In the first few weeks of starting my blog there was one question that troubled me more than any other - how should I respond to comments?
At first I responded within the comment box itself and assumed that if a blogger was interested enough in my post, they'd come back to see if I'd responded to their comments. Then I realised I rarely went back to another bloggers post; not because I wasn't interested but because there simply wasn't enough time.
But at the same time I really appreciated the bloggers who took the time to reply to my comments via email. It felt as if they had made an extra effort. So I decided to do the same, and now I reply to comments via email and post my response in the comment box. Unfortunately it does take more time and I can't always respond straight away, and sometimes I wonder if I attach too much importance to commenting.
How do you respond to comments on your blog? Do you appreciate bloggers who respond to your comments via email? As your follower numbers increase, how do you plan to balance responding to comments, visiting other bloggers, and writing?