When I comment on somebody’s blog, it’s typically because whatever I’m read has caught my attention enough to say something about it, be it a compliment, a question, or a similar story. When I leave a comment, I do not expect that person to in turn leave a comment on my own blog.
I read a couple different posts recently (can’t remember the blogs to save my life…) debating the need to reciprocate comments. It got me thinking about how I feel about the whole thing.
It seems, however, that many bloggers will become upset and may even refuse to continue reading a blog if the comment ‘favor’ is never returned. I understand that many people simply do not have time to visit every single blog that leaves them a comment, especially if the blog gets upwards of 20 comments a day.
I want people to comment on my material because they have been inspired to say something, not because they feel like they have to pay me an obligatory visit. I often browse the blogs that leave me comments, but it’s often during my few spare moments in between work and school and studying and whatnot. I read many blogs that I do not necessarily comment on, and I would hate to think that any of those authors would remove me from their favorites simply because I’ve not commented when they have.
What do you guys think? When you comment on a blog, do you expect a comment on your own blog in return? Do you always reciprocate when somebody leave you a comment? If you do think people ought to comment back, I’d love to hear your reasoning behind that as well! : )