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Benefits Of Turning Off Comments

by Davina on February 26, 2009

2620276998_1823991c56Blogging is an art

I can’t tell anyone how to blog, nor do I want to. There are common ideas about blogging respectfully — codes that bloggers share about what is acceptable and what is not. A lot of this revolves around the activity of commenting on blogs.

Six months ago when I was a new blogger, I didn’t like the idea of a blogger turning off their comments. To me, blogging was about community and this was developed within the comment section.

Recently, a favourite Mommy Blogger of mine has started to turn comments off on some of her posts.

The first time she did this last year I was surprised. I’d been following her blog for many months and this was new. It was unexpected and I wasn’t keen on it. However, I have a lot of respect for Vered of MomGrind and when her next post popped into my reader I was back over there to join in the conversation — the comments were on again.

My perspective around turning off comments has changed. I don’t mind so much if comments are turned off once in a while. Plus, I would rather a blogger turn their comments off, than leave them on and not respond to the readers who have taken the time to read and leave a comment. In my opinion, that’s like throwing a party and not showing up to chat with the guests.

I’ve been blogging for over eights months and have accumulated quite a few blogs in my reader. Keeping up with the lot of them is difficult, and to avoid burnout I’ve had to scale back the reading and commenting time.

It’s been tough. There are a lot of bloggers that I’ve connected with and who I enjoy visiting. Time permitting, I make the effort to get around to everyone at least once a week, instead of every day or every post.

When I landed on Vered’s post last week entitled, The Joys of Parenthood, I was surprised by my relief that the comments were closed! The post was short and included a cute picture of a little girl who had been elbow deep in some chocolate pudding.

I was relieved because there was no long list of comments from other bloggers to read through. Vered often has more than 50 comments to follow and this can take some time to get through. Leaving a pithy comment takes time too, as does returning to read the response to your comment.

I’m not saying that I don’t enjoy all of this. That is the problem actually. I do enjoy it and try to do too much of it.

How turning off comments can benefit bloggers

  1. It frees up their time so they can explore the blogosphere to connect with new bloggers and read new material.
  2. It makes sense that 1 or 2 comments on a variety blogs every week will generate more traffic and connections than more comments on fewer of the same blogs every week.
  3. When the comments are off readers may choose to read through the archives to see what they’ve missed.
  4. Readers may also choose to spend the extra time actually reading the advertisements. I did — wasn’t ready to leave so quickly that day.
  5. I can’t resist adding this to the list: it gives us a break from our ego — no counting how many comments you’ve received.
  6. More time on Twitter if you are into that.
  7. Less time commenting, means more time to write and plan for your own blog.
  8. Less time commenting, means more time doing things other than blogging.

I was tempted to turn off comments on this post, but I’m just too darn curious about what other benefits you can think of regarding turning off comments. And if you have turned off comments on your blog and care to share, what was it like? Did you notice any change in traffic, subscriber count, etc? Did reading of other posts or ad clicks increase?

I’m considering turning off comments on certain posts in the future. But until then… I’m still comment needy. I love seeing the familiar gravatars and names show up here and it’s always a treat to see the new faces too.

If you have time, please share your thoughts. Otherwise, I’ll see you next time and have a great weekend.

Photo credit: Mike Licht

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{ 39 comments }

Daphne February 26, 2009 at 3:30 am

Hi Davina,

Thanks for addressing this topic. Like you, I often have more than 50 posts in my reader (sometimes close to 100) if I don’t read them everyday. It does take time to visit the site and make a comment, let alone read all the other comments, which I must admit I don’t always do once the number gets too large.

I still don’t know how to best manage this, and look forward to reading others’ comments on this. Ironic huh?!

Daphne’s last blog post..Book Review: The World Without Us

Mike Goad February 26, 2009 at 8:08 am

If I got as many comments as Vered, I’d probably turn off comments on occasion, too, especially if I made a point to respond to each comment like she does.

I, too, have a lot of blogs in my reader. I go through them almost every day. While I don’t read every one of them every time, I do generally take a look at the first couple of paragraphs to see if it’s something I want to read further. I also get several news feeds in my reader for topics that I am specifically interested in.

