Are You Making This Mistake When Leaving Your First Comment On A Blog Post?

Within the comments section of my blog posts, I’m often told that the comments are just as interesting as the blog post itself.

Given that many ideas I get for blog posts are born from the comments left on my blog and the blogs of other bloggers, I believe that to be true.

It’s why commenting is one of the key ingredients to becoming a champion blogger and having a successful blog. However, it’s not just any old comment.

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Don’t make this mistake

If you’re a blogger, leaving good quality comments on the blog posts of other bloggers is an excellent way to get you and your blog noticed.

However, as much as I enjoy getting comments left on my blog posts, there is one situation after a comment has been left that often has me scratching my head.

It’s not the empty comments that add no value or do not strike up a good conversation about the subject of the post, it’s a comment that could have gone on to be the catalyst of great discussion if only the person who left it had not made a run for it.

Can you spot the difference?

What am I talking about? Have a look at two images of the same comment I recently left on a blog post of another blogger. Can you spot the one difference between them?

Yes, it’s the tick in the little box in the bottom left corner of the comment on the second image. That’s the box to tick if you want to be notified of new comments via email.

Can you think of any reasons why anyone who leaves a comment would not want to be informed that their comment had been answered?

We all want a response to our comments, don’t we, so why do some readers not tick that box?

Nobody likes to be ignored, do they?

I often come across times when my response to a comment goes unanswered. In these cases, I’m talking about a response to a comment where I ask a question (or questions) to the person who left a comment, and I get no response back from them.

I’ve left responses offering free codes to download pieces of software I’ve reviewed, or a free book, yet don’t receive any response back.

These are the head-scratching moments I referred to earlier.

In my blog posts ‘Is Now The Time For WordPress To Remove The Number Of ‘Likes’ From View On All Blog Posts‘ and ‘How To Make Your Blog Post Standout From All The Other Blogs Out There‘, there were a number of my comments where I didn’t hear back from people who left comments.

Even though I’d ask them for more information or asked them a question, it all seemed to fall on deaf ears. I got no response from the people who’d left the comments.

Why would somebody not reply to a response to their comment?

There could be several reasons for this.

  • They don’t have the answer(s) to any questions(s) they’ve been asked.
  • They don’t have any further information.
  • They simply don’t want to respond.
  • They forgot/didn’t tick the ‘Notify me of new comments by email’ box so didn’t know a response had been left.

However, in my cases, it made me feel as if my response to their comment was being ignored. Interestingly, I also noticed that in most cases it was happening with certain bloggers.

Don’t make this mistake.

The mistake I am talking about in the title of this post is not ticking the box next to ‘Notify me of new comments via email.’

Without ticking that box, how would we know our comment had been responded to?

I suppose we could try and remember to keep going back to the post to check if it has been answered, but isn’t that wasting time when a more straightforward method is available?

For me, not ticking the ‘Notify me of new comments via email’ box is like opening a door, shouting a comment, and then slamming the door and making a run for it.

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

Some people may say that they don’t tick the box because, if they do, their email box will get filled up with all the responses and comments of anybody else who leaves a comment on the same post.

That’s true, but there is an easier way to stop your email box overflowing than leaving a comment, making a run for it, and having somebody think you’re being rude because you didn’t respond to their questions.

Take a look at what I have pointed out in the response I received from Renard to the comment I left on his blog post.

Yes, there is an ‘unsubscribe’ link on all comment emails which you can click at any time to stop receiving further emails.

Whenever you leave your first comment on a blog post, make sure you tick the box next to ‘Notify me of new comments by email’ so you at least have the chance to respond back to the author of the post.

Who knows, they may ask you a question or want some information from you. You may be offered a code to download a book or piece of software for free or even an opportunity to write a guest post.

You could be missing out on lots of opportunities from other bloggers for ignoring the responses to your comments.

Not responding is as bad as not responding to the comments left on your own blog posts.

