’t find the search function works very well. I loved your blog and the way it is presented.

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