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Let’s face it, most (if not all) bloggers love comments. Comments are like candy. We work hard on the posts that we put up and comments show that other people appreciate that effort. Also, it feels good to know that others out there feel just as strongly, whether it be positive or negative, about certain books. I love getting comments and it makes me sad when some of my posts don’t receive any. I feel like no one’s interested in that post even though I know that followers probably read it on their Google Reader but didn’t feel the need to say anything. Sometimes, it’s hard to come up with something better than “Great review! Thanks for sharing!” and I understand why people would rather not leave comments. Also, I know there are lurkers out there who are more comfortable with just following the blog and I’m okay with that.
I love leaving comments in other people’s blogs as well. Once I start following a certain blog, I usually leave a comment whenever that blogger features a book that I’ve read or I’m interested in. I don’t even know how many blogs are in my reader but I enjoy browsing through new posts every day. It makes my day when I comment on a certain blog and then the blogger returns the favor by checking out my blog and leaving a comment in one of the posts. I try to do that as well when someone new comments on my blog, I drop by their own blog too. Do the rest of you do that as well?
I reply to all of the blog comments in my blog, both in reviews and discussion posts. I know that not all book bloggers do this but one of the reasons why I chose WordPress was for the threaded comments. I think it encourages discussion and even non-bloggers leave comments from time to time. I’m curious if that’s really true, are you more likely to leave a comment when you know that the blogger will reply? Some of my favorite bloggers do that and I go back to their posts to check their replies just to know what else they have to say.