Once you know the conversation between you both has finished, by all means, click the ‘unsubscribe’ link so that your email box stops receiving further notifications of comments.

However, remember what I said at the beginning of this post. Comments left on blog posts can often ignite ideas for future blog posts. They can be a fantastic source of creativity.

Do you always tick the ‘Notify me of new comments via email’ box? If not, tell us why you don’t tick it and what you do instead to ensure you see the responses to your comments.

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  1. I dont usually tick the box also like Ms. Janice because i don’t want to be flooded. But maybe that is the perks of a website that don’t have their own creating account. But still i love sharing my thoughts on what i have read on any blogs. Somehow your still right. Thanks anyway.

  2. Really fascinating Hugh.
    I NEVER tick the box. I will tell you why. I don’t want to read all the replies. I get them all when I tick the box. So far, you have 162 comments here. If I was first and ticked the box, would 162 responses have flooded my email box?
    I know you said to Unsubscribe from the comments. I thought the Unsubscribe you pointed to would unsubscribe me from your future emails which I still want to get.
    Also, and more importantly, doesn’t WordPress notify me when you reply? You reply to my comments. I read them in my WordPress notifications and I’ve never ticked the box.
    Janice

    1. Hi Janice,

      Thanks so much.

      Yes, you would have received the email notifications unless you ticked the unsubscribe link. I tick the unsubscribe link often (once I know I don ‘t want to receive any further notifications). I’ve never been unsubscribed from blogs for doing so. Notifications for new posts still come through.

      You’re right that notifications also appear in the WordPress notification centre, but not all do. I’ve come across some occasions where I get an email notification but no notification in the notification centre. It mostly happens with self-hosted blogs where WordPress does not notify me that my comment has been responded to.

      Have a great week.
      Hugh

  3. You make many great points here, Hugh. WordPress has been making it excessively difficult for me to make any comment at all, and it’s been going on for over a month. If I seem to be absent from so many blogs these days, it’s because I now can make one comment in the same amount of time I could have visited and read three blogs… I feel guilty about that, but that’s just the way I am. 😉 Hugs on the wing.

    1. I’m sorry to hear you’re having problems leaving comments, Teagan. I haven’t heard of anyone else experiencing the same issue so it may be worth speaking to WordPress about it. Sometimes, these problems can just be related to one account rather than affect a lot of other bloggers. I’ve had one recently affecting the captions I put under images. It was only affecting me, but WordPress fixed it pretty quickly.
      Have a lovely weekend.
      Hugs to you.

  4. Excellent point, Hugh! And while I blog specifically to interact with other bloggers, I never thought about what could be gleaned for checking that box. Great topic!

  5. Hi Hugh, I found your blog because you hosted Sam’s post about almost leaving blogging, which I loved. I also love how one good connection leads to another and I look forward to poking around your blog for more. This particular post is meaningful to me and I have often wondered if some bloggers just want to make an ‘appearance’ then run for the door when it comes to commenting. I realize that not all content in engaging, and sometimes a LIKE feels like sufficient support, but, if you leave a comment of relevance, check the box! My other pet peeve is not being supported in the comments by the host when writing for their blog. That happened to me a while back and it made me feel unappreciated.

    1. Hi Suzanne, thanks so much for coming over from Sam’s blog. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Sam a couple of times at some blogging events. She’s featured on my blog a couple of times because she always leaves such interesting comments that I know will make fantastic blog posts.

      Commenting can be a funny business. They come in various forms, and I often do wonder what it is that triggers somebody to leave a comment that has me scratching my head as to why it’s been left. Those comments that add value to a post and respond to questions are, for me, what blogging is all about. For me, one of those comments is worth one hundred ‘likes.’

      I’ve hosted several guest bloggers on my blog, and I don’t get involved in the comments on their guest posts unless I have to. Of course, I’d help out if asked, but I prefer to throw the floor open for the guest blogger. As I moderate all comments before they show on posts, I’d block and delete any comments that contained bad language or that attacked the guest blogger (or another blogger) personally. It has happened to me, so it’s why I now moderate all comments before they appear.

