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 to respond to comments, please turn them off. Thank you.