I love receiving comments! Mine is not one of those super-popular, high traffic blogs. So I’m overjoyed when I receive a comment or two. Every post holds the promise of discussion, and I’m really happy when someone takes that extra moment to share their thoughts. I’ve tried to be a better commenter lately myself. When I comment on a post, I actually prefer to give information about myself (like my blog address), in hopes of striking up an ongoing dialogue. I have also been making an effort to subscribe to follow-up comments by email, because I like to see what others have to say, and I would hate to miss a reply from the blogger.
Here at Musings, I don’t have a comment policy per se. But in preparing this post, I realized I’ve set things up in a way that reflects my own practices as a commenter:
- You can subscribe to posts or comments via RSS
- When you leave a comment you can subscribe to follow-up comments via email.
- I don’t moderate comments.
- I don’t use word verification.
- You do not need to register, but I do require a name and email address.
- I really like it when you also give your blog’s address. I’ve discovered some great new blogs that way.
I make an effort to respond to all comments, especially when the commenter has offered an opinion or insight. I usually respond right on the blog, so it can be read as part of the conversation. I can imagine situations where a personal email response might be better, but that hasn’t happened on my blog yet. I’ve been fortunate in that all of my visitors are wonderful people — I’ve never experienced flaming or other difficult behaviors. And so far I’ve been impressed with how WordPress handles spam. I’m surprised how much spam there is, but fortunately the spam filter works well, and none of it has ever been published on my blog.
Now, I have a couple of questions for you:
- I’ve read some negative blog posts about the name & email requirement. This is a fairly common practice, and has never prevented me from leaving a comment. But if it bugs you, leave a comment and tell me why — I’d like to understand the issue.
- I’d like to generate more comments and discussion, but I haven’t found the “secret sauce” yet. So here’s another comment opportunity for you. What inspires you to comment on a blog post? What turns you off?
Tell me about it … please!