I have a question for all you readers, bloggers and non-bloggers alike. And I'm sweetening the deal with a lovely *** GIVEAWAY*** for those who help me out.
My question is about responding to comments on my blog.
This is what I've been doing. Someone comments on a post and I email them a response. I also try and visit their blog.
The problem with responding by email, of course, is that many bloggers are "no reply bloggers," and there is no way to respond to them. In this case, I make sure I visit their blog.
If the comment is from a non-blogger, and I can't email them back, I'll respond in the comment section of my blog.
I rarely respond in the comment section of my blog for two reasons: 1) I don't want my readers to be burdened with having to return to the post to see if I've responded, and 2) I don't want them to have to deal with a bunch of emails in their inbox if they check the "notify me" box after they've commented.
This is what I do when I comment: I take a look and see what the blogger does. Does she respond to comments on her blog? If she does, I will check the "notify me" box. If she doesn't, I don't check it. When I check the "notify me" box, sometimes I'm happy to get all the subsequent comments and replies in my email because it is a topic I'm interested in. Other times I just look for a response to my comment in my email box and delete the rest as they come in.
Okay, so here's my question, if you're still with me.
Would you like me to continue the way I'm doing things (emailing responses, and just figuring out what to do with "no-reply bloggers"), or would you prefer me to respond in the comment section of my blog?
I am thinking I might want to switch to responding to readers right in my comment section. Sometimes the most interesting part of a blog, the real action you might say, takes place in the comment section. But I don't want to burden my readers either.
What do you all think? Leave a comment with your opinion and I will randomly select one of you to win the tea, linen napkins, and spoon. I'll leave this open for a week, and announce the winner on Monday, September 15.
|some tea, perfect for cooler weather, which I picked up at a little tea store in northern Michigan this summer|
|two vintage luncheon napkins, in fall-ish colors|
|and a new little tea spoon|
Thank you, friends. You truly are the best part of blogging.
Again, the question. Would you rather that I: respond to comments by email, as possible, or respond in the comments section of my blog?