If you have been visiting blogs in the blogosphere for quite a long time, you would have noticed that some blogs have comments and others do not.
Now, it is all up to the blogger to decide if they want the comments feature on their blog enabled or not.
A person is not foolish for wanting to have the comments feature enabled on their blog (And, the same thing could be said for the person who chose to disable the comments feature on their blog).
What is your preference?
Are you the type of blogger who loves dealing with comments on their blog?
Or, are you the type of blogger who wants nothing to do with comments on their blog?
A Comments Section Provides The Reader With An Opportunity To Share Their Point Of View
It is no big secret that commenters have used the comments section of other people’s blogs to share their point of view for years.
If the reader wants to add their perspective (one that can add value to the topic that was discussed) they can do it via the comments section.
What a lot of people have failed to realize is that both the reader and the author of the article could learn a lot from each other by engaging in a dialogue in the comments section.
Comments will no doubt, provide the owner of the blog with feedback and constructive criticism.
So, in this case, the comments section can be viewed as a highly valuable asset.
Comments Can Help Make Or Break Your Blog
Just in case you did not know, people can tell what kind of person you are by the way that you respond to the comments on your blog.
If you are the type of person who responds to comments politely and diplomatically, people will not be afraid of leaving comments in the comments section of your blog.
If you are the type of person who is rude and insulting to the people that comment in the comments section of your blog, those people will never want to interact with you ever again.
Also, if you are the type of person who ignores comments in the comments section in your blog, people will not be eager to leave any comments in the comments section of your blog.
There are people who go through the comments in the comments section of a person’s blog before adding their own to the list of comments and if they do not like the manner in which you handled the other commenters, they would blatantly refuse to leave a comment.
Comments Are A Form Of Social Proof
Whenever we come across a blog with lots of comments, we tend to think, “Wow! This person is popular!”
Some people are drawn to a blog that receives a large number of comments; they may even follow those types of blogs and also go out of their way to leave a comment of their own in those blogs that are filled with lots of comments.
A large number of comments in the comments section of a person’s blog (provided that those comments are of a polite nature) also gives the reader the impression that the author is great with people.
Some Friendships Are Established Via The Comments Section Of Blogs
If you have been blogging for quite a while, you would have forged friendships with some of your fellow bloggers (And, those friendships probably started when you began interacting with them in the comments section).
Since friends have a way of being supportive of each other, they were most eager to read your blog posts as well as provide their unique perspective via your blog’s comment section whenever you posted a new article.
I am proud to admit that I have formed a lot of friendships with many bloggers around the world by simply interacting with them.
Moderating Comments Can Be A Bit Too Time-Consuming For Some People
If you are a very popular blogger, there is a high probability of your blog receiving more comments than you can actually moderate or respond to.
In my case, I am always up for a challenge; I would not mind waking up one day to witness with my own eyes that hundreds of people have left comments in the comments section of my blog.
However, each blogger is different.
Some bloggers might perceive a massive amount of incoming comments as an unbearable task — one that they are unwilling to handle.
From a realistic point of view, responding to a large number of comments can be time-consuming.
Some bloggers would prefer to spend their time creating content for their blog.
Refuse To Enable Comments If You Are Not A People-Person
If you do not know how to deal with people diplomatically, you are better off disabling the comments on your blog.
Because you risk damaging your reputation (along with your blog’s reputation) by your inability to deal with people in a diplomatic manner.
Lack of diplomacy will result in the person destroying what they built in a year’s time in a few hours’ time.
One should always keep in mind, that there are people who are great when it comes to interacting with people, while there are others who do not have a clue of how to interact with people in the right way.
Disable The Comments Feature If You Have No Intentions Of Responding To Comments
If a blogger has no intentions whatsoever of responding to comments, they are better off disabling the comments feature.
Because most people hate it when people do not respond to comments.
Here is an analogy that most of you would be able to relate to:
David walks into a party that he was invited to. He walks over to one of the guests and says, “Good evening. My name is David. I am the host’s younger brother. How are you?”
The person whom David spoke to refused to acknowledge his presence and pretended that David did not exist.
Many of you would strongly agree that the person who David spoke to is rude and pompous.
Dear friend, you are actually ignoring someone by your refusal to respond to the comment that they made on your blog (And, that would not make you any different from the person whom David attempted to have a conversation with).
People Who Have Disabled Comments On Their Blog Do Not Have To Worry About Spam
Every blogger agrees that spam is annoying.
Luckily for us bloggers, there are various types of spam filters that we can utilize.
WordPress.com uses Akismet by default (I think that it is great at keeping the comments section of my blog free from spam).
However, the blogger who disabled the comments feature on their blog does not have to worry about spam.
Because spam infiltrates people’s blogs via their comments section!
So, my friend, you have learned that there are valid reasons for enabling or disabling the comments feature on your blog.
And, it is all up to the blogger to figure out if they are the type of person who is willing to handle comments effectively (If they are not the type of person who is capable of handling comments effectively, they are much better off disabling comments on their blog).
Personally, I love responding to comments (I would not have it any other way).
What are your views on what you have just read?
Please feel free to share your point of view via the comments section of my blog.