In a way I guess I felt embarrassed too. What was meant as friendly support in the form of comments all of a sudden made me feel like a groupie, like I was desperate. And that ticked me off more. After discussing it on Twitter with a few friends, I see why some bloggers don't respond to comments, but was still stung a bit.
I understand that people get busy, and don't have time to respond to comments. But then that leads to question why there is a comment section on there anyways? Is that for self-gratification? For an ego boost? For the record, DISQUS sends you your comments through email allowing you to respond or delete simply by replying to the email. How easy is that?
Then, while on Pinterest yesterday I came across a pin from IFB, leading to an article entitled "Has Blogging Lost It's Community?" Those of you who blog NEED to read this article. Even if it's just to get rid of CAPTCHA. ;)
Read the article HERE.
As far as blogs with CAPTCHA, my impatience usually results in not commenting. After 1-2 unsuccessful tries, I give up and close the window.
Fortunately/Unfortunately there are so many amazing blogs out there and such limited time! How do you win? I've decided that I will give a blog 3-5 comments before deleting them from my Reading list for not replying. This will allow me to find new blogs and cut loose those that do not return the courtesy. Yikes, that sounds worse than it is.
In closing, I apologize to those who I have not responded to, or those whose blogs I have not commented on. Please accept my apology and know that I challenge myself to change. I know that some bloggers blog for themselves and not for the readership, but where would we be without our readers?