Tuesday, 26 August 2014

NO REPLY ….. YES REPLY ……….





I am now in my sixth year of blogging and, I'm wondering whether to start replying to the lovely comments that you all leave. I never really gave it much thought until I realised that many of the blogs that I read reply to their comments.
I am now thinking that I have been rather rude over the past five years ….. if you can take the time to leave me a comment, then, out of courtesy, it seems right that I should reply.  





SO …..  shall I answer your comments from now on ? 
Life might get in the way sometimes, some comments might not need a reply and, I can't guarantee that I shall have a 100% record.




Good idea ….. bad idea ? Do you reply to comments or not …… why do you….. why don't you ?





video from youtube, images in collage via: we heart it, zsa zsa bellagio, brown dress with white dots and night tattoo, last image : via crush cul de sac 



Jackie

72 comments:

  1. Hello Jackie,

    We are definitely in the reply to comments camp. It is not particularly out of a consideration of manners, it is much more that we love to develop a dialogue with our commentators and we are fairly certain that they like the dialogue too. By replying to comments we feel that we build up a relationship with those kind enough to give a response to what we have written and, indeed, over the years, we really feel that many of our virtual friends are every bit as real as their real life counterparts. We would certainly count you amongst their number.

    By commenting, we want you to know how we have enjoyed the post which you have written and, also, to give a personal response of what it has meant to us or has sparked in our minds. By receiving a reply, a connection has been made and the conversation can move to a deeper level. It is that that keeps us blogging.

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    1. Hi Jane and Lance,
      Well, you are my first reply on my own blog in six years !!!!!!
      Even though I have never replied to comments, I have made some lovely friendships and met a few bloggers but, I think that it is nice to reply and have a 'chat' with readers…. and, as you say, it's good to build up a connection.
      From now on, I shall try my hardest to reply to comments but, knowing me, it could be a little eratic !!!! ….and, I will take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support over the last six years. XXXX

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    2. Darling J,

      We have returned to see if there was a reply and, joy of joys, there was!

      One day we must meet in the real world. That would be such fun!

      No thanks needed we have been enchanted here and quite At Home. xxxx

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  2. Hi Jackie!
    I always try to reply to comments, but I do it by making a visit to their blog, because I want to see what is going on in their lives, homes and family. I don't blog as often as I should, and so when I am able to visit a friends blog, I get to go back and see all I have missed when I was away from their's. It just makes me feel more connected to them. I do have to say, that I worry that they may misunderstand and think that that is the only reason for my visit, and it isn't so. It's just that there is only so much time I can commit to the computer in my life right now, so I just do what I can when I can.
    I have thought about putting the reply 'thingy' on the comment page, but then I am afraid that I wouldn't take the time to visit their own space in the www. and I would miss so much.
    much love dear friend...

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    1. Dear June,
      Yours was one of the first blogs that I read and, like me, you reply to comments when visiting blogs and also by email. I just think that, as I only post about once a week, I should be able to answer comments so, I'm going to give it a go !!!! XXXX

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  3. I like a reply Jackie although you have always said something on my blog by way of reply so you have replied in your own way which is enough for me.. xxx

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    1. Hi Rachel,
      I have always tried to go to blogs when people comment on mine so, I have made the connection that way. I guess it doesn't really matter how you do it ….. I just love meeting like-minded people and having a bit of a banter !! XXXX

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    2. Yes, I love it when you visit my blog and leave a comment. I don't feel so all at sea and stupid! We always connect whether you leave a reply here or not. Doesn't bother me. Rachelx

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  4. Anche io commetto lo stesso errore, mentre invece noi dobbiamo pensare che:
    1° è un piacere leggere i commenti lasciati
    2° probabilmente è piacevole verificare se il commento lasciato è stato gradito

    ma tu sei sempre bravissima e quindi non ti preoccupare. Non sei la sola! Ciao da Roma

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    1. Hi Eleonora,
      I totally agree with you. It doesn't really matter just as long as we connect in some way.
      Hello to Rome from the UK. XXXX

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  5. No i do not reply...because i know people do not come back for a second time on your post.....i reply so Much i can on other one post....That is verry importent for me...i try and do my best....to keep in contact with my blogfriends all over the world......love from me....x!

