Do you ever think back on things you’ve blogged about in the past, and wondered why you felt so passionate about that specific topic? As I get back in to blogging, I’m noticing that I feel that way about a lot of topics that I blogged about on Radiant Shadows. Today I want to examine commenting and, more specifically, how my views on commenting have changed slightly.
Firstly, I want to highlight a couple things:
I read every single comment left on my blog.
I appreciate every person who took the time to leave a comment on my blog.
Now that I’ve got that out of the way…
I remember feeling so strongly about commenting in the past, thinking that it was downright rude not to reply to every person who commented on my blog.
If I was able to go the extra mile, I replied to their comment on my blog AND visited their blog in return, leaving comments on posts that spoke to me in some way. I remember thinking that this person took time out of their day to share their opinions with me, so it only made sense to acknowledge those opinions by responding to them.
In my current headspace, I’ve got slightly different views on commenting. While I try to respond to the comments that warrant a reply, I no longer aim to reply to every comment left on my blog. Why? Because I don’t want to respond to your comment, just for the sake of responding. I want to put as much thought into my reply to your comment, as you put in to your comment in the first place. If I don’t have anything meaningful to say, I’d rather not reply than leave some generic response.
Personally, I don’t expect a reply unless I’ve asked another question. While I love when my comments generate further discussion, and we’re able to continue the conversation in the comment thread, I don’t always expect that to be my experience. Generally, I’m replying to a question that was asked in a blog post; I don’t need you to repeat yourself by replying to my comment with what you’ve just said in your post.
For me, it boils down to this: I don’t comment on every blog post I read, because I don’t always have something meaningful to say. So I don’t always reply to every comment left on my blog, because I don’t always have something meaningful to say.
That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate your comment, or that it’s gone unnoticed. Again, I read and appreciate every comment left on my blog. And often, if I don’t have anything to say to you on my blog post, I’ll try to visit your blog and leave a comment there (assuming I find a post that I have an opinion on). But for me, comments on blog posts ARE the responses. I’ve already shared my opinions in my post; now it’s time for you to have the spotlight by sharing your opinions in the comments!
What do you think? Do you expect a reply every time you comment on someone’s blog? If yes, do you re-visit blogs to see if they’ve replied to you? Would you be upset if I only replied to some of your comments?