Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Day 5: Connecting with My Readers Through Comments

Problogger ChallengeMy husband says that I spend too much time responding to comments on my blog.  Sometimes I feel like I don’t spend enough time.  He says I don’t have to respond to every comment.  I think I do.  If someone takes the time to not only read my blog but leave a comment, I feel like the least I can do is say “thank you” and answer any questions they may have or clarify information the information I presented.

I tend to reply to comments directly on my post and I will follow up with comments on the individual’s blog if they provide me with a link to a post that is relevant to our conversation.  The one thing that was disturbing me about my responses to comments was that I wasn’t sure if people knew that I had replied.  So I started futzing around with the plugins and found out about embedded commenting which allows me to reply directly to each commenter rather than just writing generic replies.  That discovery led to my post called I’ve Been a Bad Blogger but It Wasn’t On Purpose.  In it, I showed a few ways that I’ve adapted my blog to make it more “user friendly.”

I think the biggest benefit I’ve received from replying to comments is reciprocity.  When someone leaves a comment on my blog, I often check out their blog and leave a comment on one or two posts (especially if I’m participating in a meme, it’s ok to look around and see if there’s anything else you’d like to read).  I try to make sure that I say something more than “Good job” or “I agree”, I want my comment to be meaningful and show the blogger that their words touched me or made me think.  I mean, that is the purpose of a blog, right?  To share information and to inform…

This post was written as part of the 31 Day Problogger Challenge that is being sponsored by SITS.

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