A number of people comment on my blog and I love reading every comment. Blogger is set up to forward these comments to my email address so I know who has left comments without having to open my blog. So far, so good.
Some of those who comment have email addresses and I answer them from my Hotmail account [most of the time; lately I've been a bit slack - sorry].
Others have emailed me personally and since Hotmail stores all incoming email addresses, I can forward replies where necessary.
The rest arrive at my inbox with the following: email@example.com - I want to answer these so it seems I have two options:
- write a comment on my own post under their comments - since I rarely go back to posts on other's blogs which I've already read, if there is comment to my comment I'll probably never know about it! After all, I subscribe to 50 blogs; today I had 37 to read - I certainly don't have time to revisit posts I've previously read. I'm assuming that others also don't revisit posts about which they've commented!
- write a comment on their blog which is totally unrelated to their latest post - I imagine this is a bit frustrating for them
As readers who comment on my blog, what do you think? What works best for you? Do you mind if I don't answer your comment? What about when you ask me a question?
Please, help me solve this - since you are the people reading and commenting, I really value your input.
PS I'm making this a 'sticky' post - it will be here until the end of the month so I can get as many suggestions as possible.