Happy Hump Day, friends. Sorry there is no post today but I do have a question. A blogging question – and would greatly appreciate any help or advice. My confusion is with comments. More specifically with responding or replying to comments.
Until just recently, after receiving an email notification that I had a comment, I would reply to that email and then add a reply in my comments on the blog as well. Last week, I figured out that replies sent by email were not going back to the person who commented but they were simply going….well, I don’t know where!?! The great WordPress inbox in the sky, I suppose. Not only frustrating but so disappointing.
I blog for several reasons but, certainly, one thing I enjoy most about blogging is making connections and building community. I know some connection is made through comments; however, is that actually practical? If someone leaves a comment on my blog…have often do they go back and revisit that same post in order to read my reply comment? I don’t think often. If ever. Makes you wonder who my reply is even for?? I thought, maybe presumed, that replying to the notice in my inbox was not only efficient but also more personal. Apparently, I thought wrong.
So, I am curious. What is the best way to have a dialog with your blogging friends and commenters?? Should it simply be the responsibility of the commenter to return and see if I left a reply? Should I send separate emails? Do all commenters even want to receive emails? Is there a plugin or other “technical way” to facilitate this that I need to learn about? Maybe leaving replies in the comment section of each post is sufficient and I am simply overthinking correct blog etiquette. I don’t know but I would love your opinion. Would love to hear your ideas and any suggestions or tips you have for creating and maintaining connection and community here in the blog world. Thanks in advance!!