Blog Advice 2: A Comment On Comments

Blog comments

I remember receiving my very first blog comment. I was absolutely elated that someone had not only read what I had to say, but had taken some of their time to be able to let me know that they had enjoyed it. While I always, and will continue to, write for myself, it inspired me to keep going.

Since then, the comments that I have received from so many people across the blogosphere have helped me through some extremely difficult times over the last few years.

Comments, in my opinion, are one of the driving forces behind building a community – they forge connections and relationships and can be instrumental when increasing traffic to your posts. Last year, when things were particularly busy, I was pretty awful at replying to comments and I lost followers because of it. This year, I made a promise to myself that I would try to reply to as many as possible, and I’ve done my best to keep up with it.

I am often asked questions about comments:

1. How can I encourage people to comment on my blog?
2. How can I find the time to reply to comments that I receive?
3. How do I deal with negative comments?

However, before I begin, I would like to point out one thing: comments should be in response to something that you have written, not the basis for how you blog and what you blog about. It is your space of the Internet and at no point should a reader dictate the content of your posts.

Encouraging and responding to comments

I like to encourage discussion and as many comments as possible on Suzie81 Speaks, and I do this in several different ways:

I ask a question at the bottom of my posts: What about you? How do you feel about…? Have you ever had to deal with…? This is an open invitation for others to leave a comment and share their personal experiences.

I read and appreciate all of the comments I receive, and I try to reply to as many as I possibly can, often asking questions or requesting advice.

I read a twitter conversation a few months ago between two bloggers that focused on comments and how often they responded to them. Both were in agreement in that they shouldn’t reply if all they were going to do was just say ‘thank you,’ because of the length of time it takes and the fact that they were just too busy. I clicked on their blogs, expecting to see hundreds of responses, only to find that one of the bloggers had received two or three comments on their posts, while the other had maybe ten or fifteen.

On an average day Suzie81 Speaks receives thirty to fifty comments, and sometimes this will increase to nearly a hundred at the weekends. That doesn’t include tweets, facebook messages and emails. In the last month this little blog has had over 1,100 comments, including replies I have left.

While it is hardly setting the blogging world on fire, I try to respond to as many as I possibly can, depending on how busy I am in my work schedule. I may not reply on the same day, or sometimes in the same week, fortnight, or even month (!) but I personally feel that if someone has responded to something you have written, they deserve your acknowledgement and gratitude for doing so, even if it is just a simple ‘thank you.’ Wouldn’t you expect the same? If you are inundated with comments and want to reply, then you need to find the time. I have found that I have had to create one less post a week and then use that time to reply to comments instead.

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Leaving comments on other blogs

There are two reasons to leave a comment on another bloggers post: sharing your thoughts about the subject they have discussed, and increasing your own traffic. I usually only leave comments on blogs that I follow – using the comment section purely for traffic boosting purposes is not wrong in any way, but isn’t particularly genuine.

Rather than discuss how to leave a comment, I thought that it might be fun to create a list. There are several different types of commenters that I have seen within the blogosphere over the last two years. Which category do you fit into?

The Conversationalists: These are my favourite! They have thoroughly read the post, formed an opinion about it and wish to share what they think with you. They may want to know more, or share their own experiences of that topic. They are polite and respectful, even when they disagree with something, and offer support and advice when needed. Their comments often result in conversations and the development of relationships over a period of time.

The Minimalists: These usually consist of short, seemingly supportive but generic sentiments. Good post! Nice job! Good luck! Well done! I like and appreciate these, but can only really respond with a simple ‘thanks!’ in return.

The Cryptic: These usually consist of a random question or quote from a dead celebrity that bares no relevance to the content of the post. When asked to explain their meaning, it’s rare that the commenter will reply.

The Wrong-End-Of-The-Stick-ers: These skim, or only read a section of your post, they have taken it out of context and will then proceed to rant in outrage in the comment section. They will usually back down or change their tone when the context is explained, but I often get frustrated with these as I have to waste time almost justifying what I’ve written, which I hate to do.

