Consensus was that if someone asks a question, most bloggers reply by email, if an email address is available. If not, an answer is posted in a reply comment.
This makes sense as most bloggers said they do NOT return to a post to reply to comments OR to read a reply to their comment. As several bloggers noted, thanks for compliments is redundant and time-consuming. ALL said that they enjoy getting and reading comments — everyone likes to be appreciated. One blogger said he likes to let readers know he appreciates them by saying so every now and then — good idea. Thanks, John.
TIME is what bloggers agree is in short supply not only when posting on their blogs, but when trying to visit other blogs too. Time is NOT really on their side at those times.
WHEW, Beatrice was glad to read that because she usually replied to just about every comment on one of her posts !
NOW, she plans to skip the reply comments and just answer questions or comment further in a direct email — unless comments can be handled in a separate post, like this one.
FINALLY, we were reminded that the # of followers (or friends) is not indicative of how folks many read a blog, regularly or not. Some folks we know have told us they enjoy our posts and chuckle when Grenville is tickled by his funny bones, which happens a lot.
Last one — THANKS for your views — glad you shared them with us.
Beatrice & Grenville