ActiveRain - How Do You Follow Up on Your Comments?

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Making comments in ActiveRain is very much part of our routine. Yes we do get points for the comments (called incentive) but the comments are integral to what makes AR so interesting. If you've ever blogged "on the outside" you know what it's like to work hard on a post and then the crickets chirp as you wait for somebody, anybody to answer. (at least when you first start) However, from your very first blog post in AR, you get a few comments and each post that you do you gain more associates and subscribers and the discussion gets better all the time!

There have been quite a few posts lately about how the best etiquette is to follow up on comments made on your blog. It has been noted not to ignore, nor to just give a blanket "thank you all" comment. If you make specific acknowledgements to each commenter, it is a much more personal conversation. I've been trying to do that lately, I hope you've noticed!

Now here's the thought for this post... how do you follow up on the comments that you have made on other people's blogs? It is interesting to go back and see what the person had to say to YOU when you visited THEIR blog. On the main "My Home" page of AR at the bottom is "Your Messages" - this shows you ALL activity on your account which includes comments you've made, comments you've received, associates gained, contact emails that have been sent to you, etc. Thus with all of this together, it is a pretty busy dashboard. You have the option to find the "comments you've made" references and click through to go back to see if there has been followup. That's ok. But I like something BETTER. See if you agree...

On the "My Home" page on the left sidebar menu, down a bit is the "My Comments" link. I like this page better than the home page for two reasons
(1) This is a filtered listing of ONLY YOUR comments and it is quick and easy to trace back the past couple of days (if you are an active blogger, your home page will have lots of OTHER notifications and you will appreciate this stripped down listing)

(2) when you click on a link via "My Comments" it not only takes you to the page but it takes you to the exact point (anchor) in the comment stream where you made your comment! So you only have to scroll down a little to see the response. Especially on a featured post and you are down the list a ways, this makes a BIG difference. In Barbara's post below, I was comment #156, now that would have been some serious scrolling that it saved me!

Finally, I take advantage of the bookmarks bar on my browser. I put buttons to all my most visited pages and (AR gets many buttons here to the various sub pages). Rather than multi-click to get in to this comments listing, I shortcut it on my bar and it is always only one click away for me. Furthermore, once I get to my comments listing page, I always middle button click on several of the page links I want to go back to. When I do this, they line up as new tabs in my browser and I can rapid fire click through my tabs to follow up and see if I have any replies yet. (BTW any guesses what my abbreviated AR buttons are on my bookmarks bar, I'll post soon about how to customize your own bar if you need more help with that, stay tuned)

Well that's how I do it! Maybe it gives you an idea to try it out. We have busy schedules don't we and every little timesaver to me is important!

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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
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Craig, there is so much to learn. I do reply to all the comments left on my posts, but then I don't get over 100 like you, so it's easy! :)

Mar 31, 2011 06:34 PM #104
Jayson Hoffer
Jayson Hoffer Insurance Agency Inc. - Tempe, AZ
Mesa AZ 480-948-6115 Home, Auto, Life Insurance

This is so much info I think I will need to come back when I am more awake. Thanks for your help!

Mar 31, 2011 07:12 PM #105
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Glancing quickly through the 100+ comments I did not see an attempt to guess the bookmark names you talked about (shown here)

Here are my guesses for those keeping score:

a-h - ActiveRain Home

a-b - ActiveRain Blogs

a-c - ActiveRain comments

a-cc - ActiveRain Craig's Classroom

a-s - ActiveRain subscribers

a-g - ActiveRain groups

a-v - ActiveRain video

I'll be able to sleep tonight knowing that an attempt was made to break Craig's Bookmark Code.  :)

Thanks again

Mar 31, 2011 07:44 PM #106
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

Thanks for this tip!  Being new to AR, I was not aware of that, and besides clicking the "Notify me of new comments" (which gets overwhelming on a Featured post) this is a good solution. 

P.S. I really like your sidebar picture and your header on your blog.  VERY creative :)

Mar 31, 2011 11:13 PM #107
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Craig,

You needed another comment so you can spend all day and all night just answering each comment personally!

It was a good post. But you don't need me to say that. The comments speak loudly enough!