The Traffic Builders: These are generally people who have seen that a post is doing well, they will write something short and generic such as ‘I really enjoyed this,’ and will then leave a link to their blog with a demand for you to go an read it, for the sole purpose of building their own traffic through yours. I often reply to these comments last, and usually just with a ‘thank you.’ If I don’t have a connection with that person, it is also rare that I will visit the link.

The Antagonists: These people can’t quite be classed as trolls, but are not far off. These are the people who are consistently argumentative with whatever is posted. There are two or three people that I have seen doing this on several blogs, including my own, and it always leaves me wondering why they follow them in the first place? Of course, everybody is entitled to an opinion, and I certainly don’t expect everyone to agree with everything that is written all the time, but surely if our content is not to their taste, why do they not just unfollow? My response to these sorts or comments is to be as polite as possible and not take it personally unless they turn nasty. Then I simply ignore or send to the trash.

The Trolls: These don’t require much explanation. Their comments are specifically designed to hurt and should be ignored and placed in the trash folder. This is really important to remember: don’t respond, ignore, send to the trash and blacklist their URL in your settings. If it persists, report them to WordPress. I had to do this with one individual, and they were wonderful.

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Want to know more?

Here are the Do’s and Don’ts of comments, either on your own or on other people’s blogs.

1. If you don’t want to deal with comments, turn off the comment option on your post.

2. Ask a question at the end of your post. Encourage others to share their thoughts with you.

3. Set your comments so that you have to moderate it before it is published. This way, you can check it first and have to option to send it to the trash folder if it is inappropriate.

4. When leaving a comment, don’t leave a link to your blog demanding that someone ‘checks out your post,’ unless is it relevant to the topic. Your blog can be found through your Gravatar and blog name if you have linked it correctly.

5. You don’t have to write an essay, but at least try to be a bit more expressive than ‘nice post.’ You’ll probably get a ‘thank you’ in return to a short comment, but it isn’t likely to build a connection.

6. Reply to comments as often as you possibly can. I love receiving replies, and I know others feel the same.

7. If you find that you are struggling for time, write one less post a week and take the time to reply to the comments instead. You don’t always have to do this, but it might mean that your following grows and your community becomes stronger.

And most importantly…

8. Don’t change your blog or it’s content based on the comments of others. If you’re happy with it, keep doing what you’re doing!

What about you? Have you got any advice for developing the comments that you receive on your blog?

You can also find me on Twitter and Tumblr @suzie81blog and don’t forget to hop on over to my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/suzie81speaks

 

153 thoughts on “Blog Advice 2: A Comment On Comments

  1. Great post!

    (see what I did there? šŸ™‚ )

    I love comments. Comments are what make me decide to follow a blog, whether they are on my site or another one I read, not follow-for-follow. Sure I write for me in the end, but it’s nice to get other points of view or to know I am not alone in some of my issues. šŸ™‚

    • Haha! I was expecting someone to write that!! I totally agree – it was the awesome comments that you made on my blog that encouraged me to follow you, and I’m so glad I did!

  2. Loved this post Suzie. I must say that I have often read bloggers saying that it is not necessary to reply to each comment posted on ones blog. I do disagree because I feel that if a blogger has taken the time to come over to my blog, read what I have to say and commented then I will reply to their comment, even if it is just a thank you. šŸŒ¹

  3. I always appreciate comments and the fact that someone took a few moments out of their day to comment on what I wrote. I try to respond to everyone, even if it is a thank you and have a great day reply. It’s the least I can do. šŸ™‚

  4. Excellent advice, as always, Suzie.
    Moderating comments is vital advice, it’s astonishing what people will say. Wow.
    Thank you for the informative post and thanks again for another awesome #SundayBlogShare What would we do without you? šŸ˜‰
    All the best today and everyday. šŸ™‚

    • Aww thanks! I’ve had some corkers in my comment section before, which is why I now moderate them all. It’s rare that I have to send anything to trash, but I have had the odd one or two that have made me wonder what drugs they were on when they wrote it! Thanks for taking part in #SundayBlogShare every week too!

