I was reading La Gringa’s Blogicito and this post struck a nerve. She asks ” why don’t bloggers answer comments?”. This has actually been festering in me for awhile. I understand that some blogs are big and get hundreds of comments. But even Dawn who writes the fabulously popular Because I said so with hundreds of comments, dedicates her Sunday Sound Out to comments and questions where she tries answer as many as she can. It’s obvious that her readers and comments are important to her.
Awhile ago, a member of one of the forums I frequent, posted her blog address and asked readers to check it out. I love reading blogs, especially ex-pat blogs, so I read hers. I found the first post and read her entire blog so far. I made comments because I so appreciate it when someone takes the time and makes the effort to comment on my blog. I take that as a gift from my readers, someone cares enough about what I write to comment about it. Since she is new to Mérida, I offered some advice and asked some questions. Maybe she didn’t like what I said or how I said it?
I noticed that even in a post where she solicited comments she has never bothered to answer any of them. My conclusion is that she simply is not interested in me as a reader. For whatever reason she wants people to read her blog but doesn’t want to engage in any sort of discourse.
Now, I am focusing on this blogger but she isn’t the only one. I don’t get it and in the end I think it’s rude.
I understand not wanting to email with a stranger, but if you don’t ever answer comments then say so, or if you aren’t interesting in having anyone but your family comment then make it a member only option. Or if you are very busy, then post that on your blog. Something to the effect that while you welcome comments, your life barely gives you the free time to blog, let alone answer comments. Sometimes life is like that.
There is a blogger community out there,and if you engage in reading other people’s blogs and commenting on them, you become part of that community. If you don’t, well, you lose out.