Monday, May 7

Book Blogger Confessions: 5/7

Question for Monday May 7th: The holy grail of blogging success! What type of posts do you leave comments on? How do you try to encourage more comments on your own blog? Do you respond to people who leave comments on your posts? How do you handle negative/spam comments? Do you use captcha?

Um, yeah, so I really don't have solid answers to these questions. I am searching for the answers.
I leave comments on posts that strike my interest as well as my opinion. It is hard to say exactly what will do that. I have commented on a wide variety of posts but discussion posts usually catch my eye the most.
Here are the things I have tried:
Asking questions
Being funny
Being consistent
Returning comments
Commenting in general
I have recently been trying to reply to comments I relate to or follow a comment back and return the comment favor. I don't know that it makes a difference on how many comments I get but it sure makes me feel better to be nice.
Just recently I had my first spam comment. It shocked me and then was promptly deleted. I want the comments to stay true to the nature of the blog and it just didn't fit. So far *crosses fingers* I haven't had any negative comments. It could happen and I don't know what I will do until I get there. Lets hope it doesn't happen.
Captcha is annoying and always makes me feel like a robot since I can never decipher the code. Is it even the English alphabet? I was thinking alien scrawl. Hopefully it isn't enabled on my blog. If it is please point it out so I can fix the problem.

Thanks for the topic.


  1. I think most of us are looking for the answers to these questions which is why it's the topic. haha I'm horrible at commenting on a consistent basis but I do read a lot of posts. I guess I pay more attention to the visits to the site and what people looked at. Comments are fantastic but not a make or break.

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    1. Thanks I always wondered but wasn't sure how to find out. All fixed!

  3. I've had a few weird spam comments that I've left because they were too funny. One about kilts and another about prisons lol

    I delete the ones with links. Like you said I want the comments to relate to the post.

    I haven't had negative comments but occasionally get THIS BOOK IS AWESOME if I've written a negative review. I guess it's to try to contract me in some way. But it doesn't bother me.

    PS You have captcha lol

  4. haha, yes, captcha is super hard to read, it just got more difficult recently too!

    Off the subject, your header is really cute!

  5. I started ending all my reviews with a question. It seems to encourage more comments which is great! I also try to comment on those bloggers who comment on my blog. It doesn't always happen, but I do try.

    I do try to respond to all the comments left on my blog and now that blogger has threaded comments, it's so much easier to do.

  6. I've had people leave comments in different languages, and I'm pretty sure it's spam. I don't use the CAPTCHA thingy because I want it to be easy to leave comments, so instead I just delete whatever spam I do get, which is rather rare.