I follow about 85 blogs on my Google Reader. Rarely do I comment on a post on any of these blogs, in part because it is a pain from my reader to click through to the blog (wow, this reeks of a 1st world problem, doesn't it?). Other times I decline to post because I fear that my voice or perspective would not be welcome to the conversation. Sometimes I actually write the entire comment and then delete it rather than hitting the submit button.
Yet I find I really, really appreciate and enjoy comments to my posts. Comments are interesting, informative, sometimes just plain fun. But they are always affirmation that my writing is not only being read but actually reaching people. Very rarely do I find a comment from someone to be unwelcome enough that I would consider not publishing it.
Some of the blogs I follow host entire communities and life-changing conversations in their comments section (NakedWithSockOn takes the cake for this). On other blogs the comments section is turned off or seeming completely ignored by the writers.
What I can't figure out for my own blog is how to handle the comments section. Should I respond to every comment or is that over-involved? What prompts you to post or not to post your thoughts on the subject at hand? How do the bloggers you admire handle their comments? What do you wish I would do?