  5. Comments are my reward for the blog I have written. Now I tried to make them interesting. I get a number of comments and have friends from them. Likes are appreciative as they tell me someone has read my post. The blog is very informative about comments. They help increase traffic.

  6. Really helpful post as I have been wondering about this as I am new to blogging. I like to leave comments on the blogs I have read to show my appreciation for the time and effort of sharing. I have learned so much. This post has helped me to reflect on leaving comments and I am very grateful. Thank you.

  7. You have covered territory here that I, as a fairly new blogger, clueless about a lot of the do’s and don’ts in blog courtesy, have wondered about. I answer any comments I thankfully may receive and thoroughly enjoy contacting people. I have actually met and talked with two of my lady bloggers, and it was delightful. There are many times, when pressed for time, I am guilty of leaving just a few words of appreciation or just a “like,” but I want more hours to express my thoughts.

  8. Positive or negative, I always appreciate when someone has taken the time to leave a genuine comment. It means what you have written has engaged someone enough that they were moved to take time from their busy lives to respond. Some of my most ardent followers are folks who started with a negative comment but, through a discussion in the comment window, eventually pushed the “follow” button because I took the time to engage them as well. I respond to every comment on my blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Sometimes it’s a day later, but I never let a comment go unacknowledged. In a world of white noise, taking the time to make those connections is one of the things that allows your voice to be heard.

    • I totally agree Ned, and the humour that you demonstrate in your comments is sure t win people round! As you can see, when I have been really busy it takes me a while t respond to them, but I’m desperately trying to reply to all of them whenever I get a chance!

  9. I always try to leave a comment of some kind, at least a like if I’m not sure what to say. I always respond to comments on my blog. I never understood the mindset of some that won’t respond to a comment. If I leave one and over time I see that that blogger just doesn’t reply I stop following them. I think it’s just plain rude. Maybe I’m old fashioned. šŸ˜‰

    • Thanks Jackie! As you can see, sometimes I am a but slow to reply to comments – the last week has been so busy, but I always try and catch up, even if it is just to say thank you! I have to be a little better about leaving comments on others people’s blogs – if I am short for time I will ‘like’ something to acknowledge that I have read it and enjoyed it…

  10. Pretty timely…thanks for sharing! Just posted something about needing some tips re: reading other people’s blogs, so…thanks again for the advice/tips (for reals!).

  11. I also love comments. I find that they really help cement the relationship with other bloggers.
    I don’t always leave a comment (lack of time or I don’t really have anything to add) but if I like the post I’ll leave a like. šŸ™‚

  12. I love the bit where you categorised everyone ^_^ Really good tips as well. I’ve followed blogs before where I’ve left comments on lots of their posts over months and never got a reply and then thought, really why am I bothering!? It must be difficult though if you get thousands of comments a month though, I’m lucky I don’t have that problem ;o)

    • Thanks my lovely! I have lost followers myself because I haven’t been swift enough in my reply to their comments. It doesn’t necessarily bother me if I comment on someone’s blog and they don’t reply – if I like the blog, I’ll continue following it…

  13. Ha! I really wanted to start this comment with some generic and cryptic comment, in the name of irony but writers block attacked me and I had nothing! sigh. I think this is a great post, I hadn’t ever taken the time to think about what sort of ‘commenters’ I had. I am thankful I mostly have the conversationalists, and isn’t it just fantastic when you do? It makes me feel like I am part of the community and like I am building blogging friends. I have to say I have only had one cryptic minimalist, and to start with I tried to respond with thanks – even though i didn’t know what they were saying, but in the end I gave up, because, I just thought what was the point? their comment meant nothing at all you know? I honestly don’t know how you find time to respond to 50 comments in a day let alone 100 comments on a weekend, I struggle when I get this, it happens occasionally, and I end up feeling panicked at work during the day because my phone is bleeping off the hook and I haven’t a scoobies how I will reply to them all! But we ask for it don’t we… so i’m not complaining! :p p.s. ‘great post’ lol.

