I want to reply to every single comment I get. I really do.
But I just…don’t.
What happens the most is: I look at a comment on my blog. I can’t think of anything to reply other than “thank you” or some lame agreement, not amounting to more than a sentence, so I don’t reply. Instead I go to my commenter’s blog…but then I can’t find anything that I have any thoughts about that are worth commenting either. So I just…don’t….comment. Is that bad? While I want to acknowledge every comment I get, I hate leaving any kind of comment that isn’t meaningful. I think “great review” is worse than no comment at all. I only comment on things when I have a full sentence at the very least. Even when I’m visiting Life of a Blogger posts, I cringe every time I have to just say “Thanks for sharing” or something else generic to show that I do read the posts, because I don’t like leaving anyone out. (This doesn’t happen very often. Usually I can come up with something.)
I also tend to procrastinate on comments. Emails about comments I’ve received (after I read the comment in the email) tend to sit in my inbox for days, sometimes weeks on end, until I feel like replying. How horrible is that?! Life of a Blogger posts are the worst, because I don’t want to go visit the blogs until I have adequate time to sit and read the posts and leave a meaningful comment. I don’t have that kind of time very often.
I love comments and I appreciate every single one of them. So I feel like a horrible blogger when I don’t get around to returning the favor!
Does this happen to anyone else? How do you tackle the issue?