I’ve had a post in draft for two weeks about a new WordPress plugin I’m using, but I kept holding off on publishing it because I thought it might be too techy (read: “boring”) for my personal blog. However, I’ve recently seen a few posts out there by people searching for answers to the problem this plugin solves, so here goes.
Darren has a great post about getting interactive with your blog readers. Among other things, Megan asks how do you respond to comments, and Problem Girl says she’s going to start responding to comments even though it is a pain for her to do on Blogger.
I used to have the dilemma about responding to comments too. If someone asked a general question I would respond on the blog, but otherwise I’d respond in email. What I didn’t like about this approach is that when you looked at the comments on my posts it appeared that I never respond when that is not the case.
So a few weeks ago I was delighted to discover a WordPress plugin called Comment Email Responder. It lets you respond to comments on your blog, and your response ALSO gets emailed to the original commenter. It is freaking fabulous.
Do you already use the Subscribe to Comments plugin? No problem, if the person you’re responding to is already subscribed to that entry, they will only get one email, not two. Sweet.
The only downside of the plugin is that you have to respond separately to each comment, so you end up looking like a jackass who is trying to inflate the comment count. But I think it works so well for the readers in every other way that I’m willing to look like a jackass.
See what I do for you people? Aw… I’m feeling the love already ;-)