How do you respond to the comments on your blog? Do you try to email individually or comment on post yourself answering the comments above? What do you think is the best way to respond to comments and do you respond to all of them? Do you feel slighted if you don’t receive a response back from the blog owner? (question courtesy of Jenn)
I’m interested in everyone’s responses to this question because I am hoping to get some good ideas about how to be more efficient and to see what everyone thinks about this topic.
For me personally, if someone takes the time to comment, I want to take the time to acknowledge it in some way. If the commenter has an e-mail address, I will write back and comment on their comment (unless I really don’t have anything to say). If they asked a question or brought up a good point, I will respond at length. If they don’t have an e-mail address, I will go and visit their blog. For blogs that I visit regularly, I just respond via e-mail because I know I will get to their blogs at some point during the week. If the comment is from someone I’ve never “seen” before, I try to visit their blog and return the visit. I think this is probably the most effective way of “growing your blog” and finding “like-minded” individuals.
However, this takes a TON of time! I have this blog and my personal blog. I’ve really been struggling with the time management aspects of blogging and trying to be more effective. One thing I realized was that I cannot visit every blog I like every day and read every post. So I divided up my blogroll into different “levels.” Some are blogs that I try to read every post. Some of blogs I really enjoy but read maybe twice a week and comment only on 1 or 2 posts that catch my eye. Some blogs are on my “obligatory” visit list. This means, I don’t really “like” the blog but I feel like I owe them a visit every so often because they visit me often.
I finally did switch over to using Google Reader because that makes reading blogs much more efficient. However, I still struggle with feeling like I need to comment and visit everyone whose visits my blog. Where do you draw the line?
As for the other questions, I usually don’t go back to check for comments on a blog because I just don’t have the time or the memory. So if you comment back to me in your own comment section, chances are I’m going to miss it. I prefer people send me an e-mail.
Also, I don’t need every comment I leave to be “acknowledged” but if I visit your blog day after day after day and leave you a bunch of comments and you never visit my blog or e-mail me back, chances are I might stop reading your blog. There is definitely a “quid pro quo” type aspect to it in a way. There is a social element of blogging that cannot be ignored — especially if someone is a regular reader of your blog.
That said, I don’t mind lurkers now. I’m happy people are reading my blogs, and if you really have something to say, please leave a comment. But if you are just commenting but don’t really have anything to say, it is OK to just skip the comment part. I often read a bunch of posts and then just pick one to comment on because I don’t really have anything of value to say on the other posts — especially when I am trying to visit and read 100+ blogs every week! So if you ever wonder if I’m reading your blog, chances are that I am swinging by, checking out your posts and leaving you one or two comments on the posts that really caught my eye and I had something to say about!
Finally, if you are using Blogger and don’t have an e-mail address in your profile, please consider adding one. It makes it so much easier to respond to your comments. If you need more info on why and how to do this, please visit this post for a very easy-to-follow tutorial!
To see more answers to this question, visit Rebecca’s wonderful blog Just One More Page!