Mike Goad’s last blog post..Wednesday Weigh-In, February 25, 2009

Davina February 26, 2009 at 9:19 am

Hi Daphne.
LOL, that is ironic! I do the same as you… if there are too many comments I just don’t have time to get through them all. Our intentions are good, but when time is limited, something has to give. The reality is that there are only so many hours in the day and not everything can be read.

Hi Mike.
I agree. Bloggers with a lot of comments on a regular basis need a break. I scan the first few paragraphs like you do, especially the ones with the headlines that catch my eye right off.

LifeMadeGreat | Juliet February 26, 2009 at 11:18 am

Hi Davina

I too have decided that I simply can’t read everything that even my favourite bloggers are producing. Let alone comment on it all.

Not commenting on others’ sites definitely reduces the number of comments on one’s own, but then, surely one wants mostly “genuine” commenters?

I like interesting comments, I like to get a conversation going. Perhaps switching off comments encourages that when the readers do have an opportunity to speak there minds…?

Juliet

Juliet

LifeMadeGreat | Juliet’s last blog post..Would You Prostitute Your Blogging Style?

Kathy | Virtual Impax February 26, 2009 at 11:22 am

Davina,

I can honestly say that over the past two weeks, the comments section is the best reading on my blog – PERIOD!!!

The comments left by my visitors (you included) are SO SUPERIOR to anything I’ve written that at the moment, I can’t IMAGINE turning off comments on my “main” blog.

However, I have other blogs – where the comments add absolutely NOTHING to the post and are just thinly veiled attempts at garnering a “track back”. Quite honestly, they’re as boring to approve as they are are read. On THOSE blogs I should probably turn comments off.

So I guess I think it depends upon the post – and the readers you have. What contribution are they making? Is the “quality” of content as good in the comment section as it is in the post?

Usually, when a blog has 50 or 100 comments – they aren’t all “golden” like they are here!

If you see the “quality” of the conversation deteriorating in your blog comments – then it’s probably time to turn them off. Then again, that’s YOUR judgment call!!!

Kathy | Virtual Impax’s last blog post..When the Pest Control Company is your most Annoying Pest!

Vered - MomGrind February 26, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Wow, thanks!

Thanks for the GREAT link, thanks for using me as an example, and above all, thank you for understanding.

I occasionally close comments because I LOVE comments. I respect my commenters, I am grateful to them for taking the time to comment, and so it’s very important to me to read all comments, respond individually and often pay a visit to commenters who are not in my reader.

I want to do all these things, but realistically speaking, I can’t do it more than once or twice a week. So I turn comments off. I know it irks some of my readers, I know I even lost a few readers because of this, but it’s the only way for me to keep the delicate balance between MomGrind and the rest of my life.

Also, “it gives us a break from our ego — no counting how many comments you’ve received.” – EXACTLY.

Vered – MomGrind’s last blog post..Pita Bread Recipe: Homemade, Soft and Fabulous

Miguel de Luis February 26, 2009 at 2:20 pm

That’s funny, I haven’t considered turning comments off in the least, but shutting down my stats.

However, as I started writing my second novel, perhaps the first one worthy of that name, suddenly I am spending just so much time on the net. I’m just having too much fun with my novel and, et voila, the problem solved itself.

(Now I have tons of unwritten posts in my to-do list :) nobody is prefect )

Miguel de Luis’s last blog post..Thursday Haiku: Home, rain, breeze

Chris | Martial Development February 26, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Why turn off comments? Well, it spares us the occasional indignity of turning on comments, yet receiving none!

Chris | Martial Development’s last blog post..When and Why to Quit Kata Practice

Julie February 26, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Hi, Davina.

I’m struggling with balance, too, but won’t even consider turning off comments. For me, the post is an outlet of my thoughts, and readers’ comments offer more for me to consider. They help expand my thinking, and I value that too much to remove it.

Another factor is that I’m a fledgling writer who also happens to be shy, and the positive feedback I receive helps motivate me to continue learning to organize my thoughts and be brave enough to give them the light of day. I value that greatly, too, because, LOL, I can be my own worst enemy, talking and procrastinating myself right out of something I really want to do.

