Question: Comments. The holy grail of blogging success! What type of posts do you leave comments on? How do you try to encourage more comments on your own blog? Do you respond to people who leave comments on your posts? How do you handle negative/spam comments? Do you use captcha?
I don’t always have the time to visit as many blogs as I would like to in a week (these last few weeks have been hopeless for me!), but I try to comment every time that I do visit a blog. I know how long it takes to write a review, or put down your thoughts and I try to take the time to leave that small comment as a way of saying I appreciate what you do! What kind of posts do I leave comments on? Um… everything. J A review that I loved or a review of a book that I really enjoyed. I absolutely love discussion posts (even though I don’t always write as many as I would like) and always try to comment on the ones that I read.
I, like just about every blogger out there, of course love getting comments. I don’t know if I do anything special to encourage comments except for making it easy to leave a comment on my blog. That means no hiding the comment widget, no captcha and no jumping through hoops or having to log in to do so. There is nothing more irritating that wanting to leave a comment but not actually being able to! I also reply to every comment in the comments section and try to visit back each blogger that takes the time out of their busy schedule to read my thoughts. Sometimes it takes me a few days (Blogging is hobby, in my real life I have a job, husband, two kids and all that comes along with it), but I always do reply.
As far as spam goes, I use the Akismet plug in for WordPress and as for negative comments, I don’t really get any. I love when people take the time to express a different opinion than mine and further the discussion and don’t consider those to be negative comments, but if I had to deal with downright hateful or trolling comments I think I would just delete them.
What about you? What are you thoughts on comments in the book blogging world?