Oh, good. You’re reading my post wherein I reveal a most startling discovery about comments…or at least, it’s a theory.
The other day, I was returning comments on my actual post, and I did not see the little arrow that indicates that my reply to you had been sent and accepted. Usually, I respond to comments through my Dashboard or through my Notifications. Do you follow? I decided to visit my own post to respond because I had some lengthy comments. Thank you very much, my dear readers. In order to see your comments while responding to them, I choose this route. But in doing so, I did not see the little arrow that had shown that it had been “sent” for the recipient to view. This had never happened before. It was an Eureka moment. A ha!
I want to share this in the off-chance that you, yourself, have not experienced this moment. If you don’t know what the heck I’m talking about and I’ve lost you, don’t worry. But, let me explain why I feel the need to share. Every so often, I comment on a post and I don’t receive a reply. Now, there’s no written rule that says you, as a blogger, must respond. I mean it’s nice thing to do and all, but that’s not why I’m writing this.
When I don’t get a response, I think to myself…Oh, my comment must have been stupid, not worthy of a response. Or, this blogger is just busy, tired, overwhelmed. I understand that one. And, sometimes, I blame WordPress. Stupid WordPress, all glitchy, stubborn and unreliable. However, in some cases, I come to find out that these bloggers did respond. I see the comment later on at their post, but I had never received it on my end. Yes, this means a return to their post. A couple of times this has happened where I checked just out of curiosity. Let’s face it, the comments are a big part of the blogging experience.
So, dear readers, this is my theory. I believe if you respond to a comment on your actual post, and you don’t get the fancy arrow that says you responded, your reader will not be notified that he/she has a reply sitting over at your blog.
What do you think? Did I solve some of your most pressing, blogging issues? Or, is this old news? Did I confuse the hell out of you? Am I completely wrong? Ever have a similar experience? Are some of your readers missing your comments? By all means, please weigh in. I’m curious. This post won’t mean anything without your feedback and comments. Comments, I mean we are talking comments here. We can even test it if you’d like.
And now, for Wednesday’s Wishes:
For my friend Shalagh, who is expecting to have her baby today or very soon. Best wishes for a smooth and safe delivery.