I’ve been responding to comments a lot lately, and I think I should do it consistently.
Problem is, I’m not sure people even bother checking back. No notifications are sent out when I reply to someone as far as I’m aware, so I never feel like just replying on here is all that needs to be done. Most of the time I’ll move over to the other person’s blog and leave a commented saying I replied to them, possibly including my reply as well. But that’s a fucking ass-backwards way of making conversation isn’t it?
Nasreen uses Disqus for her comments, which provide a nice little “hey something’s up” notification right in the comment section, there and on other sites that use Disqus, so I get notified fairly quickly. But I’m not too keen on moving to an external comment section provider, what with the over six-thousand comments I have stored here, and the loss of control third-partying this would bring.
But what other options are there? I don’t want to send out email notifications for stuff like this, that’s too heavy-handed. I could roll my own notification system, but then people would still have to visit my blog to know I replied. I don’t want to do social media integration either because Fuck That Shit. WordPress probably has solutions for this, but I imagine them being sub-optimal.
Do any of y’all manually check back after providing comments you feel I may end up replying to? Any ideas for this?