      Thanks again for coming over and for the follow.

        1. I can understand that. I would have contacted you and asked you if you needed any help. However, whenever I email somebody regarding a guest post, I always tell them not to hesitate to contact me if they have any questions or need any help or advice once the post goes live.

  6. Hi, I’ve always wondered why someone would NOT tick this box. Why comment without the chance of a reply/engagement. I love ticking this box and waiting patiently for replies! And I love it when a comment develops into a conversation, and not just a comment and reply and ‘the end’. Thanks for the post, I hope it helps more people to be active in the comments sections of our blogs! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Cheryl. I’ve had a mixed reaction to who does and who does not tick that little box. For me, it’s a must because I get so many ideas for future posts from the comments. Plus, I like to read what everyone else has to say. I think not replying to questions when replying to comments is rude. Thank goodness that it only seems to be a tiny group of bloggers who never respond to my questions when replying to their comments. Now I know who they are, I’ll just thank them for leaving a comment as they obviously don’t want to get into any conversation with me or anybody else.

  7. Hugh,I don’t subscribe to comments because I get far too much email as it is. As previous commenter Norah said: I prefer to “pop back to their blogs regularly to check on responses. I don’t find it onerous. In fact, I find it far preferable to having an overflowing inbox.”

    When I comment on a blog where I see no responses from the blogger, I assume there will be no response, so don’t check back. When I leave a comment on a blog where I see the blogger interacts with his readers, as you do, I cut and paste the hyperlink after I comment and email it to myself to check for reply.

    1. Thanks for sharing with us how you deal with responding to responses to your comments, Jean. I’m afraid I leave too many comments to be able to remember where I left them, so ticking that little box works best for me. Plus, reading the other comments often also gives me ideas for future posts.
      However, as I’ve said to commenters, we have to do what works best for us.

        1. That box is a default setting on WordPress blogs when first setting a blog up, but it can be removed with a simple tick in a box in the dashboard of a blog’s settings.
          Thank you for your lovely feedback about my blog, Jean.

  8. I hardly noticed that button, lol. Thanks for the tip. Although I’d like to see my blog even get a fraction of the responses you received for this one, Hugh.

        1. Is that it, Hugh? Well, I forgot my password and that’s when all of this started. How do I connect by blog to my Gravatar and get rid of the “duplicate” blog, which I established by accident in WordPress.com?

        2. Yes, the mistake I’m referring to in this post is not ticking that box. However, there are many other mistakes, some of which I’ve covered in other posts.

          Check this post out on connecting your blog to your Gravatar.

          How To Add Your WordPress Blog To Your Gravatar

          To delete a blog, on the dashboard of your blog, go to settings, general, and at the bottom of the menu, you’ll see a box where you can delete your site permanently.

  9. Hi Hugh!

    I totally agree with you about checking that box. I always do… when it’s available. And what happens afterwards – if all goes according to plan – is that I receive all the replies from the blogger and the comments from others in my inbox and, once I read a reply to my comment that doesn’t need a follow-up, I unsubscribe from the thread. Just like you mention in your post. This is best-case scenario and I don’t mind the extra influx in my inbox as quick swipes take care of that.

    But… oftentimes, I read blogs that don’t have the box! I can’t figure out why not and have even suggested putting that box there to certain bloggers. I always expect a reply to my comments. Everywhere. And, I look forward to that reply and the communication that ensues. So, in the “no check box available” cases, I leave said blog post open in a tab on my computer or iPad and refresh it daily to see the reply. If it comes, I read the comment and close the tab. However, often I have to keep an eye out for this reply for weeks or months. At some point, I give up and close the window or tab. Sometimes, I stop following that person, because it annoys me they don’t reply to comments of their readers.

