Now I know you religiously answer every comment on your own blog. It’s one of the ways you thank people for taking the time to read your work, right? ;-) Commenters on your blog deserve to be thanked and responded to, because they’re loyal and interested...This is the first impression you make! Be present, be attentive, be responsive. Tell them you appreciate them by appreciating them! Loudly and publicly. You’re not just being polite when you engage with commenters in this way. You’re also able to gain valuable insights into what about your work interests, bothers or inspires them.
~ Author/Blogger Danny Iny
One of my weaknesses has always been replying to comments left on my blog posts. I know I'm not the only one. Some bloggers are fantastic at it, and I've had some good only conversations about writing topics via the comment section, or read those left by others. But there have also been numerous times I've left comments or questions on a post that have never been replied to (and I don't say that in a judgemental way, because I'm the WORST at it!). So are comment threads useful? Is it important to respond to those who leave them? Do they ever check back for a reply?
It's easy as a blogger to check for comments on the blogger dashboard. There's a button totally dedicated to them. But it can become difficult to check back to the dozens of blogs you might visit in a week to see if anyone replied to anything you said. So while the Danny Iny quote above certainly made me stop and think, I wonder what the consensus out there is on its validity?
What do you think? (And yes, this means you have to comment :) It also means I had better reply!!
On another note, the Canadian Government recently stopped manufacturing the penny, and is in the process of removing it from circulation. I wonder what will become of the cliche phrase, penny for your thoughts? Perhaps inflation has already altered it to be more along the line of 'quarter for your thoughts?' Just sayin!