The holy grail of blogging success! What type of posts do you leave comments on? How do you try to encourage more comments on your own blog? Do you respond to people who leave comments on your posts? How do you handle negative/spam comments? Do you use captcha?
YAY FOR COMMENTS! We all love them, need them to feel we have an audience, to feel we are being heard. However, as I’m nearing my second year of book blogging, I’m starting to realize it’s not all about comments. Of course, they are much appreciated and loved and if I never got any, I would be hella sad. However, I know for a fact that many of us read other blogs but do not always comment. I do it, and many of you have stated you do it, too. Let’s face it, LIFE makes taking the time to comment very difficult. I try to comment on about 10 blogs a day, and leave reviews to read on the weekend because they are more time-consuming.
Personally, I think I’m a terrible commenter. I don’t usually know how to word my thoughts of agreement or disagreement, or intrigue or whatever, so I will say something lame. I want to work on that part of me. People take the time to put their heart into reviews, so I need to make more of an effort at acknowledging that. I do in my head and heart, but it doesn’t always come out in my comments.
I try to ask a question at the end of posts like these to encourage discussion. I do love a good discussion! I always, always try to respond. With WordPress, this has become much easier. I don’t always get to all of them, but I certainly read every single one. I would leave a negative comment and respond to it, unless it was a completely rude or ignorant comment about the author, etc. Again with WordPress, spam comments are handled beautifully with plug-ins like Askimet and Anti-Spam Bee. ♥
And um. Captcha is the suck. If you have it, you won’t receive a comment from me, most of the time. It’s a stupid, over-the-top, unnecessary tool for catching spam.
How do you handle comments?
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