Responding to Comments – Your Input

March 15, 2012 Blogging Thoughts 12

Hi guys!!

So, I’ve been failing at my “organizational break” I’ve been taking this week. My email inbox is OUT OF CONTROL.  Part of that is because I leave comments in my inbox until I can follow-up with responses here on the blog. Some of these comments are months old. Comments that I don’t even know if you’ve subscribed to follow-up comments or even care to get follow-up comments.

Before I go any further, let me say that I LOVE responding to your comments here on the blog. I honestly believe that it has helped foster the community here on the blog and helped me get to know you better. By responding to comments I also feel like I digest your comments better. Not only that but I like to acknowledge your comments and appreciate when other bloggers do the same.

But responding to comments takes a lot of time and unfortunately my Internet time is very limited–so much so that I can’t always respond to your comments in a timely manner…and sometimes I fail completely.  I HATE the thought of having to stop responding, but something has got to give. I’m thinking about maybe only responding to questions or lengthier comments that lend themselves to responses. I’m also thinking about emailing responses to those who don’t mind. A few bloggers do this and I love getting responses from them. I also love when people respond to me in the comment forms of their blogs (after I’ve left them a comment).

Gah.

Anyway, if you are a commenter here, please please please fill out the following form.  Please consider these questions as specific to my blog, not generally speaking.

And, if you have any words of wisdom, please feel free to let me know!

See you soon…

12 Responses to “Responding to Comments – Your Input”

  1. leeswammes

    I’m having problems commenting on some blogs, like yours. That is, if I log in as WordPress, it pretends it’s working, but then my comment is eaten up. So I tend to use Name/URL or if all else fails, my google account (which is not linked to my blog so that’s awkward).

    Anyway, that’s besides the point here. :-)

    • Trish

      I’m sorry you’ve been having so many problems commenting. I use to only allow Open ID but have recently allowed Name/URL comments since the spam catcher seems to be better. With the current Blogger issues and WordPress issues, who knows what’ll happen with commenting!

  2. samantha.1020

    This is such a timely post for me Trish as I too am WAY behind in responding to comments on my blog. I just can’t seem to let it go and start fresh either even if it makes more sense. Commenting does take a lot of time but I really enjoy it because it allows for me to develop more of a relationship with other bloggers. And that is the most important thing about blogging to me! I don’t have the answers (because obviously there are always going to be time constraints) but I can only give you the advice that I try to follow. Relax and don’t get overwhelmed :) Good luck figuring out what works for you!

    • Trish

      *Sam – I know–I think I’m going to continue to respond to blogger comments as I love it, but it is a big time commitment. I just don’t want to do it if the majority of people don’t care–you know? Think the key is to not get so backed up. :) Ha!!

  3. unfinishedperson2.com

    Testing to see if my comment goes through :). Personally I respond to almost every comment, except for like you said “the great picture/post” comment. What else do you say to that?

    • Trish

      I like to respond to all of the comments–but sometimes time just gets away from me! Sometimes there’s nothing to respond with except: :) Ha!!!

      PS–stop moving blogs. You confuse me. :P

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