SOCIAL MEDIA SAVVY – #RRBC STYLE! “Responding To Comments On Your Blog Posts” A Blog Lesson


We’ve been talking a lot lately about “engaging” when you visit blog sites and how important it is to leave comments.  But, today we’re going to dibble just a bit on host responses to comments left on blog posts, or the lack thereof.

How many times have we seen a party of comments being left on someone’s blog post, yet the hosts themselves, never take the time to respond to any?  Could that be one of the (small) reasons why people are hesitant to leave comments?  Maybe they feel as if it’s a waste of their time.  I must admit, that I, too, am guilty of not responding to comments left on my sites (sometimes, not always), but seriously folks, my life has changed drastically since the inception of Rave Reviews Book Club.  It takes TONS OF WORK to maintain this club to its present standards, and yes, the bulk of responsibility, does at times, fall in my lap, so there are days when I can’t seem to find the time to eat or take a potty break, let alone, finding a moment to return to a blog post, which was probably written in my sleep.

Most of us lead extremely busy lives, and although we might all find this to be a very good excuse to use, it’s not.  If we can take the time to write a post which we’d like for others to take the time to read (even if it was written in our sleep), then let’s show our readers the small courtesy of at least a response of some kind, if only a “THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY!”

Personally, when I leave comments, I don’t care if I get responses to those comments or not (I don’t return to see if there are responses), but I’m not your typical Commenter.  I leave comments because I feel compelled to engage in blog posts that are deserving of my opinions.  So, I’m broaching this subject for the other kind hearts who take the time to engage.

I have raised my daughters to be extremely grateful for everything that is given to them, whether it’s a compliment, a piece of chewing gum, a “bless you” to a sneeze, or any courtesy which has been extended to them.  WHY?  Because NO ONE HAS TO GIVE YOU ANYTHING and NO ONE HAS TO DO ANYTHING FOR YOU.  For those two reasons, we should all be grateful for any small courtesy pointed in our direction.

So, there you have my two cents on why it’s important for hosts of blog sites, and writers of blog posts, to always check their sites periodically or even at the end of each day, for comments from visitors.  They didn’t have to stop by your site, and they surely didn’t have to take their precious time to leave a comment (we all know getting those is like pulling teeth), so let’s show our appreciation and gratitude towards those awesomely, kind hearts.  I’d like to give big KUDOS to John Fioravanti, Harmony Kent & Liz Gavin, who I know for a fact are great at responding to visitors who stop by their sites and leave comments.  Way to go guys!  And KUDOS to all the rest of you who are so much better at this than those of us who slack in this dept., but who are vowing to do better after reading this post.

Remember, their time is precious just like “hours.”

So, tell us, where do you fall in this category?  Are you a slacker like me, or are you one of the greats who realize the importance of showing your gratitude to those visitors who take time out of their busy lives to share their thoughts on blog posts you’ve written?  We’re all in this together, so don’t be afraid to fess up, if you need to.  We’re listening…

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31 responses

  1. Shirley Harris-Slaughter | Reply

    I am so grateful when a comment is left on my posts and I do try to answer all of them even if it is a late response. Sometimes you won’t get a notice so you can miss them. When my post ended at the Block Party, I went back periodically to look it over and wouldn’t you know it? There were some comments left. So it pays to keep checking.

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  2. Grateful for each commentor. Always respond and have met some wonderful new friends this way. Happy blogging & commenting! 🙂

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  3. Reblogged this on Archer's Aim and commented:
    Replies are indeed most important – thanks for Nonnie for reminding us all – reblogging on Archer’s Aim!

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  4. Insightful post, Nonnie! I always try to comment back if it’s only to say thanks for their time. I have my blog set to email me if there’s a comment so that I don’t forget to check. That’s helps me a lot.

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  5. While I always respond, in detail to the few comments I get onmy blog, it only recently occurred to me that while they were kind enough to leave a comment, they probably won’t be back to read my thanks. And they don’t come back, except maybe for the next blog in which they could check for a reply but I doubt people do. Now for me, I’ll be back to see if this reply was answered lol. In between potty breaks of course.

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  6. I try to always respond in some way to comments, even if it is only to thank them for visiting my blog or to wish them a wonderful day.

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  7. I’m grateful whenever I get a comment on my blog. I try to be mindful about responding. Thanks for the reminder.

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  8. Have to totally agree. I make it a point to respond to every comment.

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  9. reanolanmartin | Reply

    Thanks again for reminding us, Nonnie! It’s the little things that count.

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  10. If I ever get a comment I do a happy dance and write back profusely. So for some of us comments are a rare treat. Thanks for all your hard work Nonnie and for God’s sake and your bladders take a potty break every so often!!!!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Jackie, giving me reason to do a happy dance!

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  11. Amen! I totally agree. 😃

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    1. Thank you for taking the time out to give us that AMEN! We all should be in agreeance here. Is that a word? LOL

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  12. I agree, Nonnie – it is a matter of courtesy first, and smart blogging, second, to engage those who kindly leave comments on your blogs – whether it’s on your own site or that of a host. Thanks for posting about this issue!!

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    1. John, you’re a champ at this. I’m definitely trying to follow your lead!

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  13. As Nicholas pointed out, WordPress can be formatted to inform us each time a comment is posted. Since I often get comments on old blogs, this is particularly convenient. Take that feature in conjunction with the fact that I use my inbox as a ‘to do list’ and I generally respond to comments within 24 hours. BTW, I generally don’t say as much as I am in this comment, many times I will simply wish them a good day or happy weekend.
    Speaking of which, Nonnie, have a great weekend! 😉

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    1. Some of us only wish we had as much to share on a comment as you did! Thank you!

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  14. Very important to remember. Expressing gratitude will bring readers back to your site.

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    1. Susan, I think you hit the nail on the head! Great share! Thank you!

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  15. I always respond to comments, and I’ve made friends that way too.

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    1. That’s right, Coldhanboyack…engagement, always a great way to make new friends! Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. Thank you Nonnie for bringing this up. I agree with it completely. I do check to see whether my comment has been acknowledged.

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    1. See, Joy! You’re so much better at these things than I am. Kudos for always checking back. Thanks for stopping by. Always glad to see you anywhere, my dear!

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  17. I always respond too and I think it’s what makes the difference between a good blog and a great one. The compelling aspect of blogs is the engagement, I think. Also the comments enable readers and blog authors to think more about the topic and maybe delve further into the content. Yes it takes time (Not as much time as I wish it would, actually, because I’d like to see more comments than I do, really.) but I think it’s part of the job of the blogger who wants to do it the right way.

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    1. Engagement…seems to be the sentiment of the day here! Debby, thanks for sharing your take on this. When you take time out to involve yourself with your visitors, it does make a heck of a difference!

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      1. You’re completely right!

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  18. I always respond to comments, even if just to say thanks for stopping by. I also make a point of thanking anyone who was kind enough to host me on their blog.

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    1. That’s the way to do it, Mim! Way to go!

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  19. I always respond to comments – and consider this to be the single most important reason behind my blog’s success. WordPress makes it easy, too, by notifying you (even by email, if you so choose) when people leave a comment. Thank you for bringing it to people’s attention!

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