When celebrities do this, they have a reason. When an ordinary blogger does this, it’s just not right.

This totally drives me crazy. I know and I admit that different people have different reasons to blog. But most of the bloggers out there, who post publicly and leave the comment form open, have a common goal of being read and commented on. It really feels good when you receive comments from your blog. When you get to know that someone spent time on your blog reading about your ramblings which would do no good to them, and then cared enough to leave a comment and even follow your blog for future posts, it must feel good. But then, you don’t respond to his comments. I mean, how cruel is that?

Imagine yourself being in the middle of a crowd where no one really knows anyone. You feel lonely, you’re talking to yourself, and suddenly someone shows up to say hi. He cares enough to listen to your sad stories, comfort you, and laugh with you at your funny moments. But then, you don’t respond to his comments. He says, looks like you had a busy weekend. You stay silent, possibly facing somewhere other than where he is. Do you get the picture?

I don’t mix up real life with virtual world. But blog is somewhat like that. I may not be ‘legal’ to argue that you must respond to comments, but it’s a common etiquette. For those who receive tons of comments, it’s a different fact. They may not have enough time to get back to all the comments. But for those who rarely receive comments, it’s just not right.

If you don’t want toย  respond to comments, please turn them off. Thank you.

Written by A. I. Sajib

I love writing about technology, life, and everything between. I love photographing people. I'm a Happiness Engineer at Automattic/WordPress.com. The best way to get to know more about me is through my blog at http://ais.blog

17 comments

  1. Reblogged this on misadventuresinlamosquitia and commented:
    I like this article. I try to respond to every comment that comes in here. It’s nice to receive your feedback. If I comment on someone else’s blog, I expect them to do the same. What do you think? If you like this article you should stop by the AIS Journal and comment there too. I’m just sayin’…:)

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  2. Well Sajib, I do feel the same, same problem. I often can’t find how should I react the comments I get in the blog. I leave them unanswered. May be it is not a good style, but I don’t have the alternatives anyway.

    Good blog. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I don’t support leaving comments unanswered even if they are offensive or completely irrelevant. It’s a sign that you yourself don’t care much about your blog. If you don’t have anything to respond, just a friendly thanks would be nice. But don’t make that habit, too. It’s disgusting to receive just a ‘thank you’ after leaving a thoughtful comment.

      It’s the comment that you should use to determine how to respond. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      1. Not much nice comment though. Seems like I didn’t know how to comment or how to blog. But I just told that something is happening these days. Advices should not be too cheap, isn’t brother?

        Thanks for your kind reply.

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        1. How come you take all this negatively? I sure did not mean that you didn’t know how to comment or how to blog. I was expressing my way of commenting. I guess you should know that ‘you’, in the previous comment, did not mean “you” in particular. It was for general people like everyone. At least, that’s how I write tutorials and stuff. I feel sorry that you got my comment wrong.

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  3. I agree with you, and I also feel compelled to respond to nasty, vicious, racist rants that rain down on sites like YouTube. I realize it’s like getting into a mudfight, but letting someone get away with disgusting comments feels wrong.

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  4. Well said Sajib. I agree that it is rude to not respond to comments, when someone cared enough to stop by and share their thoughts. Bloggers also have the option to edit or delete rude or offensive comments, which I have done only occasionally. Most of the time I left comments stand as they are and thank the reader for sharing. Blogging should be a dialogue, not a diatribe.

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    1. Exactly. When people care enough to read your personal ramblings and how your weekend was, please at least show respect to them or simply as a care to your blog respond to their comments. In fact, I find it an etiquette in blogosphere.

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  5. Though I agree with you on the larger part of this blog, I have to say I learned a thing or two about it. Some people just don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment. Even though they cared enough to read you story. I guess that’s something we can’t blame them for. The fact they care enough to read is good. I guess. Though, I believe that leaving even the smallest comment like “well done” could make a bloggers day. It does to me.

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    1. Well, that’s another topic. I know it’s frustrating, but you can’t really do anything about it. People are busy and at the same time lazy to leave a comment. But if such type of behaviors — of not responding to comments — are done by a blogger, it discourages commenter to leave a comment.

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