How do you manage comments on your blog posts?
Comments form the basis of discussion. This discussion, in many ways is essential for the creation of powerful feedback loop which results in learning. Feedback is the indispensable nutrition for your growth and sustenance as a writer, blogger and human being. The main difference between my Blogger blog and WordPress blog is the discussion which happens in the comments section. It gives me ideas for many posts and I feel encouraged to do better.
One of the sure-shot ways of losing your blogger friends and readers is to not to interact with them in the comments section. If possible, you should visit all people who care to read and comment on your posts, even if it’s a simple ‘hello.’ If that is not possible, you should try your best to reply to their comments. They are your friends and most valuable partners in learning and sharing.
I am new to WordPress and still learning ways to become better with managing comments. Earlier, I used to think that the best way to manage comments was to reply as soon as you see a notification in the upper right hand corner. You can see many types of notifications over there and easily respond to most of the comments, though it’s a given that space looks a bit narrow. As time passed by I started learning that I miss many notifications this way. Sometimes they just slip out of attention and sometimes it’s a technical glitch. Then I started relying on Dashboard’s comment management. That is quite reliable as you get notifications for all comments. Still, it had a problem.
Since I publish many posts everyday. When I select to go to manage comments after a long day of doing other things–there are many comments and I start forgetting if I have responded to some comments or I am seeing them for the first time. The problem it creates is–I end up giving double response to some comments and don’t respond to some of them altogether! I feel I have found a better way to deal with comments in last few days now.
Steps I Follow:
Responding to notifications when it’s manageable. It’s easiest to do and takes care of most of the comments unless you are ultra busy with something else and need grim concentration.
Managing comments via Dashboard. This is master of all procedures and must be done once in a while(ideally once every day!) But it doesn’t guarantee clarity–so sometimes you might miss many comments.
Go to individual posts. You know your latest posts or you can check them in the Dashboard. Sometimes visitors comment on old posts too. So if you have sticky posts which are old, keep checking them and also keep checking your latest posts time to time. You will find some unanswered comments. When you answer comments there you will feel very relieved and it will reinvigorate feedback-loop, discussions and interactions with a fresh zest!
Do you know any better ways of managing comments? Do you feel my suggestions are impractical for most bloggers? Please let me know via comments! Thanks for reading and have a wonderful Friday!