Thursday, August 07, 2014 21:40

Fairytale News | Do you comment on older posts?



'Mel on reading' is a little feature I created as part of my Fairytale news. It's my way to show my thoughts on topics that go from pet peeves in reading to my favorite things in books.


I like to stay up to date when it comes to commenting. I leave comments around the blogosphere almost every day, because I follow a lot of blogs and I want to give everyone some comment love. It sometimes still happens that I’m behind on commenting. If I take my situation now; I went away for four days and I have around 500 unread posts I still need to comment on. Sometimes it's so tempting to click on the 'read all' button, but I would feel.. guilty and I'm afraid I missed exciting posts.

This got me thinking, how do you feel about commenting on older posts? Do you feel like it’s a waste of time, because the blogger is already several posts further? Or do you feel like you still want to give that old post some comment love? Sometimes I like to scroll in the archive from a blog and I'm not sure if it's appreciated if I comment on a very old post or if those posts just doesn't matter anymore.

So, how do you feel as blogger if you get comments on older posts? I personally love it, because it shows me that people pay attention to my blog. That sometimes they might look for a review and that they have found it on my blog, doesn’t matter how old it is. I think older posts, like older books, always deserve comment love and attention.
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Mel@thedailyprophecy

Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.

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  1. I like receiving and commenting on older posts. I don't mind getting them. I think it's a great thing! Like you, sometimes, I get tempted to click "mark read all", but I might miss awesome posts, too.


    ~ Dre @ Sporadic Reads

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    1. I guess there's no other way then to comment on older posts in order to catch up.

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  2. I do like it too when somebody comments on an older post, it goes to show that they're making every effort to read your posts. Its great to see you back Mel, I hope you had a great time, I know how daunting it can be catching up with comments, I'm always behind, but take your time with it! :)

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  3. I'm very behind on commenting haha, so this post is quite relevant to me. I think receiving comments on older posts feels great, it's like waking up to a lovely surprise. It also makes me feel like the commenter wanted to read that specific post of mine and makes me feel special. I really appreciate all of the comments I get (:

    However when it comes to myself commenting, I find it difficult to comment on older posts because I feel like I don't really have anything to add when there's already a whole bunch of comments. I suppose it's just a little self conscious issue lol, because I do know that I got to have something unique to add. Lol like your review for The girl with all the gifts, girl. I've been trying to comment something on that review for quite some time but just can't come up with the words lol. I guess that's another issue for me :p

    Great discussion post Mel (:

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    1. Haha, you don't HAVE to comment if you can't come up with something ;)

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  4. I still feel giddy when I receive a comment on a blog post, old or new. But there is something about a comment on an old post that feels more special, like someone went searching for it specifically or wanted to read it more to make that extra effort. Posts that are a few days old, I consider the same as new posts though because I tend to do my commenting in bulk and comment on several posts as one time. Like i'm about to do now to catch up on your blog :)

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    1. Yes and I really like your comment sprees :)

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  5. I'm a weirdo, I guess, because I try to comment on the most recent posts that interest me when I visit a blog. I'm thinking about it from the perspective of trying to support the blogger as well, particularly if it's a blog tour post or author guest post or whatever, which tends to be seen more and you want to do well!

    I appreciate the time anyone takes to leave a comment on our blog, but we're so busy that I don't really respond to older posts. Just like on GoodReads, the conversation could be never-ending and can be pretty time-consuming, so at some point I just have to let it go.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. I can totally understand that. You do get a lot of replies on your Goodreads reviews, I can see it's hard to keep up with that all the time.

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  6. I appreciate every comment and honestly, I'm pretty okay with commenting on peoples old posts or somebody commenting on an old one of mine. If I can reply, I will, and if I look a little weird, so be it, but sometimes you do fall behind and miss a post that you enjoyed and want to say something about. Don't hold back, a comment is a comment, better late than never right?

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  7. As I wasn't able to blog all that much since mid-June and I'm just getting back into the flow of things, I'm prettttttttty behind on commenting. I read a few blog posts here and there but that's about it. So whenever such a thing happens, I usually go far back in my blog feed to read and comment on as much posts as I can.

    However, usually, I do comment on older posts because I love reading them and commenting is just a way of appreciating them.

