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Some Hate Blog Comments

 

I came across an old, but interested article over at Kommein and I start really thinking about this idea of do readers really want to comment on blogs?  Are there some out their that just flat out hate blog comments? I also found this older blog post on Seth Godin blog the other day and he clearly stated why he does not have comments on his blog.  The following is a quote by Seth sharing his personal perspective:

 “I think comments are terrific, and they are the key attraction for some blogs and some bloggers. Not for me, though. First, I feel compelled to clarify or to answer every objection or to point out every flaw in reasoning. Second, it takes way too much of my time to even think about them, never mind curate them. And finally, and most important for you, it permanently changes the way I write. Instead of writing for everyone, I find myself writing in anticipation of the commenters. I’m already itching to rewrite my traffic post below. So, given a choice between a blog with comments or no blog at all, I think I’d have to choose the latter.”  –Seth Godin

 

So, there are tons of different perspectives on there about blog commenting.  So love it, some are built for it, and others say not for me.  So what’s your perspective and share your thoughts about blog commenting I would love to hear more perspectives!  Also, by leaving a comment another entry to the 12-12-12 blog giveaway will be tallied to your email.

 

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7 Responses to Some Hate Blog Comments

  1. Prime Aque December 15, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    I love the way Seth Godin presents his ideas… and so I guess he is right. I also think the same way – I guess it’s better to have a blog without comment system, you don’t have to check your email if there’s a comment from your readers, you don’t have to answer anything but only post and look for ideas for the next post. However, there would be no engagement except for some sharing widgets where your readers can share your relevant ideas to friends and to their social networks. Today, engagement is really important to build readership, but for Seth, he got a lot of readers already… I guess that’s the main point behind.

    • Eric December 18, 2012 at 2:11 am #

      Hey Prime,

      I really hearing you thoughts, and I would agree blog comments on you blog can be a lot of work. But, I find it so fun and refreshing to be about to interact with such a great community that we are starting her at Snitch IM. I don’t think you get a true bog experience without the blog comments :)

      I think we both can agree upon is that Seth Godin is a marketing guru!

      Thanks,

      Eric

  2. Will Hull December 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    Don’t get me wrong, Seth Godin is a well respected blogger across the web, but I think his quote is an indicator of laziness. He is not inviting other perspectives to contribute to a true dialectic. Dialogue stirs contributes to the formation of ideas and offers other perspectives beyond the author’s own. Perhaps these perspectives that are not in line with his irritate him. That’s the point. It is to invite another point of view to perhaps bring about innovation in thinking and perspective. When he writes, “First, I feel compelled to clarify or to answer every objection or to point out every flaw in reasoning. Second, it takes way too much of my time to even think about them, never mind curate them. ” It makes him sound like an old curmudgeon yelling at a kid for not staying off his front lawn or that old man in the movie “Up” when the Boy Scout comes to the door. It sounds like Seth had a lot of life experiences up to this point, but he is unwilling to invite any new experiences into his life because he thinks that he’s been there or done that.

    Again, I fully respect Seth for his contributions to the blogging community, but if he wants to write to see himself write, then he should just write a book and shut down his blog. Blogs don’t work that way. Any attempt to shut down community and he will just see refutations of his content spring up on other blogs and websites where he doesn’t see them (or doesn’t want to see them).

    That’s my two cents anyway.

    • Eric December 20, 2012 at 4:38 am #

      Hey Will,

      Thanks for sharing your thought and I enjoy hearing more perspectives on this whole blog commenting or no blog commenting. I guess my thoughts is Seth Godin is good enough that he can just shut down his blog comments. Not even Seth Godin, I know many other bloggers that don’t want to go through the trouble of working through comments, spam, and just the hassles that come with blog comments.

      I guess that’s why talking about this idea of hating blog comments is fun…or at least to me :)

      Thanks again for sharing!

      Eric

      P.S. So Will I take it you allow blog comments?

  3. Jade January 3, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    I personally hate blog comments, think it’s a waste of time, but there are a lot of benifits to blog commenting as well. But it’s a lot of work just to find blogs to comment on and in your niche

    • Eric January 4, 2013 at 1:43 am #

      Jade,

      Thanks so much for the comment and I am very surprise to see you comment even though you personally hate comments. That really means a lot to me! Keep up the great work Jade and please come back to check out the do follow blog comment list that I working on!

      Take Care,

      Eric

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