He asked if I responded to every comment because some times he'll see that I've responded to the first few but maybe two or three at the end didn't get a response. I then explained that I respond to comments directly on the blog AND I respond through email. If a person comments on a post that I've already responded to then I might respond to them through email only!
"Ohhh", he said, "I didn't know that, I just wanted to make sure you're responding and aren't just skipping people."
"Uh thanks, babe"
Anyways, I tried a program like Disqus to make this easier for me but it just wasn't working out so I uninstalled it. Now I just do double work when responding to comments because I feel like it is worth it to my readers. It's a personal choice and not something I expect others to do, but I think it's important for me to respond to comments directly on my blog in order to show readers that I do indeed respond. But, at the same time I know that if I only respond on my blog then that forces them to come back to my post to see if I responded and most people just don't have time for that. I, for one, certainly don't! So for that reason I also email the person directly (if their email address is available)! It really only takes a second to copy and past my response from the blog into an email (while having them both up side by side)!
Whether you come back to view the response via the blog or you read it through email you should always get a response within a week. I try very hard to respond within 2 to 3 days but life sometimes gets in the way so I give myself a week at most. I'm sure there have been times when I just never got around to responding and for that I am sincerely sorry! Know that it wasn't intentional and know that all comments are read and cherished. Each and every single one!
Now, I'm curios as to what everyone else's thoughts are surrounding commenting. Do you prefer that bloggers use a program like Disqus, do you prefer that they email you a response? Do you prefer if they have the pop-out window (if they're on the Blogger platform)? Do you come back to posts to look for the response if you don't receive one by email? Also, as a blogger how do you go about responding to comments and what's your reasoning behind it?!?
Let me know!