In the comment section of “The Battle Over Comments – Part 1”, many of you mentioned 50 + comments would be a dream come true; a time for celebration.
However, once the celebration is over, how to deal with dozens of comments raises an important issue.
That’s the issue of TIME.
For some this lesson may seem premature, but I see it happening.
If all of you continue on your blogging journey, you will experience fifty or more comments on a regular basis.
However, as your comments increase, the time required to deal with them will increase, too.
Lance, of Jungle of Life, experiences this each time he publishes. What he said, in part, is,
What I do find is that it [answering comments] means I write fewer posts. I’m okay with that, though. It’s come down to what really matters to me – and that is the feeling and sense of community.
Vered, who is a veteran blogger, knows all about receiving dozens of comments, as well. What she did was look at the priorities in her life and now does what works for her. In her comment she stated,
I stopped answering [comments] individually. I used to feel it would be rude, but when you get to a point where it’s either reading to your kids before bed or answering comments, you read to your kids and hope your readers will understand.
Knowing it’s possible to receive dozens of comments, being prepared is half the battle.
To prepare, we need to ask ourselves one important question.
“When we begin to receive 30, 40, or 50+ comments, where do we find the time to deal with them?”
- Do we publish less often?
- Do we spend less time visiting and commenting on other blogs?
- Do we postpone performing maintenance on our blog?
- Do we fore go spending time on social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and/or StumbleUpon?
- Do we delay proceeding on other projects we have in the works?
- Do we steal more time from real life?
- Do we rethink how we answer comments?
- Do we consider outsourcing part of our blogging activities?
- Or, do we ___[fill in the blank]___?
With only 24 hours in each day, priorities will come into play.
What would yours be?
Knowing the day will come when you will get dozens of comments each time you publish, where would you steal the time from to deal with this added responsibility?
If you’re currently dealing with this issue, what part of blogging or real life suffers?
Or, will you just cross that bridge when you get to it?