To help manage my time, I absolutely refuse to conform to a writing schedule (instead, I write when the inspiration hits, and if I can stick with the flow long enough to finish the item, then I post it). I’ve also whittled, for the time being, my Reader list to only my most favorite or useful blogs. And, now that I’m carving more time out of my day for the important things I’ve let slide, I’ve started doing much like Mike, taking a peek and either commenting if I’ve the few minutes to do so or marking them to return to later. And then I cross my fingers that “later” happens.

But I’ll not restrict comments on my own blog. If my readers take the time to read, I want to afford them the opportunity to have a little conversation. ;) And I will respond.

Julie’s last blog post..The Gift

Sara February 26, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Davina,

Right now I’m so excited about getting comments and responding that I can’t imagine turning them off. On the other hand, I understand what you are saying. It does take time.

As it is, this isn’t that hard for me as my numbers aren’t high, but if they were like some of the blogs I visit, which have 50+, I would definitely consider turning comments off occasionally. I think it would be better than the blogger just not responding.

There was one time, however, when turning comments off saddened me. I was following a person’s blog that I really liked. For a variety of reasons, she decided to stop her blog. For her last post, she turned comments off. I regretted this because I wanted to tell her how much her writings meant to me and that I would miss her.

Sara’s last blog post..Addicted to being a Somebody

Urban Panther February 26, 2009 at 6:07 pm

I don’t turn comments off. Instead, twice per week I don’t end my posts with a question. In other words, I don’t create dialogue for my Weigh In Wednesday posts, and my Fiction Friday posts. Some people still comment, which is wonderful, and I respond. But I don’t get as many comments on those days.

I still like the dialogue aspect of blogging. Vered picks and chooses which posts she wants to create dialogue in by turning off her comments. I have no problem with that. I pick and chose too. I just do it differently than she does.

Urban Panther’s last blog post..Leaving words behind

Robin February 26, 2009 at 7:15 pm

ha ha Davina – the first thing I did was scroll down and see if you had turned the comments off here!

I actually felt disappointed a couple of Vered’s posts had the comments turned off – the one about getting some rain in California (I didn’t know they were in drought), and the little girl with chocolate pudding one, that you mentioned.

Every blogger has to do what’s practical for them, or they won’t be able to keep blogging – so is that means turning comments off, then so be it!

Cheers, Davina – Robin

Robin’s last blog post..The Fountain Of Youth Gets An Update!

Barbara Swafford February 27, 2009 at 1:02 am

Hi Davina – Great topic. I’m happy you didn’t turn the comments off on this one. :)

Turning comments off is something I haven’t even considered on my blog, but that also has a lot to do with the topics I write about and the format. The comments I receive add so much value to the post and the discussion. Plus, they teach others bloggers what options they have.

I don’t mind if some bloggers turn their comments off as I truly understand the balance we’re all striving for. Recently I’ve had a plate full and just yesterday decided to add another blog to my list. It’s all extremely time consuming, but I love it, so I’m not complaining.

Like you, the posts stack up in my reader and I don’t get to them as often as I’d like, but everyone I do follow I think of as a friend, and so even though I don’t visit other blogs on a daily basis, the blog authors are often on my mind. That’s one reason I like Twitter. It’s quick communication and we get to say “hi”, “how’s it going”, and continue to stay in touch.

Barbara Swafford’s last blog post..Like Bees on Honey – Learn to Attract Comments to Your Blog

Davina February 27, 2009 at 1:09 am

Hi Juliet.
I agree, genuine comments — like yours :-) — make this worthwhile. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Hi Kathy.
I know what you mean. Comments add a lot of life to a blog. You’re a great hostess :-) I love how commenting on different blogs seems to bring out new aspects of a person’s personality. When I considered turning off comments for this post…. well, I just couldn’t do it. I may experiment in the future, but it’s not something I’m comfortable doing right now. I’m enjoying everyone too much and the number of comments are pretty manageable.

Hi Vered.
You’re welcome! Like you, I’m grateful when commenters take the time to leave a comment, because I know how busy everyone is. I think you do an awesome job on your blog and with the amount of comments you receive, I have complete understanding that you choose to close comments once in a while.

