Sunday, April 11, 2010

Poll: How Do You Approach Comments?

I've been thinking hard about blogs and comments lately. Many blog owners reply to their readers comments directly on that same page. Other bloggers reply by email. Some bloggers -- like me -- barely reply at all.

Do you think me callous and uncaring? Please don't -- I read every comment as soon as I receive email notification about it. I don't reply to each comment, however, because I feel like the original commenter won't revisit the page to read the reply. Why? Well, because I hardly ever read others' comments on the blogs I subscribe to, and I never revisit a page where I have commented.

Maybe I'm in the minority, though, and in error. I don't want you, my amazing readers, to feel neglected or that I don't care about your thoughts. I do! I value your input and responses more than I can express. And I'm more than willing to change my thinking on comments and their replies.

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Om This Update: I've decided to extend the Om This! challenge for one more day. Also, there may just be a bonus runner up prize . . . so post your entries here today!

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  1. I have a bunch of people who comment very regularly and I know that I don't have to respond to them because we've all been bloggy friends for years.When I brand newbie comments on my blog I always go comment on theirs.Sometimes if I have something to say directly to a commenter, I will email them.I can't reply to every single comment though. Surely no-one is expected to do that!

  2. I've been thinking about asking this very question about comment decisions and habits. I think I'm too much of a blog virgin to have any opinions yet! Katherine

  3. Haha blog virgin? I like that! :)

  4. I don't check back for answers, ever. I actually more or less expect the blogger to respond (if she wants) by email. My pet peeve is people who respnd on their people actually go back to check? 99% of the time, I forget the question I even asked. I don't get email notifications for the comments I get, though. That is a hassle for me...because when a reader asks a question, I'll have to find out her email and then reply to her personally, and also remind her of the question she has asked. Perhaps I SHOULD turn on the email notification...but with the amount of comments I get, it can be annoying to have all these emails in my inbox. I get flustered if my inbox gets really full.

  5. I've been thinking about this too! I reply to comments on my blog but I'm never sure if the commenter ever gets the answer, but I hate to e-mail them everytime.

  6. I'm not getting many comments on my blogs yet, but I do reply to them on the blogs' comment sections. Usually it's just a "thanks for commenting" kind of thing, but I still like to acknowledge the fact that someone took the time to read my post and say something about it.When I post on other people's blogs, I sometimes will check the "Email followup comments" box, but not always. Sometimes I do want to know what the author thinks about my input, but other times I'm just chiming in on a subject. Like today, for instance... ;-)

  7. As for me, I do my best to reply to each comment. Although the commenters may not check back, I do reply to them anyway.


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