Yay! You’ve just read an interesting post and want to let the blogger know that you thought it was awesome or perhaps you’d like a bit more info so you leave a comment – and the waiting game begins.
One of my biggest pet peeves about online life are those bloggers who, for unknown reasons, simply can’t be bothered to reply to comments from their readers, especially when a question is asked, GAH! Having people leave positive comments & queries is a rarity in this fast-paced internet society and it’s maddening when it’s not appreciated.
In my humble opinion there are only 3 reasons why a blogger should not be expected to answer comments left on their blog posts:
1. The comment is abusive and therefore will not be published or replied to. (Get my tips for dealing with trolls here)
2. The blogger is on holiday/taking a break from blogging but will answer the comment(s) once they return.
3. The blogger receives such a high volume of comments on every single post that they simply can’t be expected to respond to them all (but should try to answer the questions or put together a follow-up post covering the requested info.)
Readers won’t continue trying to communicate with bloggers if they are ignored and may even stop following the blogs that never reply to their pleasant comments & questions.
Replying to blog comments can seem tedious at times, there are only so many ways to thank someone for their remarks without becoming repetitive, but with a wee bit of imagination each response you give can actually make the post above it even more interesting.
When replying to a comment I always try to add a bit more background info about the post (where I discovered the item, how I came up with the DIY, etc…). Sharing a thought or two with interested readers guarantees repeat visits, encourages others to contribute and may even lead to a groovy new friendship!
Remember, it’s just as delightful to answer a positive comment as it is to receive it.
Now go forth and respond!
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