Hi Miguel.
I’m excited about the novel you are writing! I’d say that is a pretty healthy distraction… especially from checking stats.

Hi Chris.
LOL, that’s a good point. :-)

Hi Julie.
Your writing is beautiful to read and I couldn’t imagine you turning off your comments. Your personal journeys inspire a lot of insight and it comes back to you tenfold in your comment section. I’ll send some encouragement your way — I think you’re a brilliant writer — there’s a wonderful richness of spirit there.

Hi Sara.
I know exactly what you mean. I was excited when I received that first comment on my blog, and continue to be months later. I’d only consider turning off comments if I couldn’t be around to respond and moderate. I’ve considered the idea that readers might appreciate the “break” from commenting when their reader is full and closing comments would support that. But then again… they don’t have to comment just because comments are on. That is sad about that blogger turning off comments on her last post. I would have felt the same way as you did.

Hi Urban Panther.
That’s a good point, and proof that asking good questions at the end of posts does generate lively discussion. And, there is no lack of good conversation on your blog!

Hi Robin.
LOL, ha, ha! Tis true, every blogger has to do what’s practical for them. That’s what I mean by saying that blogging is an art. Although there are certain “codes” to blogging, it really is up to each person to run their blog in the way that supports the life of the blog… and the blogger. Blogging has taught me to respect each other’s differences… and appreciate our similarities.

Davina February 27, 2009 at 1:22 am

Hi Barbara.
Thanks, I’m glad too. And, that is an excellent point! Twitter is a great way to stay in touch outside of the reader. I always hope online friends don’t think I’ve lost interest if I’ve been absent. I feel the same way as you… I think of those who I follow as friends and they’re on my mind even though I’ve not been round to leave a comment. I never imagined when I started blogging that I would make such meaningful connections.

Your blog is another one that I couldn’t imagine comments being off. I think bloggers learn a lot from your posts, and from each other in the comments section.

Dot February 27, 2009 at 8:35 am

Vered’s posts have helped me get used to the idea of turning comments off sometimes, but I did want to comment on all those $50 wine bottles smashing. You and your commenters have made some very good points. There are two more issues I’d like to add as food for thought:

1 – Write fewer posts. Whenever I can’t post because I’m too busy or sick, I think of the relief people will feel that there’s one less thing to read this week. :-)

2 – Maybe promise to keep visiting blogs even if they don’t comment on your own (because that’s the only way we know they’ve visited). One reason we’re so busy is that we don’t want to lose our readers by not commenting on their blogs.

Dot’s last blog post..OpenOffice Extensions

Jay February 27, 2009 at 10:42 am

Hey Davina- lond time admirer, first time commenter. :-)
One of my favorite blogs just turned off comments and while I will stay in touch with them, it saddened me to see it. I also have a great deal of RSS’s to read, but they pail in comparison to the people that take the time to comment on Inner Noodle. I love the community and I can not see a time I would close that door. It is one of the reasons why I do not read Steve Pavlina anymore- there is no connection, just words on the screen. Great stuff Davina- I am glad we met finaly!

Jay’s last blog post..The Duality of Language- Life Coaching Continued

Liara Covert February 27, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Davina, your post about comments draws reader attention to that infamous topic of ego. What is it that motivates individuals to blog? Some people get wrapped up in the numbers of potential and growing subscribers and commenters. Some people like the idea their writing is being read by someone somewhere. This may be assumed to translate into appreciation and some kind of external acceptance. Its conditioned human nature to desire to measure and quantify. And yet, when it gets right down to the crux, each blogger has invisible reasons for blogging. They may not be consciously aware of the truth. The whole process of exploring and expanding on self-expression is part of the path to self-discovery. Whether or not anyone reads your words or chooses to comment is irrelevant to your own psychological progress toward unconditional self-acceptance. Pure love is within reach inside.

