The Sunday Salon – On Commenting

Most of what makes blogging fun is interacting with others through comments, whether through comments left on your own blog or leaving comments on others. Because of this, I love reading comments left for me comments and I hate getting behind on my google reader.

I try to respond to most comments that people leave me, but I wasn’t sure how many of those people were seeing the replies. So to allow for better discussion on this blog, I added a plugin that sends an email to a commenter when someone replies to it. That is one thing I miss about blogging on vox and couldn’t do at wordpress.com – the emails always kept the discussion going when it might have died out because someone understandably wasn’t constantly checking the comments section of a particular post. I hope people like this new feature.

As for other blogs, I try to comment regularly, but I know others are better at it than I am. I have a perpetual goal of commenting more but I’m not sure how you measure that. How do you handle commenting on others blogs? Do you have a regular routine or just comment when you feel like it? Do you have certain blogs you comment on more than others?

[Note: I changed the topis of this weeks TSS because I didn’t read much this week and didn’t finish any books mostly because I was setting up this pretty new blog and watching an insane amount of Gilmore Girls.]

12 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon – On Commenting

  1. Emily January 24, 2010 / 9:53 am

    Oh, I like that! What plug in did you use? That’s one of things I miss from Vox as well.

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    • Michelle January 24, 2010 / 10:03 am

      There’s a few of them out there. I’m using the “WordPress Thread Comment” one because my theme wasn’t allowing for nested comments and this did both of those things in one plugin.

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  2. Nymeth January 24, 2010 / 10:17 am

    I also have a perpetual goal of commenting more…I think most of us do. I used to be a better commenter back when I only worked part time and from home, but now that I work full-time somewhere with no internet access, I’m permanently behind. I do what commenting I can during the week and then try to catch up on weekends, not always with success. Still, a little bit of commenting is better than no commenting, right? I also try hard to reply to comments at my own blog because I hate the thought of anyone who stops by feeling neglected or ignored.

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    • Michelle January 24, 2010 / 12:45 pm

      It’s hard if you don’t have access to the internet at work. I use google reader as a 5 minute break when I’m working. But I usually still get behind and have to catch up on the weekends.

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  3. Carmen January 24, 2010 / 12:25 pm

    I usually comment when I feel like it. I read all the posts from my googlereader in iGoogle. So it takes me a few clicks to comment. And sometimes those few clicks seem like a lot of work (they are not) so I don’t comment a lot. I should though. I like getting comments, and I’m pretty sure other people like getting comments as well!

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    • Michelle January 24, 2010 / 12:44 pm

      I understand about the extra clicks. πŸ™‚

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  4. Vishy January 24, 2010 / 1:18 pm

    Interesting to know about the plug-in.

    I have a set of blogs which I keep following regularly and I try to comment whenever a new post comes up. I get an email whenever I get a comment on my blog and I try to reply to all comments. Sometimes when I discover a new blog which has an interesting post, I leave a comment there too. I don’t use Google reader – I check blogs that I follow, one by one. I thought of using Google Reader, but decided against it, because I felt that it will be like looking at emails, and I will miss the beautiful look and feel and creativity and the pleasant surprises when I actually see the homepage of a blog. But when one is following a lot of blogs, I think using the Google Reader is a good idea.

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    • Michelle January 25, 2010 / 9:06 am

      You are the best commenter ever, Vishy. And I notice it on everyone’s blog. You comment on practically everything. πŸ™‚

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      • Vishy January 25, 2010 / 9:44 am

        Thanks for saying that. It feels like I have won an award πŸ™‚

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  5. Cori January 24, 2010 / 4:55 pm

    Commenting on a post about commenting…weird.

    I wish I commented more. I read my posts through Google Reader, and sometimes I don’t have the time to click through and comment. A lot of times I’ll star entries and come back to them later and comment. But I love getting comments so I try and comment as much as I can, not because it’s a tit-for-tat sort of situation, but because I think commenting enhances the book blogging community that we all enjoy. πŸ™‚

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    • Michelle January 24, 2010 / 10:36 pm

      You just summed up my thoughts exactly. πŸ™‚

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  6. Bina January 26, 2010 / 10:01 am

    Vishy really is the best commenter! πŸ™‚ The email pugin thing sounds very practical. I use google reader as well and always check it when I check my emails. I donΒ΄t follow that many blogs and I have enough time to comment regularly on the ones I do read. And I love getting comments so I want to make others happy as well πŸ˜€

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