I see a lot of blogger chats and read a lot "How to be a fantastic Blogger" posts that talk, in great detail about responding to comments. (I say, read them, I mean, skim through that shit, I'm already a fantastic blogger, yo) Responding to comments is apparently, essential. It is the sign of a fantastic blogger babe who has his/her shit together.
Now, I DO respond to some comments, but not all. And here is why.
Firstly, if I am posting my opinion, be it a post about feminism, education or even why I think Tom Hardy and his dog is the greatest gift ever given to the world, I explain my viewpoint and people who have read my post then comment at the bottom and give their opinion. When someone reads my opinion, and then takes the time to leave me a comment. Why should I shit all over that? I have my opinion, they have theirs, and neither one of us is more right than the other one. I see comments as a welcome extension of my post and I have many readers who comment, who are MUCH cleverer than I, who leave well-thought out comments that articulate my thoughts better than I ever could. (Plus they use less swear words) and I am always extremely grateful for their comments. If someone takes the time to read my post and comment, even to disagree with me, I do think that it is a way of balancing my post, without me then firing back into them saying that I disagree with them disagreeing with me.
(Am I even making any sense here?)
Another reason why I do not always respond to comments is, that I do not have my shit together. Not even close, I am a busy mum of three who took the summer off of blogging to concentrate on my family and friends. I didn't give a stuff about my DA, PR or how low my bounce rate was. Sometimes, I just forget to respond. What can I say, I am a bad, bad person who occasionally gets it wrong.
Are comments read and appreciated? Hell YES. I love comments, they feed my soul. (if not my children) If you have ever commented on a post or do so in the future and you would think it needs a response and I haven't got back to you, prod me, HARD. Don't think I am intentionally ignoring your comment. Sometimes I just think as the original poster, I shouldn't then come back to your comment and piss all over it or tell you that I think you are wrong, or missed my point or I disagree.
Your comment brings an extra depth to my post, is a different point of view, something MORE than my post was originally.
So that is why I do not always respond to comments.
Am I wrong? Who knows, according to a lot of "How to be a fantastic blogger" posts, I am very wrong. But when have I ever played by the blogger rules anyway?
PS, I am BACK from having the summer off. My
Is it too much to ask you to comment and let me know your thoughts?
Let me know.
Big Fashionista x x x