I recently traveled to Seattle. The last time I went, I did not arrange for US-based connectivity for my cell phone, so I was on roaming mode while updating Facebook, taking and uploading photos, and looking up information on the go. I got clobbered on my next phone bill. Well in advance of my more […]
Catching up on a backlog of news feeds, I happened on the post by Sarah Gooding on WP Tavern regarding the value of blog comments. The post was inspired by CopyBlogger turning comments off earlier this year; ironically, the WP Tavern post has 56 comments as of this writing, in and of itself affirming the value of comments on blog posts, never mind the comments themselves.
Why Comments Matter: My Opinion
My view is that comments are part of what make up the blogging experience, both for the writer and for readers. The following list lays out my reasons for having comments available on my blog, and why I like seeing them on other blogs:
- They encourage readers to add supplementary information, link to other resources, or just to thank the writer for the post
- This can lead to the comments section adding a wealth of value to the original post, often in the form of additional information or links to elsewhere
- Comments provide the writer feedback, acknowledgement for the post, and a sense of satisfaction
- I don't get a lot of comments on this site, but I'm always pleased to receive legitimate (non-spammy) comments
- Commenters make themselves known to the blog author, as well as to other readers
- Leads to social connections and networking - even if it is over the internet
- They encourage conversation on the site, on the same page as the post
- Discussion can be done over e.g. Twitter, Facebook, or other means, but having comments as part of the blog keeps the conversation intact and reduces external dependencies
The above list applies to me as both a blog writer and a reader. I get value both ways, and I suspect many others do as well. That is why I keep comments open on this site for some time after posts are published (I do close them eventually to prevent spam trickling in on old posts).
For me, the bottom line is that comments facilitate two-way sharing of information, enable creation of connections, and add a bit of humanity to what would otherwise be monologues.
A very eloquent review of where WordPress stands in today's web and of what it can be made into. Includes ideas for where WordPress might go in the future, some criticisms, and input from notable community members. Well worth a read for anyone who wants to check the current view of WordPress. Some good discussion in the comments as well - whoever said comments were dead??
Joined a local photography meetup group for a stroll around Sidney’s waterfront on Saturday April 19, 2014. Overcast and cool. The rain held off until we were done.
It’s that time again…time for holiday season advent calendars!
- Internet Explorer
- Unit Testing
- Visual Studio
- Web Development
- Windows 8