When someone says hello to you, do you say hello back? If someone sends you an email or a text message, do you send one back? If someone leaves a message on your answering machine, do you call them back? I bet you do. Most people would. So let me ask you this, when someone leaves a comment on your blog, do you comment back? I bet most of you don’t.
Why would you extend the common courtesy of a response to any means of communication yet ignore the comments on your blog? First of all, you’ve taken time and effort to write a post for your blog. And someone out there has taken the time and effort to not only read your post, but write a comment to it. Doesn’t that deserve an acknowledgement?
A month or so ago, I was one of those rude misguided bloggers who never responded to any comments on my posts. Oh, I read them, enjoyed them, and wanted more. But I never responded and I don’t know why I didn’t. Then I read a post from someone (sorry I do not remember who it was) regarding this very subject. It got me thinking.
I posted a lot of comments on a lot of political blogs during this past election. I would excitedly revisit those blogs to see my comment posted and to look for any response from the blogger. The best part was reading the response and often responding to that response. In fact, I enjoyed the blog better when there was a little dialogue going on. And I enjoyed reading other comments and their responses. So if I did it on their blogs, why wasn’t I doing it on mine?
Dave at Holographic Meatloaf
always responds to my comments as well as Ken at Dad To Two
and Brian and Steven over at Green Dads
. Another blogger who always responds to comments is Kathy over at The Junk Drawer
. The Junk Drawer is arguably one of the better blogs around and I think a part of its success is that Kathy responds to every comment she gets. And she gots a lot. A whole lot. If she can do it, so can I. (It also helps that she is an excellent writer and her blog is just plain fun to read.)
So I started posting responses to every comment on my blog, even if it was just to say thanks for stopping by. And you know what? I love it! It makes blogging so much more rewarding. I feel like I’m really reaching out to people and they are reaching out to me. Trust me, nothing’s worse than leaving what you think is a cool and clever response to a post and the blogger does not respond. Am I not worthy? Was what I said so stupid and worthless that it did not deserve a response? Do I want my blogger guests to feel like that? I sure don’t!
If you want people to come back to your blog, treat them with respect. Let them know you appreciate their comments by commenting back. It’s common courtesy. Don’t hide behind your computer. Don’t be that guy driving down the highway picking his nose and thinking no one can see him when we all can. (I don’t know what that has to do with blogging but I just hate it when people do that.) Remember this, people who read your blog are your guests and, in a way, your customers as well. Treat them as such and they will come back again and again.
Disclaimer: If you do leave responses and I left you out, don’t think I don’t appreciate you cause I sure do. I just wanted to give a few examples and I couldn’t list everyone.