One of the best ways to engage with your blogging community is to respond to reader comments. But what’s the best way? Should you respond to every comment, every time? And how should you respond: within the comments or directly to the commenter? It can get confusing quickly. Luckily, there are options. Do I need [...]
When commenting, why do some people use a profile name and others use their real name? Does it matter which one I choose to use?
As you visit blogs and read comments, you will notice that some people appear to have an alias (e.g., chilihead) and some people appear to be using their real names (e.g., Melanie). Whichever route you choose (alias or real name or blog name), that is the name that will become associated with you. When readers [...]
I have started a website about “Work from Home” and have been advised to post comments on blogs. Am I on the right track by posting on any blog or should I just be posting comments specifically on “Work from Home” blog sites?
This is part one of a two-part question I received this week. Part two will be answered tomorrow. Leaving comments on WFH blogs (or any blogs for that matter) consistently will allow other readers to start to get to know you. They’ll recognize you from the comments section on blogs you both frequent. If your [...]
This is the third installment of my blog discussion with Shannon. Today we’re talking about whether lurking on a blog is rude. We’re also spouting opinions on comments. You can listen to the podcast with the links below or on iTunes (you can search the iTunes podcasts for Blogging Basics 101 and you’ll find us, [...]
This is one of those questions that comes up a lot. The short answer is do what works best for you. The long answer (you knew it would be so easy, right?) is that every blogger handles this differently. Some bloggers answer comments by writing their comments under the first comment. Some bloggers respond via [...]
Blogger recently established a box at the bottom of comment sections that you can check to get follow up comments sent to you. I don’t want to read “everyone’s” comments in the string, only if the author responds. Is this the way it works?
No. If you check the box to be updated (via e-mail) with new comments or responses, you will receive all comments/responses (including those posted by the author). Depending on the discussion topic, the site’s traffic, etc. this may or may not inundate you with e-mail.