Blogging Part 4: Etiquette Part II

That little badge of excellence.
That little badge of excellence.

Metaphorically strolling through the recent entries on the Freshly Pressed page, I noticed a disturbing trend. Some of these recent winners of that coveted page placement aren’t responding to their comments. They are responding to a few, but not many.

When I got Freshly Pressed last year, I tried my damnedest to answer every single person who commented. I would have continued doing so if I hadn’t had a heart attack and wound up in hospital and almost dying. At that point my blog and getting Freshly Pressed was forgotten. I think it would be safe to say that the only things that existed in the world for me at that point was the hospital.

If I remember correctly, when I came home four days later, full of scars, stitches and medication, the first thing I did was to check my blog and answer comments.

I can hear a lot of folks saying now, “What makes you think that what you have to say on the subject is worth reading! You don’t have hundreds of thousands of followers.”

And they would be right.

But what I do have is appreciation, manners and courtesy. And a real idea ofΒ time.

I have quite a lot of time. I’m ill-heath retired and I don’t have another paying job to go to. I am writing/hosting for other web sites, but that is non-paying and not enormously time-consuming. I do all my own housework (But honestly? How much mess can one bloke, on his own, make?)

I do my laundry, cut my grass, run errands. But all of these things, as a rule, don’t takeΒ hours.

Stop shifting in your seats and looking at your watches! I am making a point here!

But where I have a lot of time, most folks do not. They have full-time jobs, children to raise, an entire family to clean up after, hobbies to pursue and lives to lead. If one of these people take the time to read or like or comment; they are making a statement.

They are saying, I like what you’ve just written, or your point of view, or how you write. By commenting, they’ve taken even more time out of their busy lives to say something.

If these busy people can take the time to comment? You can take the time to respond. Don’t let getting Freshly Pressed make you forget your manners or, more importantly, your appreciation.

If you are like me, you would keep writing your blog, even if no-one liked, commented or reblogged your work. But it is precisely those little things that make blogging more satisfying and enjoyable.

Try to remember that in future you Freshly Pressed bloggers. I’ve been there and I’m telling you; only a heart attack kept me from responding back to everyone who commented on my Freshly Pressed post.

Etiquette is not just about leaving comments, it’s also about responding to them.

Photo on 27-03-2013 at 09.03
All advice given with a pinch of salt, the same way it should be received.

Author: Mike's Film Talk

Former Actor, Former Writer, Former Journalist, USAF Veteran, Former Member Nevada Film Critics Society

37 thoughts on “Blogging Part 4: Etiquette Part II”

  1. I feel so good when all you of reply to me. Remember Sally Fields, “you like me, you really like me.” I still feel embarrassed recalling that evening.
    However, I don’t expect it every time I comment. I do notice though.


  2. Great post, Mike! I try to respond to every single comment, too. I feel like some bloggers who’re used to getting comments get complacent and don’t respond, but I’m even more baffled by those who get few comments and still don’t respond!


    1. I can understand “new” bloggers doing that (I literally didn’t have a clue about that sort of thing when I started) but when their comments start to dry up, they’ll wonder why! Thanks, for stopping and sharing mate!! πŸ˜€


    1. Funny, those are as hard to answer as the more “strident” ones. I guess it is hard to respond to any form of “extreme” comment. I will often respond to a strident comment once and along the lines of, “Thanks for sharing that mate.” It seems to fit most situations where I cannot think of something more appropriate and I DO appreciate their sharing. Thanks mate! πŸ˜€


  3. I try to answer everyone..sometimes I have those comments that I check randomly and then run off and forget to answer. But sometimes I have this weird thing of double checking my posts just to make sure I didn’t forget and then I answer them like a week later. But you know, I still answered them, right?
    I always think its polite to answer back. It encourages others to comment again also.


  4. When I got Freshly Pressed last week, I was amazed at the number of people who read and commented, and I appreciated each one. For that reason, I responded to all of them. It’s the least I could do for all the people who took the time to communicate.


    1. Exactly! It takes a second to thank someone for stopping by and making a comment! You appear to be in the minority mate! Thanks for sharing and congrats on getting FP’d, although I think I’ve said that before! LOL


  5. Fewer than half my comments get responses. I always wonder about that. I usually stop responding to blogs to which I get no return response. I figure if they don’t care, why should I?


    1. My sentiments exactly. That’s the thing I was noticing about the FP’d folks that I was reading this morning. My first thought was, “How rude!” Only responding to a few, especially when all the comments left were of such a positive nature…Well, I decided to not leave any comments at all. Then the more I thought about it, decided to do a post! Oh! And thanks for the reblog!! πŸ˜€


  6. AGREED. I know I don’t comment sometimes but I’m always reading my friend.
    Let’s see how long it takes for you to respond to this Comment….ready…..set….and GO!!!!


  7. ‘Look at me, I got Fresh Pressed last year’

    Change the record……. πŸ™‚

    LOL – Just kidding of course. I remember wishing you well and congratulating you back then, and whilst there is a huge error somewhere that I havent been Pressed yet, you know I was glad you got it.

    I agree what your saying about comments. As my last Question Time was all about them, it really takes so little time to say even just a thank you. They arent the decent kind of folk you are though dude. πŸ™‚


  8. Reblogged this on SERENDIPITY and commented:
    I try hard to answer every comment, at least to acknowledge that I’ve received it. It’s courtesy and it’s also the only way to have a dialogue with ones readers and get to know them (and vice versa). I think it matters. Others obviously don’t agree. Because I know that the response rate to my comments is no better than 50% across the board.


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