I’ve been participating in the Slice of Life Challenge for the last 31 days. During the challenge nearly 150 people were posting writing each day on their blogs. Each day everyone was finding something to write. Participants joined for a variety of reasons, but it wasn't long until what emerged was a caring writing community. Though I enjoyed the writing I was soon as addicted to reading and leaving comments for people as I was at trying to get my post written.
Of course, I’m not going to lie, I enjoyed getting comments on my blog too. As I read comments I began to notice a pattern in the types of comments people left on the blog. I also began to wonder about replying to the comments. Should I be just reading them and considering the comments? Should I be replying? When should I reply? How do I let people know I have replied? Do people who comment check back to see if a reply has been posted?
When I leave a comment I typically do not check back to see if a comment I’ve made has had further conversation or a reply. I typically do not request to receive an email for further comments on the reply or the post either. For this reason, I don’t typically reply to comments left on my blog. I typically smile to myself, shout an “amen”, ponder further thinking, or react in some way, but I do not typically reply. I just didn’t think anyone came back to read.
Should We Reply
During this challenge I’ve noticed a few things about replies. Some blog writers reply often and to everyone. Some blog writers reply on occasion. Other blog writers, probably assuming no one checks back, do not reply to comments. At one point in the challenge I had someone remind me they were waiting on a reply to a previous comment.
I loved the way Kevin (@dogtrax) one day tweeted that he had replied to the comments on a conversation about Facebook that had generated quite a bit of discussion. I thought that was such a smart idea.
So I’m Wondering....
- Do you reply to comments on your blog?
- Do you go back to check for replies to the comments you leave?
- What do you think?
Please comment. I might even reply. ;o)