I’ve noticed that everyone has their own method of responding to comments in Blogville. Some, I believe, are purists…they want their comment count to reflect only the words of others. These bloggers often choose to respond to comments by emailing said commenter with a response…which I’m sure works well if you happen to have that person’s email. Maybe it has to do with how you’ve initially set things up. (Many of my comments come through with no return email whatsoever.) I believe this particular method can be fine…but you never truly know if said blogger is ever reciprocating by reading anything you’ve written…unless they’re taking the time to comment at your place.
I’m sure that by now, you see where I’m going with this.
Here’s my method:
(Disclaimer: I’m not saying this is effective…or even works particularly well, or may ever work again. It’s just what I do…and right or wrong, what gives you the right to judge me?? I mean, I’m not crazy about that shirt you’re wearing but you don’t see me getting in your face about it. Live and let live….that’s what I say. Okay, I’m done.)
A) I post. (Whee!)
B) I forgo consumption of meals and beverages and interaction with anyone not within a five-foot-radius of my computer as I anxiously wait for someone to notice I’ve posted.
C) My peeps comment. (Whee again!)
D) I read said comments. I laugh, I cry, sometimes I roll my eyes (that would be Mark) and sometimes I sigh with satisfaction and wonder how I got to be so lucky to have such an awesome bunch of readers commenting on this here blog. (Blink, sniff, blink.)
E) Here’s where it gets technical: I cut my monitor in half and put two identical versions of the same post on my screen.
Then I scroll down and respond to three comments at a time (Why 3? I dunno. Why does the phone always ring when I go out to get the mail? You’re distracting me and I’m gonna lose my mojo. Please hold all questions till the end of the presentation) with something incredibly witty and remarkably appropriate and then I publish them.
F) Then I click on each commenter’s name, which should take me to their profile page, which should take me to their place, where I will read about their latest shenanigans, laugh, cry or roll my eyes (Mark) and then try to leave a thoughtfully-written comment that reflects not only my sparking personality but also allows the blog-owner to know beyond a doubt that I’ve actually read their post in its entirety. (Pet peeve #3237)
Lots of times, I fall behind. I can’t imagine why. I feel guilty posting something new if I haven’t yet followed my methodically-imperfect-rounds…like I’m breaking a law that I myself fought to have created in the first place. Occasionally, I’ll get so backed up that I’ll have to bail on D, E and F altogether, as too much time has passed due to situations beyond my control. This makes me feel sad. (Insert colon open parenthesis)
There’s one other thing I feel I simply must share: I rarely, rarely, rarely get back to others’ comments (at their place…follow?) to see if they’ve responded back to my comment. I just can’t seem to manage it. This also makes me colon open parenthesis.
It also makes me wonder if people think I’m certifiable. Wait. Don’t answer that. My point is that I can’t imagine changing my methods…even if it means I’m late, absent or occasionally screw things up entirely. Every part of it….from A to
So. What’s your method for blogging? Have you revised anything since you began, or kept with the same method? Do tell.