Normally when I wake up in the afternoon after my mid morning nap – naps are great by the way – I drink some tea because caffeine is also great and then I turn on my laptop. The first thing I check is my gmail because it is my link to everything else I need to check. Gmail lets me know when people have commented or retweeted or replied to things I’ve posted on other social medias. But you don’t care about my normal routine of online activity so let’s get on with this post about comments.
Today I skipped the gmail and just went straight to WordPress. I knew I would have some responses to some comments I made last night – or to be more exact, in the wee hours of the morning. I knew this because certain bloggers are awesome. They always respond to comments made on their posts. Personally, I like it when people respond to comments I make. It lets me know that I wasn’t just wasting my time reading their blog and taking the time to comment. It shows that they value the input – no matter how stupid or rambling some of my comments can be at times.
The question you might have after reading those last couple of lines is – why the hell do I need validation that my comment was read to feel I didn’t waste my time reading their blog. Well in all honesty that was just bad phrasing. I do find enjoyment in reading blogs because most are helpful, insightful or entertaining. I choose the ones I read carefully and then read the same ones on a regular basis. I am never disappointed with these blogs. The feeling my time was wasted was when I take the time to comment and it goes unnoticed or unmarked in any way… but we’ll get back to that.
Today, as I got on WordPress and skimmed through the newly posted items I did my usual. I read the little blurb about the post and if it sounded interesting or worthwhile, I told myself I’d come back to it and read it after I finished skimming overall. Usually, I do this and never get back to reading the posts. I decided I would do something different today and actually click on and read every post I came across that sounded even remotely interesting. I also took the time to make comments on each post I read that interested me.
So my interest is how many of those bloggers will take the time to read the comment and respond. If they don’t respond, does it mean they don’t care about comments on their blog and if that is true, then why blog at all? To me, comments show that not only did someone read my post but they were interested enough in it to leave their thoughts in the comment section. I have also found many helpful suggestions in comments and interesting discussions. I have to wonder if I am alone in my desire to have comments on my posts or in my desire to have responses to my comments on other blogs. How important are comments? How important are responses to comments for everyone else?
Are you more likely to keep reading a blog on a regular basis if the blogger responds to your comments? If they don’t does it affect how you view the blog – does it make you less likely to read it on a regular basis? Are there some blogs out there that are just so brilliantly written and so entertaining that you read them everyday regardless of whether the person writing it cares if you read it or comment?