Liara Covert’s last blog post..5 Tips to move beyond intimidation

Stacey / Create a Balance February 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Needing to think about turning comments off is a good thing. For me it means I am blessed to have such a large global online community that I’m forced to create a strategy to keep my blogging in balance. When I had two online friends it was easy. But now I have met so many amazing people it is difficult to keep up. Right now, for example, there is a party going on at my blog, and I still have not stopped by and talked to all of them. I’m choosing to do party hop around town and will return to my blog’s party later tonight.

Cheers to blogging in balance!

Stacey / Create a Balance’s last blog post..What Are Your Intentions?

Jannie Funster February 27, 2009 at 5:36 pm

“It’s been tough. There are a lot of bloggers that I’ve connected with and who I enjoy visiting. Time permitting, I make the effort to get around to everyone at least once a week, instead of every day or every post.”

That paragraph closely mirrors my experience of late! Seems I only get here once a week, twice maybe. It does not mean I love you any less, I’m just busier now.

I turned off comments a couple of times to post family birthday pix. I think people respected what I had done.

Jannie Funster’s last blog post..Missing things

Henie February 27, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Hi Davina!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this.

I personally enjoy the exchange/discussion through comments. As a new blogger, I am still able to answer and respond to all comments and I like that!

The key really is “personal balance”…I designate time when to read blogs and leave comments just as I designate a time to manage my own blogs and comments.

I wish I could absorb and savor more blogsites but one has to be realistic according to their commitments. For me, I work full time, am a single parent, am in school and now I manage my blogsite and I workout every single day…point is it all depends on your commitment to self and what works for you! :~)

Thank you for another wonderful lesson learned from your insights! :~)

Henie’s last blog post..Flowers Have Hearts Too!

Davina February 28, 2009 at 12:11 am

Hi there Dot.
Thanks for adding to the list. Both of your thoughts are right on! Lol on the first one. So true. I’ve been there and felt that too.

And yes, I do worry (and hate that I do), that I may lose readers by not commenting on their blogs. I do try to get around to everyone, including the new visitors. And sometimes a post doesn’t leave me feeling comment-ready and I just don’t have anything to add.

I’ve only managed about 6 blogs yesterday and another 6 today. I used to do close to 20 per day. I’m glad I had no idea how much time was involved in blogging when I first started. If I’d known I probably wouldn’t have got involved. But now it’s too late. I love it!

Hi Jay.
Gee, thanks for saying so. Welcome to my humble…um blog. Thanks for your comment. I’ll be coming by your blog to see what’s goin on over there soon. I LOVE the name of your blog — The Inner Noodle! Great! So is that why you’re pointing to your head in your gravatar pic — you’re pointing to your noodle? :-) That blogger turned off comments for good? That would take quite an adjustment if they were one of your favourites.

Hi Liara.
Oh, yes the ego! I agree, and I admit it… my ego lurks in my blog. Oh, you’ve reminded me of an AWESOME quote I just read over on Henie’s blog “A flower blooms for the heart, not for the viewer…and so does a writer write for the heart, and not for the reader!” Absolutely brilliant!!!

Anyway, the best writing happens (and I suppose “best” is an ego term too), hmmm, when the writing comes from the heart. Those are the most natural, free-flowing and fastest posts to write. Exploring the Self and new perspectives is what drives the majority of my posts, but then after that publish button is clicked… the counting games begin. Learning to separate and not define ourselves by these numbers is a real learning.

Hi Stacey.
Wow a party! I hadn’t heard about this until now — I hope it’s been a good one! I agree completely, it IS a challenge to keep all this in balance. I’m experimenting these last couple of days. Been busy with other things, and instead of pushing myself to visit a large number of blogs at the end of the day, to “try” to catch up with my reader, I relax and just enjoy the reading and aim for at least 6 blogs a day. Not enough to keep up, but sometimes a person has to take a short breather sometimes. It’s better than quitting altogether.

Hi Jannie.
I’m laughing right now. I was reading the first paragraph of your comment and nodding in agreement. It took me a minute to realize you were quoting me. Duh! You know, I think it is important to be able to appreciate bloggers for doing what they need to do and not for doing what you think they should do. I’m no angel… I have voices inside of my head some days… wondering if so and so hasn’t been by because… blah, blah, blah. I hate that — that’s when it’s time to turn the channel :-)

Hi Henie.
Wow, you are amazing! What grabbed my attention is that you do a workout every day. I worship you now :-) Two or three times a week is IT for me… when I’m ON the wagon. If I didn’t own an mp3 player it would be much less than that I’m afraid.

