Monday, May 7, 2012
Book Blogger Confessions #9
Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that posts the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, where book bloggers "confess" and vent about topics that are unique to us. Feel free to share, vent and offer solutions. Just keep it respectful - no bashing authors or other bloggers!
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Question for Monday May 7th: The holy grail of blogging success! What type of posts do you leave comments on? How do you try to encourage more comments on your own blog? Do you respond to people who leave comments on your posts? How do you handle negative/spam comments? Do you use captcha?
I LOVE comments. Who doesn't? We all spend a lot of time writing our posts & it's nice to have interaction and feedback. Sometimes I'll be having a bad day and one comment will turn that all around. So thank you to each and every one of you who take the time to leave comments.
What type of posts do you leave comments on? I used to spend a few hours a day commenting on people's posts but I just don't have the time to do that anymore so I try to do at least 10 comments per day in addition to my favorite bloggers who I try to visit whenever they post.
I comment on whatever interests me. A review that was very informative (either negative or positive), an opinion post where the blogger is specifically asking for feedback & I think I have something to add to the conversation.
I know memes bring a lot of hits but I burn out commenting on those after awhile. There are only so many ways to say "great books!" or "I want that too!" lol
How do you try to encourage more comments on your own blog? Do you respond to people who leave comments on your posts? I don't really do anything special to encourage comments which is kind of sad. I know I should but I also know everyone is super busy. I love to get them and I also try to respond to every comment directly here on the blog or visit/comment on their blog in return. I'm finding that I get a lot of responses to my posts via Twitter these days.
How do you handle negative/spam comments? Do you use captcha? I just delete spam comments. I receive maybe 10 for a whole year so I don't get too annoyed by it. Some are downright funny. I haven't received any negative comments. A few brusque ones from people who disagree with my reviews but I feel they're are entitled to their opinion just as I'm entitled to mine. No offense taken. If they were to be vulgar or aggressive then I would delete them. I’m not going to get into a shouting match on my blog.
I don't use captcha. The level of frustration it causes people (including myself) trying to leave the comments we love so much isn't worth the trade off just to avoid a few spam comments.
(To turn off Captcha on your blog - A Blogging 101 tutorial by Parajunkee)
** I would like to know how you guys feel about the "meaningful" comment. I hear that a lot when people say they want comments but only meaningful ones. Sometimes that stops me from commenting because I don't have time to type something meaningful or I really just want to stop in and let you know I read your post and great review is all I've got. I do try to say a little more though.
I do realize that meaningful doesn't necessarily mean a long comment but would you rather have no comment instead of the dreaded great review comment?
That being said - I hate commenters who say: "Great review! Enter my giveaway/read my review/please follow me." with links (other than memes which of course a link is helpful) That's trolling - and btw it doesn't really work. At least not for me.
Question for Monday May 21st: Memes. Love em or hate em? How many do you participate in? Which kinds do you like best? Do you feel like there are too many?