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  8. Even before I started blogging, I commented on posts whether or not they were old or new. Like you said, it shows that people put the effort into looking at your blog and really. I appreciate every comment, though, so I don't I would care if it was on an old or new post.

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  9. I agree with you. <3 I love love love getting comments on older posts :) And I do comment on others too. Well, I try to, hih. I also, like you, comment on a lot of blogs each day :) but I'm still behind, because I haven't been able to go comment back on those new that have commented on my blog :( I just don't have the time. And now I am at least 3 months behind. ACK. But I'm hoping to have time for it very, very soon. We'll see. Because I do love all the comments I get. <3 ANYWAY. Amazing post Mel :)

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    1. You always seem so up to date with commenting!

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  10. I agree with you too. I love comments, doesn't matter if it's a new or older post!

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  11. I hardly ever comment on old posts as I usually use bloglovin to visit blogs and only recent posts show up there. Last weke there was a blogger who tweeted about a post from her archive though and after reading it I decided I had to comment, the blogger even replied to my comment.
    As a blogger I like receiving comments on old posts, although it doesn't happen often. Just like Amanda said I appreciate every comment. Though I've only had a few comments on older posts and soemtimes I wonder how many people even see those older posts or if they only visit the most recent posts, like I usually do.

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    1. Those Tweets with archived posts are so fun. I sometimes find the most interesting posts :)

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  12. It's not that I have a lot to say in the way of comments as I am absolutely rubbish at that myself. However, I think it's not as much about spreading the commenting love for me but about having something to say. There are a lot of posts that I simply mark as "read" because I'm not interested in reading them. But when there's a post that pushes me to think, I will comment on it because I want to share it. I want the other blogger to know that because of their posts there is still a chance for my brain to remain functional. And that applies to posts both old and new ;)

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    1. Haha, yes, it's also important to only reply when you have something to say.

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  13. What blogger doesn't love a good comment, whether it's from the most recent post or from a post a while back? I don't want any viewer to ever feel like they have to leave a comment but if something I write makes them want to then I am all for it, whenever that post was made. I am, how, least likely to reply to a comment made on older (meaning it was published months ago) than I am a newer post. Does that make sense?

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  14. I rarely comment on older post unless I saw the link somewhere (most likely via twitter) because I check my rss reader frequently and if it’s already marked as read means I already read it (and had probably commented on it). I don’t follow a lot of blogs so I make it a point to comment on the post that I have really something to say/share. But that being said, there’s nothing wrong or unproductive giving some loving to older post.

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  15. It'll surprise me for a moment, but it's really kind of nice when someone takes the time to find an older post of mine and comments on it - and, whenever it's a comment on an older post, it tends to be a well-thought-out comment that the person really thought about since they already took the time to find posts that inspire them to still comment. Plus, I think I have to be supportive of late comments since I'm usually behind on reading posts and it's either later comments or none at all!

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  16. I think it's the thought that counts more than anything. It doesn't matter if it's a new post or an old post, you took the time to comment on something of mine, and that's really thoughtful, you know? I guess the only downside to commenting on old posts is that sometimes they get lost in my comment feed, and I never have a chance to reply; where as if you comment on a recent post, it'll be there waiting for me to reply to it, you know? But other than that, I think they're both wonderful and thoughtful all the same.

    Thanks for sharing Mel, and, as always, BRILLIANT post! <3

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

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  17. I usually comment on the newest post, even if it's a week or two old. I have my comments set to turn off after 30-ish days, because I find that a lot of the ones that get added later are actually spam. Happy Friday, Melanie!

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  18. I don't usually comment on older posts, even if I read it, although if someone comments on an older post of mine I am very happy. So I should rethink that. But I do tend to comment on recent posts because I try to stay up to date with my blog reading as well, and if I do get behind, I don't go back very far to catch up. I admire the fact that you try to read as much of your backlog as you can!

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  19. I definitely like to comment on older posts..mostly because I need to catch up..usually I get so busy I miss out on content..so I definitely try to drop by blogs..and catch up!

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  20. Hmmm.. I definitely think this is a mixed kind of side. I like it when people make the effort to go through my blog and go through posts, but at the same time, I do not always have enough time to blog so then trying to backtrack through people's old posts is time consuming, if I see something of interest, I'll read it, but I do not always comment because weirdly I feel like they might think I'm stalking their blog a little too intensely. It is definitely a good question to ask.