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    1. Dear Ria,
      You are one of the best commenters in Blogland. You never fail to leave a comment and have been a great blogging buddy to so many. Thanks so much for being so supportive. XXXX

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    2. I find that people do come back to read the answers to their comment, and sometimes even comment again on the comment.

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  6. Hi Jackie, wow, your sixth year of blogging? That is some dedication. I hope I stick with it for as long as you. It's a nice hobby to have...
    As to responding to comments. I guess some comments are worthy a response, but realistically you won't have the time to reply to everyone, unfortunately. But then again, as 'Its me' said, 'people don't come back for a second time on your post'. Hmmmm, I hope I get this dilemma one day!
    Keep doing what your doing either way. xxx

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    1. Hi Amy,
      You are doing so well …… just keep plugging away at it and the followers will come. It does take a while but, it is very rewarding and you will make some really lovely ' friends '. XXXX

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  7. I truly wish I could reply to every comment, but life and time gets in the way. I also don't post as much as most bloggers. But try to never miss your posts....just love reading you...

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    1. Dear Francine,
      Well, I don't think that I know anyone busier than you so, it would be very difficult for you to answer everyones comments.It doesn't matter either way ……. just a choice. Here's to many more years of blogging friendship. XXXX

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  8. Replying to every comment is time consuming but I would agree entirely with Jane and Lance. It's probably the bit I enjoy most about blogging, because of the connection made and the friendships that develop. And I just enjoy the often witty banter! I try to make my writing light hearted in some respect, but there is often as much fun to be had (more?) in the comments section than in the post.

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    1. I think that you're right Jessica …….. and I think that's why I decided to reply to comments. It can be fun to enter into a bit of banter and to make new ' friendships '. I probably won't be very consistent but, I'll try my best. XXXX

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  10. I have always attempted to answer each comment I have received and it's now 6 years and I do it privately so as not to skew my comment numbers, or force someone to come back to visit to see a reply. In the beginning i even tried to track down no reply comments by going to their blog and searching for emails etc.. When I won the Where Bloggers Create thingie a few years back I had over 300 comments and YEP I answered each one. I was determined lol.... If I had never replied via email to each comment I would not have about 15 girls who I know very well as friends now and write to a lot and about 5 who I consider close friends and phone chat with often...and I have only met one face to face...
    so yes respond and see what joy awaits :D

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    1. Hi Z,
      You are really good at answering all of your comments. It must take you ages but it's been worth it. To have made such good friendships is brilliant. Even though I haven't answered comments, I, too, have found some really good friends through blogging and I haven't met most of them. It's really the modern equivalent of the pen friends I had years ago. XXXX

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  11. I reply to comments . . . although not on the blog post like you have done above. Instead, the comments come into my email and then I comment back. I am not 100% perfect but do try and stay faithful to those persons who have taken the time to write something to me. So I write back.

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    1. You always reply to me via emai Lynne, which is much appreciated and it's always so nice to hear from you. It is probably people like you that have made me think that I should follow my comments up { although, it might be a little difficult when life is busy } ….and, thanks so much Lynne for all of your comments. XXXX

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  12. Dear Jackie,
    you took a question out of my mouth - I plan to blog about it too... It is a dilemma: I always answer comments and do it with all my heart - no problem there (beside of the time). But: of course I comment on other blogs too -- and love it --- but: it grows and takes a lot of time (I really think about something, have to see that I understood the other language rightly etc).
    On the other hand: it gives one the feeling that the bloggers one answers to are really there - they get a personality, one gets more involved. But I really am not quite sure what to do.

