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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?

I Love Comments ButtonMy 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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