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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! :-)

12 comments:

  1. It is important to me to comment on what other people post on their blog. It is important to respond to any questions they have of me, on my blog.
    It is impossible to keep up with all comments, replies, posts, etc. in totality. I try to do everyone justice based upon that post or comment.
    I appreciate every comment and show that by commenting on their posts.

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  2. Here goes:

    1 - I do post response to most comments left on my blog. The main reason is that often the commenter has touched on something I have feelings about, has given me insight, or offered their support in a way that I appreciate. I often desire to let people know that I hear them, that I value their comments, and that what they said matters to me.

    2 - I don't know if this is something you have to do on Blogger, but on Wrodpress I automatically get notified when someone has replied to one of my comments. When I log in there is a little orange box in the upper right-hand corner letting me know someone replied. I don't have to check back. Sometimes if it is a topic that means a lot to me or a discussion that I want to stay on top of I will go back and visit just to see what everyone has said, not just in reply to my comment.

    3 - The short answer is no. I would not get offended if a comment isn't replied to. I do understand that people have lives and not all comments are something you can really HAVE a response to.

    4 - I don't use one of those things, and I, too, find them incredibly annoying. Wordpress has a Spam blocker called Akismet. It has literally never missed a Spam comment, and has protected my site from 564 spam comments already (just copied that off of my Dashboard).

    5 - As for the requirements on Wordpress for comment submission - they vary. It is defaulted to require name and email address (I think). You can, however, change those settings to raise or lower them as you wish. I keep mine pretty low due to the frustrations you pointed out.

    6 - It depends on my mood.

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  3. Man thats a lot of questions! Here we go...
    1. Yes I respond to most comments. It is a chance to further elaborate on my point of the post. I know not everybody comes back to check for responses but some do and often we end up having a full conversation in the comments section.
    Another reason I respond is that, though not everybody reads all the comments from other bloggers, those who do read all the comments are getting additional entertainment. More often than not, depending on my post topic, my responses are usually quite funny.

    2. Most of the time, but not always, I return to check for responses to my comment.

    3. Yes, it's important to me because I like to engage and interact with the author. And no, if they don't respond won't affect me continuing to comment.

    4. I don't use the word verification and I get very little spam.

    5. Beats the hell out of me and I agree, it's annoying!

    6. Write first, read later.

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  4. Gosh so many questions here's my answers...

    I find I am responding to comments more and more, I do like the interaction and sometimes it is good to clarify a point here and there.

    Sometimes I go back and check if someone has replied to comment I've made, if I remember, but maybe that's just procrastination!

    Verification - yes annoying, not sure if I have it on my blog, probably, keep meaning to check and may remove it. I have been known to NOT leave a comment if there are too many hoops to jump through.

    And like the last set of answers, write first, read later or at the very least have an idea, maybe read others and then write my own story.

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  5. I will try to answer these quickly as it takes so much time to read all the responses your going to get.
    1.Not always sometimes just a smiley or quick ty
    2.No, through e-mail and WP I receive notification so I can scan quickly
    3.I like comments and it doesn't bother me if I don't get them.
    4.WP has spam catcher it catches all that
    5.Don't know only frustrates me grrrr...
    6. I try to write first unless I am just brain dead then will read a few for inspiration but doesn't always work.

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  6. 1. I like to, and I try to, but finding the time to do this is hard.
    2. Sometimes I do, but I find it hard to remember who and when I commented...does that make me a bad blogger and commenter?
    3. I like the responses to my comments, but I don't get offended if there is none.
    4. Thanks for reminding me. I think I may have that and have intended to take it off. I don't know what spam is. I don't like all the rigamaroll either, but there are a couple of blogs I really like that do this, so I don't mind. If i had to do it all the time, with all those I read, I would be aggravated.
    5. I don't know why either.
    6. I always know what my post is going to be, but I may read the others first, then post.

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  7. 1. Yes, sometimes just a word or smiley. I like to let people know that I have read their comment...just seems polite. But I don't have tons of comments.

    2. Being on WP all comments made to my posts (and replies) show up in notifications so I know that way who has responded. Not so when I comment on some Blogger sites which bothers me. I don't know why some seem to show up in my notifications and some don't. It's confusing. I usually forget to go back and see if there was a response to my comment that maybe could use an answer back. I don't sign up for email notification because my inbox overflows as it is.

    3. If I have asked a question I would like a reply but for the most part it is ok if I don't hear back on my comment.

    4. I, too, really dislike the word verification things. I did a post rant on that topic a few days ago. I would not use one of those on my site. I don't have big problems with spam-something or other catches them for me.

    5. The fill in the blank things on WP are an option--one I don't use on my blogs. I mean really, I am not getting or giving classified info or anything.

    6. With the meme/blog hop things I participate in I write and post first then read the other the other blogs. I want to try and be original, the operative word is try, so don't want to be influenced by what others have written.

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  8. Usually, I do not post comments, if my comments are not answered. Occasionally, I feel that it is important to say something, regardless of whether or not there will be acknowledgement of what I wrote, but I do find it in poor taste. I too, find the verification tests aggravating. I have quite a few readers from all over the world, that send me comments, long and short as simple emails. Sometimes, I can’t pass the test, and that is a good reason for me to stop commenting. I am sorry to hear that you’re having trouble with wordpress. I moved to wordpress not so long ago, because it was taking too long to comment on the platform I used to use. I will check out if there are problems commenting on my blog now. I do not participate in challenges, blog hopping, or prompts. One more thing… I have been on vacation for the last couple of weeks, so I haven’t answered comments, but as soon as I have the time, I intend to.