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    1. You are another blogger who is so good at answering your comments Britta and, I always pop back to read your answer and, we often get an answer to a question posed ……. hope that I got the flower right !!!!
      I'm not sure what to do either Britta. I have blogged for six years without answering comments so, I don't really know why I'm starting now !!!! I'll just see how it evolves. XXXX XXXX

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    2. Dear Jackie,
      you were the first (followed by some seconds by Rosemary) who could solve the riddle of the blue flower - so thankful for that! I will come to England and be in London from end of 5th to morning 13th September (before I am in England too, but with a secret destination). Maybe we'll meet? Would be fun - and maybe some other bloggers could join in. (Tom, Rosemary etc) Britta XXX

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    3. I was driving back from the hairdressers this afternoon imagining meeting some other bloggers and thinking all I would need to do would be open my mouth and say a few choice words and you would all know it is me! Embarrassing or what! Or wear a hat which is how people know me mostly. x

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    4. I think that we would all know each other …… don't think we'd need carnations in our lapels or a newspaper under our arms ….. we've all given quite a lot away about ourselves, including photographs ! XXXX

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  13. I reply to comments 99% of the time because there always some that need no reply. I think that it is good manners to reply, especially when they have taken the time and have shown an interest in my subject matter.
    Be well,
    Mel

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    1. You're so right Heron and, it's only taken me five and a half years to realise it !!!!!! XXXX

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  14. Hi Jackie,

    Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog. I do leave comments but not always on all the blogs I visit. It's so hard to reply to every blog I try to visit and I hate to "leave a meaningless comment" just to say I've commented. That seems a bit disingenuous to me. I try to leave thoughtful comments on all the blogs I frequent, just not on all of them. I also enjoy receiving comments but would feel bad if people left comments just because they felt guilty about it. There is so many interesting blogs and talented people out there and not enough hours in the day to visit all of them.

    Again, thanks so much for stopping by my blog and I can't wait to read your next blog post. Have a happy and joyful day!

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    1. Hi Kristie and thank you for popping in to read my blog and to comment. It's so nice to meet someone new. I always like to leave a full comment on others blogs and not just a meaningless one.
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend and look forward to reading more of your posts too. XXXX

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  15. Hello Jacqueline

    I love your blog and if you choose to reply to comments that would be great. I also understand that life can get in the way You have always been supportive and I thank you for commenting on my blog. I feel if I read a blog I should comment, at least, some of the time.
    Like Jane and Lance mentioned it is the developing of a dialogue with commentators and the building of relationships.
    I am glad to have found you through blogging

    Helenxx

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    1. Oh Helen,
      What a lovely comment and, I love your blog too. We have now been blogging friends for a long time and long may it continue. I think that the best part of blogging has been making such lovely friends so here's to many more years of continued friendship. XXXX

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  16. Although I read and appreciate every single comment I get on my blog posts, I don't reply...however, my "reply" is a return visit to the commenter's blog! It doesn't offend me if the comments I make on blogs are not responded to, I personally find it much nicer to see the person come to my blog and return the visit. Well, this is the way I see it, I am sure not everyone does. You have a really nice blog.

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    1. Hi Linda,
      I alays try to visit and comment on the blogs of people who comment on mine. I'm just going to try and do both now but, for me, that could be a step too far ….. we will see !!!! XXXX

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  17. You've inspired me Jacky...I think it's nice to reply ;)
    Enjoy the soon to be here weekend! xx

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    1. I'll look out for your replies now Catherine …… happy weekend to you too. XXXX

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  18. You have opened a Pandora's box

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    1. You're right John …… my box is well and truly open !!!!! XXXX

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  19. Hello Jackie,
    This is so apt.
    Only on my last post I decided to try to reply to the comments on my blog.
    I think its always so interesting to see the replies, and extend the theme of the post.
    Hope you have a lovely week,
    Liz x

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    1. I wonder how long we will last Liz ?!! I'm going to try my best !
      Have a great weekend. XXXX

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  20. dear Jackie
    I enjoy your beautiful pictures you cute texts to the picture.
    And for me it's either do or do not respond well. it does not matter.

    Just two more nights and then we travel to England .. I'm excited and the weather is nice .. !!

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    1. Hi Hetty,
      We can reply to comments or, if we don't, it's not the end of the world.
      Have a lovely time here in England……. the weather is a little Autumnal but I'm sure it won't spoil your visit. I am looking forward to your posts when you return. XXXX

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  21. Oh dear I reckon I might be about to chuck a cat amongst the pigeons Jac, but I absolutely don't expect a reply to a comment left on a blog. I've noticed the trend over the past year & it seems to have started on the uber-type blogs where they have become the main source of income for the blogger.

