I’ve been giving this some thought lately. It seems like every other blogger is closing their comment section, and I can see why. Sometimes, you get hung up with comment counts, with what the comments say, and whether they are new people or regulars. Someone once told me there is a weird sense of validation tied to them, and I agree. I often grade my writing based on comments.
I’m not sure how I feel about comments. On the one hand, it feels great to have nice comments come in, and I love to see who is reading my blog. But, the fact remains that the majority of people who read my blog don’t comment. My first thought is, of course, that they don’t like me or my blog. But, then I wonder…would they keep coming back if they didn’t? Maybe comments are superfluous to the whole experience. I’ve never written a letter to a magazine or newspaper. And, unless I hated the piece with every ounce of my being, I doubt I would. Maybe this is the same thing?
I suspect, but can’t be sure, that closing the comments may make me a stronger writer. Well, maybe not stronger. Certainly more willing to take risks with my content. I have seen so many bloggers get lampooned in the comment section, and I admit to holding off on many of my opinions just to avoid hurt feelings, confrontation, or a riotous comment section.
And so, because I am phenomenally indecisive, I am asking you to weigh in on the debate. In general, which do you prefer? And for my blog? What say you? Please answer my little poll below, and if you are up to it, let me know the reasoning behind your answer.