    • Haha! Thanks Sasha – as you can see I haven’t been great at being able to reply to comments over the last week and now I’m busy catching up, but it will probably take me an hour or two. Some cryptic comments piss me off, and I think that’s what they’re designed to do!

  14. Good job! lol With regards to the comments, you forgot the scaredy cats like me who sometimes would rather not comment than look like a twit šŸ™‚ I am getting better and a little braver than I used to be though. Shame I’m still an eejit :O

    • You’ve never looked like a twit (I read that as something else the first time, and you aren’t one of those either haha)… I like to feel that this little space of the Internet is without judgement, so feel free to comment as much as you like my lovely!

  15. I find myself feeling socially awkward when it comes to comments. I know I should leave them. I want to, but often I don’t know what to say beyond that I enjoyed the post. You’ve provided some excellent food for thought here. Thank you.

    • Thanks so much – I’m glad to found it useful! Sometimes it’s really difficult to write something beyond a single sentence, I agree. The more you do it, the easier it gets!

  16. I love comments. Over the past two years many of those who have commented have gone on to become really good online ‘friends’ of mine.
    Also, during a very difficult time, so many of them supported me and helped me through. Prior to blogging I’d never have understood such a relationship.
    Great post.
    Also congrats on your #Sundayblogshare. I am not around enough on a Sunday and often tune in after 7.30pm but it looks fantastic.

    • I can totally relate to everything you’ve said here – I’m lucky to have good friends in the real world but my online friends have been just as supportive! Thanks for checking out #SundayBlogShare – you’re welcome to participate whenever you like!

  17. I have trouble commenting also. I usually have the comment ready and then think about it, and read it again and hit the backspace button and delete the comment! But I am getting better at it the more I do it. Comments made and received helps to make the online friends and support system! I have a great group who read what I write and lift my spirits or just let me know they care. Thank you for being one of them!
    Now, you need to explain how to take part in your Twitter blog share!! šŸ˜‰

    • Hi Deb! You never need to worry about the sort of comments that you leave – you’ve been very supportive through some horrible times and I have really appreciated it!

      #SundayBlogShare – tweet your link and then add in the hashtag before you post it. If you hit the twitter button on your blog it will take you to the Twitter box where you can edit it before you post. Type in the hashtag and the end.

      • Thanks! I need to have my 5 year old granddaughter teach me the Twitter basics! Ha!! It’s amazing what kids know. I was kinda sorta making fun of myself on my comment that I need to read further down in the reader. The previous post answered my question perfectly well. šŸ˜‰
        And, Suzie, YOU have been most supportive of me and my blog early on, for which I cannot thank you enough. My blogging buddies have become family.

  18. I think yours was the first blog I commented on as I always feel drawn in to your posts. Although I’m a bit of a minimalist conversationalist – by the time I get to the end of the post and am ready to comment I often have to go and rescue my son who is crawling somewhere he shouldn’t be – I like to leave a comment on a post which I have enjoyed and has made me think. I used to just press the like button but that’s really the same as just saying ‘nice post’. Reading the comments on my own posts is now my favourite part of posting.

    • I totally agree – its a blast when you’ve posted something and then someone writes something positive in response! I’m always grateful for your comments. I have the same problem with my cat – I’m sure he has the feline version of ADHD!