    I guess they have time to maintain their blogs perfectly, but this little duck needs to work full time at something far less fun, so time won't allow the reply to every comment caper. I hope it's just a passing phase.
    M xx

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    1. Hi Mills …… well, I'm giving you a reply whether you like it or not !!!!! hehe
      I have never had advertising on my blog ….. never wanted to ….. and have never earned a penny from it. I just like the banter that goes on when people reply. I guess it's like you and Facebook. I have never bothered with Facebook { on which people comment and sometimes get answers } so thought that I might do it here.
      Congratulations on the birth of Henry { we both have a Henry now }
      Love to you, MOTH & the family. XXXX

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  23. I just started replying to comments in the past year or so Jackie ~ but the most I usually get is a dozen at most. Most of the people don't reply so I would not stress over it. Oh ~ and I get my comments sent to me via email so I only respond if the email address is there to do so. I say it is a personal choice ~ I will still love you no matter what xoxo

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    1. Thanks Lori …… I just thought that I'd give it a go ….. we'll see how it goes !! XXXX

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  24. I think the reason others reply to a comment is that it gives them a better ranking with search engines when you have 1000's of comments, and the ones made by the blog owner count also.

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  25. I'm sure that you're right Marsha but I think it also makes for a better connection with people.
    Looking forward to getting back to our By Invitation posts. XXXX

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  26. Hi Jackie! When I comment I don't expect a response at all, that said its always nice if you do!! Xx

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    1. I really like it when people reply to my comments so, I guess that's what prompted me to do it !!!! XXXX

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  27. Hi Jackie, I only reply when necessary. Life many times makes it difficult to reply to each comment. I never consider it rude when I do not get a reply. It was lovely to hear from you today-I know I have been away for a spell, Olive

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    1. I guess it doesn't matter whether we reply or not Olive but, I'm going to try. Wishing you and Joe well. XXXX

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  28. Hi me again dearest Jackie....back in the land of the living if creaking a whole lot ;)
    I'm always always cheered by any replies but it matters not one jot if the person doesn't reply I often can't myself because of the ME. But I still love you all anyway !

    Best hugs Jackie x
    Jane

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    1. Thanks Jane and so lovely to see you back in blogland, even if you are a bit creaky !!
      ….. so pleased that you made it to the wedding.
      Keep well. XXXX

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  29. Que bonito post, me he paseado por tu bloc y me ha encantado, te invito a ver el mío, esta semana las mascotas son las protagonistas, nos hacen compañía y sacan lo mejor de nosotros mismos. Si eres un amantr de los anima les no te puedes perder este. Deseo que te guste y si es así y no eres seguidora espero que te hagas, gracias por visitarme.
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  30. I would really like to leave comments (like Julia above) in some language that no-one understands. Welsh maybe? Cro x

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  31. Not sure what happened J, but you flew off my radar and I apologize. I've missed you and I had to hit Follow again...not sure about that.

    I'm also not sure what method you are going to use to reply back to a comment. Sometimes I send an email of thanks, sometimes I go to the blog and read the latest post and then thank them in MY comment. I think it's the proper thing to do. We all have time constraints and if I'm super busy, I will mention that on my blog so it's understood if I'm not out and about in Blogland! One thing I will mention is that I'm not fond of replies right under the comments because most of us rarely come back to the blog a second time for a look. It might be a waste of time.

    So tell me, did you have a wonderful summer? I love fall but I am squeezing out a bit more warm, sunny weather if I can! :)

    Jane xx

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    1. Hi Jane,
      I've been a bit lax in the commenting department recently as life has got in the way a bit !!
      I must get back into the swing again !! I thought that I'd give the reply to comments a go but, it might not last long ! The Summer has been a lovely one here in the Uk ….. hope yours was as good. Will be back to see you soon. XXXX

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  32. Reply or not Reply - very good question! I have sometimes the feeling to reply, but then there is always something else happen here at our place, and as I've slowed down with posting and commenting in general, mildly spoken - what can I say. For me - It would be just another obligation, sitting in my neck, battling with the language. Apart from that I'm just a lousy writer.
    For you - simply do as you feel like. Everybody loves your comments, your writing and your sense of humor!
    xxxkarin

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