Blogging Sin #3

The third most egregious blogging sin is failing to respond to questions and comments by readers. On low traffic blogs, it is common courtesy to respond to questions and comments left by readers. As the number of questions and comments grows, at some point the author will no longer be able to answer all the questions or respond to the comments, but nothing is more obnoxious than posting a serious question on someones low traffic blog and being totally ignored. It’s also a great way to discourage readers from leaving comments in the future – or even continue reading future posts.

9 comments to Blogging Sin #3

  • Honest question then, at what point, exactly, did you start hugging trees?

  • No response is required for nonsensical, sarcastic, or stupid questions.

  • I think I answer too many questions on my site 🙁

  • Jo

    I think there should be some leniency for people who only recently discovered they could have comments emailed to them. Not that I know anyone like that…

    So what are the first and second blogging sins?

  • Wait, so was my question nonsensical, sarcastic, or stupid?

  • Scott, a little of each.

    Jo, leniency granted. I'm not prepared the release the full list of blogging sins. But if you google it, you'll find about 30 lists of blogging sins others have put together.

  • First of all, I apologize for not responding to questions.

    Second of all, what is your suggested method of responding to questions? Posting a comment on the reader's blog? On my own blog? A new post?

    Third, I think a huge blogging sin is putting music on a blog.

  • P.S. What are blogging sins 1-2 according to Reuben Collins?

  • Sarah, no worries. I haven't responded to all the questions on my blog, either. Forgive me, for I have sinned…

    Generally, I would recommend responding to questions using another comment on the same post. It's the responsibility of the question asker to either subscribe to email updates or check back later for a response. It is acceptable, however, to respond with an entirely new post if the question is big/important/common enough.