Sunday Poser # 108

Welcome back to another Sunday Poser

This week my question is;

How important it is to you to answer comments on your blog posts?

When I started blogging and received my first comment ever, I was very excited. It was an exhilarating feeling to connect with someone on WordPress.

I’ve always made a point to answer every comment made on my posts. I also try to answer all the responses to my comments made on the posts of others. I think it is the comments through which we connect to each other in blogosphere.

Some people don’t respond or reply to comments. It seems futile to comment on their posts. Perhaps the comments get lost to spam or maybe they don’t have time to respond to comments. There are some bloggers who don’t even have the option of commenting on their posts on. Somehow this makes reading their posts a futile exercise.

What about you; Do you respond to all the comments made on your blog posts? Do you think responding to comments is an important part of blogging?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it to this one so that I can find it.

As usual, thanks of visiting and reading.

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175 thoughts on “Sunday Poser # 108

  1. 🙂 Yes, I do respond to the comments that were made in my blog’s commenting section.

    Also, one of the best ways of interacting with a fellow blogger is via comments.

    It is a pity that some bloggers take the comments in the blog’s commenting section for granted.

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  2. In both recieving and providing comments, I find a depth of engagement emerges that hitting “like” does not provide. I’m not sure many are comfortable moving beyond positive acknowledgement, and allowing the comment areas we come across to be a place of potential discovery. How can we all up our commenting practice in the year ahead?

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    1. Thanks for sharing Richard. You’re very right that it’s the comment section that provides true engagement. The more you engage with other bloggers on your own or their blogs, the more interactions will develop.

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        1. I don’t think we can have a collaborative approach. Some people have a story chat going where everyone tells a part of the story based on an image/ prompt in the comments section

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  3. Yes I do try and comment on every post, even if it is a little note of thanks. It is so uplifting when I get a notification that someone has commented on my post, it means someone took out the time to first read my post and then an extra few seconds to actually make an effort and commenting ❤

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  4. I try to respond to comments posted on my blog but I’m conscious I don’t end up with a trail that just ends up with acknowledgements going back and forth – its like emails – when do you stop. I also like to try and comment on blogs that I read, but having read some posts suggesting that we should only post , meaningful comments, I end up in a quandry – I want to say “great post” or I agree with everyone else” but now I worry that it will be considered insufficient and rude – so sometimes I just like to say great post.

    I agree about the posts where comments aren’t enabled. There is one blogger I follow in the HR field who writes great posts, but I can’t comment. I’d really like sometimes to engage with these people but for whatever reason they dont want to hear from us. Not sure how I feel about that, its still good for me to read their work. As for those who don’t respond – there is another I follow who fits into this category – I’ve posted a few comments but they are never acknowledged and yes, you do wonder if its worth the effort. Id rather spend my time engaging with bloggers who are looking for a mutual exchange 🙂

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    1. You’ve said it so well. I think any comment made on a post are a way to encourage the writer. So I don’t hesitate to write a small encouraging message. As for those who don’t answer, I too feel it’s futile to comment on their posts.

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    2. Wow. Very detailed insights. I guess when a blogger has reached a level where he/she is an established person in his/her field, they may feel appropriate to turn off comments just so that there isn’t a deluge. They might surely getting feedback through other means.

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  5. I think commenting is important. I always respond, though I sometimes feel stilted. I offer comments as well, though I worry at times that I get too long-winded. I worry about taking over someone else’s space.

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  6. Thank you Sadje, you are always so gracious commenting on my posts and responding in general.

    I reply to every comment. Yes some strange WordPress glitch sometimes buries a comment in the ether but I do manage to shovel it to safety and respond sometimes days later.

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  7. New to the blogging world, I keep replying to comments as a seperate response 🙈(blame it on the excitement and gratitude of acknowledgment lol) still learning…

    But new or not, common courtesy means respond, thank and appreciate. It takes time to read a person’s thoughts and it’s important to respond if they took their time to comment.

