If more than two people are in the room, a conversation often develops between all parties present with each one being heard.
Blogs and their comment sections are like that, too.
The blog author writes a post; visitors read it. Each visitor has the option of leaving a comment and the blog author may or may not respond. The original commenter might then return to see what the blog author had to say. During their visits, they might also read the comments left by others.
As we all know, it’s often the comment section where the post blossoms.
If fact, comment sections can become an extension of a post and will often hold equal if not greater value than the post itself.
Thus, reading comments can be very beneficial.
But in order to all we’d like while blogging, this encompasses more reading. And, more time.
This also raises the issue of checking back to see if the blog author replied to our comment – another demand on our time.
So how do we do it?
Should we subscribe to the comments on each blog we read?
Should we continually go back to the blogs where we left comments checking for updates?
Or, should we not even worry whether the blog author replied to our comment, skip reading the other comments, have our say and move on?
Since it was Hilary of Positive Letters who contacted me and asked me to discuss this issue, I’ll repeat Hilary’s questions.
Do you take time to read all of the comments on blog posts?
Do you go back to a blog to read the replies from the blog author?
If so, how do you fit this activity into your already crowded schedule?
P.S. Thank you Hilary for these thought provoking questions.
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