Half of the fun of blogging comes from commenting other people’s posts and receiving comments on one’s own. WordPress cooperates up to a point by sending me an email every time someone writes a comment on one of my posts but that’s only half the battle. The other half is keeping up with my comments on other people’s blogs and any replies to them. I am not notified of these of course. So how do I keep track? WordPress does have a page that keeps a record of my comments on WordPress blogs but that doesn’t help me with the many blogs I follow on other sites.
Perhaps an example will make it easier to see what I mean. When I have time, I check all my favourite blogs new posts. Suppose Joe Bloggs on Blogger has just posted something really good and I feel impelled to comment. I do so and then pass on to other things. Next day I wonder what Joe (or visitors to his blog) thought about my comment and whether they have replied to it. The only way to find out is to visit Joe’s blog, find the post in question, click on comment tag and take a look. Easy enough, you might think.
The problem is that Joe’s isn’t the only blog I visit. I also visit – and post comments to – several other blogs. Keeping tabs on all my comments soon becomes a complicated business. The only way I have found to do it is to keep a special folder in my bookmarks and to save in it the URL of any post I comment. Then I can keep visiting these links until I am sure there is no more action. But one cannot really be sure of that: people sometimes comment long after the post was first published.
The result is that I tend to be a fly commenter. Like a kid throwing a stink bomb onto a bus I come, comment and run away, never to return. Looking at comments on my own blog, I think I see the same thing happening: people will leave a comment and I will post a reply, perhaps asking a question but there is never a reply to this.
Am I the only person with this problem? Or has someone cracked it and found a solution? Maybe the solution is obvious and I have simply failed to notice it.