It seems like lately I haven't been getting as many comments as before and this is a concern to me. I was thinking maybe my posts have been too far apart or just not as interesting now that I am back to work. But then another thought occurred to me...am I a rude blogger? Do I not talk back to people who leave comments so then they don't want to comment again? Do people feel that I ignore them when they visit? When people leave comments for me I usually do my best to visit their blog and leave some comments for them. By doing this I have actually came across some really great blogs that I now visit regularly. On occasion I respond through email to commenters especially if they asked me a question or if the comment was a conversational starter. The problem with this though is that when I try to email my commenter they usually have an address that is "no-reply comment" or something to that effect so I can't email them. If I am particularly ambitious I may go to their profile page and see if their email is posted there, but have to admit that most of the time I don't take this step. Finally, I must say that I hardly ever, almost to the never point, comment to a comment on my blog. Lately though I noticed that some of you do this on your posts where you come in and respond to comments by commenting on your post yourself.
So now I want to hear from you. Help Me!! Do you think I am a rude blogger? How do you respond to comments...email, visits to blogs, or commenting on your own post? How do you get more comments or blog traffic?
FYI I do have about 30 regular blogs I visit through Google Reader and comment regularly if not daily on most of them, plus I visit many blogs through Wordless Wednesday, Friday's Feast, and Tales from the Scales. I also love to find new blogs to check out so am frequently out visiting so I would hope this would help bring some people over to visit me too. My mantra is that you can never have too many friends!
So go ahead...critique away...