Book Blogger Hop: Comments and commenting

imageI’m joining in with Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer‘s book blogger hop again this week, where they post a question which you and other bloggers answer, hopping from blog to blog to see people’s answers. This week, the question is…

Do you reply to every comment on your post?

The answer is yes, always – even if it takes me a little while to do so. I reply because I think it’s the right and polite thing to do – if someone spoke to me at work or in passing on the street I would always respond and comments I see as the same in a way, a virtual way of speaking to me.

Everyone who comments has gone out of their way to spend time on my blog, read my post, and then say something about it, what I’ve said or the book I’ve reviewed. They don’t have to – there are so many blogs out there and I know I am (fairly) new and a little fish in a big pool. To not respond would seem rude.

I also reply because I love comments – blogging would feel very lonely without them – and, I could be wrong, but responding seems like a good way of encouraging people to keep commenting, and coming back to my blog.

Comments are my way of engaging with other people who love what I love – books – and that’s one of the reasons I decided to give blogging a go – to engage with a community I had previously “lurked” around by reading blogs but not actively participating (before I had my blog, I rarely commented because I didn’t feel like I could, silly I know but true nonetheless).

For everyone who comments I also try to make an effort to visit their blogs and post a comment in return. For blogs I already follow I don’t do it every time because I normally visit them when I see they’ve posted something new but for new bloggers to my site, I try and do it straight away. I’ve discovered some great new blogs this way, not all book related, and I see that as an added bonus of comments.

What about you, do you respond to comments – leave one, letting me know.

Emma

 

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37 thoughts on “Book Blogger Hop: Comments and commenting

  1. Yes, I also respond to comments – like you, it seems if people take the trouble to read AND then write about a post, then they should have a reply, or acknowledgement:). It must be hard for those who get dozens and dozens of comments a day, though… How do they cope?

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    • If I ever get that many comments I will let you know 😉 though I do know that some bloggers who have really popular linkys and things do always seem to make the rounds so it must be possible – and a state of mind maybe. Seeing it as important as all the other parts of blogging…which it is. Like you say it’s the acknowledgment people have taken time to comment, even if only a little – they still didn’t have to.

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  2. Oh, I love your reply! You have expressed my feelings exactly. And I really like your analogy about commenting and speaking to someone on the street. It is indeed rude not to reply. Commenters have taken the time to say something about your post after reading it. They don’t have to. I think a lot of people don’t even read an entire post. Instead, they just skim it, and move on to another blog. So it’s really important to respond to those who DO read the entire post, and react to it.

    Even if I get a little busy, I make every effort to reply to comments made on my blog. I also comment back on the commenters’ blogs. Blogging takes place in a community, not a vacuum, after all.

    Thanks for your thoughtful, detailed reply! Also, thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on my own BBH post!! Have a GREAT weekend!! 🙂

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    • Thank you. I agreed with your comments too on your post. For me, commenting on what other people write, in response to my posts and in their own posts, makes me feels like I’m part of something. And when I comment on other blogs it’s because people wrote something that made me stop and read and I’m acknowledging that too. Here’s to many more comments in the future!

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  3. Yes, just like you, I reply to all comments, usually quite quickly – I try not to post on days when I won’t have a bit of time later to answer comments. I do think it’s good manners, and I do also do what you do – for people I don’t already follow, I make a point of visiting their blog, nosing around and leaving a comment, and very often following them too if it looks like we share some tastes. A great way to make new blogging friends! And the comments are what makes blogging worthwhile for me…

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  4. Yes baring a few time-limiting events I always respond to comments – sometimes it takes a day or so but I do try to make sure I have a catch-up at the weekend if I’ve got too busy in the week – it is simply good manners to respond and when I do so I like to take a look at their blog (if they have one) in return. It’s amazing what you find that way and is how I’ve ‘met’ so many great people in the community.

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  5. 95% of the time I do. I occasionally take a Sunday off and when I am ill I have learned to let go even when it’s hard. I get a lot of comments and usually spend a minimum of 2 hours on week days and on Sunday’s for the Sunday Post it can take me up to 8 hours to respond and visit. I started having little panic attacks when I fell behind – thankfully some of my blogger friends told me to let go and it reduced my stress.

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    • I see how many comments you get and it must feel like a full time job. I think letting go is the right attitude, if you can’t get to them, you can’t but it’s the making the effort and I know I appreciate your taking time to reply, Thankfully I don’t have your problem so can respond without having to give up on or sleeping 😄

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  6. I make an effort to respond to all the comments people leave me on my blog too. And like you, I am not always able to do it right away–but eventually I am able to get to it.

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  7. […] I posted two reviews this week. Deliver Her by Patricia Perry Donovan was a family drama / suspense (I am never sure how to categorise books where there isn’t murder) about an out of control but also missing teenager. The Last Lullaby by Carin Gerhardsen is definitely crime fiction and a great one. Set in Stockholm, the police are on the hunt for a brutal killer and one of their own detectives who is missing. I would recommend both books, though they are both very different. I also posted by monthly update for May and a book blogger hop on comments and commenting. […]

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  8. I always reply to comments! It’s so exciting to know someone has taken the time to read your work and make a comment, I want them to know I appreciate it 🙂

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