  19. I think you hit the nail on the head. Ask questions that encourage comments then respond to comments. I refuse to visit bloggers who will not respond to any comments. I know some bloggers have a lot so they can’t do it all. But none post after post? They can go jump in a lake. And Lard Cheeses! I hate when someone comments, “Lol. So funny. Check out my blog at….” The. Worst!
    *****
    You should add ‘Rambling Ranter’ to your commenting type. I’m sometimes a rambling ranter when I comment. My rants are NEVER against the blogger but against the topic or subtopic or one small point that ruffled my feathers. Ex: Your post about bloggers not responding to comments reminded me how much I hated bloggers who did that. Then, I went of on an angry tangent. Just how I roll. xoxo

    • I love that! Rambling Ranter! I certainly have a number of Rambling Ranters that comment on my blog, but I love them – there’s been a number of posts that have been created after reading someone’s rant!

  20. I love responding to the comments on my blog. The instant feedback I get from my readers is such a treat for me, so I always want them to know I appreciate it.

    The only comments I ignore are the ones about how great soccer is! šŸ˜›

  21. Teehehe–I’m a minimalist, although I only post a thank you on posts that have really made the wheels in my mind turn! These are the posts that I usually end up referring to in a post in my own blog. I really appreciate how you take the time to answer everyone, I had already noticed that–and because you have some great readers, some of your posts’ comments section end up being just as good as the post itself, which gives back to the community at large. Great job!

  22. Such a simple yet informative post, I definitely think I range from conversationalist to your minimalist comments. I applaud you for attempting to reply to everyone especially as you receive so many comments per day!

  23. You are always full of interesting helpful bits of advice! Thanks for sharing your experience. I absolute love comments and wish more people would comment rather than just ‘ like’ but understand the time issue. I must also realise that a like at least indicates someone has stopped by and read my post! Thanks šŸ˜Š

    • Likes are going to be the subject of the next post, because so many find them a bit controversial… I prefer comment to likes, but it tend to be the other way round!

  24. Great post and while I am writing my thoughts, I am thinking what category of comments these are..
    I love comments and I feel they are encouraging so like you, I always make it a point to respond to all comments. One thing that I also do is leave my post link on posts on similar topics that I have also written to share my version. I also leave a link to share my version on posts related to Microblog Mondays/Wordless Wednesdays etc. cos I visited from the linky and I want to let the author know that I also participated.
    After reading your post, I am thinking should I continue my practice or dump it!

    • Thanks very much for your honest comment! If I’m honest I get annoyed if people leave their links – if I want to access their blog I can do so through their Gravatar, but there have been occasions when I have left a link when the post is related to the same topic. I’ve noticed that the more followers I have gained, the more links I receive in the comments

  25. I comment when I have something to offer or just want the person to know I am in support of what they are saying. I always answer each comment although my range is in the 15 to 30 area which makes it easier than the mega comment blogs. It is interesting to note the number of mega blogs who do answer each comment. I find the number to be pretty high. So here is the reason for my comment. Nice post, Susie.

  26. I’m going to comment because… I love your blog,Suzie, and I bookmark the emails frequently because of all your great advice! I appreciate bloggers like you who have tons of followers, that you actually take the time to comment/reply back. That means the world to little bloggers like me with just a few hundred followers. And this has some great advice as well!!

  27. This post is worth my weight in Easter Eggs and gold, Suzie. It is so very useful and covered just about everything I could say about leaving and responding to comments.

    The only thing I would add is to actually never leave a link in a comment, as I know many bloggers class it as spamming. I always ask first if I can leave a link in a comment which is relevant to a post. If they say yes, then I will respond thanking them and leave the link. Some bloggers don’t like any kinds of links being left.

    Unless it is relevant to a post I will always remove a link from a comment before approving it. Comments and links that have no reverence to a post are sent to the trash folder immediately, along with those that just contain a smily face or the letters ‘lol’. If I have nothing to add then I will respond by liking the comment rather than sending a comment back.

    You’ve covered everything else to do with comments very well in this post and I commend you for writing and publishing such a helpful article. I’m sure many people will find it extremely useful.

