How do you respond to the comments on your blog? Do you try to email individually or comment on post yourself answering the comments above? What do you think is the best way to respond to comments and do you respond to all of them? Do you feel slighted if you don't receive a response back from the blog owner? (question courtesy of Jenn)
I reply to the comments I receive within the comment section on each post. Sometimes it can take a couple of days but I do try to reply to everyone, although I sometimes do a general reply if individual replies would just be repetitive, on my photo posts for example. On most of my bookish posts though I do try to respond to everyone. Emailing each commenter seems like it would be quite time-consuming so I don't do that unless very occasionally I want to chat with someone about a topic more indepth. And most blogs nowadays seem to have a way to subscribe to the comments on any individual post, so it's easy to see the replies, via email, without having to remember to go back to the original blogs.
I also try to return the visit by commenting on the blogs of those who have commented on mine. I'm not always very good at keeping up with this, especially lately, but I keep trying. Since I never seem to have enough time to comment everywhere that I'd like to though, and since I'm often a bit behind in reading others posts, I do end up lurking a lot sometimes. And I have to admit that I comment a lot less on the blogs that don't give any kind of response. I completely understand that it takes time to respond, and that not everyone has that time, but even in real life, if it feels like I'm just talking to myself, I'll soon fall silent. I know some people are happy to keep on chatting away, so I think it's a personality thing. I guess I feel that replying to comments is a way to build up a relationship with other bloggers, a conversation of sorts. A few of my favourite bloggers always reply to comments and even to comments on older posts so it really encourages me to visit more often. And ultimately creates a positive spiral as I visit more, I get to know them better and comment more, and so on.
So what it boils down to is that I love to receive replies and always try to do so on my own blog. And while I tend to comment more on the blogs that do reply, or that visit me regularly, there are lots of other blogs I love reading and will continue to do so regardless of whether they reply to comments or not.
I hope I haven't made anyone feel bad by explaining my thoughts on this. How do you respond to comments?
Avis of she reads and reads tagged me for the Bookshelf meme, started by Eva at A Striped Armchair, ages ago, but I forgot all about it until recently. Sorry! I'm going to skip the rules because I think they are most likely very out of date, but here are my answers...
The book that’s been on your shelves the longest:
I guess it would be my Narnia boxed set, or maybe an old copy of Clifford the Big Red Dog that I think I still have tucked away in a box somewhere. I don't really have any of my baby books though, and due to various long-distance moves I only have a select few of my children's books left. It's probably a good thing considering my extreme lack of space but I do wish I still had some of them. I talked more about my childhood books last year.
A book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time, etc.):
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell reminds me of England since he's English and that's where I got it and we were living at the time. But it also reminds me of Japan because he spent some time here and his wife is Japanese. Change the genders around and it's my life, well except for the being a brilliant writer part! It also reminds me of when I had an opportunity to go to a reading and live interview with David in London after which we chatted for a few minutes, me rather tongue-tied, as he signed my copy. David was such a nice guy! It's one of my most treasured, signed books.
A book you acquired in some interesting way (gift, serendipity in a used bookstore, prize, etc.):
A couple of years ago I never would have imagined that I'd receive books sent to me directly by the authors! The wonders of blogging! And it's nothing out of the ordinary now, but a few years ago receiving a book from half way around the world through Bookcrossing seemed pretty exciting. Isn't it amazing how the internet has made the world so much smaller?
A book that’s been with you to the most places:
That would have to be my small assortment of children's books, as they moved with us in Canada from Manitoba to Victoria, and later travelled to England, first to London then to Cambridge, and are currently residing with me Japan.
The most recent addition to your shelves:
I was going to say my copy of Drood by Dan Simmons that arrived about 3 weeks ago, but the small Amazon order I made last week just showed up this afternoon. It included Emma, vol. 8 by Kaoru Mori, The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz, and The Love We Share Without Knowing by Christopher Barzak.
A bonus book that you want to talk about but doesn’t fit into the other questions:
How about my most watched book? By that I mean the book to screen adaptation I've watched the most, and that would be without a doubt Pride and Prejudice. I've only read the actual book two or three times, but I've watched the BBC TV series countless times and even the more recent movie version a few times. Ah, the classic love story! And my default answer for "What's your favourite book?" so I don't have to think, because really, who can choose just one?!
Again, I'm sorry it took me so long to do this. Because this made the rounds so long ago, I'm not going to tag anyone, but if you'd like to revive it, please feel free to grab it and let me know so I can come read your answers. Or answer a question or two in the comments, I'd love to hear about your memorable books.