I have a question for everyone who reads this blog.
Some of you, my readers and/or followers, comment on various posts. You know who you are!
And I, like almost every other blog author, love to receive your comments. Your comments come in on the post and are visible when you click the round red dot at the top or bottom of the post.
My question to you is about my response to your comments.
Which of these two do you prefer:
1) To have me respond directly to you via email?
2) To see my reply just under your comment, on the blog post?
I’ve been thinking about this , and looking at many other blogs for what seems to be the preferred and popular way to respond to comments. While I do not respond to each and every comment, I do go through cycles of ways of responding, with the personal email response coming out ahead.
First, let me say, that commenting in general has decreased all over blog land. All blogs receive fewer comments than a few years ago. I think we all read SO MANY blogs, and the attention given to any one post is SO minimal and fast, that the time required to comment simply is not there.
Also, as a side note to this, I think the iPad has something to do with this decrease. I know I try to write comments as I read blogs on my iPad (which is the device of choice more often than not) and it is more difficult and frustrating to type on the Ipad keyboard than on a regular one: it’s a game of hunt and peck, mistakes proliferate, wrong keys are hit, and the level of frustration rises to the point of “Oh, forget this, I don’t have time to do this and let me move on….”.
As MacWorld’s Rene Ritchie says:
” Typing on an iPad is a decidedly deliberate affair. Absent a hardware keyboard, there’s no feeling to the keys, no mechanical switch to the process, no muscle memory to produce words and phrase at the speed of thought. You almost have to look at what you’re typing, and look again to make sure what was rendered matched your intent. ”
One solution (if you’re looking for one) is to buy a keyboard such as the Logitech . Come to think of it, I will do a post for all of you in the near future, showing you my latest finds for the best keyboards. Mine has worn out, from over use I am sure, so I’m looking for a new one.
Getting back to my question above…. PLEASE, let me know what YOU prefer
1) an email reply
2) my reply to you in the blog comment section, just under your comment
As a P.S. here I feel compelled to add my own pet peeve: bloggers who never, EVER, respond to comments. There are a few blogs I have been following for several years, have left numerous comments, and may have also emailed them privately but have never heard back. (I am amazed I still follow or read these blogs!) Where are your manners? Ok: just had to get that out there!