Thursday, May 31, 2012
A Question For Our Blogger Buddies
I am a blogger that does not comment on comments. It's not because I don't want to carry on a conversation, it just seemed like this...what if the commenter then came back and commented on my comment to their comment? Then I'd need to comment on the new comment to my comment. And then if they came back and commented again, I'd need to comment...and on it goes, ad infinitum.
But that's not the only reason I don't comment on comments. When I post a comment on someone's blog I never return to see if the blog author responded to it. Even though it may be the most timely, perceptive, and entertaining piece ever created, I barely have time to visit a post once, let alone multiple times. So I savor the story, respond to it, and then I'm off to the next new post.
Recently, I read an article on how to increase "traffic" to a blog. Commenting on comments was one of the suggestions. In fact, the author made it sound as though if you didn't respond to comments you were basically a selfish pig that didn't deserve to live. Okay, well maybe he didn't put it quite like that. However, he did insist that responding to comments is proper blog-etiquette if you ever want readers to return.
So here's my question. When you receive comments on your blog, do you respond to them? When you leave a comment, do you return to it seeking a response?
Let's just call this an unofficial survey. I'm anxious to hear what you think. However, don't expect me to comment on your comment. I'll save that for my next post.