  28. I find that comments on my blog give me reason to keep going when I doubt myself and my blogging purpose and abilities. You’re right, I love conversationalists too! Especially people who highlight what they found interesting, and praise really is the nicest thing to receive from a comment.

    • I totally agree – theres that sense of validation when you sometimes doubt yourself! Praise for something that you’ve spent time writing and editing makes it even better!

  29. i’m not sure where i fit in. frankly, i would love to get some comments on my blog. all i hear is crickets up in there. i used to have a blog called “lost mama blog” where i asked, “i’ve already said i’m lost–why are you following me?” and none of my followers replied. maybe i was being too cryptic? or they thought i was being ironic? maybe my problem is even when i am sincere, i’m still goofy & confusing.
    you don’t have to, but if you want to, you can visit my blog. at this point my expectations are still pretty low šŸ™‚

  30. Great post, Suzie (but wait, there’s more)!

    I appreciate the readers who take the time to write thoughtful comments on my blog. I try to respond to every comment (though I wonder how this will change as my blog traffic grows). It builds a connection with readers, lets me know that I’ve written something that resonates with people and it just plain feels good.

    I cannot stand when people comment and leave a link to their site. They already have the option to include their site in the link field. Adding it in the comments is just tacky. I want to respond – if you’d like to promote your site on my blog, I have ad space available at competitive rates. šŸ˜‰ Though, I know some people mean well and don’t know any better, so I don’t.

  31. Spot on Suzie ! I can totally relate to this post and agree with everything you have said in here. I love comments and have made many friends over the couple of years blogging. Love your writing so I’m following.you šŸ˜€ ā¤

  32. Thank you for this post! Really! Deep inside I fit in your first category of commenters, but in a reality somehow I can’t start a write that comment, which I have in my mind… I will try to change that.

    • Thank you very much! I didn’t realise until I received the comments for this post just how many people were nervous about posting comments in other peoples blogs. WordPress is a very supportive place – it’s very rare that you’ll get a negative response in return. In fact, in two years, Ive only ever had one person being extremely sarcastic and rude to any comment Ive written, and I just unfollowed him and moved on.

  33. Comments (on my blog or others) are part of what I enjoy the most about blogging, because it’s where I finally stopped private-blogging, haha. I love getting to know my readers and the bloggers behind the blogs I follow. I think I’m super verbose, so I tend to be guilty of writing tiny essays as comments, so I’d throw myself into the “Conversationalists” category! šŸ˜›

    I’m not a very big fan of the “Traffic Builders” ones either, since it’s usually pretty apparent that they haven’t read my post at all, and are commenting just to leave their link (which isn’t necessary since, as you said, their link’s already there if they typed in their name/website correctly). I try to respond to all my comments, but those are the ones I reply to last as well. šŸ˜›

    • Thanks very much Farrah! The problem is with private blogging is that it makes it difficult for anyone else to see it and respond. Hope the comments are rolling in now you’ve made it public!

      • haha, yep! Before, I was just using it as my online journal because I didn’t have time to write by hand anymore. I’m glad I went public though, because the blogging community has been all sorts of awesome!

  34. What a fantastically helpful post! I am relatively new to blogging; every word of your advice resonates with me. It’s like you were reading my mind. Thank you. I’m keeping this in a safe place for easy future reference.

  35. Your posts are always thoughtful and helpful Suzie – thank you. Personally I also try to respond to every comment on my blog-even if it is just by liking the comment or telling the person I appreciate them stopping by, because I do! Thankfully most of my “traffic builders” automatically go into my spam queue..I do try to check out each and every person who checks out my blog…even if it is weeks out from the original comment!

  36. Fantastic post, as always. One thing I’ve noticed on my blog is that comments are moving toward twitter. I think that’s great, actually, as the ones who do comment on the blog usually have more than would fit in a tweet. Have you noticed a similar trend?

