This is an issue that has been discussed on several different blogs the last couple of days. I’m not going to link them right here or right now mostly because I am a lazy turd. But also because what has said isn’t entirely important to this post and chances are you’ve all read those posts ANYHOW. So whatever. :) On with the show!
I’ve never specifically stated what my comment policy is here on this blog. I guess that’s probably because I haven’t had any hard and fast “rules”. But I’m starting to think that maybe I should start spelling it out, just so there’s no misunderstandings or hurt feelings in the future. If there have been any in the past that I am unaware of, then I apologize.
I do, on occasion, reply to my comments. Not all of them. Not all the time. But if a particular comment strikes me or a question is asked then I try to respond to the comment author. This is especially goes for new visitors to my blog. I like to try to reach out to any and all new readers, to let them know that I’m glad they’ve stopped by and would like them to return. I’m a big believer that if a blogger responds to her commenters then those people will be more likely to return and comment again. And we all know that I LOVE to get the comments! So anything I can do to encourage that is well worth the effort in my book. Plus, I want my readers and commenters to know that I notice them and appreciate them.
Of course, there are times and instances in which I’m unable to respond to all my comments. Sometimes I get swamped with family duties, feeds to read, places to go and people to see. In those cases, a lot of times comments go unreplied to. And I do feel bad. But I want everyone to know that no matter what, reply or no, I always read each and every one of my comments. In fact, opening up my email and seeing that I have a comment on a post I’ve written never fails to give me quite a thrill. I’m not being trite when I say that I treasure each and every one of them.
What do you guys all think? Where do you stand on replying to comments? Do you like to get a reply from a blogger? Does it increase the likelihood that you’ll return to that blog to comment again? Are there features on other blogs or things other bloggers do that you find encourage you to visit and comment? If so, do clue me in!