I welcome comments on this blog — suggestions, affirmations, critiques.  Recent comments are highlighted on the sidebar.  I thought it would be helpful to share my present “policy” (which is always open to feedback and revision) on comments.

I generally respond to comments very quickly by emailing the person who left the comment.  I often don’t, though, respond back in the comment section itself because I think people don’t often check the option that allows them to receive follow-up comments. I want to make sure they do indeed hear back from me.

Another reason I often don’t copy my reply to the comments section is sheer laziness.

I will, however, respond publicly if it appears to me that other readers might find the response helpful.

Though I generally approve comments from the owners of sites who want my readers and me to check-out their websites, I typically will not respond to them.

My posts on the In Practice blog are a different matter.  Those posts are usually designed to initiate a public conversation about the topic of the post, and comments from readers and my responses are published in that blog’s comment section.