I’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.