Book Blogger Confessions is a new Monday meme started by Tiger at Tiger's All-Consuming Books and Karen at For What It's Worth. The purpose of the meme is best stated by Karen here:
"Tiger and I thought it might be time to start a meme to discuss some of the frustrations that are unique to book bloggers. What happens when the hobby you love becomes more of a chore?This meme will appear on the first and third Mondays of the month. Tiger or Karen will give us a question to respond to and a linky for sharing our responses and developing community.
This week's question is: Comments. The holy grail of blogging success! What type of posts do you leave comments on? How do you try to encourage more comments on your blog? Do you respond to people who leave comments on your posts? How do you handle negative/spam comments? Do you use captcha?
Commenting is a hard topic. I love to get them but am not so good at giving them. I do look at a lot of blog posts every day in my Google Reader but I seldom go to the actual post to leave a comment. I am more likely to go to the actual blog and leave a comment is the blogger ends with a question that interests me. I may comment on a review if I have also read the book. (I don't read reviews until I have read the book.)
I do comment on a number of posts when I participate in a meme. My usual procedure is to visit at least 10 of the blogs that are directly above me in the linky list. That way I get a chance to explore some blogs that I probably don't know about. I tend to end up following a few new blogs each week this way. Currently I am doing this for Teaser Tuesday, Stacking the Shelves, and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? I also do this for Book Blogger Confessions most weeks. Some days are busier than others and I don't have time to follow through on this plan though.
I do respond to comments when the person leaves me a link. Links back to their blog in comments left on mine are the best way to get me to comment back. Since I get notification of comments in my email, I sometimes hit the reply button and answer back. I don't really know where that email goes.
I don't use Captcha. So every once in a while I will get a spam comment. It is easy with Blogger to go into my settings and delete inappropriate comments. I don't want to put any sort of roadblock in the way of potential commenters. I haven't received any negative comments on my blog and I certainly have never left any. If I disagree with a post, I just don't comment. Life's too short to start a controversy and I don't like conflict.
I feel like I should set a personal goal for myself to make sure that I comment on at least 10 posts a day. Of course, my Google Reader had over 500 posts in it today. One in fifty doesn't sound like much commenting but it would be an improvement over my current rate of commenting.
What about you? Are you a devoted commenter or not?