07 May 2012

Book Blogger Confessions #9 - Comments!


Book Blogger Confessions is a meme hosted by Tiger's All Consuming Books and For What It's Worth - every second Monday book bloggers spill the beans on some juicy book blogging questions!


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?

Who doesn't love comments?! It's a great validation that someone, somewhere actually cares about what we are saying! I still get reaaaaally excited when I get a comment (I read them ALL), and still feel a bit sad when a review scrolls past without single comment and I start thinking 'wow, what was wrong with that one?!'.

Almost always I end a review, or meme, or feature with a question to encourage comments - sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

I mostly comment on meme's of bloggers that I follow (I don't have the time to follow through all the links in meme's anymore) and that I'm also participating in - sure, I leave a link to my own post, but I do read their posts too and leave a meaningful comment. If a blog I follow reviews a book I've read, I read the review and almost always leave a comment - even if I don't agree with the review (hey, we're all here to talk about books, whether we agree or not!).

Personally I respond to somewhere around 70% of all comments left on meme or review posts, and if it's a discussion on someone else's blog that I'm really interested in, I subscribe to follow-up comments by email. If it's a meme and someone leaves me a link I always visit and comment back - even if we've had nothing in common!

Any negative comments or spam I just ignore. And to be honest, I don't get that many so it's not worth bothering about.

I stopped using captcha just a month ago and I've noticed no increase in spam, but I have noticed an increase in comments - I know that a lot of other bloggers HATE captcha so I highly recommend turning it off although personally it doesn't really bother me.

What are your commenting 'habits'?  Is there something specific that you almost always comment on?

20 comments:

  1. I tend to respond to most comments, and visit those who do leave a comment. With memes I usually comment on the same handful each week, which are the people I follow and read regularly, but I'll pick some new ones of the link-up lists too, to see what other people are saying!

    With reviews I tend to comment on those books I've already read, or on books that I want to read. I find I get more comments on my YA book reviews that any others, but I imagine that's because I mostly read YA book blogs!

    Great post! :)

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  2. I always respond to comments. To my mind the negative ones are often more interesting than the positive ones. Given that I am a little out there at times, I wouldn't expect everyone to agree with me.

    For my audience size, I get a fair amount of comments. People also seem to like the book reviews. They are not always the most highly trafficked posts, nor the most heavily commented on. I suspect it is because it is hard to say much other than "that sounds interesting". There is usually not much of a hook in a book review in which to draw the reader in at a personal level.

    The various setups on commenting (captcha, follow this buttons, etcetera) can have a huge impact on comments. There are interesting webisites I cannot get past the filter to comment on. If I cannot comment, I usually won't follow a blog. People who host their own url seem to be the worst.

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  3. Awesome post! I have been blogging for several months now and just now am starting to bring in some comments here and there. It just takes time and hard work and consistency. I got out and began commenting on other blogs more and usually if you take the time to make meaning comments that person will come see what you have and try to leave you some love as well. Like you said we don't have to agree on reviews or anything. That's not what blogging is all about to me. It's sharing your thoughts and feelings.

    I also took that captcha off my posts because I hate it and most everybody else does to. It's annoying to make a post then have to scrunch your eyes trying to figure out those jumbled letters.

    Have a nice Monday!

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  4. I know that I don't comment on reviews if I have nothing meaningful to say. Somehow "Oh yeah great review" just feels cheesy. I'm a new blogger so I always comment back. I like to follow linkies. I can find blogs that I really enjoy that way too.

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  5. I respond to all comments of substance. I do not respond to ones that just say 'Great review' usually. I also don't generally respond to meme comments on my blog, although I do go visit the commenter's blog when they leave a link; sometimes I'll even go through their Google profile to find their blog and comment if I'm feeling motivated.

    As for commenting on other people, I try to come up with something to say that's unique and fun. I usually don't subscribe to comments though, because none of the blogger interfaces do it well. Blogger emails you about your own comments not just other people's. Wordpress sends you an email making you confirm your follow, which is ridiculously obnoxious, since it's just a completely unnecessary step. Sigh!

    I turned off captcha recently soon. Haven't noticed a huge upswing in comments, but it can't hurt. I have gotten some more spam, but it's not a big deal. It just goes in the spam folder, and I delete it. Easy peasy.

    Brief grammar note that I cannot resist leaving: when you say 'meme's,' what you mean is memes. The plural doesn't have an apostrophe. The apostrophe should be put in only if you're referring to a meme possessing something or saying that the meme is something. *ahem* I know I bother people with my grammar craziness, but I would want to know!

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  6. When I check my followed blogs I can have a hundred or so posts to catch up on (what can I say, I'm a busy mum & I try to read actual books too!) - so I can only realistically comment on a few. I do appreciate all the reviews though as I build up a picture of who likes what, similar to my tastes.

