One of the things that I pride myself on with my blog is that I always try to reply to all comments. I really enjoy the interaction (and it feeds my ego to know that there are people who are reading what I write). But I kinda felt like my replies were floating into the middle of cyberspace and getting lost because I had no way of letting people know that I was responding. I assumed that people are like me ~ leaving comments and then forgetting where I left them…
Some of my posts have generated a lot of conversation but I felt like people were missing the replies (not only from me but from others). For example, a few weeks ago I wrote a post about monetizing your blogs in response to the criticism that some Mom Bloggers have been receiving for giving away their services. I promised that I would let everyone know when I found out the keys to success. Well, I haven’t exactly blogged my way to big money but I am able to offer a few suggestions for monetizing your blog that I hope you’ll find helpful. I offered my tipss in a reply but I think y’all missed it because you didn’t know I replied. That wasn’t your fault, it was mine. Bad blogger.
I’d like to take this time to apologize for not exploring the settings on WordPress much more in depth because had I done that, we wouldn’t be having this conversation right now. Not only did I learn that I could embed replies but I also learned that I could send a short email to you all to let you know that I replied. Yay! Do you know how hard I had to fight the impulse to go back through all 871 comments and reply to them each individually? Seriously.
We all go into blogging with the hopes of developing a relationship with our readers. And in order to develop a relationship, you have to communicate, so please take it from me and go into your Discussions Settings and enable threaded (nested) comments. This way you can reply individually rather than doing what I was doing and relying on the “@”. Furthermore, in the Plugins section, go in and enable the “Comment Reply Notification”. Trust me, it’ll keep your readers engaged and it will enhance your blogging experience.