Well … I managed to silence you all but good yesterday, didn’t I?
I didn’t realize talking about TV shows would be so unpopular. When I talk about writing, I alienate the portion of my readers who aren’t writers, and when I blog about other stuff, I’m too boring for words. My one area of expertise which seems popular is software reviews. Bi0-data stuff doesn’t count; all I did was swipe a bunch of info from other web sites and link back to them. Still, the bio-data information remains my number one viewed topic.
So today, let’s talk about something else I’ve been thinking about for a while, and let’s get your feedback.
Once upon a time, I didn’t know whether it was proper etiquette or not to answer blog comments. By the same token, I didn’t have to worry about it either. My commentators were few and far between, so it wasn’t an issue. Now, however, I feel horrible and guilty if I don’t respond to your comments. You took the time to talk to me, the least I can do is answer you.
But I’ve noticed not everyone does this. I’ve been to some blogs where the comments are so numerous it would be impossible to answer them all. I’ve been to other blogs where only select comments are answered, for whatever reason – sometimes the reason is more clear than others. And I’ve been to some blogs where the blogger just doesn’t respond to comments at all. They let the commentators prattle on about whatever they want, and never slow that train down.
For me, it’s a matter of courtesy. You’ve taken time from your increasingly busy life and come to read the crap I’m spewing. You not only read it, you let me know (most days, anyhow) what you thought of it by commenting. If you can manage to carve that kind of time out of your schedule to provide input and let me know I’m not alone out here, what kind of jackass would I be not to answer you?
But that’s me.
Again, I’ve seen it both ways. And if someone’s commenting on my blog regularly, I try and get to theirs at least once in a while, to give them the same measure of time and thought they provided me. I read their latest posts if they’re a new acquaintance, and I’ll comment on those for which I think I can provide feedback. It’s just common courtesy, to me.
Then again, I tend to shy away from commenting on blogs where I find a lot of comments. If the audience is large and verbose, I’ll shut my yap and stay out of it. I don’t think that person, even if they left me a comment, will notice whether I reciprocated or not. Again, just my personal view on it all.
What about you? What’s your practice? Do you answer your comments, or let them be? Do you return the favor by commenting on the other person’s blog, or is that an unnecessary reciprocity?
Sound off, y’all – if you want.