Rain is tapping at my window on this lovely Sunday morning. The air smells clean. My mind is clear. And I am thinking of you. Our day has yet to begin, so I enjoy this luxury.
More specifically, I am thinking of the subject of accessibility.
Do you, as bloggers, reply to comments via email or within the comments section itself or both?
Generally speaking. I know there are exceptions to either preference.
I used to email everyone back, however I felt it made it look like I ignored my comments. Then I tried responding with comments of my own on specific posts, but that was just messy. Plus, I rarely go back to see if anyone has replied to comments I leave on other blogs.
Finally, I tried responding to comments with comments of my own and then emailed those commenters to check for the published reply.
Yeah. Um, no. That was crazy. Though probably the most effective.
ProBlogger has a great article on accessibility as a blogger, by the way. But it still left me with questions. That's why I am coming to you.
For reasons that I will gladly share with you soon, I have been discussing the topic of iconic bloggers lately with a handful of fairly iconic blogger friends. The fact that I have access to these people is both laughable and a result of my not thinking of them as "iconic."
What never fails is that the "big name blogger" with whom I am speaking always thinks that one of the other "big name bloggers" with whom I am speaking is the real deal, while they are just a fraud to be outed as such at the next turn.
Celebrity is perception. Online celebrity is virtual perception.
All of it is fleeting. All of it is surreal. All of it is laughable.
We would do well by ourselves to laugh. We would do well by ourselves to let it go. We would do well by ourselves to just keep writing... and reading... and sharing.
Which brings me back to the notion of accessibility. I am a mom, at home with my boys, reaching out and releasing some brain waves through the internet. I tend to talk to you about non-poop-related stuff because I live poop-related stuff. Rather, I talk to you about the stuff that I can not talk to my toddlers about. Or, at least, I talk to you about stuff about which I get unsatisfactory responses from my toddlers.
But occasionally I wonder if you feel like I'm talking at you rather than with you. Because of the comments question I asked above.
I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.
I am the walrus.
Purple. Apricots. Yes. Absolutely. Always.
But I would also like to hear your response.
Do you get caught up in the "celebrity" status of some bloggers and feel like you wouldn't be noticed if you did comment? Do you inadvertently appear to be a blog-snob yourself because you have yet to master the art of replying to comments?
What defines "accessibility" when it comes to bloggers?
How accessible are you? How do you respond to comments?
Am I taking these questions too seriously? Do you even care?
If you are not a blogger, I am quite sure you do not care. In which case, my apologies. We are quite full of ourselves and our minutiae, no?
Goo goo g'joob.