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Should Blogs Have Comments?

Posted By Darren Rowse 12th of October 2008 Reader Questions 156

Should blogs have comments?

It is a question that comes up fairly regularly in blogging circles and one that different bloggers take different approaches to.

  • Most bloggers have them – they’re on by default when they set their blog up and they never switch them off. They see the comments as adding a lot to the blog – making it a place of shared learning, interactivity and dynamic conversation.
  • Other bloggers decide not to have them. Their reasons vary from not having time to moderate them to being frustrated by comment spam.

Between these views other bloggers take a variety of other approaches ranging from:

  • having comments on some posts but not others
  • switching comments off over a certain amount of time (to protect from comment spam)
  • to not having comments in the early days of a blog and switching them on later once there is a big enough audience to justify them (this is what I did on DPS).
  • to requiring membership for comments (thereby effectively switching them off to the general public and reserving the privilege to comment for those willing to sign up).

There are many options – but I thought it’d be interesting to open it up for some discussion.

  • Do you have comments on your blog? Why or Why Not?
  • Do you think a blog is a blog without comments?
  • What are the advantages of having or not having them?

Interested to see where this discussion leads us.

Further Reading on Comments on Blogs:

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
Comments
  1. inorder to have the positive feedback from readers, comments are important

  2. I view blog comments as a “Letters to the Editor” type forum that clearly encourages interactive communication from a relevant audience. The key is to act like a news editor and carefully review each comment for content, grammar and spelling before publishing.

  3. Yes, i have comments in my blog. And to protect blog from spam i’d insalled plugin akismet and capcha.
    Blog without comments is not blog ;) . IMHO.
    P.S. Excuse me for my English.

  4. Blogs are an extension of one self and if you are maintaining a personal blog, then the posts are not probably not going to appeal to millions around the world. yet, there should be an option for people to share their opinions, I mean isnt a dialogue, learning new things, ideas, and mental stimulation good for us all?

  5. comment is the easy ways to create large networking……

  6. Comments are a must for any blog, How else are you going to to get feedback from the people that are actually reading your blog! Right now I am actually trying to get a blog started for my site! Good topic i think anyone that has a blog should read this for sure…..

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