One thing I really don’t like is when bloggers don’t respond to comments made on their blog. There are a lot of different opinions about this out there, but personally, it really bothers me. That’s not to say that I don’t still love and follow blogs and bloggers who do this, but it is something that I think about from time to time.
Sometimes I’ll go to comment on a blog post and I notice that the blogger hasn’t replied to one single comment. If there are already a ton of comments on the post (say, more than 8-10) and/or the post was written a few days ago, I might hesitate to leave a comment.
My favorite thing about blogging is the community and the interaction with one another. If I get the feeling that a blogger probably isn’t going to reply to my comment…why even leave one? Sometimes I’ll have something I really, really want to say and leave one anyway, knowing that they’ll probably at least read it, but other times I’ll just think to myself that it’s not worth it to take 3 minutes to type out a thoughtful response to their post if I’m not going to get a reply, so I just don’t.
Would You Rather Get a Comment or a Comment Response?
Recently, one of my favorite bloggers wrote a post about why she doesn’t reply to comments left on her blog, and she explained that, if she has a set amount of time she’s going to spend commenting in general, she’d rather spend that time going to other people’s blogs and leave comments there instead of replying to her own because she thought that’s what people would appreciate more.
While that’s a good thought and actually a pretty decent point, I have to politely disagree and say that, at least for me, I’d rather get a response to a comment I’ve made. A response, especially if I’ve left a fairly thoughtful comment, opens up a conversation and discussion. Sometimes comment conversations give me ideas for new post ideas and even just blogging inspiration in general! And it allows you to get to know the other person and it’s how blogging friendships develop. Of course I love receiving comments of my own, too, but if it’s a choice between the two — I’d rather have the conversation.
How I Deal With Comments on My Blog
One good rule that I’ve put into place for myself is that I must respond to all of my own comments before I get to go visit other blogs and leave comments there. Doing this helps keep me accountable and makes sure that I don’t get the problem of letting them build up too long and then having to respond to a huge amount all at once.
Typically, I respond to comments as soon as I get on the computer in the morning, and then whenever I get an email notification for a new one during the day. Tackling them one at a time makes it an easy, fun thing to do throughout the day vs. a task that I start to resent. I know that not everybody has the ability to do blogging stuff during the day, but it’s what works for me. Another option would be to do it once in the morning and once at night, to break it up a little bit.
I don’t respond to every comment, but I do reply to about 90% of them. Sometimes I’ll get quick one-sentence comments that I don’t feel really justify a response — if I can’t think of anything to say back, I don’t force myself to come up with something. But luckily, almost all of the comments I get are pretty long and thoughtful! Thanks, guys 🙂
So, ultimately, while not replying to comments doesn’t usually stop me from following a blog or loving that blog/blogger, it does slightly annoy me and may stop me from leaving a comment. The whole point of blogging (at least, in my opinion) is the community aspect, so I really appreciate it when bloggers go out of their way to contribute comments, both in response to other people’s posts and their own blog’s comments.
One other thing I want to quickly mention is that I’m mostly just talking about WordPress bloggers here. There’s no way for me to receive comment reply notifications from Blogger blogs so, even if I do leave a thoughtful comment, I don’t expect a response, because I know that I’ll never be able to see it. In rare circumstances — if I leave a super, super personal and thoughtful comment — I might save the link to the post and check back for a reply later, but mostly I just have to leave a comment and move on. It’s not the way I’d like to do things, but until Blogger gets their shit together, it’s the only option.
What do you think…does it annoy you when bloggers don’t reply to comments? Do you usually reply to comments left on your own blog? Would you rather receive a comment or a comment reply?
Other Bloggers Discuss Replying to Comments:
- Pretty Little Reader — Pretty Little Discussion: Commenting
- So Obsessed With — Get to Work, B—-!
- These Paper Hearts — Discussion: Commenting Back