Have I blogged about this before? I'm not sure. Well anyway.
In the last few years it seems to have become a blog etiquette thingy that bloggers must answer each comment individually, and make direct reference to the things that were said.
I guess a lot of commenters don't read the other comments and don't care how the blogger responds to them, but I'm kind of anal, as well as nosy, so I tend to read the whole lot. And then get really annoyed, because the blogger's response will typically look like this:
"Mr Smartypants, you know what? I think you're right.
HedgehogInABlender, I thought so too, but then I read Tolstoy and all was revealed.
ABCToG, I expect so. Apart from the plums.
...and so on. Sometimes there will have been double-figures-worth of comments before this happens, and although I may be anal and nosy, I'm not quite so intrigued that I can be bothered scrolling up and down to cross-reference every comment to its response. Even responses to my own comments often leave me a little stumped cos I can't remember what I said in the first place.
In fact it's surprisingly easy to either quote a line from the original comment or otherwise make your response make sense so that everyone will understand what the hell you're on about and not just the person you're aiming it at.
I'm not singling anyone out here. You all do it, you bastards. Well, most of you.
So anyway: STOP IT.
Thankyou. That is all.