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Emailing New Readers Who Leave Comments

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Wasn’t me who said I’m currently unable to revisit Darren Rowse’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog while also reflecting on Steve Dembo’s 30 Days to Being A Better Blogger!

Course I’m able! Simple… I will write posts about each task on this blog but based on my interpretation of what’s 31 Days 8) .

Using Email For Relationship BuildingImage of community

The first task of the 31 Days Project is to email a new reader of your blog.

Why? Helps build relationships while demonstrating you’re grateful they’ve taken the time to comment. Writing comments and engaging in conversations on posts is intimidating for many readers. Yet readers’ comments are where so much of the learning happens for edubloggers.

Would I recommend that edubloggers make a practice of emailing at least one new reader a day? Your decision. There’s pros and cons.

What I can say is bloggers such as Beth Kanter, a non-profit blogger, and Larry Ferlazzo often respond to comments, to both new and old time readers, by sending an email. Being on the receiving end of their emails definitely makes me feel valued.

If you do respond to comments by email I also recommend leaving a comment to the reader on your own post. This demonstrates to all readers that you both read their comments and value their input.

Tip For Email Response

An easy method is to use the comment notification email:

  1. Click on reply
  2. Replace your email in To: field with their email address
  3. Remove the text at the bottom of the comment
  4. Write your response or thanks above the original comment notification text

Image of responding by email

Besides being an effective method of responding it also provides the reader with reference to their comment and gives context to the email.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Thanks to Lisa Dick’s coordination, there is now 15 bloggers working together on the 31 Day Challenge. Would love for you to join us – leave a comment if you’re interested. And if you like you can bend the space-time continuum like me to interpret 31 Days as……

What are your thoughts? Do you email readers? What do you see as the pros and cons?

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Author: Sue Waters

Edublogs Support Manager @suewaters on Twitter

34 Comments

  1. Kia ora Sue!

    Thanks for this valuable update on your progress through the 31 Days. I decided not to embark on this challenge, but your updates will be extremely valuable.

    Thanks for the tip on emailing newcomers.

    Catchya later

  2. LOL, no that was me that said I couldn’t do both at the same time. In fact I was doing great until school started back.

    We know “super women” can do it;) Thanks so much for all your help with the Challenge! I’m glad you are revisit and reflect on two challenges. It will be great for all of us working through the challenge to get even more ideas!

    Lisa

  3. Great tips Sue

    I have often wondered whether to use the 31 Day Challenge link, the recipients blog, twitter or just e-mail them or a combination. Will get my head around this and do as you have suggested – awesome!
    jeanettem

    • Have to say Jeanette – I’m still getting my head around it to. I do visit and leave notes on their wiki pages but often it’s easier to leave a comment if they write a post.

  4. I’m am enjoying being part of the 31 Days Challenge and I was thinking about this very issue yesterday! Your post has reminded me that people, and building relationships are the most important parts about creating a learning community on my blog. Thanks, Sue.

  5. I am new to all this, being in St.Louis, Missouri, USA. Ran across your site on Blogush.
    I figured I could at least comment that I am interested in the educational climate in Australia.
    I have written a novel about a veteran middle school teacher’s fun adventures. I have posted the first chapter of the soon-to-be published novel on my site, http://www.tomsboomertimes.blogspot.com. I invite you and all your readers to take a look sometime. Take care, and hope to hear from you.

  6. Hi Sue

    Thank you so much for the feedback:) I liken blogging to the clothes wear, the foods we eat and the individuals we are – different strokes for different folks.

    I am keeping track of the fonts I use and realise the edublogs default one Calibri (Body) shows up small and does not feature in my list of fonts(even if I change, copy and paste from Word). I could find a download.

    Once again, thanks so much for popping in…

  7. Hi Sue, a complete change of subject: Do you know how/where do I get a widget like yours “What I write about”, but for Blogger?

    cheers Sarah

    • Sarah – you are not going to like the answer. What I write about is created by the categories I add to posts. Long term blogs that use WordPress have more features that a better for blogs e.g. tags, categories, email addresses of readers and ability to create pages.

      While blogger is easier to use initially if someone plans to blog for the long term than a blog that uses WordPress really is better to start with. I know Ken Allen will also be yelling at me at the moment also :) There is just so much more functionality which ultimately is important.

      • I just knew you were going to say that!

      • Kia ora Sue

        No, I’d never yell about anything. But I might write a comment about it :-)

        @Sarah – Sue’s right about the widget. But every widget can have a conterpart if you’re willing to put a bit of effort into doing it yourself. Let’s just call it a home-birth ;-)

        There is a growing set of ‘Gadgets’ in Blogger. The innovative use of these can provide you with devices that mimic, if not are better than some commodified widgets. Check out your Gadgets list in Layout in Blogger. Depending on how you use them they can be very useful.

        @Sue – there now. I told you I wouldn’t yell ;-)

        Catchya
        from Middle-earth

        • Hi Ken, yes, I am beginning to realise that there’s a whole world of widgets out there. I had a play today to try to get something that looks like Sue’s “What I write about” here. The trouble is, because I have very limited skills at html, I really struggle unless something goes right. I really need someone to talk me through things when trying to incorporate a widget that isn’t a Blogger standard issue one.

        • One day young Grasshopper Ken you will say that thy master was right. It’s not just gadgets or widgets – it’s the entire functionality that blogger just can’t compare to with blogs that use WordPress.

          If blogger was so good than more of the top probloggers would use it 8)

    • Kia ora Sue

      You mean Bloggers like Stephen Downes, Edublog Award Winner Tony Karrer, or leading lights like Clive Shepherd or Donald Clarke. Gee, I guess I must just be following the wrong bloggers ;-)

      Catchya later
      from Middle-earth

      • All lovely guys however Ken I specified probloggers as opposed to edubloggers. And if you look closely at Tony Karrer what blogging software is he using for Work Place Literacy?

  8. Hi Sue

    I have become very puzzled about copying and pasting from Word – thanks for the handy hints – I so values your comments.

    • Most people who blog or use websites don’t realise how bad Word can be — it’s like something no one ever told us about. I am planning on writing a post about it on The Edublogger as I have had to fix up several blogs in the past week damaged by this practice of using Word.

  9. If you’re interested, here’s a link to my reflections on the Challenge when I did it last year: http://sarahstewart-eportfolio.wikispaces.com/Completed+Projects+2008

    • Hi Sarah – I’m more than happy for people who did the project previously to list their posts on the wiki here.

      Feel free to join and compile your list. I did start but found it too time consuming so just left it open for others to add themselves.

  10. Ah Sue.

    Tony Karrer is just an eclectic sort-of-a guy. He’s into everthing digital. He’s got so many blogs, I haven’t found them all yet.

    With his background, and being the age he is, I’m surprised he doesn’t have his own blog-site provider. Time enough yet I guess 8)

    Catchya

  11. Hi Sue,
    I’m reading this after having ‘completed’ the day 1 task and I was wondering, is it lazy or rude to paste the email reply to a comment into your blog?
    For task 1, I tried to make sure that my email message was different to the reply on my blog. I felt that both needed to show that I had given thought to the comment that had been left. Or, am I being too pedantic?
    Colin

    • Hi Colin – that’s a hard question. I try to ensure I always write a response under the comment 1) so I remember that I have responded 2) so other readers know I do

      Readers don’t always receive your comments in response to their comments – totally depends if they track comments. SO I think most people wouldn’t be offended if you copied and pasted your response under comment and by email. If concerned just say in email this is the comment I wrote in response.

      You might like to check out Larry’s post on his comment policy.

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