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Poll Results: Reply to Blog Comments or Not

Posted by on 8 January 2009

I’ve struggled with replying to comments on my blog for some time.  I absolutely love comments and I wish more people left them.  At first, I answered every single one of them.  Lately, I feel overwhelmed trying to keep up with the blog. 

I want to write a new post, but I have to check my comments first.  I want to check out friends blogs, but I have to check my comments first.  This has really been a struggle for me.  I don’t want to hurt any ones feelings, which is what I feel like I’m doing if I don’t reply to their comment.  By the time I get done replying to comments, I’m tired and I don’t have time to do the other blog things that I want to do.  I haven’t even been to my blog sharing things like Mom Bloggers in months!!

Therefore, I created a little poll to see how all my readers felt about it.  The decision is pretty split.  There’s 1 definite “reply to all”.  Then there’s a tie at 2 each for “undecided” and “only reply to those that need one”.  This actually clears things up alot for me.  I’m sure my best blogging buddies are the ones who answered and they’re also the ones that leave me comments all the time.

My decision is to just reply to the comments that need to be answered.  That would be if they ask a question, make a request, make it known that they’re a first time visitor and so on.  This will give me more time to do some of the other things in the blog world that I enjoy.  If I’m not answering every comment….and I do LOVE my comments….it will free up some of my limited blog time to do what I used to do.  That means hitting all my friends blogs, every day.  Going to my blog sharing groups.  All that and more fun and good stuff that relaxes me!!

I’m going to leave the poll posted fora  couple more days.  It has been a week, so that’s why I’m using the results that I’ve gotten so far.  I just don’t have any ideas for a new poll!!  😉  HAHA  So please keep commenting.  I’ll be reading them all, I just won’t be replying unless I know you’re looking for one!!

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10 Responses to Poll Results: Reply to Blog Comments or Not

  1. Kathy Young

    Did anyone tell you – you worry too much? 😉 I love reading your blog – if you don’t respond or stop by because life keeps you busy – I’ll keep reading blog
    So There!

    😉

    Have a great day!

  2. Debbie

    I’m an Undecided. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. It really just depends on my mood at the time.

    I’m like Kathy. I’ll read you anyway.

  3. Elaine

    Thank you ladies!! It means alot to me that you both keep in contact and read me regularly. I do so love comments and I don’t want those that do comment to quit because I just can’t reply to them all.

    I’d never leave either one of you either. They’re often bright spots for me and you’re both someone that I can share so much with.

    HUGS!!

  4. Laura

    I have Google Reader for my blog roll (go to Google and type in Google Reader then you can put it in Favorites for quick reference). I shows the blogs I’m following and a picture of what is posted on their blog and some of the highlights. If you want to read more, you just click on the link. It’s a great way to check out your friends blogs and to see what’s going on. It really cuts down on the time.

    Commenting on all every comment you receive is just too much. I just comment on the ones that ask questions or need a reply.

  5. Danette

    I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one that worries about that… blogging can be quite time-consuming, huh? I am kind of hit or miss on replying back to comments right now, I feel bad not replying to everyone but there’s just not enough hours in the day. I feel a little better knowing I’m not the only one, thanks :).

  6. Edward

    I like to relax when doing things, i’d say only to reply to the more important comments.

  7. Annette Piper

    I only respond to those that ask a question otherwise, as you have found, you’re always checking and answering!

    Most people leave a comment to let you know they’ve been around and/or that they want to say something on the topic – not necessarily for a response. Well, that’s what I think anyway!! 🙂

  8. Debbie

    Oh darn! I was going to razz you about not commenting on my comment and what are you doing anyway…making games? And what do I see? A comment to my comment. Elaine, Elaine! I know it will be a hard habit to break but you must try. LOL

  9. angie

    THis is such a hard one. I find myself in the same situation and wish there was more time in the day…….but there’s not, so you have to do what works for you! 🙂

  10. Cricket

    You are not kidding. Blogging is so much fun but this year…as you can tell…I have not been around as much. I am trying to get healthy again. I cannot keep up with everyday post, comments, etc. Blogging can take over a life.

    I was happy to get the mini blog going again. The one for Mitchell and Dylan. It is located in my side bar. I have a feeling that I will be spending most of my time there.

    We only have so many hours in a day. Right?

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