I came across a blog that doesn’t allow comments. I was quite disheartened by it, because I wanted to begin a discussion with the blogger in question. I know that there are people out there who do not like getting comments for one reason or another, but it seems to me that it is better to keep the comment threat going. Unless the blogger is receiving threatening messages, of course. I have a number of reasons for feeling this way. First, comments allow one to engage with the audience. I like to know that people are reading my blog and enjoying it. I also like to hear people’s input on what I could improve. I comment on other people’s blogs because I want them to know that their work is worth my time, and I like it when others do the same for me. Second, it allows for the sharing of information. I don’t know everything, and I can very easily get something wrong. Or even just write an opinion that hasn’t been very well thought out. When people correct me, or offer alternative views, it allows me to think about things more deeply and apply more understanding. I won’t always change my opinion when an alternative has been offered, but that doesn’t mean that the person who offered the alternative hasn’t given me something to think about. We all have lived different lives and have had different experiences, so we see things differently. My own life has led me to believe a certain set of things. I like to hear what other people’s lives have led them to believe. And third, having a comment thread humanizes the bloggers. It is easy to forget that the authors of a blog are still people. The perceived anonymity of commenting on a post may allow some to feel entitled to say anything. They are happy to troll and harass people who do not share their views because they don’t know you and you don’t know them. They feel safe. But reading a blog post can feel cold when there is no one to communicate with. You are given and idea and told to accept it. But a comment thread can make the author more human to us and remind us that others are also reading the blog and they have opinions too. We can share our thoughts on the subject and even have conversations with total strangers from anywhere on the planet. I think that that is a wonderful thing.

What are your opinions on having an open comment thread?

13 responses to “Comments

  • meizitang usa

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  • nikeyo

    My thoughts are akin to yours. The opening to the exchange of information is key…

    Likewise, those that do not allow comment, seem to be to close themselves to this exchange. What can I do in that instance but turn away? If one is not open, I can not force them otherwise. All I can do is quietly mourn their inability and unwillingness to listen to wisdom and critique. Mourn their stagnancy… and learn from their mistakes.

    There is truly nothing in me that can see the benefit of closing oneself off from the exchange of information. From the audience… from humanity even!! To do so, seems to me, imho, to be a form of arrogance that I would not wish to partake in.


    • hessianwithteeth

      Yes, I can’t help that think a lot of people who close down their comment pages are either being willfully ignorant or egotistical in their belief that they can’t be wrong. There are other reasons for closing down ones comment page, but bloggers volunteer their time to run a blog and it seems odd that they would then turn around and prevent comments.
      Also, I must say that I don’t think it’s fair that your comment is more elegant than my blog post ;).


  • eriklehman

    This is a great insight, but it’s nothing personal; some writers just don’t have enough time for conversation in comments, as much as they would like to. Like I said, it’s nothing personal. It’s a time issue.


  • Aamil

    I agree. Without comments, it looks like the blogger is having a one-sided conversation, a frustrated monologue where they don’t care what anyone else might have to say. It doesn’t help them grow as a blogger if they don’t want to listen to what people have to say about their blog and it also pushes people away. I wouldn’t want to follow a blog where a writer doesn’t allow comments (unless it is someone famous who does it so that they don’t get inundated with them) as it prevents me from forming an interactive bond with that person.


  • whitefrozen

    I understand why some people don’t allow comments. There’s a lot of troll/spam/time-wasting/dumb people out there, and lots of bloggers don’t want to waste time. Bill Valicella at Maverick Philosopher has some posts open to comment, some not, which is a good idea. But he also encourages people to email him as well with questions that he turns into posts.


    • hessianwithteeth

      That doesn’t sound like a bad policy. Trolls are unlikely to go out of their way to send an e-mail. Though I haven’t had any problems with anyone commenting, so for now I’ll allow my comment section to remain open.


  • belsbror

    You have effectively explained the issue. I agree. 🙂
    I am sure bloggers who do not allow comments have their personal reasons.


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