I recently asked the following question on Twitter.
And I got great answers back.
- Suzanne at Life At No. 22 replied
- Bree at 3 Sisters Abroad replied
- Caroline at BellesMots200DotCom replied
- Debbie at Deb’s World replied
- Liesbet at Roaming About replied
- James at Perfect Manifesto replied
I love James’ reply because he refers to something called a lazy response. We’ll look at those further on in this post.
- Chris at BoomingOn replied
- D at ShiftnShake replied
- Gilda said
I’ve been involved in some great discussions on Twitter. This one inspired this post.
How did all this start?
It all started when I came across a tweet from an indie author advertising one of his books.
While checking out his Twitter profile, I noticed that one of the right things he’d done was to include a link to his blog. His books looked interesting, so I decided to check out his blog and engage with him.
However, several weeks later, he had not acknowledged or responded to any comments or questions left on his blog posts. Yet he remained active by publishing new blog posts a couple of times a week.
This got me thinking not only about bloggers who do not respond to comments, but some of the responses I often see – those lazy responses that James referred to.
Now I know it’s up to each blogger how they handle comments left on their posts, but am I the only blogger who finds that not responding to comments is a strange occurrence?
After all, leaving good meaningful comments does seem to work. Take a look at Marsha’s response to some comments I’d left on one of her blog posts.
Short comments – do you like them?
What do you think about comments such as Great Post, Nice Story, or Lovely photos? Have you left comments like those or asked yourself ‘why don’t they tell us what made it a great post, nice story, or what it was that made those photos lovely ?
How to respond to short comments
Reader – “Great post.”
Me – “Thanks!”
Reader – “You’re welcome.”
Are those comments beneficial or should they be deleted?
Why do readers’ leave ‘Great post’ comments?
- Is it because they’re trying to read and leave comments on too many blog posts in too little time?
- Do they feel guilty if not leaving any kind of comment on a post they read so short ones will do?
- Is it because they haven’t really read the post?
- Is it because they don’t have the time to get into any discussion about the topic of the post?
- Is it because what they were going to say has already been said by somebody else?
What are lazy responses?
For me, they’re the types of responses that let all the air out of your blogging balloon. You’ve left a great comment that opens up for a discussion about the post you’ve just read, but all you get back is a ‘Thank you for your comment.’
How deflated does that kind of response make you feel when you left a comment that asks questions and opens up a discussion?
I believe this is what James was referring to in his answer to my question on Twitter. But is a lazy response any better than no response at all?
- Maybe you’re somebody who doesn’t mind getting and leaving short comments. Are there any reasons why you leave them?
- What are the benefits of leaving short comments?
- Maybe you’re somebody who doesn’t like getting into discussions on your blog posts?
- Are there any benefits to leaving lazy responses?
- If I told you that I delete any comments that only include emojis or words such as ‘Great post‘, would you think I was being too harsh?
Finally, this reply to my question on Twitter really got my attention.
What do you think about Lydia’s answer? Do people really care whether you respond to their comments or not?
How would you respond to the question I asked on Twitter? Do you like getting into discussions when replying to comments on your blog posts? Let’s cary on the discussion here. Join the conversation by leaving me a comment.
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