Or, at least I try not to...and I don't mean comments here at The Blog Guidebook...I mean comments on giant mainstream websites (the big guns?), like YouTube, Huffington Post, ProBlogger and even Facebook.
Do you know why? I'm sure you do.
Because a large percentage of commenters are Haters. They have nothing nice to say so it's all mean, spiteful, rude and profane things. I hate it when I've watched something amazing on YouTube (I'm half crying or in awe) and my eyes wander down to the comments (accidentally) and all I can see is slander, four letter words and bunch of crass and low class language. I hate it when I'm reading comments on Facebook under a posting from someone I'm following and I want to see what the response is to a question...and all I see are comments from Jerks and Meanies.
I'm bringing this up because I've noticed how prevalent it has become. It's like a plague around the Blogosphere...and it can become upsetting.
I wanted to mention at this point that it is of my own free will that I'm reading these horrid things...and I should stop. But wouldn't it be nice if they weren't there? Maybe turn off comments that fall in a certain category...we could program into this "field" words that we don't want to read (four letter, three letter)...of course this could then open a can of worms and we could be accused of burying our heads in the sand. Anyway....
As a blog owner and author I get to read a lot of comments...and on this blog I have started to look forward to reading them and finding answers to my readers' questions...quickly posting back a response...and then hearing that my tidbit of info has helped them in their blog quest...
Replying To Comments
We love to respond to comments...many bloggers do...many don't. Do you ever leave a comment hoping to hear back and never do? Do you pop over to the post you commented on a few days later and scroll through the comments? You see a reply and it was just a few minutes later? Ah ha!
Did you know you might be a No Reply Commenter? That's right...there is such a thing and there are many who don't know they are one...
To find out if you are a No Reply-er do this:
After logging into your blog look for this in the upper right hand corner - a little image of yourself and your name...click on the arrow it will look like this (except not me, it'll be you) below:
You will then click on Blogger Profile. The new page may say Profile Not Available (that means no one can read about you etc.), click on "enable access to your profile". You will then see the Show My Email Address box to click. You can leave the Share My Profile box unclicked if you like. Make sure Show My Email Address is clicked, as shown below. Don't forget to click SAVE.
Update: If you're a Google+ user this may not show up (it does for me).
You are now a Reply To Blogger!
I've turned Word Verification OFF
Have you? Do you think it's crazy?
I want my responsible readers to be able to comment as quickly as possible without any hassle...some of those word verification images are so difficult to read, and out of focus...you have to make something up and do it again and again.
Sort of causes me to not want to leave a comment at all anymore. You can keep an eye on comments by not having them publish immediately...you have to do it manually...easy and saves your readers time!
Do you have any commenting peeves you'd love to talk about? Leave a sweet and kind comment below and we'll certainly reply! Happy Blogging Everyone!