Comments are awesome. Who doesn’t like checking their email to see, oh hay girl here’s some comments. I love those deep thoughtful comments which make me ponder, which challenge me. I love the hey how are you doing comments. I love the, oh, interesting book comments. Call me an attention-whore, but I love it all. Granted, hate comments can suck the awesome from blogging, but those are few and far between, and I don’t get bent out of shape about those things too much.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, I haven’t really gotten any comments from authors or from super star bloggers, unless you count Kristi at the Story Siren, but she doesn’t have a book deal yet, although I’d read her book if she wrote about YA blogging. I think I would be a very happy girl if authors commented on my positive reviews of their books. As for the not-so-positive reviews, well, feel free to disagree politely or explain why something is the way it is, and I’ll change the review. I’ve done it before, because I respect someone when they are gracious to me, despite my not liking their book. I honestly don’t mind author comments. I am not afraid to speak my mind, or be honest with my reviews, and as I said it is 100% okay with me if you disagree with me.
As for ease of commenting, I really hate word verification. I suppose I can understand enforcing it if you’ve gotten spam comments, but personally I’ve never ever had a spammer comment on my blog. Hurrah. I do know that when you get a blog, blogger automatically has the most annoying type of word verification set, the type where instead of the picture already being there, you are lulled into thinking YAY no verification, and then the page refreshes itself and you have to put in the code. I hate that. If you are going to have verification, at least have it upfront so I can type it in as soon as I’m done with comment, rather than accidentally clicking out of the page because I assume my comment posted because I didn’t see a verification to begin with. And yes, I’m the type who gets pissed when my paragraph long comments don’t post. It’s really easy to change the settings. Just click the Settings tab, then right underneath click Comments, it’s the fourth option, and from there you can make your word verification less annoying.
I found that by disabling word verification, I get more comments, because people don’t have to go through the extra step.
I love commenting, I really do, especially writing long comments. I think it feels awesome to receive those kinds of comments, so I like to pay it forward. To pay it forward, I’d like to comment more. So here is the deal, leave me your web address and I will leave you up to 10 comments because I am awesome on that, or just tweet me a link to something you really want a comment on I’m @booksandwine I promise I don’t bite…hard…