I think designating a time for blogging is an excellent idea. I’m chuckling now as I ask myself… “Hmm, which 6 days should I allocate for blogging?” :-)

goldensparks February 28, 2009 at 4:35 am

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Lance February 28, 2009 at 5:08 am

Hi Davina,

Blogging has become really about connections for me. And comments really help to build that connection. I feel “connected” to many of my readers, and it is specifically because of what at least has started out in the comments section.

That said, it has become very difficult for me to keep up. Balance is an issue. I too feel it’s important to respond back to comments. And, in fact, every once in a while, someone will leave a comment on something a bit older, and I miss it for several days/weeks. And I feel bad about that.

So, what have I done? I have turned off comments when I’ve linked to guest posts I’ve done elsewhere – so the comments can go with the actual article. Also, I believe at Thanksgiving was about the first time I turned off comments. But what I did was just turn them off, and not put a statement up saying comments were off. And what happened? People emailed me. People posted comments on other posts. All in relation to the post I’d turned comments off on. It was funny, really! Some people thought there was a problem, and the comments still continued. What I learned? Put a statement up saying comments are closed – which I believe I picked up from Vered’s posts (thanks Vered!).

So, when a blog has comments turned off occasionally, that’s okay with me. When they’re turned off for good – I lose interest in returning (like Jay mentioned – and I too know of a site that has recently done this – in which I know I will spend less time there now).

The other thing about comments being off – I’m more likely to take the time to Stumble a post, or promote it on Twitter – since I went to the site with the intention I would comment – and now I’ve just gained a few minutes.

Sorry to have rambled on here Davina. You’ve really hit upon something I’ve thought much about recently. So, I’m very much enjoying this post!

And…like Robin…I scrolled right away to the bottom to see if comments were off when I saw the title!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Lance’s last blog post..Getting The Helm Back When You’re Overwhelmed

Tess The Bold Life February 28, 2009 at 3:46 pm

I’m just building a community so wouldn’t think of turning comments off. However I recently started posting less, now that I’m posting for joy!

I think everyone needs to do what they need to do and it’s different for everyone. I’ve learned a lot from reading all of the responses so I’m glad you left them on.
I’m going to Staceys blog party now!

Tess The Bold Life’s last blog post..How to Be Bold Enough to Surrender

Davina March 1, 2009 at 12:39 am

Hi Goldensparks.
Thank you. I appreciate your comment. I will check out your blog. Cheers.

Hi Lance.
Lol, fooled ya! That’s a good idea to turn off comments when you’ve guest posted somewhere else. I’ve notice when you’ve done this and it makes perfect sense. It encourages your readers to read the guest post, and as you’ve said, to leave their comments with the actual post.

That is funny about how you created such a commotion when you turned your comments off that time. You’ve got a pretty loyal community there Lance — on a public holiday to boot! :-)

Thanks for adding yet another positive to the list for turning comments off. I’d not thought of Stumbling. Glad you enjoyed this post, and I appreciate your comment, as always. Hope you have a great weekend too.

Hi Tess.
I know what you mean about not wanting to turn comments off when you’re just starting to build a community. You’ve built up a momentum, and I say ride those waves as long as you choose. Hope the party was a good one at Stacey’s. I was not able to get over there. Hey, maybe she’ll blog about it. Or, you’ll blog about it?

Cath Lawson March 2, 2009 at 11:54 am

Hi Davina – I totally missed this post. I was sure I’d checked your blog over the weekend and couldn’t find anything new. So, I’ve just re-added you to my reader, as it looks like something strange is going on.

I’ve tried turning off comments a couple of times and also blogging less often. But I found that when I did either, I had fewer posts, but an overwhelming amount of comments. And I just couldn’t keep up.

It’s good to experiment though. When I was ill, I read some comments on old posts but I didn’t feel like responding, so it would probably have been better to turn comments off.

