There was a post on the BlogHer web site recently discussing whether or not to leave comments on your own blog, and what it might convey to your readers. One blogger says she always had the last word as it seems like a courtesy to her commentors. Another said totally the opposite - that it felt like she was rendering the comments somehow less worthy of merit, (I think).
Do you know, I've never really thought about the whole question, which is now worrying me since I usually go out of my way to make people feel at ease. I have to admit that whether or not I chip in with comments depends totally on how much time I have. With three kids off school and not much in the way of "entertainment" arranged for them, I haven't been blogging or commenting much because they are like moths to a flame, looking over my shoulder and making sarcastic comments about "Expat Mummy" (said in overly-dramatised English accent.)
I always comment on the Pond Parleys blog I co-host with Mike Harling, but it's set up as a debate forum and there's usually at least one person who has misinterpreted what I've said (as opposed to me not communicating clearly, of course). I have even resorted to the delete button on one occasion, after several warnings I should note. Not something I enjoyed doing, but if the same person had been in my house they probably would have been shown the door in no uncertain terms.
Even when I do leave comments on my own blog, I don't do it uniformly. I notice a lot of bloggers respond to every comment left on their blog, which is incredibly polite, but what if there's nothing to say? I always think that if I share a joke with say, 5 commentors, then come to number 6 who said nothing of note, what do I do? And what if you have over 800 followers like Vodka Mom, who has at least 60 people commenting on every post, and who always leaves me a reply when I comment. AND she works - in a classroom where she can't pretend not to be using the computer. Actually, given that most classrooms seem to have a computer hidden in the corner these days, I wonder how many teachers are either blogging or selling their stuff on E-bay these days?
Anyway, I am just curious about everyone else's stance on this issue. Have you even thought about what it might convey to comment or not comment on your own blog? And if so, what were your conclusions.
Anxious, of Chicago