This article by Mike King was timely for me. He is an advocate of self learning, and designed his site for that purpose.
Recently, I was extremely uncomfortable when I received a reply to my first ever comment that basically asked that I not read their blog. I know I should not have taken it personal, but I did.
In this article, I learned nearly as much by reading the comments, and replies as the article itself. In one of his replies he says, “It is always good to keep the readers in mind and help provide the best experience.”
I especially like the idea that one can reply to a group of comments in one reply. This tip, is extremely helpful to the new blogger, such as myself, to prepare for that one day a peculiar post receives numerous comments.
He also addresses the fact that not all comments will be positive. If a writer never receives a negative, how can they grow. It is helpful to see another point of view.
I felt this article helps me to decide beforehand how I will address some issues before they occur. I would like to share the link so that others might benefit as I have. Enjoy! ~JaxieCat
Reading blogs is great for the content, but the best part of blogging is the connections, the discussions and the people you can meet through commenting. It’s because of this that I like to read through comments after a great article and you often get a lot more insight, opinions and additions to the original article. However, some bloggers feel a weird need to reply to every single comment and its incredibly distracting and simply unnecessary. Some comments are as simple as “Thanks, I liked the article” and then the blog owner goes on with some comment that adds no value and simply repeats what was already said. If you have something valuable to add, then by all means add it and welcome your visitors but to set a guideline to always reply publicly is just poor etiquette for the discussion area. There is no reason why a blogger can’t reply to many of these visitors to welcome them in a private email to keep their comments and discussion focused and on topic so they are more enjoyable to read.
By Mike King, Owner of Learn This