31 Days to a Better Blog – Day 19: Respond to comments on your blog

The task continues, and the task for day 19 of the 31 Days to a Better Blog challenge is to respond to comments on your blog.

Seems an easy task, but one that is essential to help build relationships with your readers and show that their involvement in your site is what makes it successful.

Darren from Problogger says about responding to comments on your blog:

“While this is one of the simplest acts that a blogger can do (I almost didn’t publish this because it’s so basic) it is something that can have a real impact upon your readers.”
“So block out a little time today to scan through the latest comments on your blog. Answer questions, respond to others ideas, leave a welcome message and continue conversations by asking questions of your own.”

“This acknowledgment goes a long way and is one of the best ways of developing a commenting culture on your blog.”

A simple but essential task.
My blog notifies me when some one has left a new comment by sending me an email. I’ve got into the habit now of sending a thank you email back to the reader especially when they are a new reader, and often respond to the comments on my blog.
I hadn’t really anticipated the community and relationship building aspects of blogging until taking part in this challenge. It’s made the process really worthwhile, and hopefully my readers will shape the future of my blog and what I write about.

Finally, should you comment on this article or any others… I may not be able to respond to many comments in the coming days, so please accept my apologies in advance. Holiday with the family in France is beckoning me away from technology for a week!

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