Discussion: How Long is Too Long to Comment?

Posted June 7th, 2017 by in Discussions / 18 comments

The other day I was looking at a blog post of mine here at Once Upon a Chapter. It had been posted two months ago and I wasn’t sure if I should respond to the blog comments or not. After all it had been two months. It seemed like an awful long time and it was too late to respond. I replied anyway! I’m not sure where I got this “rule” from but I thought it would make a good discussion post.

How long is too long to respond to a blog post or comment?

As a blogger I try to comment back when someone comments on my post. I feel they took the time to respond to something I had shouted out into the void of the Internet so I do the considerate thing and respond….even when its been months. I’m not sure if its the right thing to do or not but I do it anyway. (My blog, my rules you know?)

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As a reader I will leave a meaningful comment no matter how old the post. If I can’t leave a meaningful comment but I read the post, I’ll share it via social media. I don’t care how long a blogger takes to get back to me. I know life gets crazy and we do this for fun. Having that comment reminder email is a life saver though!

This brings me to the discussion questions:

Bloggers: Do you follow any rules for commenting?

Readers: Is there a time where you know longer care if you receive a response? Does a response to your comments matter to you? Is there a social faux pas in taking a lengthy time to reply?



18 Responses to “Discussion: How Long is Too Long to Comment?”

  1. Lover Of Romance

    I don’t think there is a certain “rule” for me I try to respond when I can. But sometimes I miss a comment and forget to reply and there have been times when its months before I realize it. But I do try to comment back as soon as I have time for it.

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    • Stephanie

      I wouldn’t say that I have strict rules or anything but I do try to comment back. I’m glad to see the majority of people aren’t expecting immediate responses. It’s funny because I expect myself to do it but don’t expect it of others.

  2. herding cats & burning soup

    I’ve had some like that. I don’t mind a reply at any point though sometimes they’re so old I’m like…wait, what was this about?! lol But it’s fine. I do appreciate when bloggers take the time and acknowledge their followers. When I first started blogging I ran into a lot that didn’t ever reply and honestly it was a huge let down as a reader/newbie blogger. Not fun to feel like you’re talking to a wall.

    And I love when readers check out old posts. I’ve had a few comment on 2-4 year old posts recently. Gives me a bit of a start and that wait, what? moment again but then I catch up and it’s cool 🙂

    • Stephanie

      I’m ashamed to say that when I first started blogging I had images of millions of page views and Scrooge McDuckin’ through the thousands of ARCs I’d be accepting. Needless to say that dream never came to fruition. A few years in I decided I wanted to be more about the book blogging community than I needed the accolades or the ARCs. (They’re nice but not necessary.) I find I enjoy building those friendships with other bloggers WAY more. Usually the basis of that is commenting. And replying or visiting back and commenting.

      I LOVE comments on old posts. It means either they went digging or they came across a link somewhere. 🙂

    • Stephanie

      That’s what I love most about commenting: building that friendship and chatting about what we all love. 🙂 I don’t expect other bloggers to respond to every single comment but I have been expecting it of myself.

  3. Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons

    I try to reply to all comments, but sometimes I accidentally delete the email and I forget to comment back. It may be a while then, but that’s rare. I don’t mind if people take a while to respond back. Everyone gets busy and this isn’t a job, it’s a hobby. I don’t expect a comment back, but I do feel that discussing books and bookish topics is the whole fun of doing this.

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    • Stephanie

      Exactly! I feel like commenting is more of an expression that I think the blogger/post is worth the effort to comment. I love interacting with bloggers because there are very few people in my real life to have these discussions with. I don’t have expectations of other bloggers but I do of myself and I imagine that is true for most of us. 😀

  4. Beth W

    I regularly spend weeks away from my blog comments, so I’m a fan of not having a timeline. I try to respond in-line, and then go comment on the responder’s blog, but I’m not sure they even check back to see what I’ve responded to their comment, so maybe I should just comment back? *shrug*

    • Stephanie

      I live my life by timelines that don’t exist in anyone’s head but my own! Lol. I think I’m probably my own toughest critic. I get an email that notifies me when you respond to my comments. 🙂 Since I’ve delved back into blogging more consistently again I just comment no holds barred. If people respond great, if they visit great, if not that’s okay too.

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