As a blogger, I absolutely adore getting comments! There’s no better feeling than knowing that someone has connected with something you’ve written enough to take the time to respond and start a conversation with you, and I really do appreciate every single comment that I get.
That’s why sometimes I feel bad because it seems to take me so long to get round to replying! I see some bloggers who get a lot more comments than I do who seem to get to them the same day, yet it can sometimes take me several days to get to all of mine.
It takes me a long time to write meaningful replies, and I really don’t like to have to dash off a quick ‘thanks for the comment’ because I don’t have time, so I always wait until I get chance to sit down properly and work my way through them (plus I always like to comment back where possible). I always really enjoy reading all of the comments I get, but I do worry sometimes that it takes so long for me to get to them that people just think I’m being rude and ignoring them!
But then if another blogger takes a while to respond to my comment on their blog then I never seem to question that they’ve just been busy, so I’m not sure why exactly I worry so much about it. We all have busy lives, and sometimes things just get in the way of blogging, and I think we can all understand that.
For example, this week I’ve moved house yet again (and this one has WiFi! I finally have internet access after 6 months without it!), which has pretty much ground my blog to a halt. I’ve only posted one post, my tweets have been pretty thin on the ground and I’ve only just got round to answering some comments from several days ago (and I’ve definitely struggled to find time to comment on anyone else’s blog!). These things happen, and no one minds, or possibly even notices, so I’m basically asking in this rambley post if anyone else ever gets what I’m calling ‘comment guilt’. Do you ever feel like it takes you too long to reply to your own comments, or that you don’t comment as much as you’d like on other people’s blogs? It really does seem like irrational guilt, but it’s just something I’ve been thinking about this week as I’ve struggled to find the time to blog.
So do you ever get ‘comment guilt’? Or even just ‘blogging guilt’ when you can’t find the the time to blog as much as you’d like?