As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m trying to improve my blogging skills.
This includes responding to the nice people who actually leave comments to my posts. I’ve read a few articles online. In fact, Amanda @ Serenity Now has written a very nice series of posts surrounding the topic (I highly recommend popping over to have a look).
But I have a few extra questions and hope other more experienced bloggers out there could help me out.
When someone leave you a comment, do you:
a) reply as a comment in your own blog, or
b) reply as a comment on the commentor’s blog (assuming they have one).
Now, I understand the argument of leaving a reply in my own blog is that the commentor may not return to see the reply. There is a feature in Blogger which gives commentors the option of having future responses emailed to them, but I know I cannot rely on every commentor choosing this option.
I have been responding as comments to my own blog, but I’m trying out the other method just to see how it goes. As Amanda stated in her post, responding on another person’s blog gives your own blog exposure.
But I fear that if I respond on the commentor’s blog, future would-be commentors to my blog would not see the response. Would it not be better to have a record of the ongoing conversation in one place?
My second question is responding to responses of comments given (huh? yeah, I’ll explain). Say I’m surfing the blogosphere and I leave a comment, saying hi and how much I like a particular post. The blogger then comes to my blog and leaves a message thanking me for coming over and that she liked my post too. Do I go back to her blog and thank her for thanking me?
I know it’s a good habit to respond to every blog comment left, but when do you leave off a conversation? If a comment on your blog is actually a response to your own comment on your blog, is it okay to not reply?
How do you handle your comments?