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Do you prefer that bloggers respond to your comments?

March 1, 2009

Alex at Blogging without a blog categorizes the different kind of blogger-responses to comments.  There’s the blogger who doesn’t allow comments, and bloggers who allow comments but seldom respond to them, and bloggers who make an effort to respond to every commenter.  With a few variations in-between.

I’ve always loved comments.  In school, I never cared what grade I got on a paper; what did the professor write?  And now that personal computers have been invented, an Internet and World Wide Web created, and blogging popularized, I have not changed.  I love it when people comment.

I’ve always regarded the comments’ section as “Your turn” and tried not to interject myself too much there.  But now that I think of it, I do enjoy the responses of other bloggers, and of other commenters, to my comments.  It’s what keeps me coming back to a thread.  When you leave comments on a blog, what is your preference?

(H/T Coturnix)

Categories: Blogging, Geeky
  1. March 1, 2009 at 20:46 | #1

    I try to respond to all comments, but consistency is an issue with me – and not in comment policy, but posts. I tend to write where the pen (or keyboard) takes me, and as the original article suggests, that confuses creatures of habit! They never know what they’re going to get.

  2. March 1, 2009 at 22:11 | #2

    I will respond to any comment I get that is directed toward me. I also respond to friends and new readers. Sometimes though, it’s fun to sit back and watch the commentators hash things out if the thread gets long.

  3. gruntled atheist
    March 1, 2009 at 22:12 | #3

    About medium.  Some bloggers comment too much and it tends to stifle the the conversation.  I do like it when the blogger participates in the conversation without dominating.

  4. March 2, 2009 at 04:42 | #4

    I used to respond to each and every one, but that turned out to be impractical for a variety of reasons.  Responding to only a few felt too much like favoritism.  Standing out of the way and letting everybody have their turn seems to be working out fine.  I do of course read everybody’s input.  People’s comments are really what makes this whole thing worthwhile.

    As far as when I’m commenting on other blogs… I’d love to follow a thread, but haven’t got the time.  I rarely check back for a response.  And I always forget to hit that subscribe to follow-up comments notification thingy anyway…

  5. March 2, 2009 at 09:10 | #5

    I always welcome comments, and try to respond to as many as I have something vaguely coherent to speak about, even if it’s just a mutter of agreement.  Sometimes I feel like I’m pushing to have the last word—but I hate to leave an outside commenter as the last person to speak on a thread, as it makes it seem (to me) as thought I (as the host) am not paying any attention.

  6. gruntled atheist
    March 2, 2009 at 12:36 | #6

    Also, I love it when people comment.

    Glad you said that.  I didn’t know.  This is a great blog for your writing style and the variety of topics covered.  I enjoy the articles about cleaning bicycle chains and repairing plastic gas tanks and the pictures of stuff you see in your local travels.  I visit every day but seldom have anything constructive to add but I will try to speak up more often.

  7. March 2, 2009 at 22:20 | #7

    I’m so grateful for comments that I try to answer them all, but I usually wait 24 hours to say anything. I’ve found that replying too soon keeps other people from jumping in, and selfishly, I want to hear from lots of people how brilliant I am. :)

    Ditto what Gruntled Atheist said – I read everything you write via RSS, and don’t comment as often as I should.  I’ll try to be better about that in the future.  You’re doing a great job, and need to hear that.

  8. March 3, 2009 at 08:37 | #8

    I usually only respond to comments if they ask me something. I have no way of knowing if the commenters come back to see the answer I gave them.

    Usually comments on my blog don’t start debates, and on the rare occasions they do, I pitch in.

  9. March 3, 2009 at 20:26 | #9

    Thank you everyone!  In addition to constructive comments I also enjoy silly ones, and it’s especially interesting when a discussion gets going.  I’ll keep my eyes open and see what turns up.

    I read both topical and general-interest blogs in addition to killing a lot of trees with print publications.  I’ve thought of making this into a bicycling blog, or a photo blog, or just politics or just science. But I was always too scatter-brained to stay on track, so it winds up being whatever odd thing caught my wandering attention that day. 

    There’s a few topics I’ve been meaning to write about for literally years, but could never pull them together.  Like Libertarianism, Vernier calipers, note cards, or the relationship between gravel piles and the definition of a planet.  Maybe if I keep at it long enough…

  10. March 5, 2009 at 11:58 | #10

    This sample is biased towards those who comment.

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