I am not liking the increasing number of automated and generic email messages I have been getting in my inbox on the pretext of thanking me for commenting on someone’s blog including the not so subtle request that I subscribe to their blog. I’m not going to point out the guilty culprits of this ridiculous practice trying desperately to get more subscribers, but I will tell you that it doesn’t work with me. Let me make something perfectly clear:
- I will never spam your inbox with such messages.
- I will not sell the email address you provide when subscribing to this blog.
- I will not use your email address for anything other than to build friendships with fellow bloggers, ask questions, or respond to questions from readers privately when needed.
- I highly value my readers and their time, responding to comments as quickly as possible within the comment section of each post.
You have probably gotten them yourself, those “thoughtful” little “Thank You for commenting on my blog” messages, along with the suggestion and link to “please subscribe to my blog”. These emails are becoming more and more annoying, and I now just delete them without even opening them. I’m also less likely to return to the blog, and certainly am less likely to comment again, risking yet another clumsy spam email.
If I like your blog and enjoy what you write about, I will subscribe in my own good time and participate in comments, and perhaps even link to your posts in upcoming articles. I don’t need or want one of those canned emails, but I do appreciate you taking the time to personally respond to those who comment by leaving a follow-up comment yourself on your own blog.
It is a simple task to subscribe to comments in WordPress blogs, but for other blogs I use CoComment to keep up with comments I’ve left. But, if you are dead set on sending out Thank You emails to your blog readers, at least take the time to personalize it for the specific commenter without the blatant “please subscribe to my blog“, or just don’t send them at all.
I also believe it is very important to have a published comment policy for my blog, where I clearly state what kind of comments are acceptable vs. those that are not, that I can easily refer to should I ever be questioned as to why a comment was not approved. There have been occasions where someone will attempt to comment on a post on my blog, using foul language and various obscenities, that I simply do not allow on my blog.
The most recent occurrence was from someone wishing to comment on my article, “Why Are Women So Strange and Men So Weird?” (that recently received almost 4000 hits from Stumble Upon in a matter of a few hours), with ten curse words contained in a three sentence diatribe of how the article is complete and total hogwash. Sorry buddy, take a look at my Comment Policy and you’ll know why your comment never made it through.
I’ve said it before, but apparently begs repeating, I do not allow such language on this blog. There are ladies present, and perhaps even children, so watch your language!
I had searched high and low trying to find a well-written, clearly-defined Comment Policy that I might be able to tweak and implement on my blog, but all of my searches kept bringing me back to Maki’s Copyright/Comment Policy on DoshDosh. Everything else I found was lawyer-jibberish that made no sense at all, so I decided to ask Maki for permission to use his comment policy with some personal tweaks to make it my own, and fortunately he accepted my request.
If you’re considering adding a comment policy to your own blog, consider asking Maki if you can use his as an example. Do you have a Comment Policy for your blog? What does it include? Do the “thank you for commenting and please subscribe to my blog” emails bother you too?