So I've noticed that one of the things I really do spend a lot of time on in the whole bloggathingary is to reply to individual comments. Bloggers do this differently, and I've found my way that sort of works, sort of. Some bloggers never reply to comments. Some reply to certain comments. Some visit the commentator's blog, and reply there. Some email the commentator. And some, like me, aspire to write individual replies to each comment they get below each post.
I say "aspire to". Sometimes (especially recently) I just don't have the time to cover them all, and I always feel terrible. But should I?
I know some of my visitors come back and read my follow-up comments, but many of them probably don't. Overall I suspect that the majority of my comment replies are never read by the person I replied to (but they might be read by others stopping by to leave a comment, and I often enjoy reading the interaction between a blogger and the visitors on other people's blogs).
Principally, I think interaction is an important part of blogging. Without it, a blog is just another media to publish an article. The interaction is what makes blogging unique. Besides, no single blogger I know of dislikes receiving comments.
Thus, I do think it is important to reply to comments, and I will strive to do so also in the future. But for the moment, when my time is so limited, I hope you all excuse me if I sometimes won't have the time to reply to every single one, or even any of them. I still read them all - and love them - and I also strive to visit other people's blogs and leave comments. Until I can get my thesis out of the way, though, I don't see it as realistic that I will get around to actually participate as much in the blogosphere. Sorry, and thank you for understanding.