Wednesday, December 17, 2008

How Do You Respond To Comments?

When I first started blogging no one commented but eventually, the comments came. Sometimes I wanted to say more in response to their comments, other times I simply wanted to acknowledge the person and their response. This presented a dilemma.

Where should I post my response? Should I post it on my blog along with their comment? Should I go to their blog, comment on their current blog, then put my response to their comment on my blog over there? Con -- fusing is the best way to describe the feeling.

It didn't throw me into fits or cause me any wasted brainpower trying to make sense of it. I filed in in the back of my mind and forgot about whether one way was better than another for responding to comments.

I followed my simple plan of posting my response on my own blog along with their comments. Occasionally, I would thank the person for their comments on their blogs. I also wrote a blog post suggesting that we go back to review older posts in case someone posted a comment days or even months after our original blog post.

I recently found an interesting article with helpful suggestions on how to handle responses to comments.

Building A Better Blog For 2007: Respond To Comments

  • Don’t delete negative comments unless they’re actually demeaning to the readership in general.
  • Respond to both positive and negative comments.
  • If the message was in the form of a comment, reply on the site and also make sure to send an email.

READ MORE at: The Simple Dollar.

3 comments:

Lin said...

i've had the same question...and since we don't have the email addresses of most of our commentors, it's difficult to contact them and not everyone marks email follow=up comments to your own home address because you'd get too much. so the dilemma continues. will check out your links. thanks.

mom/caryn said...

I've thought a lot about this as well... I enjoy reading when a blog author responds to his/her comments. But, I don't think a lot of readers go back and re-read a site after their initial comment. Am I wrong? I feel sort of rude sometimes when I'm asked a question and I don't answer it.
hhmmmmm... what to do, eh?

Kay said...

It's my feeling that most people don't go back to the post to see if the author has responded although there's been times when I have... more often not though.

Therefore, I do try to go to the Post profile and see if they have an e-mail where you can send them a personal message. I've actually only started doing this. I didn't know you could.