Recently, I read a blog post about how that particular blog had eliminated comments. The change was hailed as an improvement, but was it really?
Eliminating blog comments is nothing new. Several blogs have taken this approach. And some blogs never had comments in the first place.
In this post, I’ll discuss whether comments are still relevant for today’s web. At the end, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. (Yes, I have comments enabled on this blog.)
Why I’ve Always Loved Blog Comments
I’ve always believed that comments are an important part of blogging. Comments are one of the things that differentiates a blog post from other types of web content (such as a news piece or an announcement).
When I first learned about blogging I learned that it was a conversation. By definition, a conversation needs two voices–the blogger and the reader.
Enabling comments also allows a blogger to develop a community around his or her blog. As the same people return time and again to add their thoughts, the blogger gets to know their readers a little better and the readers get to know each other. That’s definitely a plus for everyone involved.
Plus, comments are just plain interesting. I love reading what other people think. Confession time–on some blogs I actually spend more time reading the comments than I do reading the posts.
Why Some Bloggers May Choose to Disable Them
But comments are also a nuisance. Having been moderating comments for years now, I fully get that. Not every comment is worth publishing. There’s an awful lot of spam out there.
And then there are the trolls. They aren’t content to just politely disagree. Instead, they have to voice their disagreement in the ugliest manner possible, often resorting to name-calling or obscenities.
Of course, one could argue that readers can still voice their thoughts on a blog post through social media. However, it can be hard to find comments related to a specific post if they don’t appear right with the post. (And most people won’t make the extra effort.)
Disabling comments certainly simplifies things for the blogger. By eliminating comments a blogger can save a lot of time and eliminate a lot of emotional turmoil. But I wonder if we aren’t losing an important part of the web when we do so.
What Do You Think?
Do you view comments on your blogs as somewhat of a nuisance that you’d rather do without?
Or, do you think blog comments are an important part of blogging?
Share your thoughts below.