    To finish this rant… I do have the check box on my blog. However, I’ve noticed that people who checked it not always get my reply. On the same note, I’ve checked the boxes on certain blogs and never receive the reply either. So, for these blogs, same process… I have to leave the posts open in a tab, until I read the reply.

    WordPress works in mysterious ways (all this used to work smoothly in a distant past) and I will have to write them about the not receiving replies when that checkbox has been checked. I could live with it in regards to other blogs as I try and deal with it, but I’m bummed that mine doesn’t work as it should…

    1. Hi Liesbet, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this post.

      WordPress.Com users have the option of not including the ‘notify me of new comments via email’ box. I found out from an earlier comment that when somebody sets up a new blog on WordPress, the box is already ticked as a default setting. You have to untick the box in your blog’s setting to get rid of it. Like you, I don’t understand why bloggers don’t have that box. It’s so helpful, especially given that not everyone has the time or memory to keep checking if a comment they’ve left has been replied to. I find that having too many tabs open on my computer not only slows it down, but it also makes me feel overwhelmed, so I can’t bear to have too many tabs always open. I can’t image how much time it all takes up, especially if the blogger concerned takes weeks or even months to get back with a reply.

      Could I ask how you know that your readers who tick the ‘notify me of new comments via email’ box on your blog don’t get your reply? And how do you know that when you’ve ticked the box on other blogs where you left a comment that you don’t always get a response? Did the blogger definitely reply to you? On my own blog, I found that it’s usually the same bloggers who don’t respond to my replies, yet I’ve seen them reply to responses from other bloggers on other blogs. Maybe I’m asking difficult questions, or perhaps they don’t tick the box on my blog because of the number of comments I get? If you are definite that there is a problem, then I would recommend you report it to WordPress.

      1. Hi Hugh!

        There are a few blogs that I follow that have the check boxes, which I always check, but of which I don’t receive the replies in my inbox anymore. I don’t follow as many blogs as you, so I usually have some sense about who “needs” to reply still. Or I realize after a while that someone still “owes” me one. 🙂

        One of the blogs that has the check box, but whose replies I don’t receive for many months already, for example, is Debby Gies’ blog. I noticed it had been a while since I received a reply from her – this was months ago – and returned to the posts I left a reply on, only to see that she had replied each time. That’s how I discovered that this particular check box doesn’t work anymore for me. Since then. I leave her posts open in a tab and refresh until I see her reply to my comment. The same thing happened to a few other blogs. All WordPress blogs. But, on other WordPress blogs the feature still works OK.

        In my own case, I have replied to comments with another question and didn’t receive another reply. That doesn’t prove anything about an issue, as those people might not have checked the box or they didn’t want to deal with receiving all the comments and replies. But, I asked one of my readers recently whether she still gets my replies to her comments in my inbox and she said “no”. I’m still getting to the bottom of that and will do a few more tests, before I contact WordPress.

        I hope this answers your questions. 🙂

        1. Thanks for coming back to me with a response to the questions I asked you, Liesbet.

          Debby Gies’ blog is self-hosted and, as with other self-hosted blogs, I have to confirm the subscription to her blog whenever I leave a comment (even on the same post). If I don’t confirm the subscription, then she doesn’t know I have left a comment or a reply. The subscription comes via an email and can also be confirmed in the subscription area of my blog’s settings. Do you get an email asking for you to confirm the subscription to Debby’s blog whenever you leave a comment on her blog?

          To be honest, I find this happens a lot with self-hosted blogs. Every time I leave a comment, I have to complete a form confirming my name, email address and website address. This is despite me already having left a comment on the same post. Then I get the subscription email again. If I don’t confirm the subscription, then the comment seems to get lost. It’s caught me out a few times. It never seems to happen on WordPress.Com blogs.

          I think the process puts some readers off from leaving comments on self-hosted blogs. I can understand why when they’ve already left a previous comment, completed the form and confirmed the subscription.

