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?