19th on our countdown (the best vs the worst parts of being an aspiring novelist): commenting under a blog post vs. emailing or visiting the commenters' blogs to acknowlegde a comment
we've been struggling with figuring out the best way to comment on comments.
if you're a commenter, you might have realized this:
we always comment on our blog UNDER your comments (er, we hope, anyway)
we always email comments as well. er, nope, we don't. (but we've started to.) HOWEVER, thanks to Abby (yes, click on the word Abby and follow her. she's awesome) we now realize we've been responding to a non-address. (your name @ no reply blogspot [dot] com) which means we're responding to no one. oops.)
sometimes we follow you over to your blog to reciprocate a comment (we mean to do this EVERY time...and will get better at it)we're busy moms, writers, and bloggers. but we intend to respond to all of you.
on a personal level.
you are our friends. sincerely.
SO, how do you prefer to have your comments acknowledged?
a) comments under our blog post
b)comments under YOUR blog post at YOUR blog
c)email (only if you want this you have to check the box on YOUR blog's profile to SHOW EMAIL. then we will no longer email you at a no reply address aka your email out there in oblivion)
(also check out this post by YA author elana johnson on comments...#3 also helped us figure out our replying via email problem.
lately we've been trying to do all three, and we believe that is the best way. then all commenters can see our comments, plus we're sending a personal email and making that connection with you, and we're visiting you to see what your thoughts are that day. it's only fair and right after all.
time consuming? yes. can we promise to do all three every day? no. we wish we could. so, since we can't do all three all the time. which method is your favorite?
And if you have a chance, let us know how you connect. How did you find us? How do you know other aspiring novelists? How do you find followers? Who do you choose to follow and what does that mean to you?