    I prefer to comment where comment has been invited such as you mentioned with the question. I don't like memes and feel they are just for the blogging community to share(sometimes brag!) amongst themselves! (I am not a blogger or a writer, just a reader (and a librarian) who likes to see what to read next.)

    That said, I also use Google Reader to read posts one after the other and it takes a little extra clicking to visit a blog to do a comment (first world problems huh) - so I have to be feeling particularly bold to venture into commenting territory amongst all the other bloggers :-)

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  7. Great post! I try to respond to comments as well as visit the commenter's blog to return the favor. Like you, I'll subscribe to comments if it's a really interesting discussion that I want to follow. As for memes, I try to comment on the blogs I follow, plus a handful who leave links in those comments (found a few cool blogs that way!).

    Agree that captcha is horrible! It sometimes takes me 2-3 tries to get the words right. pffft!

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  8. I used to be upset when I didn't get a lot of comments but then I realized that with the proliferation of blogs none of us has time to comment like we used to. It makes me appreciate the ones I get even more.

    Every once in a while though I'll be talking to someone on twitter months after I post a review and they'll say something about it and then I realize - yes, people are reading it and liked it. Sometimes it feels like we're talking to ourselves. lol

    I think with memes it's ok to say something like Great books this week with a link. That's their purpose. It's when I get something like - great review or I love your blog with a link that annoys me. I just ignore those these days.

    The person may mean well but for me it's more about forming friendships than getting hits & followers.

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    1. I don't mind links in posts if they are relevant - if the blogger has reviewed the same book as me, I love seeing what they thought!

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  9. I've heard a lot of people won't leave comments if you use captcha, so i can understand your comments increasing!

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  10. I'm like you with comments. If a post I write doesn't get it I start wondering what I did wrong. Turns out nothing, really -- it just didn't strike a chord with anyone. And that's okay. :)

    I try to click the "subscribe to replies to this post" button when I comment somewhere, but it doesn't always happen -- and it isn't always an option. It's hard to remember which blogs you post on last week, and having an email reminder helps me continue the conversation.

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    1. I'd forget if I didn't subscribe to comments!

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  11. I used to reply to each comment on my blog, but that takes a lot of time, especially if all I really have to say is "Thanks for stopping by!" But I still reply a lot, and I definitely go to that person's blog and leave a comment.

    I try to comment a lot, but sometimes I get way behind and I really feel bad! But then I always get back into the swing of things and comment away!

    I really like this meme - I might have to participate! Although, I do already participate in several memes, even though I only do a couple a week. This meme has really cool questions, though!

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    1. This is my favourite meme - the questions are always fun to answer and reading everyone's responses (comments or visiting the other blogs), always gives me something else to think about!

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  12. Hey, here a new follower ;-). I am from Spain and I have a Spanish blog. I have a lot of friends bloggers and everyday there are like hundreds of new posts. If I have to add the English posts as well, I have to stay awake and in front of the computer to post a comment in every one and add a new post for my blog.

    I'm trying every day to read every one of you but sometimes It's impossible to put a comment :( (Shame!)

    I would like to comment to every one because I know that write a new post is an effort and I love so much to read about more people that loves to read :)

    I don't know here but with my blog the best posts to collect lots of comments are giveaways, wishlists and IMM. Maybe because they don't have to read so much and it is easy for them leave a comment only with see covers :S and a great prize :P

    By the way! It was a great idea to remove the captcha comments. Most of people prefer to comment without that.

    I like this meme and the answers ;-)

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    1. Thanks for following me! I love Spain by the way :) This is another part of blogging that I love - meeting people from all over the world!

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  13. First of all, God bless you for getting rid of CAPTCHA! Because I do like to comment on blogs, but I get upset over word verification, especially when I don't see it coming. I don't know about wordpress, but Blogger does a good job at filtering spam. It's just nice when I'm taking time out of my morning before I go to work to be able to respond to a blog post without jumping through hoops. ;)

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    1. Yay for morning bloggers! I also do most of my visiting/commenting before I go to work - it's a fun way to start the day!

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  14. I started ending my reviews with a question and am seeing an increase in comments left, but still occasionally have a review with no comments. Now that blogger has threaded comments, I try to respond to all comments and I even try to go back to the blogs I leave comments on to see if there was a response to my comment.

    I find that with memes, if I have the time to visit all those that participated, I generally get more comments. It's time consuming, but if you put in the time, the reward tends to be more comments. I'm hoping that this will lead to those bloggers coming back to read and comment on my reviews, too.

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    1. So true! I invest a lot of time visiting blogs that I follow regularly, but from every meme I pick a 'random' person that I haven't visited before and leave a comment - it's such a great way to find new blogs!

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