I gotta be honest, this post is a little selfish. You see, I just really like to see your smiling faces. And when I launched this blog on WordPress, as the comments poured in I realized that many of you do not have your email set up with Gravatar, which means that next to your lovely comments is… a mystery man. That just will not do!
Let’s back up a little. I myself did not know how to get my face next to my comments on non-Blogger blogs for quite a long time. Somewhere along the way I figured it out, and after that I started to notice that I got more traffic from the comments that I left because people could see my face. It’s that simple. There are millions of Kates out there, but smiling blonde Kates wearing pink? Okay, still a lot, but not as many, and I think just seeing a picture next to a comment makes you want to click on it more. I mean, if a picture is worth a thousand words… you should probably get yourself a picture.
All you have to do is go to Gravatar and get yourself hooked up with a picture. It barely even requires a tutorial- just go, sign-up, and hook up any email that you might type into the comment form on a blog. Then upload your picture and assign it to your email addresses! Easy peasy.
A little more about comments here (we are still in the first week, after all!): Having an active comment section on my blog is really important to me, and part of that is having you guys get to know each other and find blogs of like-minded people. I’ve found that clicking on comments on blogs that I love is a great way to find other great blogs, and it would make me so happy if any of you were to have that experience here. One of the panels at AltNYC talked a lot about having an active comments section.
One of the ideas they talked about was replying to comments on your blog in the comments section. This isn’t anything new, but the example they gave really hit home for me. One of them talked about how on A Cup of Jo, Joanna replies to comments at random. She can’t reply to all of them (and it would probably get boring to scroll through if she did) so instead she picks some and responds. I am by no means that size, but I’m kind of adopting the same principle here. If a question is asked I will answer in the comments section, and then after that I’m just gonna pick a few.
I know that this is hard because you don’t always come back to the post, so I’ve gone ahead and installed the Subscribe to Comments plugin so that if you are really interested in a post or leave a particularly meaningful comment and want to know the response, you can get updates in your inbox. You also might have noticed that my new blog has pretty sweet threaded comments, and I’d love for you guys to reply to each others comments and get a dialogue going if you feel so inclined.
So here’s what I want to know today: what is your comment policy on your blog? I’m still testing this out, so as a reader- what do you prefer? Discuss!
P.S. If you’d like to get to know the lovely ladies that I used for my graphic above, just go check out the comments on my posts from this week. Those were all the faces I could find as of yesterday afternoon- everyone else was a mystery man!