Blog Hop: Replying to Comments?

book blogger hopThis week’s Book Blogger Hop question: Do you reply to comments on your blog or do you figure folks won’t be stopping back to read your reply so you don’t bother?

I try to reply to comments consistently and in a timely fashion…but rather like my blog reading, it actually tends to happen in bunches when I carve out some time. And I miss comments sometimes too. I tell myself it’s a good exercise in letting go of perfection to allow that to happen…yeah, that’s still something of an internal argument!

But in general I’m pro-comment replies. I know not everyone will see the response, but some of you do—because some of you reply to my replies! I know WordPress helpfully tells WordPress users about comment-replies on other WordPress blogs, so while I don’t keep track of which comments are coming from WordPress users, I do know some replies are being seen that way. Besides, if someone asks a question, even if they don’t see the answer, maybe a later reader will, and will find it valuable!

And I feel like a practice (even imperfect) of replying to comments adds a lot to the feeling that a blog is a conversation, not just a broadcast—and conversation is certainly what I am aiming for!

Thoughts? Comments? I promise I’ll (try to) respond!

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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5 Responses to Blog Hop: Replying to Comments?

  1. writersideup says:

    I think I missed checking my “notify” box so I’m doing it now lol

  2. writersideup says:

    Cheryl, I actually made a comment about this on your other thread! lol I am 100% pro-response to comments! To me, it is about the interaction ABOUT the information and whatever other useful/fun stuff comes up IN that conversation. It’s your attitude, not just your content, that keeps me coming back, my dear 🙂

  3. dianem57 says:

    I think replies are good if you can get a conversation going in the comments part of the blog. And the conversation can be entertaining to readers. I do enjoy a thread of a conversation in comments on blogs, so I think it’s worthwhile for a blogger to reply to comments – or for other commenters to reply to specific comments, if they have something to add.

  4. Jemima Pett says:

    I’m with you on this one – as you’ll see from my Monday post 🙂 I won’t link it onto the inLinkz until it’s up, though.

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