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!

5 thoughts on “Blog Hop: Replying to Comments?

  1. 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 🙂

  2. dianem57

    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.

  3. Jemima Pett

    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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