I’m guess most people would agree that it’s pretty cool to get comments on your blog. When you do, do you respond to all of them? Let’s chat about that.
Responding to comments
I try to respond to all comments, although it doesn’t always happen. Sometimes I can’t fish words out of my head for a response, as my brain can be awfully slow-moving, but in that case, I like to use emojis instead to give more of a response than just a like.
I think that the way a blogger responds to comments has an impact on the comments that are left to them. If a blogger isn’t responding to comments, there are only so many times others are going to try leaving comments before giving up and just not commenting anymore. On the other hand, if a blogger is regularly responding to comments in a friendly manner, that helps to encourage other bloggers to leave comments.
Why someone might not respond to comments
For people who get a lot of comments, time can certainly be a factor, and it may not be practical or even possible to answer all comments. That’s never been much of an issue for me, because I don’t have much of a life outside of blogging. 😉
Another possible reading for not responding or a delay in responding is if Akismet, WordPress’s spam filter, decided to eat the comment. That seems to go in spurts. I check my comments folder pretty regularly, and it hasn’t caught many legit comments lately.
Sometimes, the legitimacy of a comment is a bit iffy. Maybe it’s not so clearly spam that you’d want to delete it, but you also don’t necessarily want to encourage it by writing a response.
It’s also possible that comments got lost in the shuffle of notifications, and if they’re not seen, they’re not going to be responded to.
Is liking a comment enough?
When it comes to comments on social media, liking a response is often enough, but I feel like the blogosphere has a different vibe than social media (in a good way).
Sometimes, there’s truly nothing that needs to be said in response, and a simple like to acknowledge the comment will do the trick.
The flip side to that is that if someone likes a comment, it shows that they’ve actually seen it and chosen not to respond. That can send the message that a blogger isn’t interested in interaction. There have been times when I’ve unfollowed blogs that repeatedly didn’t respond to comments, because it doesn’t create the most friendly atmosphere.
Over to you
Now it’s your turn. Do you always respond to comments on your blog? How do you decide whether to respond or not?