Do you respond to every comment you get? Do you visit every person’s blog that leaves you a comment? Don’t get me wrong, when you first start blogging it is super important to respond to comments and visit and comment, visit and comment, visit and comment on other blogs. It’s like the newbie’s mantra: “Visit and Comment”. It’s important because how else are you going to get your face and your blog out there unless you get around (and I mean that in the least offensive way possible)?
But as your blog gets older and you’ve been around awhile, things change. Take for instance the number of comments you get. On Twitter the other day several of us were chatting about whether or not it’s necessary to respond to comments. To me, there’s a lot of reasons to respond to comments:
– You build relationships with your readers
– You can have longer conversations about the blog topic (or other stuff!) via email
– You can toss ideas around
– Your readers understand that you value and appreciate them.
On the other hand…
At some point, the number of comments you get everyday gets overwhelming. To not only respond to 30+ comments via email (which is easy if the commenter doesn’t have “no-reply blogger” as their email address – otherwise you have to go try to hunt their email address down and can only find it 50 percent of the time) but also visit each commenter’s blog is time consuming. Crazy time consuming, actually. And let’s look at the benefits of not responding to each comment you get:
– You have more time to visit your “regular” blogs, as well as explore new ones
– More time to spend with the kids (don’t tell me you don’t ever say “Just one more minute, honey” when you’re trying to get through comments)
– More time to do other things that you’ve been not doing…you know, cooking, cleaning, reading, gardening…
– More time to tweet (Whoops! Did I say that out loud?!)
Not that anybody asked, but here’s where I stand on responding to comments: at some point in your blogging life, you gotta draw the line. If you average 30, 40, 50+ comments a day, it’s just too time consuming and difficult to respond to every single one.
I read somewhere (and if it was your post, forgive me and email me and I’ll slap your credit in here where it’s due) that commenting is often a comment-for-a-comment type situation. You leave me a comment and I’ll leave you a comment. As much as I love comments, I’d rather someone just read my posts and enjoy reading them instead of feeling like that have to comment.
A couple of months back, I mentioned that I was going to stop responding to every comment. I was only going to respond to commentors that asked me a specific question. I still respond to some comments that are over the top or really funny/interesting/eye opening, but not to all of them. And you know what? People are still coming! They’re still commenting! I haven’t lost any readers because I’m not responding to them. Loyal readers will come whether you respond back or not, just like if you take a few days off, they’ll show back up again when you come back.
I now have more time to read more blogs and leave comments that are meaningful and thoughtful…not just “LOL, that’s funny”, although sometimes I do leave comments like that because it really was LOL funny. Comments are important and shouldn’t be dismissed or taken for granted. But let’s face it…how many blogs do you visit and leave comments on and NEVER get a reply back? Yeah I know it’s a lot of blogs, not a lot of responses back, right?
So where do you stand? To respond or not to respond? Agree or disagree? Have another viewpoint? Have more questions about commenting? Blogging in general? Reader loyalship? Let me know!
And so it goes…
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