Do You Return to See if Your Comment Was Answered?

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You leave a comment, perhaps even asking a question or making a point that you know would be volleyed back if you were in a face-to-face conversation, and sometimes the blogger picks up the thread and answers you back to continue the exchange of thoughts and sometimes they don't depending on technical limitations, time, or connection.  But the question is: do you return to the comment section to see if it was answered there?

To return or not to return is the question.  By which I mean, going to hanging out on their site, lingering around to see if they respond to your comment beneath their post.  Some people never look back once they read a post and leave a comment.  Other people leave their comment and then swing back through later to see if it has been remarked upon, also looking at what the people who have come after them have written. 

Sometimes you want to see if the person took your words well -- are they cranky or grateful?  Sometimes you picked a fight and want to see if the person punched back.  Or you've asked a question and you honestly want an answer.

The other side of the equation is that the author will continue the conversation in their comment section, and they have no clue if the commenter will return to see their response.  Of course, other commenters will get the benefit of the extra words, but unless you email the commenter directly, you have no idea whether your words will be found or be shouted into the ether.

So how many people return to the comment section to check on their comment, and how many people leave never to return?  Or does it depend on the type of comment left?

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Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her novel about blogging is Life from Scratch.

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