I can sort of take or leave some comments on my articles. For instance, if I write a humor piece and someone comments “lol,” well, they could’ve just… clapped. But I do read each and every comment and try to leave at least one clap so the person knows I read it even if I don’t have much to say in return. Even the lol’s! The only comments I don’t clap for are the mean ones and the ones that don’t make sense and leave me wondering if this person even read my article. To be fair, I’ve only gotten three or four of those in a year.
I like your policy of engaging with readers and your honesty about it! Thanks for writing this.