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  9. Hi Josie!! I am JUST getting back home from out of town and back to free internet! Whoo hoo! I thought I would give my thoughts on your questions:

    Question 1: Do you post responses to the comments people leave on your blog? Why or why not?

    Generally I don't comment on comments. Not necessarily because I don't want to but because I just don't know that I have time to respond to comments because I am finding that between blogging and commenting, it is time-consuming. I am also not so sure folks come back to see if I comment, but that is just a guess.

    Question 2: Do you return to previous posts on other blogs to see if the author responded to your comment?

    Funny that I don't think people really return to my blog to see if I comment but I DO generally try to get back to blogs where I've left comments to see if the author responded. To me, that is a part of the unique aspect of blogging - there is an interchange, a form of dialogue, and I like to see what they say.

    Question 3: Are responses to your comments important to you... if the author doesn't respond, does that affect your future commenting?

    I would reiterate that the comment/response creates more of a dialogue and therefore is more like a relationship between author/reader. I like that. I do comment on a few blogs where the author doesn't respond, and that's okay. I do understand that it is time-consuming to respond, especially if a blog's following grows and there are more than a dozen comments per post. I haven't reached that milestone yet. :)


    Question 4: Do you folks that use word verification truly experience a lot of problems with spam that make this step necessary?

    No - I don't use the verification thing and do find them a bit frustrating to have to do on blogs, but it doesn't necessarily deter me from leaving a comment. I have however, given up after I have made several attempts to read those confounded things and I can not find one that I can actually see worth a hoot.


    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?

    I am not familiar with WordPress except that I have commented on a few blogs that require all that info, and I find it a bit irritating.

    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?

    I typically write mine, contribute it and then go through and read everyone's.

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  10. I came to check out our word for Tuesday and see this goody. I will answer for myself most.

    Question 1: Do you post responses to the comments people leave on your blog? Why or why not?
    Generally I DO NOT post responses. If it is a really good general interest question or remark I may feel the need to reply. THEN MOST TIMES I DO (but that isn't often).

    Question 2: Do you return to previous posts on other blogs to see if the author responded to your comment?
    No, generally I don't, even if I have asked a question. I am like you, time is precious.

    Question 3: Are responses to your comments important to you... if the author doesn't respond, does that affect your future commenting?
    No, I really don't expect responses. I have a blogging friend who would give short responses IN BUNCHES and those were very interesting. But still I don't do that.

    Question 4: Do you folks that use word verification truly experience a lot of problems with spam that make this step necessary?
    MOST DO OR THEY WOULDN'T BOTHER WITH IT. A FEW DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ELSE.
    This morning I had nine anonymous comments to check out. Google/Blogger has been sending these to me in comment form without publishing them. But I still feel that I have to check them all out.
    Comment Moderation does not stop them from commenting, just posting. I do comment moderation on all blogs after they are ten days old.
    If we deny anonymous we also have to deny others who do not have a Google account (I hate Google, they are too snoopy).
    I WILL GO TO WORD VERIFICATION SOON AGAIN FOR THE TIME I can't tend to my blog properly. Should be okay again in January.

    I just counted (I save them all, I don't throw things away) 233 since August 8. That is exactly two months, 60 days, which makes 3.9 spammers a day.

    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?
    THAT IS TOUGH, JOSIE. Especially with people who have a lot of Blogger blogs as Blogger sends us to our profile. The regulars we have an idea of which one to go. The very regulars I have listed with links on my side bar and check on them regularly. I need to update this as you are not listed there. BUT I HAVE THE OLD BLOGGER AND IT REQUIRES ME TO USE HTML TO PUT YOU IN.
    I have a WordPress Id. It makes things go very fast. Actually another service combined and that was really nice. I also have an OpenID. I am about out of picture space (free) with Blogger. That means I will go to Word Press or do a Pirate Id for more pictures. Either way I must start new blogs.

    Question 5 (more): 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?
    Simple way is to get a WordPress Id. It is free and is easier than Blogger.

    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?
    Most times I don't read the other comments if there are a lot. I don't want to sound copy-cat so I sometimes scan the others for my ideas before commenting. If I post first I DO NOT GO BACK to read others.
    ..
    WOW! That got long!
    ..

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  11. I respond to all my comments because I like to keep the convo going. I subscribe to the comments feed on most of the blogs I read so I can see what other people are saying on blogs I have commented on but I don't mind if my comments aren't responded to because I know how time-consuming it can be.

    I don't have any trouble with WP because I have a wordpress blog but I think an ID would sort it out.

    I usually read all the other contributions because I like to see where other people are coming from. Gives me ideas too!

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  12. I think that I am a very selfish blogger. Or a too busy one. I read each and every comment but rarely comment unless asked a direct question. I just don't have the time! And I never check to see if someone has replied to me if I leave a comment on their blog. Ever. I DETEST those damn hoops that some blogs expect me to jump over. If you are so concerned about spam, just arrange to moderate your blog. A few spammers get in, but they give up almost immediately. I can never read those damn letters and have to do them at least twice. Responses to my comments aren't necessary at all to me. In fact, I never go back and check so probably don't even see them.

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