29 March 2013
Lets talk... about comments
A few weeks ago in the #lbloggers chat, the subject of replying to comments came up and I was chatting to Becky, Kaz, Jenni and Louise about the 'best' way to reply to comments. At the moment I reply to comments by email, its something that a few of my favourite bloggers do & I personally really love it. I always forget which blogs I've left comments on, and if I'm honest I don't have the time to go back and re-visit every old post I've commented on to see if someone's replied. So email is perfect for me, I can reply directly to the comment notification from my inbox and I know that it's going to be seen by whoever left it. I used to reply to comments on the blog, but I've found that an email is far more likely to get a conversation going than a reply to a comment. I don't think I ever had anyone reply to my response when I was answering comments/questions on here, but its a fairly regular occurrence by email.
The problem for me comes when people don't have their email accounts linked to their blogger profiles. I think a lot of the time this is unintentional - if I remember correctly its the 'default' setting, but someone else on the chat (I can't for the life of me remember who, sorry!) mentioned that they felt like replying by email would be a little too intrusive for them. It made me wonder if some people don't appreciate replies by email, and if some 'no-reply' bloggers have actively made the choice to not have their email address linked to their profiles. At the moment, I don't really have a set way of responding to these people - if I follow them on Twitter I tend to tweet them a response, or I'll pop over to their blog and leave a comment of my own. Which is fine, but Twitter can sometimes feel a bit restrictive on account of the character limit and I wonder if people remember the comment they've left when I visit their blogs.
I also worry that people might think that because they can't see my replies, that I'm not replying to things. I know once blogs start to get a bit more traffic then replying to every comment just becomes too time-consuming, but for me its one of the most enjoyable aspects of blogging & most of my 'blog friendships' have started with a conversation sparked from a comment.
So I'd really love to hear from you guys, because although this blog is only really a silly little place for me to write whatever - I really do appreciate every single comment left here (unless its 'follow me and I'll follow you' - they can sod off) and I want people to know that. Sometimes people leave the most insightful, positive and supportive comments and silly as it may seem, words like that landing in my inbox really do put a smile on my face. The blogging community can be a beautiful, encouraging and supportive place and if there's anyway that I can help to promote and develop that here then I'm all for that.
So... how do you prefer to receive replies to comments? Do you ever check back for comments you've left on posts? How do you think the best way to get a real conversation going is?
P.S If you're not sure what a 'no-reply blogger' is (or if you are one!) feel free to get in touch & I'll let you know!
P.P.S I hope you all have a great Easter weekend & enjoy the extra time off work!
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