Blogs — How Do You Interact With Them?

Last month, I asked how you follow blogs and then followed up with a post on the poll results. Now, I’m curious how—or if—you let the bloggers you follow know what you think of their posts. Some readers already described how they interact on the earlier posts. If you did, I hope you won’t mind summarizing again. And now, let’s start with our first question.

Do You Respond To Blog Posts?

Of course, if you don’t normally respond to posts, I hope you’ll at least answer the first poll question so we get a more complete picture! Are you someone who leaves a like or comment on every post you read by every blogger you follow? Or do you stay anonymous, leaving the discussions to others? Maybe in between? I fall in that last category.

This first question is general and doesn’t get into whether you comment on all posts by every blogger you follow or on just a few posts by a few bloggers. By “respond” I mean comments and/or “likes.”

If you never “like” or comment on posts, the remaining questions don’t apply. But I hope you’re curious what other readers are like and will stick around for the rest of this post.

How Do You Respond To Blog Posts?

I usually leave at least a like, unless the subject matter makes me too uncomfortable to reply. I hope the authors of such posts realize that not everyone can respond to difficult, sensitive, or inflammatory topics. For my “inner circle” of blog buddies, I always try to leave a comment and like. But again, if I’m really uncomfortable with the subject matter, I might struggle to leave a like. And sometimes, I just don’t know what to say without sounding trite, insensitive, or clueless. Also, I can’t always get to every post, especially for the daily bloggers. So I might not have left a calling card because I didn’t stop by that day.

So for Question No. 2:

Please feel free to share your reasons for responding the way you do. (Or, if you’re uncomfortable with that, you can stay on the sidelines. 😉 )

When Do You Respond To Blog Posts?

I think we’ll see a lot of variation in this poll question. There are a few blogs where I comment on every post that goes up, unless I’m away from the blogosphere for a while. For others, though, I’ll only comment on some posts. And there are some blogs where I only leave a like. But I try to at least leave that “like” to let the blogger know I was there and read their work. As many of you already know, there aren’t enough hours in the day for me to comment on every blog I follow. And many of you face the same situation.

And so we have Question No. 3. Again, “respond” means either a comment and/or a “like.”

Again, please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Summing Up

I don’t want these posts to be overwhelming, so we’ll leave it at three poll questions again. The earlier posts generated a lot of great comments from readers, and I’d love to see more of the same here. So please help keep the ball rolling!

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