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?