April 2011

April 2011
Boondocking at my brother's in Reno, April 2011

Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Question for You All

I have been wondering how ya’ll feel about interactive comments.  It has been a feature of Blogger on the new dashboard for a while now.  I even added it for one day and then took it back off.

Here are the things I wonder about and would like some feed back.  If a commenter has an email address available I sometimes send a short note acknowledging the comment or answering any question that is left in the comment.  The downside to this is not every commenter shows an email address, and if they have a question, I cannot respond.

If you leave a comment on a blog that has interactive comments, do you go back and see if the blogger responded to your comment?  If you are a blogger that has this feature, do you go back and re-read your comments to keep up with possible interactive comments?  Does this take a substantial amount of time?

It seems to me to be quicker and easier to just send an email note if one is called for but then that limits any discussion that might ensue.  I read Tioga George and he has a “shout box” that allows the commenters to interact with each other and George just makes a comment occasionally.  Any thoughts on that?

Not an earth-shaking topic but one I wonder about.  How do you respond to comments?

AND, just because I want to, I am including a photo Russ took in 2008.  Just to show that we are learning something – I showed Russ the photo and asked him if he knew what it was.  Without batting an eye he said, “It’s a Cedar Waxwing.”  Dang if he wasn’t right!!!

cedar waxwing

23 comments:

  1. I like interacting with commenters, and I like it when they interact with each other, which doesn't usually happen. But, then I read someone say they would be offended if commenters interacted, and that possibility had never occurred to me.

    I don't always think to check for a response, but sometimes I do. You'd think Blogger would send a notification of a reply, but no.

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  2. I do not go back. This might be terrible to say, but I don't have the time to keep going back to see if my question is answered. Hopefully, the blog I leave a comment on will email me an answer or address the question in a future blog. And Thank You for answering my questions via email.
    Again, I don't have time to do a "shout box." Not saying it is bad, I just would never use it.
    Gorgeous photo of the Waxwing. I would have no idea what it is.

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  3. If I ask a question, I will go back to check, but otherwise I don't. I follow too many blogs to keep checking back.

    Also I have had a problem with the new interactive format. The couple of blogs that have gone that way, now show up on my computer in a way that I can no longer leave any comments. I mentioned this in a post, and nobody else seems to have this problem.

    So if you change it, I may not be able to leave coments. I would still read your posts however.

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  4. I agree that the email works best as long as there is an email address attached to the comment..the reply in the comments is okay..but I find it messes with the comment count..especially if you are one that replies to each and every comment..so if you have 10 comments and then reply you are increasing the comment numbers by 100%...

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  5. I agree with those that say it would take to long to go back and look at each blog again for a reply. I like the email response method, maybe some people don't have an email listed because they don't want emails sent to them.

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  6. Problem I have is my short term memory. I just simply forget to go back & look for things most times. Email is still my preferred method of two way communication on the computer.

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  7. I do go back if I ask a question, to see if there was an answer. I also sometimes go back to a blog if that day's entry was interesting, and I want to see what other people had to say.

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  8. I do it differently according to blog. On 2takinga5th, if I feel a response is needed and I can email, then I do that...unless I think the answer is something others might benefit from, then I also post it on the bl

    On My Write Spot, I use the reply feature a LOT. I use RSSOwl standalone software to track and read blogs. If I've left a comment, I leave the blog marked unread and then can check it the next day. After 24 hours I usually mark it as read.

    I love the "reply" feature, makes things much more personal for me and you always know what post is being responded to.

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  9. cant help w/ your blog questions, I leave all that up to Sam...but that bird pic...oh wow

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  10. I prefer the interactive comments and have blogger set up so that whenever someone makes a comment I am notified by email. This way I can respond without having to check and see if any comments have been entered.

