I don’t know of a blogger who doesn’t love getting comments.
Comments can give us validation, be the start of a cyber friendship, make us laugh, make us cry, build up our ego and/or give us warm fuzzies.
One comment can be the reason a blogger keeps going when they thought all was for naught,
It’s through comments we build community on our blog and by meeting others, help them to build community on their blog, as well.
…They might not even realize that comments are something that bloggers actually live for.
So that’s my biggest challenge – getting comments.
Unfortunately, there can also be a downside to comments.
…now I have over 40 comments. Do I reply to them all? It’ll take me an hour! I wish I knew how other people got away with not replying to any of their commenters. It seems rude to me not to….
Many of you may be saying, “I wish I had her problem.”
But with receiving comments comes responsibility, and as Kathy implied, questions.
- Do we answer each comment individually?
- Or would a reply to the group be sufficient?
- Do we only answer a comment if they’ve asked a question?
- And if we do that, will some of those who commented feel slighted if their specific comment isn’t addressed?
- Would it be best not to answer any and not show favoritism?
- At what point do we stop answering all comments? 50? 100? 200?
- And lastly, might it be best to close comments?
The question of how to deal with dozens of comments is a concern for some, but a dream for others.
On that note, let’s play a game of “What If”.
What if you began receiving 50 or more well thought out comments on each post you wrote?
What would you do?
Or, if 50+ comments is commonplace on your blog, how to you handle them?