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  21. I always smile when I see someone comment on an older post; I feel like it means they like my blog enough to go back a bit, not just read the first post on my home page. To me, comments are comments! I'll take them wherever they show up :)

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  22. I envy your ability to comment on tons of posts! I always see your comments on others' blogs as well as mine and think, "How does Mel do it?!" I do try my best to keep up with commenting but I really only try and comment on posts that I have something to add to the discussions to save some time. I've also become a big fan of the "like" button on Bloglovin'! As for older posts I love commenting on older ones, and I love getting comments on older ones, too! Like you said it makes me happy to see people exploring the blog and checking out some older content. :) Great discussion, Mel!

    -Em @ Books & Cleverness

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    1. Haha, I just have a lot of time at the moment and I like to use that for commenting around. And I have a system that seems to really work for me :)

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  23. Yes I do from time to time. But if i feel that I've to little to say then I don't . I feel socially conscious that my comments are so short and others so long and wordy in comparison to mine. And so feel less worthy to comment. I'm weird, I know and thank you for the post Mel

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  24. I like commenting on older posts, I'm often behind on posts by several days because of work so it's rare that I comment on posts the day they go live, unless it's Saturday and Sunday. I love going through people's archives and commenting though, especially if they are a blog I just recently followed .. I always find some gems in the archives :) I LOVE getting comments on my older posts as well!!

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  25. All kinds of comments make me happy, whether it's on an old post or a new one. I love it when I get someone else's two cents on an old discussion post, or when they discuss with me on a newer review. As Zoe has said here, it's the thought that counts!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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  26. If people comment on my like 1 month old post, I would even bother replying anymore. I just don't have the time, I would prefer if my readers would comment on my most recent reviews so I can reply back. I enjoy small talk with my followers hehe

    I usually comment on posts that I see on the home page. HAHAH

    www.lite-rate-ture.com

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  27. I love getting comments, on posts old or new. I don't always comment back on older ones but I definitely read and appreciate them all!

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  28. I don't think it's a waste of time and I go back to comment on something if I missed it and it sounds interesting. I love getting comments on old posts or posts even I forgot about. :)

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  29. I do still leave comments on all posts. I actually do love getting comments on old posts, because that means people are really interested in my posts and that they'd still like to share their thoughts on posts I've written even months ago! :)

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  30. I'll leave comments on old-ish posts whenever I forget to check my bloglovin for a few days (which happens a lot, to be honest lol). I definitely still think it's worth going back and commenting- I mean, as a blogger, it's always nice to see someone take interest in something you've written- it doesn't matter whether it's straight after you've written the post or years :)

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  31. I personally love when people comment on older posts. It's almost more special then the comments on the most recent posts. It means they took the time I look through my blog, or even searched for a certain post because they value what I have to say. :)

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  32. I don't comment much on older posts unless the blogger has linked one in a more recent post or there's something I really have to say. I don't consider posts less than a week old "older" though. I try to return the visit/comment when someone leaves a comment on my blog and sometimes there's nothing to say about their most recent post so I'll go back a few days.

    I have comments on my blog turned off on posts over 30 (or 60?) days old because I get flooded with spam every time I turn them back on. I hate that! I hate dealing with the spam too, and I wasn't really getting comments on my old posts anyway. But it still bothers me that someone might come along and want to comment on an old post and will think I'm rude or whatever because I have comments turned off.

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    1. I didn't even know you could do that, haha. How annoying that you get so much spam!

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  33. I am all about commenting on older posts - some of that comes from getting really behind on my bloglovin feed, but a lot of times if I'm looking at a new blogger's blog (new to me) I will randomly select reviews or scroll down a bunch of posts and comment on whatever strikes my fancy! I don't know that I've ever really gotten comments on posts older than a week though, so it doesn't look like it's a common thing haha

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    1. I don't get many comments on older posts either, but sometimes they pop up and it's surprising :D

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  34. I don't usually comment on older posts, although I always love seeing comments on older posts. It makes me feel grateful that people took the time to look through my posts :)

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  35. Personally, I comment on older posts AND I also like getting comments on older posts too! I like to comment on posts that interest me and if I don't have time right away, I save them for later. This is especially true for my favorite blogs but sometimes, if I get REALLY behind, I will miss some posts from blogs I visit less often. 95% of the time though, I try to catch up on ALL the blogs I follow, regardless how old the post is.