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  11. Interesting question, Donna. The comment reply thing seems to have some snags built in if folks get all wound up about something. I don't go back, though, and try to respond via email to comments and questions, and then post an answer like Donna does if it might be something that needs to be seen. But then that is irrelevant probably because someone reading and posting comments probably won't go back any more than I have time to go back.

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  12. If I ask a question, I feel it's my responsibility to find out if there was an answer, so I will go back. On my blog, I mostly use it to copy/paste the email response (if one was possible) I've sent to the commenter; especially if that response might satisfy the curiosity of other readers who might be browsing the comments.

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  13. I also don't have time to go back and reread posts. I try to respond to questions if an email is available, but that's not always possible. :(

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  14. I like the interactive comment feature, one of the reasons is if you saw Ricks post on Live Writer this morning some good questions were asked, I was interested to see what the answers were to some of those for my own understanding by him using the interactive feature and sharing in that way. Hope that made sense. Have a great weekend!

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  15. I don't go back and I seldom send e-mail follow ups. Thank goodness people don't ask me too many questions. I have trouble getting all the blogs read - especially with the lousy internet connection I have. But I definitely appreciate those people who do take the time to e-mail me. I think they are really special. If someone does ask a questions, and I remember it, I will try and answer it in a blog post. That's the easiest way for me to handle it.

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  16. I haven't learned how to do the interactive comments, so I prefer the email method. As others have said, I don't have time to go back and reread the comments on others' blogs. Email is faster and more personal.

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  17. Oooo, nice picture of that pretty bird!

    I like the comments embedded on blog pages with the interactive comments added. It allows us to respond to each post if we choose to or we can still do a bulk response if we choose to. It's much easier than opening another pop up window when you have a really sucky internet connection. Which I almost always have...

    Not a fan of shoutbox. I like reading a post, then reading related comments. I've learned things from the relating comments but never on shoutbox because you don't get the comments that relate to that day's post if you are going back into archives.

    My blog is open to anyone, so I don't have an email address on it. Don't want spammers. I've had to close two previous email accounts due to spammers & hackers.

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  18. PS, I do get all my replies back in email form though. I don't have blogger set to read everyone's replies on their blogs though or my box would be full, full, full!

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  19. PS, I do get all my replies back in email form though. I don't have blogger set to read everyone's replies on their blogs though or my box would be full, full, full!

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  20. Again, I'm way out of my league with your question. But I'll add that I'm more like Al of the Bayfield Bunch... I tend to forget who, what, when and why.... I've been thinking of making a spreadsheet to list the blogs I read... the writer, the spouse, the dogs names ... AND if I've responded to/with a question. I'm not deliberately obtuse... just have a lousy memory.

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  21. Another one here who does not go back. At least not often.

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  22. I have the interactive 'reply' feature setup on my blog and really like it.

    Also, I have Blogger setup so that all comments left on my blog are sent to me by email and that way I don't have to return to my blog to see any new interactive replies.

    Seldom do I reply to a comment by email unless it’s a 'user specific' question, Then, I’ll send an email response. If it's a general question I may put the answer in an upcoming blog.

    With the interactive reply feature now active, I’ve advised my readers that if they do ask a question, my default response is likely to be in the reply feature and to check back. If there is something in comments on another blog, I will check back or simply have all comments emailed to me if that feature is available.

    I never use 'shout boxes'. To me, it is just a duplication of comments.

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  23. I have the interactive 'reply' feature setup on my blog and really like it.

    Also, I have Blogger setup so that all comments left on my blog are sent to me by email and that way I don't have to return to my blog to see any new interactive replies.

    Seldom do I reply to a comment by email unless it’s a 'user specific' question, Then, I’ll send an email response. If it's a general question I may put the answer in an upcoming blog.

    With the interactive reply feature now active, I’ve advised my readers that if they do ask a question, my default response is likely to be in the reply feature and to check back. If there is something in comments on another blog, I will check back or simply have all comments emailed to me if that feature is available.

    I never use 'shout boxes'. To me, it is just a duplication of comments.

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