(I hate posts with no photos, so here’s a first shot at adding some photos to a wordy post.)
There are many different ways of making and replying to comments. On Flickr, all the comments on a photo show up when you click on the photo, and the custom is to reply to photos by adding additional comments to your own photo. A key facet of this is that there is a Recent Activity section on the home page, so it’s easy to see what comments have been made, and one of the options (the default) lets you also see any additional comments made to the same photo, so you feel that people mostly will see your replies to their comments.
On Ravelry, any comments that are made on your projects or patterns are sent to you as private messages. The custom there is for you to reply directly to the commenter via the message system. This way, replies are almost always seen by commenters, though not by the general public. Since an awful lot of replies are “Thanks!” or the like, it certainly makes sense to do it this way.
Blog software varies as to how comments are handled. Some give you the option to sign up for an email when additional comments are made, so if the blogger replies to you on the blog and you have signed up for emails, you will hear. Some apparently allow the blogger to reply directly to the commenter via email. WordPress (which is what this blog uses) allows replies to individual comments and groups them together all right, but in order to see the reply, the commenter has to go back to the post where the comment was left. I don’t usually remember where I left comments, so I tend not to see that kind of reply. The email address of the person leaving a comment is available to me as blogger, but I don’t know of a way to respond to a comment at that email address.
Sometimes I manage to go to a comment, pull off the email address and start an email going, then copy the text into that email, do any formatting that seems reasonable, add a title (never sure what it should be) and send a response that way. Sometimes I reply on the blog. And sometimes I do neither and feel bad about it.
I certainly hope that those of you who frequently leave comments on my blog know how much pleasure that gives me! Would you find it satisfactory if I just left a reply on my blog? Or is a reply when there seems to really be something to say OK? I feel like an ingrate when I don’t acknowledge the comments in any way. This post does at least make it clear, I hope, that I really appreciate your taking the time to leave a comment! I do try to reciprocate and tend to leave comments more frequently on the blogs of those who comment on mine. Does that count?
This is my 93rd post, which means I’m coming very close to 100. There seems to be a bit of a tradition in blogland that a contest is a great way of marking a 100th post, so I will be doing that. My most logical contest prizes are books. I have a lot of very lightly used books that turned out not to be quite what I wanted, but that someone else would probably like to have. I also have a second copy of Think Outside the Sox that I got for having a pattern included. That will probably be the prize in my first contest. Then perhaps I will start having periodic scheduled contests for the other books I don’t need to keep. I hope some of you will find this fun!
One more photo that I’m pretty sure I’ve never shown you:
That was a really fun outfit to make!