In my last post I experimented with returning comments directly using the reply feature. It's a very handy feature Blogger introduced this year that makes direct responses to your post comments easy and efficient.
Drawbacks are that I'm not sure people have the time to click back and see if I replied to them or not; and also, it seems crowded with my own comments. Another drawback is that if you reply to one you should reply to all and then if you get distracted and don't do that, it's like you're ignoring people.
Don't think I'll keep it up.
Another way to respond is email directly when a comment shows up in my email. Drawback to this is that many bloggers have the noreply@ ________ address, so you can't reply. Otherwise, emailing back would be my favorite method to respond to comments.
I used to try to return the favor. If someone comments on my post, I'd click over and do the same on theirs. Only lately so many go straight to Google Plus and it's a big hassle finding their blog link, especially if I'm not in their circle and can't see anything. So forget that.
Wouldn't you know it. After three years of blogging, I'm more confused than ever about how best to respond to comments. That is messed up.