I've been blogging about books a lot lately. I take that back--I'm always blogging about books. Correction: I've been blogging about reading a lot lately. Today, I change tack and blog about blogging.
Constant Revision yesterday, called 'The Art and Science of Responding to Blog Comments.' Now, I can't say I have a set protocol for this. Some days I respond to each comment in turn. Name- response. Some days I respond in bulk. Your comments followed by my comment. Some days I don't get to respond until the following day--so 15 comments may pile up and I don't get back to them until the next day. I do have the blog set up so any post older than seven days goes through moderation, whereby I am forced to respond and see the comment.
But Simon and several other bloggers are taking to the idea of responding via email. Is this the new thing? Do many commenters prefer it?
I was surprised the first time I received a response to a comment via email. How did this person get my email address? Ok, it's on my blog. Why did they take the time to look it up? Is it worth the extra work? What is the benefit?
Murder is Everywhere, Mystery Writing is Murder, and The Hollywood Spy. These bloggers are excellent about responding to comments and (with the exception of the authors at Murder is Everywhere) commenting on my blog as well. I visit these blogs weekly, if not daily. And I appreciate their responses to my comments.
So how am I doing? Do my comment-backs need some work? I know I used to be more conscientious about responding individually daily. I'd like to get back to that.
And what do you think about the email comment-response? Is that something you like or dislike? Personally, I'm not a fan.