A while back, I wrote a post about how some bloggers never respond to comments. Ever since that post, I’ve made responding to each and every comment a priority (even though that’s what I was doing before).
When I started hosting blog carnivals, I started feeling a little ridiculous for responding to the many variations of “thanks for including my post.” Really, those comments don’t need an actual response.
Those comments are left for 2 reasons, sometimes both:
- To let the blogger know that you appreciate them including your post.
- To get a super-easy link back to your site from leaving one of the easiest comments ever.
Honestly, there isn’t anything wrong with that…I’ve done it myself. Plus, it’s nice that they acknowledge the inclusion at all.
I’m also a big fan of hosting giveaways, though I wish the regular readers would enter them more (hint, hint). Giveaways can receive tons of comments, so I decided in the beginning that I would only respond to them if there was an issue, question or something else needing a response.
Otherwise, I would be spending hours and hours responding to comments that nobody would ever check back on. Thus making myself look silly for wasting that much time when I’m always way behind as it is.
PS- There’s another giveaway coming soon, I’m just working on ways to enter right now.
This is the one that really got me. It seems like if I don’t respond to each and every comment, that I’m being rude and unappreciative of the time the reader spent to leave the comment. I’ve been on the commenting side of this and know that it sucks when you continue to leave comments and they never get replied to.
The problem with responding to every comment is that there isn’t always something to say. So when you go in and try to find a response, you just sound like a blundering idiot trying to reply. This is my biggest issue.
I put off replying to comments because I know there are going to be comments that don’t need a response. Then the comments add up, then another post is published with more comments, and so on. I start to dread the comments, and it shouldn’t be that way.
New Plan For Responding To Comments
Blog Carnivals & Giveaways: I will read (and appreciate) them all, but not respond unless absolutely necessary.
Posts: I will also read and cherish these, but won’t reply unless: a question is asked, somebody is being really dumb or I actually have something to say in response.
I hope everybody is okay with this, especially since only about 10% of you come back to that post after leaving a comment.
I’m not trying to be anti-social or diminish the sense of community that bloggers are supposed to strive for, just keep my sanity and not waste time sounding like a fool.