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call & response

self portraits, originally uploaded by tinydoll.
Something I've been thinking about a bit lately is the business of replying to comments. When I comment on a blog, I rarely go back to check for a response, but sometimes the blog author will send me an email response, which is nice. My comments on other blogs are not as frequent as I would like them to be (but who has that kind of time?). When I do leave them, they are usually meant as a bit of praise, or agreement, or encouragement. I never expect a response. Sometimes they don't actually merit one.

Still, I feel badly about the fact that I rarely respond to comments here, because I appreciate them. I've spent some time thinking about an efficient way to do this. I've decided that from now on, I will do what Tommy does and I will reply to comments below the next post, starting with my next post.

How does that sound?

16 comments:

  1. Wow, Tommy is a serious about replying to comments, I admire that - and admire you too for taking the time to converse with your readers. Looking forward to reading them :)

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  2. i always wonder what the 'right' way to do this is also as i would hate anyone thinking i was being rude to them.i think yours is a lovely idea. x

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  3. I've always liked Tommy's approach to comments it's good to see a dialogue build between blogger and audience. I think it would work well in this space too :)

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  4. For a while, I responded to most every comment in the comment section of my blog, but I've gotten bad about it. Sometimes I just don't know what to say, and other times I just don't have enough time. I think you have a good idea!

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  5. I have such a hard time keeping up. Whether it's one comment or a twenty, I really admire the women who can blog, have a life and respond back to all. Commenting is a life source, so i applaud you for trying! :)

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  6. I've wanted to use that style of comment-reply for ages (ever since I saw Tommy do it), but am not sure how she codes it/installs it on her site. Do you know?

    Thanks for any response you can offer!

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  7. This is such a cute picture. One's got to love old cameras and typewriters :)

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  8. thank you. you've made me want to connect more with my readers. I feel the same way about you about the comments I leave and those that I get.
    x fanny

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  9. i personally think it's better to actually go to the person's blog who comments because i do not think many people have time to continually check back to see if the author has posted a response, and for most blogger formats, if you turn on the email notification, you get emails when anyone else comments, which tends to clutter the inbox!

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  10. That´s a beautiful picture!

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  11. hm... Tommy's reply idea is nice. It's true I never check back when I comment on others blogs... but somehow on mine I feel like I need to continue the conversation. Maybe because there aren't many commenters... and most that do comment are friends of mine. Don't feel bad if you feel like you can't respond... it takes a lot of time and everyone knows that!

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  12. i feel so awful about not commenting on commenters too, not that i have that many commenters...
    also i tend to feel shy about commenting, especially on blogs with a lot of comments already...

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  13. I also have wondered how to go about this, so that readers know that i love comments and want more of them! i think your idea is perfect! i enjoy reading your blog!

    www.pdxritchie.com

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  14. What a lovely idea! I enjoy reading the replies to the comments/questions of other readers. That's quite the commitment you're making!

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  15. i like your idea. i often wonder myself how people find the time!? i try to get back to everyone as best i can, but some inevitably fall through the cracks...good to know i'm not alone in my commenting deficiencies!

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  16. I like your idea! I know it is hard to find the time to reply to all the comments, but it really does seem to encourage repeat readers and build a community of like minded people that I think a lot of us bloggers want. I rarely go back and check when I comment (unless I ask a question or it is something I'm really curious what other people say), and not all my comments need replies, but I usually remember when the blogger is active in commenting :)

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