This week’s question has lots of parts about something that always generates a lot of interest – comments. How do you get them? How do you manage them?
Commenting. It can be a fun way to connect to your readers. It can be the a source of frustration as a blogger. A comment can make your day. A comment can cause an argument. Today let’s talk commenting.
Do you have a commenting policy? For example:
*Do reply to all comments? If you do, how do you do it? Email? On the blog?
*Do you use moderation?
*How do you handle trolls? Flaming?
*How much do you tolerate from a belligerent commenter before you close or delete comments?
I do have a commenting policy. I do not get that many comments, so I respond to anyone who is lovely enough to take the time to leave one. I typically respond directly on my blog, again because I do not get that many, and it is no great hardship to do so. I will also try to visit a new visitor’s own blog to reciprocate the visit. I used to moderate all comments only because it was the easiest way for me to track new comments. Again because of the limited number of comments I receive each day, I have been lucky enough to avoid attention from a belligerent commenter. I imagine the day will occur when I get my first one, at which time I will decide how to handle the situation. In the meantime, I will savor the few comments I receive and to continue to write for my own pleasure.
Have you ever gotten a comment from someone you admire? An author? A superstar blogger (the ones with the book deals)?
How do you feel about author comments? Are they welcome or do they make you nervous?
I have been fortunate enough to have had two or three authors leave comments about my reviews of their books. Trust me – it made my day each and every time it occurred. They make me feel like I can actually write and that people do pay attention to it. See, I write on a public forum but I do not write for any particular audience. So when an author leaves a comment, praising my review or just thanking me for it, it makes the time spent reading the book and writing the review so worth it. In a way, I feel like I have been touched by fame.
Word verification? Yay or nay?
And then there’s spam. How do we combat the evil that is spam?
I used to use word verification. I only added it when I started to receive daily spam for erectile dysfunction ads…in French. I do not know how I got on THAT list, but I got very tired of getting excited about a comment only to realize it was spam. Now that I have moved to a different commenting system that has its own spam filter, I have turned off word verification and moderation because I know how much others hate them.
Talk about your experiences with any of the above. Share your wisdom with other bloggers. What works on your blog? What doesn’t?
My comment system is pretty basic because of the fact that I just do not get that many comments. I recently made the move to Intense Debate commenting systems. As I mentioned, it has its own spam filter, eliminating the need for word verification or moderation. I find it a fairly easy system to install and use and believe it makes commenting a bit easier for others. Granted, I have had no feedback on it, so I have no idea how others feel about it. The beauty about being a small-type blogger is the relatively easy time I have with comments. I do not receive many, allowing me to maintain that personal connection by responding to them all. Spam is not an issue, and I do not have mean commentors that leave disparaging or inflammatory comments on my blog. If anything, I have it very easy compared to others. Intense Debate works for my needs, but really, so did Blogger’s comment system. I am sure that if I get more followers, I may have to revisit how I handle comments, but what I have fills my current needs.
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