    As for receiving comments on old posts, I love it just as much as getting a comment on a new post. It makes no difference to me because I love to talk books with my bookish people, even if I read the book ages ago :)

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  36. Sometimes I scroll through a blog's old posts but I don't usually comment on them. I don't know why, I've just always done the most recent. Maybe because it can be hard to keep track of old post comments when replying? I get quite a few comments on old posts because I write blog tips and tricks that bloggers look in the archives for. Sometimes it's hard to keep track of those comments when they don't occur as often as my recent post comments.

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    1. It's definitely harder to reply to older comments. I seem to forget about those more easily.

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  37. I like it as well. I think that comments on older posts show not necessarily that someone's trying to keep up to date on blogs they read (which is also a nice thing!), but that something else about my blog really piqued their interest enough to look into my archives. Or even that a person was brought to my blog through a Google search, perhaps. I work hard on all my posts, so I appreciate comments on each and every one of them, regardless of the timing between the post being published and the comment being published.

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  38. Confession: I don't really like commenting on older posts. :| It's like you said -- I feel like the blogger won't pay it that much attention, or appreciate it as much, since their blog has been updated several days ahead already. But that's just me being selfish and being really short on time. I'm seriously in awe of how devoted you are to catching up with older posts though, and I love that you still comment on some of my old ones, too! <3 It really means a lot to me.

    I usually don't leave comments on posts older than a week, unless it's on a subject that's really interesting. Maybe once I graduate from high school I'll be able to be as hardworking as you are when it comes to commenting, haha!

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    1. That is good to hear Megan! I love leaving comment love when I feel the post deserves it :)

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  39. It just depends on the situation! I get a lovely warm fuzzy feeling when I get a comment on an old review that I thought was good but didn't get many comments because I simply had fewer readers at the time. I generally comment on newer posts in lieu of older ones, unless I see an older one with a lot less comments than the newer one. I know I like comments spread out, rather than concentrated on one single post. Generally, I'm bad and don't comment on really old posts, unless I'm browsing a blog and something catches my eye or a blogger happens to link to one of their old posts and I'm curious. I guess, in all, it's a case-by-case basis. :)

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  40. Hmm, I don't feel weird commenting on older posts, because in the first place I only comment when I really have something to say. However, if the post is outdated, I am less likely to comment even if I read it late - unless I'm really close to that person and know they would appreciate my thoughts.

    When I get comments on old posts, I dunno. It's flattering, at least a little, but at the same time it can annoy me if they then make some remark that shows they're not up to date on my blog - or don't realize the post is old (i.e. because it was tweeted by the Tweet Old Posts plugin).

    But I wouldn't say a post is "old" until like a month after the posting date. Not everyone checks their feedly/bloglovin every day. Some get backlogged and then go through their reader in phases, and stuff. Some check once a week. Besides, I don't feel like you NEED to read every post of every blog you follow, just the ones that interest you.

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    1. Agreed! I don't think it's necessarily to comment on every post unless you feel you have something interesting to say.

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  41. I always comment on older posts because like you, my unread posts always manages to get into the hundreds. :3 I personally love getting comments on my older posts but sometimes, I read them when I get the email notification and the I forget to reply to them for another week or so. :3

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  42. I guess I'm weird but I both enjoy comments on my older posts and comment myself on others' older posts. I find it easiest to comment on posts that engage me, and if that post was posted a week ago, a month ago, rather than more recent posts, than so be it. That said, it gets tiring after a while marking as read posts and constantly saving the older posts to return to and sometimes I mark as read all posts.

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  43. I love getting comments on my blog, regardless of whether it's on a post that I just put up or one that's been on my blog for a year. A comment is a comment and I love it when people take the time out of their day to think of something they want to say about what I've written. It's also a great way to find new blogs, for example I found your blog because you commented on a post of mine :)

    Personally I very rarely comment on blogs but I'm not really sure why. It's something I plan to work on but I guess the thought just doesn't cross my mind most of the time.

    Lucy @ abookandabrew.co.vu

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