The holy grail of blogging success! What type of posts do you leave comments on?
I'm pretty bad at leaving comments. I'm just usually not sure what to say other than I agree or good review, so I usually just skip them. I'm much more likely to post a comment on a post that asks a question of the reader as it gives me a starting point. Also I find myself more likely to comment if I liked a book that the poster didn't or vise versa.
How do you try to encourage more comments on your blog?
Again, I'm pretty bad at this. Other than keeping my content original and promoting on Twitter, I don't really do anything to encourage comments. Don't get me wrong, I love them, but I'm not really sure of what to do to get more.
Do you respond to people who leave comments on your posts?
Yes, I try to respond to most comments. There are some where the response is as simple as just saying Thanks, but I feel it is better than nothing. However, I don't typically respond to generic comments left on Meme posts. If the comment isn't something more than "Great pick, check out mine." then I'm not going to respond.
How do you handle negative/spam comments?
I don't think I've ever gotten a negative comment on my blog. I have however gotten a few nasty ones on my amazon reviews. People can be pretty rude, but even so, I just gritt my teeth and ignore them. It isn't worth getting into an argument over. As far as spam comments, they just simply get deleted. A Book Obsession.. is a no spam zone. ;)
Do you use captcha?
I HATE CAPTCHA!! Lol, does that answer your question? In fact one of the biggest reasons I switched my commenting system over to intense debate was because of the lack of captcha. Due to some crazy glitch I couldn't get captcha to turn off on blogger's platform. (I knew how, it just wouldn't work.) It drove me utterly batty, but I'm happier than ever with intense debate's platform.