This post is long over-due and has been inspired by the several blogs I love and follow. I wanted to share a few tips I think everyone could benefit from regarding comments…
Let’s start with what I consider, the most important:
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Edit your email settings! If you use blogger for example, click the box that says “show my email address” so I can reply to your comment. If this box is not checked in your settings, the notification I receive via email says “email@example.com” and [insert sad face] I can’t respond to your comment! I go out of my way to track down your email address (visit your blog, view your profile, etc.), and some people hide it like it’s their social security number! My last resort is to respond on my blog because I don’t have the “reply to” embedded in my comment code (yet), otherwise I’ll try to remember by including my response in my next comment to you on one of your posts.
Also, remember, not everyone “subscribes” to comments when they leave you a comment (some posts get a RIDIC amount of comments resulting in a RIDIC amount of emails, other times people don’t know or just forget) therefore replying via commenting on your own blog doesn’t always get to that person, which is why responding to a commenter via email is in my opinion, the best way to communicate. Make sense?
Speaking of comments…
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I strongly suggest editing your commenting settings. Again, if you are using blogger, editing your commenting settings (if it’s not already) to “embedded below post” is the best option. I don’t know about other bloggers, but not only do I enjoy (easily) reading other people’s comments on a post, I like to scroll through the post in its entirety while composing my comment to cover everything. However, when the comment setting is set to “full page” I can’t do that–at least not with out extra effort on my part. The next best setting other than “embedded below post” is “pop-up window” because at least I can still see and scroll the original post–but, I still don’t favor this setting merely because the tiny box hinders my enjoyment of reading the subsequent comments. I’m lazy–I know.
In my defense, I follow a lot of blogs–and I plan on following even more. I usually open posts in new windows and read/comment accordingly. As soon as I submit my comment I instinctually “X” out the page and I can’t even begin to add up all the comments I’ve lost because of CAPTCHA. Usually because as I’m “Xing” out the page I notice the CAPTCHA gotchya and…oops! There is goes–and off I go:(
When I first started my blog I was apprehensive of spammers, so I of course had everything on lock-down, adding CAPTCHA where ever I could. I soon realized it was an over-kill and was preventing a lot of potential community interaction.
Now that I’m reading a lot more blogs–I get it. Making the comment process painless quick and easy for people, the better. I truly want to comment on everyone’s posts to show that I support them–and the darn CAPTCHA’s are slowing me down! Don’t even get me started on giveaway posts with CAPTCHA’s — that turns into a 10+ minute debacle on some blogs!! I understand everyone’s concern regarding spam comments–but I’ve yet to get any, and I doubt you will!
Another less-than-favorable setting is…
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My comment has been saved?! Wha-whaaat?! Bummer dude. I already forgot what I wrote! Honestly, there is nothing worse than running into ALL THE ABOVE, only to question whether your comment made it through and/or what it even said–especially those giveaway posts! Sure I just wrote the comment, but I also just looked at my cell phone to check the time and had to look again because I already forgot! You can’t proof-read your facebook comments, so who cares about your blog comments? You receive the notification of the comment(s) the second they are submitted (if you don’t…you should change that setting, too!) so essentially you still see them before everyone else. I don’t ever plan on deleting comments (even “bad” ones) so there probably aren’t any I wouldn’t “approve” either.
Fact is people like to read and make comments easily, see them instantly, and be able to reply to them. If your blog is set to any of the above mentioned perhaps you could consider changing your settings, maybe even try the suggests out for awhile? If not–no biggie–these are just my opinions and suggestions based on my experience:)