    This quote comes to mind
    “The greatest gift you can give someone is your time, because when you give your time you are giving a portion of your life that you will never get back”.
    Be it a second or a minute… It matters. 🤗🤍

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  8. I generally like and respond to comments unless there is nothing to say ~ I will simply like the comment in that case. I’m not going to do a trail of thanks-welcome-my pleasure-heart-heart-heart though. That’s not a conversation!

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  9. I do try to respond to all comments on mine. I’m not so good with leaving comments on others though, because most times it would just be repeating what others have said. Commenting is good to take part in, otherwise why do blogging?

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  10. Commenting is an important part of blogging for me. It may not be directly about the main thrust if the post, but perhaps something that an image or a few words has made me think about. Once a conversation starts, you may be well on the way to making a real, if virtual, relationship.

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  11. So important! If a reader takes the time to express their gratitude, thoughts or opinion, then I most definitely will answer the comment. That is the least I could do. Not only is it polite, it can lead to interesting conversations.

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  12. Sadje, what an excellent post. I think commenting is an important part of the blogging process or any channel where you have a comment section, like YouTube for example. I have selected the no comments section occasionally when I have gotten behind with responding to the generous comments people made. Or, I skip a day, maybe two if I am out of town and unable to post or respond to comments. Time zone and country zones do affect commenting as expeditiously as well.

    But as a courtesy, responding to a comment, that someone has made after taking the time to “write” a comment that relates to your post is the right and appropriate thing to do. I am humbled when people engage in my post “appropriately” of course, and I take the time while I can to response and show my gratitude. I learn a lot about those I am connected to, because sometimes people’s comments can enlighten you on various angles of a topic. Thanks for shedding light on this topic Sadje! 😊💐🥰💖😘🙏🏽🤗

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    1. Thanks Kym for sharing your thoughts. You’re absolutely right that it’s common courtesy to respond to comments. Also it’s a wonderful way to build a community. It does take time and at times we can leave short comments.

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      1. For sure Sadje. That’s why it’s clear to understand that depending on your growth, you may have to have someone assigned to oversee this piece of your communication. But it is indeed rude to at least say something in return. I agree with you, that this piece of communication is a great way to build community and your fan base. This was a great post Sadje and you are so very welcome! Thank you my friend. ✍🏼🤗🦋😊💖😍✨😘

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  13. Yes l respond to all comments – although on occasion WP seems to lose a few of them on the week. They don’t arrive in my Spam or Pending folder either on the day but might take a few days after they were posted to arrive … i have never understood that.

    I do however get irked when l make a comment on some blogs only to receive a generic response from the author. Usually that happens with busy blogs and l get it, but sometimes it makes a difference to receive something a bit more personal.

    There are times when hosting QTOC that some writers leave very basic answers and it’s really hard to interact with some comments and that can be frustrating.

    My credo is simple if someone comments it is my duty to respond.

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    1. Well said Rory. Yes I’ve seen those basic type of comments and I’m also guilty of it at times when I am running behind and have a lot of catching up to do. Thanks for sharing Rory.

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  14. Thank you for posing this question Sadje, as it gives me the opportunity to explain and make a point. I know that you personally know about my position . In theory I absolutely agree with what everyone has said, but in practical terms there are some people who, much to their own grief and sadness, cannot do this. Being newly blind I struggle with all this and have lost quite a few followers through it. One follower turned particularly nasty and said that because I did not answer his comment, he was leaving. I understood his feelings but he did know I was blind. Nothing makes me happier than when people comment on my posts, and I do my very best to interact with them. Sadly, my blog did begin to dwindle because of this situation. I do actually understand people leaving me but it makes my heart grieve. Thank you Sadje for all that you do on my blog❤️

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    1. Thanks Lorraine for sharing your thoughts. Yes I can imagine how frustrating and difficult it would be for you. And if some unfeeling boor decided to unfollow, it’s their loss. I never felt that you don’t acknowledge or answer my comments. Keep on writing my dear friend

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    2. Powerful. You are enlightening so many others to be open-minded. There are many people with all different types of situations and walks of life. We must all be kind and open. Keep on writing and touching souls. Blessings

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  15. oh absolutely. it’s common courtesy and give and take relationship. plus, it’s fun to respond and have any sort of connection with a person even though the interaction is only on one post. great post, Sadje. 😊

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  16. When I first started blogging, about a decade ago, I was lucky enough to immediately gain a mentor, a fellow-blogger who had, at that time, some 50,000 followers! He advised me and part of his advise was to ALWAYS respond to every comment. If people take the time to write a comment, it is common courtesy to respond, if only briefly. I’ve tried to follow this advice throughout the years, though sometimes a few comments do fall through the cracks during busy times.

