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Comment Challenge Day 10: Do a Comment Audit on Your Own Blog

Comment Challenge Day Nine: Should We Be Commenting on Blogs?

Comment_challenge_logo_2 Now that we've spent several days trying to build up conversations through blog comments, I'm going to challenge you a little with a question--should we be using the commenting capacity to generate conversations between bloggers, or should we be interacting through our blog posts?

Check out this article and the many references to bloggers who think that comments should be disabled on blogs. Read through those posts and consider whether or not you think it's better to build community through comments or through conversations occurring across blogs--or maybe a combination of both. What, to your mind, is the purpose of comments on blogs and are we better served by encouraging people to respond to ideas on our blogs or over on their own blogs? Then write a post on your reflections. Be sure to tag it with "comment08."


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Interesting point. I'm all for encouraging comments on blog posts - it's a great opportunity to hear what other people feel about things I'm blogging about and often leads me to discover new stuff.

Disabling commenting on the basis that readers can interact via their own blogs seems madly elitist to me. Only a tiny proportion of folks maintain a blog and I'm just as interested in hearing from readers as from other bloggers.

This is not a comment.

I have a friend who says that linking and trackbacks are the new comments. LOL

I would second Bryan's comment. I'd also add that people who do maintain a blog usually have some focus for that blog. They shouldn't have to pick between having a focused blog and interacting with others who write about subjects outside the scope of their blog's focus. That's one way to almost guarantee the "echo effect."

Probably will not get to a blog post on this (hitting the road for the weekend)...but after reading Sameer's post and the comments, I was wondering why we have to have one size fits all? As Bud Deihl noted this morning, the ideas are in the air and some hit you through blogs, some through comments, some through F@F conversations, some through Twitter, some through........

I tend to blog for myself, but I value when others take my idea and run with it, whether that is in a comment or a trackback. And I love to comment on others' blogs and respond to comments on others' blogs. I do not have a set way to "converse."

I think Britt's comments are great. As for blog comments. I'm for allowing comments and the author responding to comments. Unfortunately so many of the comments are comment SPAM. I learn a lot from the good comments and appreciate it when people leave comments on my blog. It makes one feel all of the efforts you put into creating good content is rewarded when you receive feedback.

Thanks for the link Michele, it seems to have spawned some great discussion.

I have to echo Britt's comment above that states that there is no "one" solution to creating conversation. In the past, I have had comments, trackbacks, twitter references, friendfeed comments, and even discussion boards tied to posts. Each one has been fruitful in their own way to engage with readers.

And Bryan, while limiting conversation to trackbacks may seem elitist to you, it might make sense depending on context: after blogging for close to ten years, I found that the majority of my readers (especially those that would take the time to respond to a post) were in fact responding through their own blogs. Because of that, it made sense to have the discussion spread across blogs.

My audience seems to have changed recently (as is wont to do with any site) so it made sense for me to re-evaluate the way I interact with them. Hence the post. If that sounds elitist to you, so be it: for me, it's adapting to the needs and demands of the people who read my blog and engage with it.

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