        2. Thanks for that insight about the subscription emails (for Debby’s and other self-hosted sites). And, no, I do not get that email, when I check her box or the ones for the other sites that don’t send me replies. And, like you, I always have to fill out my contact info again (also for a follow-up reply), despite being signed into WordPress and all our blogs being WordPress blogs. Interesting. So, if I were to get the subscription emails (for the comments), I should be able to receive their replies…

          My blog is self-hosted as well. Do you know/remember whether you receive a subscription email (to confirm clicking the check box to receive comments) to follow my comments? Maybe there is some error in that field of the confirmation emails… Also, some of the comments to my blog, of repeated followers who have left comments in the past without issues, now end up in my email spam folder. But, that’s not WordPress’ doing.

          What bothers me most is that all this worked smoothly a year ago and none of us changed any settings on our blogs or with WordPress. Yet, these issues just popped up, seem random, and are unfixable by ourselves.

          I forgot to mention earlier that another way I’m checking all this check box/comment replies stuff is by leaving a test comment on my own blog and then replying to it from the dashboard. Again… no notification email for subscription in my inbox, or the replies! 😦

          By the way, there was no “reply” option to your last reply, so I’ve hit the “reply” button on my last comment to keep this conversation grouped. 🙂 And, wow, for people following this post and the comments, this entire topic will become a gigantic resource and wealth of information!

        3. Hi Liesbet, yes, I get the subscription email when leaving comments on your blog, too. It’s only self-hosted blogs where I get the email asking me to subscribe whenever I leave a comment (even on a post I’ve already left a previous comment on).

          There has been an ongoing issue with comments ending up in the WordPress spam folder. I’ve been sent to to the ‘spam’ prison three times, with all my comments on other blogs ending up in spam. The last time it happened to me was back in 2016, but I understand it still affects some users. I usually inform somebody if their comment has ended up in spam by mistake and ask them to check if it’s happening on other blogs where they leave comments. If it is, then there is way out, but you have to go via the Happiness Engineers at WordPress.

          Which brings me on to why there have been some new bugs on WordPress recently. The classic editor is creaking at the seams with WordPress only doing repair patches to issues. They are withdrawing the classic editor altogether at the end of 2021, so the repairs they are doing are a quick fix. However, it’s resulting in some of the bugs (and new ones) also affecting the new Gutenberg editor. Support for the classic editor is being removed by WordPress at the end of 2020.

          Those reply options stop showing after three replies. I think WordPress think nobody will want to leave more than a couple of comments on a post. How wrong they are!

  10. My humble thoughts: Comment when you feel a post is worthy of a comment. Don’t worry about getting a response to your comment. Keep moving forward and don’t expect reciprocal gratification from the praise you give to other people. Maybe I have missed the intent of this post.

    1. I don’t agree that comments should never go unanswered. I’ve written about the subject many times, and the majority of my readers say that they dislike being ignored when leaving comments. In fact, many will unfollow bloggers who do not respond to comments. I see it as asking somebody around for coffee and totally ignoring what they have to say. Commenting is a two-way thing and, in my opinion, most bloggers don’t like being ignored. They much rather leave comments on blogs where they know they will get a response.

  11. Hi Hugh – I enjoy your blogging posts.
    Wanted to chime in here because your suggestion would not work for me because I am trying to get away from using email.
    Hate it and it does take up too much time and then to add a reply for comments would only stifle my stride.
    However – I see the value in it and when I was relying on WordPress to show me comment replies in my feed – they missed a lot – it only kept the recent 100 (or something like that) and so I went back to blogs And found a comment reply waiting for me – I realized WordPress was not always letting me know –
    So in my case – I try to remember to go back and that works for me right now –

    Years ago I followed a blogger who ran a challenge and I notified that she knew the bloggers that did not come back after they “dropped” a comment –
    She realized who dropped and left

