Yesterday I shared some of my thoughts as to why I try to respond to each comment from readers of my blogs.
In the ensuing conversation, Matthew from BlogAboutYourBlog.com shared the following:
i like that you reply to most all comments, it keeps me coming back to check what you said
This brings me to another topic that I often find myself thinking about as I make my rounds to my favorite blogs each day and night. As a reader, I think it is essential to have the Subscribe to Comments plugin (or another similar plugin) installed if you are running a WordPress blog.
As my list of regular reads continues to grow, I find myself commenting on more and more blogs. As a blog post drops down the main page, it is too easy to lose track of where you have commented and often results in the end of a potential dialog with the blog owner and/or other readers.
When I post a comment on another blog, I always look for the option to subscribe to the comments on that post. When the blog does not offer this feature, which I have to admit is quite a few of you guys out there, it makes it more difficult to keep up with the comments.
One common rebuttal to the subscribe to comments plugin is that one can always subscribe to the comments RSS feed. While this is true and is certainly a possibility, I find it time consuming enough to keep up with the RSS feeds of the blogs themselves. At the very least, I think it is beneficial to offer the plugin as an option for your readers. Some people may prefer the comment RSS feed while others may prefer the email notifications (I fall into that group) but always try to give your readers a choice.
With the plugin installed, whether you leave it checked or unchecked by default is a whole separate can of worms. But as a reader of your blog, I am personally much more likely to be a repeat commenter on a given post when I am able to subscribe to the comments.
If you’re not currently using a plugin to provide this functionality on your blog, stop what you are doing and go install it. If you don’t want to install the plugin, I challenge you to offer your reasons here. So what’s it going to be? 🙂