September 15, 2009

Blog Commenting: A Poll

Okay, so I'm on a never ending quest to figure out the best way to handle all things blogging. One thing that I'm still hashing out is commenting & replying. Let's discuss, shall we?

If someone comments on my blog, I try to make a point to reply to them, especially if they have a question. However, I cannot tell you how many times I've received questions in a comment, but that user doesn't have an email address attached to their profile, therefore I'm unable to reply to their comment. So how about a little Tuesday morning poll?


From here, there are 2 things I want to discuss:


Do you (think you) have an email address attached to your profile? I've talked to a few people who were shocked to find out they didn't. Let's take a little field trip to check & see.

  1. Login to your dashboard via blogger.com.

  2. Once you login, on the left side of the screen (next to your picture) you will see "edit profile" - click it!

  3. Under privacy, do you have the box that says "share my email address" checked? If not, than it doesn't matter if you have a blog or blogger account, people cannot directly reply to you via email. I say go for it! I don't get any spam because of this. If that is a concern of yours, just set up an email account specifically for blogging (if you haven't yet). I promise it will be worth it and you will probably hear back from more people, if you're a commenter, that is.

Moving right along...I've recently noticed some people (author of the original post) replying in the comments. I personally don't check the box that says "send follow-up comments to me", but do most people? I'm afraid I might have missed quite a few replys to things I posted because of not checking to receive follow-up comments.






Thanks for bestowing all your blog knowldege (blogedge?) upon me.

20 comments:

  1. I do not have an e-mail address because my e-mail address has my last name in it, and since this internet is a little crazy sometimes, I'd prefer not to have my full name out there for all to see. I try to respond back on that person's blog, and rarely ever try to e-mail anyone. Just my personal preference and something my hubby would prefer as well. I think he is more concerned with it than I am, actually!

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  2. I meant to say I don't have an e-mail address linked to my blog! I do have an e-mail address! I am not some backwoods person with no electricity ha!

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  3. Since I am very new to this whole blogging thing-you just taught me something new. I had no idea that my email wasn't showing

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  4. As far as responding it depends on what is being posted...sometimes I will respond to email (if the person has one) and other times I will respond in the comments....so I don't know if that helps/answers your question or not....haha.

    As far as an email for my blog, I did set up an account just for my blogging and it has worked out great! So like you I would recommend it for anyone thinking about using one, I haven't had any problems with it.

    Hope these answers help you!!!!

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  5. I had no idea my email was not showing - I thought it was all this time. Thanks.

    For the comments questions... I am a little lost on the best way to handle them. I rarely never comment on one of my own posts. If a comment asks a question - I try to answer it in a later blog post. So far the questions have been ones that answering them in the blog works out. If it was more personal - I would probably e-mail the commenter (is that a word?)

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  6. Thank you for stopping by my blog!

    I voted in your little survey! I usually just follow up by replying to their comment from my email, since my comments go directly to my email.

    I look forward to following your adoption process. My husband is adopted so we have a big heart for adoption at our house! :)

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  7. Thank you for posting this, it needed to be said. Commenting is so irritating sometimes, I never get a reply and who has time to go back to 500 blogs to see if someone replied to their comment? I wish blogger would invent a way to make this easier. But I have my email address enabled now, so I'm hoping other people do too.

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  8. I guess if the comment is personal, I'll use email. Other than that, normal commenting for me, lol.

    Another thing about commenting - it irks me {IRKS ME!} when people don't have their comment section pop out. AGH! LOL

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  9. Very good blog today. Although when I respond to a comment/question someone has asked me on my blog I go to their blog and leave a comment on their most recent blog. I only do it that way as that is how someone replied to me once so I "thought" that is how it was done.

    But with your post I will do things differently now. going to ponder.

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  10. This blogging etiquette stuff is stressful, isn't it? Good idea to find out what other people do!
    Carrie

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  11. If you ask me a question in the comments, I expect you to have your e-mail enabled if you want an answer. If you do have e-mail enabled, I respond as soon as I can. I am not going to spend a ton of time looking for your e-mail to respond. Maybe that's not nice, but it's my policy.

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  12. I wish everone had an email attached. It would make things easier.

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  13. I have one comment about email addresses--I use my school email address only and my school does not allow too much junk mail, so I make sure that I "know" the blogger before I give them my email.

    About the comments--I usually try to respond to a comment by visiting their blog and making a comment. I feel like if they have visited my blog, I should check them out too :)

    I can't wait to see how your poll turns out. Thanks for thinking of this.

    Lisa :)

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  14. I very rarely answer questions as a comment...but I have done it recently. It seems that typically posters who ask me a specific question are people who I have contact with outside of blogger, so I will answer via email, etc.

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  15. I cannot wait to see all your responses. I have always wondered the best way to handle this too.

    You are way more popular than me, though ; )...I think everyone who has ever commented on my blog I know somehow.

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  16. Hi. I know everyone doesnt have an email attached which would be great. That being said, I respond to emails that people send me but I never expect any blogger to respond to my comment. If I have a question, I will email them directly.

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  17. I agree that it's really frustrating when people don't have an email attached. That being said, I don't always respond to comments directly.

    I never respond within my own comment section either. Ever. Why? Because I personally don't have time to go back later and check for a reply so I don't expect that people would check back for mine.

    Most of the time, I figure comments are rhetorical based and don't really need a reply anyhow. If it's something that really needs an answer, I'll be sure to reply.

    I decided that I had to pick and choose between replying to a comment or going to the commenter's blog and commenting on their posts. I choose to go comment on their blogs instead. I like the back and forth reading and commenting because I really feel like I'm getting to know people and real friendships are formed, at least for me.

    I used to be able to reply to comments and go to the blogs and comment there as well, but I simply don't have the time anymore to always do both.

    I'm a HUGE commenter. I spend hours every day commenting!

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  18. so glad you did this, cause I am clueless when it comes to this!

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  19. Thanks for asking this question because I have no idea either!

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  20. I only follow the comments if I'm interested in the conversation going on there. As for replying to comments, it's a mixed bag. If I think it will add to the comments conversation, I do it there. I respond via email if there's a question or I just want to reply. I try to always respond by visiting the blogger back. I don't make a habit of replying to everyone in the comments, because I know that most people comment and don't come back to look for replies.

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I love hearing from my readers and I appreciate every single comment left here! If you have a question, I will do my very best to answer it as soon as I can. If your email address is not linked to your blogger account (and if you're not sure, then it probably isn't) please leave it in your comment so that I can respond to you much quicker. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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