    And I kind of know that now too

    Anyhow – another thought to share is just recently I realized that I love when a blogger comes back for that follow up. It had gotten to the point where I know which ones do and don’t – and the ones that do seem to have that extra touch – so what you write is important –
    To get interactive and follow up –
    But this will not work for everyone –
    As you know – some bloggers do not even visit others
    Recently stopped following someone who tons a challenge and when I left a comment he said it was nice to know he wasn’t alone in blogosphere and felt good to know someone was out there – after his year of blogging he did not find the need to visit and still (as data as I know) just keeps posting and posting and posting.
    Then there are the bloggers who visit and leave generic “drop and run” comments – which is far less interactive but I still value their contribution
    And when I consider the free time that is sucked up by the often black hole of blog workd (an awesome one too) but I do not judge them if trust is their MO is to drop and run – we might not bind as much but I am glad they are here in their own way – and I know to never ask them questions –
    And if anyone is perturbed that they ask questions and the person does not come back – maybe they are trying to have too much of a discussion in their comment sections? If it is a legit question maybe the person could go and visit the blogger and ask again ….0

    1. I always say to my readers to do what works best for them. As somebody who does leave a lot of comments on other blogs, there’s no way I could remember which blogs to go back to if I did not rely on the email notifications. Plus, I can unsubscribe from those notifications at any time I like. As you mentioned, WordPress does not always put every comment in our notifications centre, so there is always a chance we could miss some. As I also get lots of ideas for future posts from the comments left on my blog and those of other bloggers, I find the emails useful. I do filter the emails, with deleting those comments that I class as dead comments that don’t add any value to the post. Comments such as ‘Great Post’ or sentences less than 10 words fall under that category.

      I have a small percentage of bloggers who leave comments on most of my posts but who never come back and answer any questions I may ask them in my response. It makes me feel a little like I’m being ignored. If it keeps happening, then I will just leave a reply that thanks them for their visit because I know they probably won’t even see my response.

      I’ve been asked many times by bloggers ‘how do I get people to visit my blog and leave comments?’, to which I ask ‘Do you visit other blogs and read the posts and leave comments?’ Nine times out of ten, the answer is ‘No! I don’t have time to do that.’ So, they’ve answered their own question. As you mentioned, being interactive with other bloggers is key to blogging. Most of the people who ask me the question I said earlier don’t seem to last very long in the blogging world. Mind you, I’ve seen a considerable amount of bloggers come and go in my six years of blogging.

      I firmly believe that the comment section of a blog is the place to discuss what has just been read. I don’t think anybody can have ‘too much’ of a discussion about the subject of a blog post. In fact, I see it as a very healthy way of blogging. If a comment clearly shows that the contents of the post have been read, then I don’t mind so much. It’s those ‘dead comments’ I spoke of earlier that tend to niggle me. It’s a little like being ‘click-happy’ with the ‘like’ button when somebody clicks ‘like’ on lots of posts within seconds of each other or within seconds of a post being published.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the subject of this post. The comments have been fascinating, and I’m glad it’s a subject that many readers have had something to say about.

      1. Thanks for the nice reply – and I can how you use the email notification without it being overwhelming – so I am sold to at least try it ….
        and now that this topic is breathing a bit I have realized that I might especially need to use it when I take a couple weeks off – that is when I know I have lost track of anything I need to follow up on…
        -/
        And also understand what you meant with:
        ” I don’t think anybody can have ‘too much’ of a discussion about the subject of a blog post.”
        I now agree.
        But it does remind me of a blogger who used to comment richly but not always directly on the post. it would be something triggered but the post – and It kind of annoyed me at first –
        But then I came to appreciate it and I enjoyed the dialogue because he was genuinely interacting – and the post content spawned the rabbit trail….

