Thank you, dear readers, for your comments on the previous post. For the first time since I first started blogging, when I had no more than a dozen comments ever, I have replied to each of you directly following on from your comment. It was a lot of work which took me several hours and I would be grateful if some of you could go and read my replies. It also means that I haven't had the time to visit your blogs as well; I will remedy that as soon as I can.
Could those of you who regularly reply to comments (other than the nice pics - thanks for sharing - wow - good post - variety; or the comments which consist of copied and pasted bits of your original post with a couple of additional, complimentary words), tell me if you find readers coming back to 'collect' your replies? I found it interesting to read and think about your comments and reply right away. It leads to further examination of the original reason for the post and engaged me in a - hopefully not entirely one-sided - exchange with you. But it makes the whole blogging experience even more time consuming. I'd be grateful for your thoughts.
I would also ask those of you who have decided against replying directly to comments to please explain your reasons, if you have them. Blogger has given us this Reply button now and I wonder how many have newly thought of using it. My inclination is towards a genuine exchange with commenters on the posts which would benefit from it, but others might find it irksome to have to return to a post they are done with. Would a compromise, where only those comments which raise a pertinent point receive a reply, be the way to go? Gardening, photographic, memes and other lightweight posts would be excluded; perhaps a quick sentence at the end of the individual post would be useful? Or is the whole thing too cumbersome and complicated?