From Salted Caramel, come these questions about our blogs and how we feel about them. I wouldn’t want to say we are a bit obsessive about them, but when the shoe fits, run for the hills.
How important is the comments section to your blog?
It’s the most interesting part. Intelligent comments from people all over the world? What’s not to love? I also learn a lot from comments. People correct me and often point me to other areas on a similar or same subject.
I’ve been thinking lately about having an all blogger — well not ALL bloggers — but a lot of bloggers doing a communal Zoom. Hello, Switzerland, England, Australia, Tasmania, Germany, Canada, and Mexico. We might even find room for Arizona and California. Find out how good our selfies really are. A meet and greet without flying across an ocean or driving to the other coast.
If anyone has any interest, let me know. I know we have time difference issues, but maybe we could do it in segments. Anyway, I’m always awake because Bonnie never stops barking. She sleeps all day to be ready for her nightly barkathon.
Do you read the comments on other people’s blogs/posts?
I do. Sometimes because I want to be sure I’m not duplicating what someone has already said, but often because I’m interested to see what other people think about whatever the subject is. I have learned an incredible amount from comments to my own and other people’s blogs.
Spam comments and spammers: we all hate them. How do you identify spam comments?
First, I check to see if there is an actual blog attached. If it comes up as “does not exist,” it’s spam. If it’s entirely stolen material from other blogs? Spam. If it’s a commercial site trying to sell stuff, that’s what paid advertisements are for. Buy some ads. I’m not for sale. And sometimes, they may not be spammers, but they represent things that I abhor. I don’t want them on my site, either. I have enough blood pressure issues.
Have you ever “approved” negative comments?
I don’t have a problem with being corrected if I make a mistake, or arguing a point of interest as long as everyone remains civil, on-topic, and writes a version of English I understand. A lot of people think this kind of negativity is funny. I don’t know why they would think that, but they start acting almost “normal” and get more and more argumentative and annoying as time passes. I block them. They think I lack a sense of humor. The thing is, they aren’t funny. Maybe if they wrote better material? Nah.
There’s a lot of negativity around and since we got 45 in office, it is insane. I do not need more negative crap in my world.