I've got a few questions for you today, and I'm really hoping you'll answer! I'm eager to know your opinions.
My friend and I have been discussing commenting on blogs. It's important, after all that's one of the reasons we share our writing in the blogsphere... for feedback!
Question 1: Do you post responses to the comments people leave on your blog? Why or why not?
Question 2: Do you return to previous posts on other blogs to see if the author responded to your comment?
Question 3: Are responses to your comments important to you... if the author doesn't respond, does that affect your future commenting?
For the most part, I've been responding to comments on my blog posts, but it is very time consuming and I've been told that most folks don't go back to read your responses anyway. If this is true, then I'm wasting precious time doing it, and I have so little time. Some awesome bloggers I read do not reply to comments, is that ok with most of you? Would you be offended if I didn't respond?
While on the topic of commenting, I have a couple mini-rants...
I STILL detest those blasted verification codes required to post a comment on many blogs. If they are easy to read/interpret it's not so bad, but if I get it wrong twice I've very likely to say "to heck with it" and to leave the post without commenting. Blogger seems to have gotten much better at screening out the few that spammers attempt to post to mine, but then I don't have huge readership, so that may make a difference.
Question 4: Do you folks that use word verification truly experience a lot of problems with spam that make this step necessary?
Another issue I'm encountering is the "fill in all the required blanks" comment form. This seems to be primarily associated with WordPress. I don't mind if I hit one where the blanks asking for my ID, email address, and blog address are automatically filled in but often I have to stop and provide all that info just to leave a comment, and I find myself getting aggravated. I've even hit a couple that won't allow me to comment with my current Windows browser... what the heck? I am not going to jump thru hoops!
Question 5: Why is all that info needed/required in order for me to respond to what you wrote? Is it because I am not a WordPress member? Is there a way to simplify it?
And here's a curiosity question just for fun...
Question 6: When you are participating in a meme, blog hop or writing prompt, do you read contributions by other bloggers before your write yours, or do you write and post first, and then read what the others have had to say?
Ok, that's it, I'm done questioning now! Your input will be much appreciated! :-)