    • Thanks my lovely! I am finding that I am getting more comments on the blog from Twitter, but not on Twitter itself… I tend to get lots of retweets and fewer reblogs on here though.

  37. I won’t be commenting on many posts today (after only three hrs sleep, i’m just about coping with the read & share that goes with your fab #SundayBlogShare) but felt I couldn’t ‘not comment’ on a blog about commenting – so here I am ;O)

    Discombobulation dictates I keep it short, but I just wanted to say.. I love getting comments on my blog…. I get a buzz when my email announces a comment on a post.. I always respond to comments..I’m not sure how many people come back to check for a response, but I feel, if ppl have taken the time to comment, it’d be rude not to respond šŸ™‚

    I enjoy your posts Suzie, an interesting mix, and always well written šŸ™‚

    Happy Easter, Happy #SundayBlogShare

    Kimmie x

    • You’re a legend Kimmie, and thanks so much for your continuous support of #SundayBlogShare! You always leave your comments via Twitter, which Im finding is happening more, but I’m never sure whether people from Twitter get a notification to say that I’ve responded?

  38. Hello Suzie,

    Great post indeed. I find that usually what drives e is the idea of a community or conversation. I’m interested in ideas, ad people who comment thoughtfully often bring out things you didn’t think about. The post itself is one thing, but if it brings out a conversation then it has achieved it”s true purpose.

    Have a lovely day
    Clouded x

  39. I also like asking short questions at the end of my posts too. When people see that you respond to comments they are encouraged to leave one themselves as they feel you won’t leave them hanging and it makes it more interactive. Great post, you covered a lot here. Look at the number of comments!

    • Thanks Sabrina! The number of comments I receive depends on the topic, the time of day I post and whether I have asked questions or not. I have a group of core commenters that follow every post too, which I’m very grateful for!

  40. I found that people send me a message that they are following me and I generally respond by following the link and I will in turn follow them. However, I do not get any response from them, I hardly get any posts from them, but I have done the job of boosting their stats. The whole process leaves me cold. Recently this was brought home to me in a very forceful way. Ten days ago, I lost my 14 year old Maltese – he was a sick little dog, but he died quietly. But he was a rescue dog we brought home over 12 years ago. I commented about this and out of all these people ( nowhere matching yours) one, commented on line and one wrote to me personally. That’s when I made the decision to go to the end of the month and close the site down. It all seems very pointless. In the meantime, I am closing down all these others as time allows.

    • Hi Edgar, your comment made me so sad… I’m sorry about your dog – you’ve talked about The Man many times on your blog, and I’m sorry I missed your post. It’s such a shame that you want to close the blog down

  41. Excellent points as always. The comments are half the point of blogging, aren’t they? I don’t want to exist in a vacuum, I blog to connect with others and learn from their opinions and experiences. The idea of not responding to comments (unless, of course they are degrading or in some other way totally inappropriate) doesn’t make sense to me, particularly if you’re running a smallish blog. Thanks for spelling it out, Suzie!

    Oh, and by the way, I love reading other people’s comments as well. So many of my favorite bloggers have joined in this conversation!

    BB

  42. I absolutely agree with your entire post!! I feel like when I first started out, I didn’t know who I was in the blogging world and it made me so sad to see less than 10 readers overall every time I posted something. I tried to start posting comments on other blogs but I felt that I was one of those traffic builders!! It made me feel ashamed but I thought that’s what you had to do because I saw others doing it. I was perusing through blogs I didn’t even find enjoyable just because they were popular.

    Luckily, I changed my ways and feel much more comfortable in my own blogging skin šŸ™‚ Now I read when relevant and comment when inspired šŸ˜€ Thanks for the great post!

    • Thank you so much for your comment and please forgive my late reply! I think there is a big gap between being a regular commenter and a spammer – if you are regularly commenting on blogs hat you read and enjoy, it can only be positive! The only way I would consider it to be spam would be if you are leaving your links at the same time.

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