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  17. It’s incredibly important. If a blogger wants to build a sense of community around their blog, they absolutely have to respond to all comments. (obviously some may fall through the cracks, but the attempt should always be made)

    ~David

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  18. A great way to expand your blog is to actually interact with the people who read your blog. It’s great knowing they actually read your post rather than just liking everything they see on their newsfeed. It’s a great way to “meet” new people too

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  19. I appreciate the comments on my blog so much, I try to make sure I respond to them all even if it’s just a short sentence of gratitude. I don’t always reply to responses to my comments on someone else’s blog…but I do try to ‘like’ them in acknowledgement. 💞

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  20. I think communication is what keeps people connected. The posts are important, but the relationships we make on our blog are what keeps it going. I agree, when I comment, and the other person does not even say a thank you. It makes me wonder.

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  21. It is as much important as greeting someone who lives right next door, every time we see them.
    Though virtual, this blogging community of ours is as much alive as a real-world community, so replying back to the comments from fellow bloggers is very much important.
    It helps in building up the friendship 🙂

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  22. What’s worse is when the author responds to most comments but not to all of them. I’ve unfollowed bloggers who do the selective response thing.
    I once turned off the comment feature because I was travelling and couldn’t answer, but I explained why in the post. Interesting post, and especially reading the comments. 😉

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  23. I just started my blog. I have yet to receive any comments on my posts yet, but if I did, I would be so excited. My first like and follow I received made me feel so excited. I would certainly respond to every comment. I think that especially for this type of community, it is important way of connecting, and it travels much deeper than just a like. Thank you for your post, great conversation starter.

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  24. Personally – I’m new to blogging – comments fill ne with fear. I find it difficult not to let bad comments get to me, in most cases comments are good and I completely agree that it’s a great and really the only way of engaging with each other but the risk of negativity (among other things) has kept me silent for a long time.

    I’m bad for not commenting because I wonder if anyone really cares what I think and don’t want to risk backlash bit for older posts such as this, where I am responding 5 days after everyone else I don’t know if its a good idea to post. As everyone has moved on from this thread and reading and engaging on something else then I drag everyone’s attention back to it. Is it OK to post on older posts, even if it’s over a year old?

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  25. Yes. Comments do matter to me. I always feel happy every time someone notices my posts. It inspires me to write more 🤍🤍🤍 thank you for all those who extend their time and effort to make someone happy in this blogosphere.

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  26. Of course Sadje I respond to all the comments in my blog. I appreciate and admire all the bloggers who take their time to comment, it is such a pleasant feeling to see that other bloggers read your stuff, it gives you the confidence and urge to keep it up.

    Without a doubt I respond. These bloggers are family♥🙏😊

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  27. Just circling back, as yesterday I launched the group exercise I had been mentioning above and wanted to thank you for the inspiration. For a first trial, the Amplification Effect went pretty well. Thanks again!

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  28. Good observation Sadje. I comment on posts made by other bloggers when I can genuinely offer an opinion, appreciation or connect with the post. It’s the only true way of building a connection with your audience. I crave to get that, I published my first blog yesterday and still no interaction… I’m not sure if my blog is good enough or not. I’d be glad to hear from you and your followers if they get to see this and know if my work is worthwhile🙂

    https://githiivictor.wordpress.com/2022/12/03/paper-weights/

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    1. I’ve read your post. Well written! There’s no option to leave a comment that I could find. You should put a clear title on the top of your post.

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  29. I respond to every comment. If I see someone has comments turned off on their posts, I don’t bother reading. I think if you want people to read your thoughts, allow them the opportunity to respond. It’s like walking up to a stranger at the grocery, telling them a random story, and walking off.

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