Apr 01, 2011 01:52 AM #108
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Woody - thanks for saying so - glad to be appreciated

Lynn - thanks - your subscribers list is found on your My Home > Statistics > Subscribers tab

Robert - glad I helped you to rediscover it

Peg - I'll like being on your blog then, you do reply!

Jayson - I'll take the raincheck, enjoy my blog with a morning cup of joe! ;)

Tom - I was wondering if anybody noticed! thanks - you were very close...
a-h (My Home) a-b (Social Blog View) a-c (My Comments) a-cc (Classroom Catalog)
a-s (statistics) a-g (gold stars group page) a-v (vbloggers group page)
my next post this weekend will talk about how to set up your bookmarks bar

Mimi - yes when you first start AR there are lots of things to learn - check out my catalog post for lots of other good ideas, and thanks for the compliment on my page themeing

Phil - 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, whew! (I don't mind, who needs sleep!)

Apr 01, 2011 05:13 AM #109
Cindy Edwards
RE/MAX Checkmate - Johnson City, TN
CRS, GRI, PMN - Northeast Tennessee - 423-677-6677

Hi Craig,

I do understand this, however, it really is hard sometimes to comment back on everyone.  I try, but sometimes, my blanket thank you for your comments is the best I can do.  Oh, by the way, good luck thanking your 107 comments today!!  Lol.....

Apr 01, 2011 09:31 AM #110
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Cindy - a thank you all is better than no response at all! (I hate that more) - lots of comments... well it's a mixed blessing (#111 :)

Apr 01, 2011 09:34 AM #111
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Craig,  You always share such good information. Every few days, I go in and DELETE all the comments after I have responded.


Apr 01, 2011 11:45 AM #112
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Thanks for this information, Craig.  I have seen these toolbars, but have never used them.

Apr 02, 2011 02:54 AM #113
Barbara Altieri
Kinard Realty Group Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Craig -- Well I have to say I just learned something from you..again. I thought the 'my comments' was the same list as you see on the 'my home' page. What I was doing was clicking on the comment on the 'my home' page and then using edit/find to find my comment.  This will save some time!  Thanks for the tip!

Apr 02, 2011 10:00 AM #114
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

ok - now that AR offline ALL day (for some of us!) time to catch up!

Margaret - i hadn't thought of deleting notifications - I'm not sure many do that, but the database probably won't complain for the purge!

Chris - my bookmarks bar gets HEAVY usage! I'll try and post a how-to soon

Barbara - yes, after I discovered it, made a big difference to me, glad to hear from you! :)

Apr 02, 2011 02:52 PM #115
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Craig, great to know the My Comments link will take you straight to your comment. Didn't know that. I usually subscribe to the posts -or used to, and then my inbox fills up...but this will be a great timesaver and way to stay connected. Thanks!


PS Very interested in your bookmarks bar - is this on your AR toolbar??

Apr 08, 2011 01:43 PM #116
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Sharon - that's terrific - this should be a big help... subscribing to comments does clog your inbox quickly! i will write next on the toolbar. I make my on "AR toolbar" to give me better control. Stay tuned! :)

Apr 08, 2011 02:07 PM #117
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

I can't wait! Have a great weekend :)


Apr 08, 2011 02:33 PM #118
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Sharon - my post yesterdy went up about making your activerain toolbar in a browser, check it out if you haven't already

Apr 10, 2011 04:14 AM #119
James Loftis - West Palm Beach, FL

Thanks Craig, another great post, thanks for sharing.

Apr 20, 2011 02:15 AM #120
Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

Craig, I can't thank you enough! Your posts are HUGE help.


Apr 27, 2011 01:06 AM #121
Rita Legan
eXp Realty - Strongsville, OH
ASP Staging Realtor CDPE

Hi Craig,

Very useful information here. I have submitted feedback to AR though, because everytime I try to reply to a comment on my blog AR say's in red above the comment box, "Comment Box cannot be left blank" I have tried numerous replys and comment's, would you know what the problem may be?

Jul 04, 2011 07:33 AM #122
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Thanks Craig,

can you imagine how many people come here and learn from such blog posts?

This experience share~ what i like about AR community.


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