        1. Providing comments touch base with the contents of the blog post then I think that is a good healthy discussion. It’s when general chit-chat creeps in that have nothing to do with the content that it starts to get annoying for me. That’s the kind of content that should be taken offline. I used to be guilty of it myself, but now I never get into any discussions that have nothing to do with the content of the post. I much rather message whoever is asking me by way of the contact form on their blog or via the Twitter messaging platform.

        2. I can see how that works for you – but here again I find that works so well for you would not work for me – because adding twitter to the mix is another thing that I do not want – I never enjoyed the platform and actually recently deleted my account – and so like email – I am scaling back on social media sites and so moving to another platform would defeat what my goals are.
          But I know what you mean about the general chit-chat and how it can not be hospitable – and just off. For example, I know two bloggers who always engage in personal general chit-chat on posts. They can go back and forth with their little jokes and inside words – and it takes up like 60 or more comments in the comment section. I just ignore it and scroll to leave my comment (because I do liek the blogger that does the posting) but all their chit chat is superfluous and just between them – but I get it – they share a lot and it is not meant for other readers to glean from or even enjoy. In contrast, the type of posts you make – where you offer blogging tips (like I recall your helpful one on how to use the block editor) well i can see how the comments can lead to enriching shares and also how it spawns new ideas for you.
          __
          in closing – can I mention a pet peeve about comments.
          I have one follower who tends to leave comments about other pages or she will reply to my comment from her post in my comment section.
          Did that make sense?
          Here is an example – she was commenting on a photo post – and then said something like “thanks for complimenting my painting” and then added something like “I noticed your hair is darker in that photo of you on the books page.”
          huh???
          I mentioned it to her gently – and asked her why she piggybacked on comments from her post while on my blog post – and she minimized it by saying she might be a bit lazy.
          but here is the thing – I could not recall the painting – and then I had no idea what photo of me she was talking about – and only had a black and white photo up (cannot tell darkness from that) –
          so Hugh, I think I just stumbled on a major commenting pet peeve!

        3. I once made the big mistake of having too many social media platforms. Spreading yourself too thinly on them does not work. It’s now why I only have three active social media accounts, although I don’t put a lot of work into two of them. After the WordPress Reader and search engines, Twitter brings in the most amount of traffic to my blog. It’s taken me a long time to build up a following there, but it’s working for me. It’s the one social media platform where I do put in a lot of work.

          Thank you for filling me in on the general chit-chat that occurs in the comments sections of various blogs. I get what you mean about comments meant for other posts also landing in the wrong place. If it’s not important, I tend to just acknowledge the comment with a ‘like’ and move on.

  12. Hi Hugh as always great advice and set out so well for us all to understand. I must admit I tend to rely on WP. notifications. I am scared of getting bogged down by email but I see your point . I will give it a bash Hugh. Thank you.💜

    1. Just be aware that not all comments end up in the notification centre, Willow. However, you should do what works best for you. I enjoy reading comments because I get lots of ideas for future posts and short stories from them, so don’t mind them ending up in my email box. I can get through them very quickly.

    2. I am the same with you, Willow. The WP notification works for most free WP blogs. Some I don’t get notifications from and I don’t know why. I must be honest, I never noticed that little block before.

  13. I like to know about the response I’ve made to comments, Hugh, either on my own or someone else’s blog. But I never tick the ‘notify me’ box, for one simple reason: I keep track of my blog with the WordPress app for iPadOS, which allows me to receive notifications for likes and comments. It rarely misses one, and is easy to manage. So much better than further stuffing in an already crowded email inbox!

    1. I don’t use the WordPress App, so I’m not sure how notifications work on it, Clive. I’m glad it’s working for you, though. The desktop notification section doesn’t always show all notifications. WordPress is aware of the problem, but all their efforts are currently on the editors they are changing.

      1. There is a notifications section in iPadOS (and iOS) settings which allows you to choose if you want notifications, and how they appear, on an app by app basis. I tend to use the desktop for creating posts and the app for everything else. As you say, we should find what works best for us.

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