I pride myself on being pretty cluey with technology. I’ve usually been able to work things out with a bit of trial and error. I don’t usually refer to a manual unless I get stuck, really stuck.
I thought I had the basics of blogging down pat; you know, the core basics – write a post, watermark the image, Smush.it even, upload it, receive comments, give replies. Easy.
So you can imagine my horror, on the auspicious occasion of my 100th post where I talk about what I know about blogging and commenting, to discover that I know even less than I thought I did.
All the comments I received started the cogs turning in my head. Suddenly, I had a niggling worry. As I pondered the issue over the weekend, my worry became a fully tangible realisation and I was horrified.
Horrified…….that no one had ever received any of my replies to their comments……surely this couldn’t be true?
So I searched Google and support forums about the technical features of comment reply notification. I also checked with three lovely bloggy friends who regularly comment, Grace from Musings of Mama Grace, Maria from Bicultural Mama and Jess from Diary of a SAHM. Sadly, the answers were conclusive. It’s all true. True!
Oh, the embarrassment, the shame!
In an earlier post on bloggy love, I publicly stated that I always try to reply to every comment I receive because I personally feel it to be common courtesy. But if no one has ever received notification that I replied, for all intents and purposes, it will look like I never did. Talk about the appearance of inauthenticity!
I also felt frustrated.
For a while now, I’ve been trying to juggle my time commitment and priorities between blogging related activities and the rest of my life. One thing that has always taken a lot of time and thought are my replies to comments, partly because I value engagement, and partly because that’s how I roll. If someone has taken the time to comment, I want to be sure I return the favour by leaving considered replies.
My blog statistics say I’ve written 475 replies. That’s right 4-7-5 replies. None of these have gone to the intended reader. None. Zero. Zilch. Nada.
So now that I know the sad fact, I’ve reached a point of resignation. I can’t undo the past. But I have a strategy to move forward and make sure email notifications on replies do go out from now on.
Through this whole contemplation, one thing that has surprised and humbled me is the fact that despite the appearance I’ve never replied to anyone’s comments (ie: couldn’t be bothered to engage with you), a core group of you keep coming back to visit my blog, read my posts and comment; again and again. I HAVE to say a HUGE thank you to all of you who do. I really appreciate it.
I value your input, your thoughts, your engagement on my blog, via comments and replies on your blogs, via Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Engagement was one of my key goals when I started my blog and you have helped me achieve that goal.
This weekend, I learnt a little lesson; read the manual, dufus!
I was also reminded how lovely bloggers can be.
Have you ever had one of “those” moments in life? How did you handle it?
I’m linking with Jess from Diary of a SAHM for IBOT.