Sunday, April 25, 2010
TSS: Commenting Etiquette
Previously, if someone came and visited my blog and left a comment, I would then go respond to that comment on her blog, as then I would be sure she got it. But apparently, this is not done, so I switched and now when someone comments on my blog, I just write a comment back on that particular post myself. This can be complicated when I haven't responded in some time, and so then have ten people I am addressing in one comment (though I think that's better than artificially inflating commenting numbers by responding to each person individually). Plus, I can never really be sure the person I am addressing knows that I have responded to her comment. So it is a flawed and imperfect system.
When I comment on most blogs, I rarely go back and check to see if someone has responded to my comment. This may be because I forget which blog posts I comment on. But generally, I don't expect responses to my comments. So it really surprises me when people say that they stop following blogs when no one responds to their comments- mostly because I rarely ever notice if people respond to me or not. Clearly, I am perfectly happy just talking to myself all over blogosphere.
How do you respond to comments left on your blog? Do you respond on your own blog? On the commenter's blog? Via email?
As a blog reader, do you go back and check for responses to your comments? Do you have a preferred contact method?