Comments are like my favorite thing ever.
I don't actually like reading comments on other social media (youtube or instagram or whatever) because they are often negative and judgmental, but you guys are so nice and always leave lovely or sweetly constructive comments.
Anyway, I respond to every comment that I receive on my blog. Some people may see it as annoying, but I don't. Here's why.
1. It encourages readers to ask questions.
When I read other blogs, I often have a question about the clothing the blogger is wearing in the pictures, or about her lipstick, or camera, etc. When I see a whole list of comments without responses, I get disappointed that I won't (most likely) get my question answered. At least not here. That saddens me. I want my readers to feel like they can ask questions, and they'll get answers right here- on the blog post they have the question about.
2. It doesn't annoy me. (as a reader)
I could see how it could be, but when I see another blogger responding to all her comments, I like it. You get a better feeling of knowing the blogger by seeing how she responds to comments.
3. Your readers will feel appreciated.
I like it as the commenter. Even if the blogger just says thank you for reading, it's nice to feel appreciated. Obviously, I don't go back to EVERY blog post I commented on, but when I do, I enjoy reading the blogger's reply. I want to do the same for my readers.
4. It doesn't hurt me as a blogger.
It takes just a few minutes of my time. What do I really have to lose from doing it? Unless there are people out there who get really annoyed when people say thank you. Or answer their questions. Which would be extremely weird.
5. It shows my readers that I actually READ their comments.
It shows them that I actually LIKE IT WHEN THEY COMMENT. And hopefully it'll show them that I appreciate them. And hopefully they'll come back and comment again. The last thing I want my lovely readers thinking is that I'm just ignoring them. :)
For further reading, I recommend these articles: (I do not promote everything all these blogs stand for, but I do recommend reading these articles in particular)
Should You Respond to Every Comment
5 Reasons Why You Should Respond to Every Comment
What do you guys think of replying back to comments on your blog? Annoying? Time consuming? Awesome?
Let me know,