Miguel de Luis March 2, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Yes Cath, you could be right about old posts. In fact most people do not ever comment on an old post, and you could fight spam more easily. Something to consider, certainly.

Miguel de Luis’s last blog post..Fat Runners Club

Davina March 2, 2009 at 11:25 pm

Hi Cath.
I switched over to feedburner a few weeks ago. That might have something to do with it. I would have thought all would have been transferred by now. It seems I only have 25% of the subscriptions that I used to have. I don’t think I scared that many people away. Thanks for letting me know you’re still with me.

That’s interesting that your comments increased when you slowed down posting. I would have thought the opposite would happen — assuming that traffic would slow too with less posts being published.

Hi Miguel.
Good point about preventing spam. I rarely comment on a post that is older than 1 or 2 weeks.

Miguel de Luis March 3, 2009 at 3:50 am

Hi Davina,

I have just responded to your post on my own blog, and put my thoughts into action. Thanks for this great article, and hope to learn from you any time soon again .

Miguel de Luis’s last blog post..Comments closed in older posts

Cricket-Tammy March 3, 2009 at 10:33 am

Hey Davina!

I love the comments because I am always the last to get around. I have just sat here and read all the comments above. I do understand why comments should our should not be turned off. Each person is different with their own limits. For me…I have been going through more rough roads so I have not been online at all for a month or so.

I have been trying to go back around to catch up and I would love to be able to comment but I do understand the “why” of it all if they are turned off.

I hope all is well with you Davina.

Cricket-Tammy’s last blog post..I Understand Mom

Internet Strategist March 3, 2009 at 5:38 pm

While turning comments off once in a while or on specific posts for a particular reason would be fine with me, any blog that has no comments is far less likely to be visited by me. Another blogger even picked up on a paragraph I wrote to mention that those who read blogs only in an RSS reader are missing the conversation!

For me the comments are often the best part and the primary reason I visit blogs instead of reading them in a reader. I even make it a point to visit to read comments on blogs I find elsewhere – primarily at FriendFeed – and even share the best comments as additional entries in my own FriendFeed.

I sincerely hope turning off comments doesn’t become common in my favorite blogs!

Internet Strategist’s last blog post..Tips for Leaving Comments That Don’t Get Deleted – Contributor or SPAMMER?

Davina March 3, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Hi Miguel.
And I have just responded to your post that was in response to my post :-) I’m following your lead and turning comments off on posts older than 30 days. I think you’re on to something here.

Hi Tammy.
I’m doing well, thanks for asking. Rough roads for you though? I hope you’re ok now??? I’ve noticed you’ve been quiet these days. I’m glad to see you making your rounds again — it’s nice to “see” you. Please take care of yourself.

Hi Strategist.
Welcome to this open discussion! This is true. Comments add life to the blog. I’ve learned a lot and met other bloggers just from hanging out there. I too, would stop visiting a blog if the comments were turned off indefinitely. I’ve not hear of FriendFeed before, I’ll have to take a look — thank you.

Carla March 4, 2009 at 1:25 pm

I guess I’m afraid to turn off comments due to the fact that I’m a new blogger (since the summer). Once I generate 50 comments per post, then I may consider it!

Right now I have about 500 posts in my reader, but many of them are fashion based (doesn’t take long to read and don’t require comments), but the rest I weed through and pick out the ones I want to read and respond to the most. I haven’t quite managed that well yet.

Carla’s last blog post..Is it too late?

Internet Strategist March 4, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Comments are one of the very best ways to find great blogs – and how I found yours! When I read intelligent thoughts I follow the links back to see what else that commentator has to say. The topic of the post featured by CommentLuv also often gets my attention.

Now if I can only come up with a strategy for keeping track of them all so I can visit more regularly. What happens is that I visit regularly those who leave comments in my blog because I see their latest posts in the comments they leave. Then I leave a comment, share them at Twitter, FriendFeed and elsewhere – maybe even blog about them with additional links.

I use FriendFeed to share the best content I find and to make sure I don’t miss specific content. You can create lists there and configure them to see the latest blog posts sorted by importance or subject. At least that is what I do with it. I have a special section for Must Read Blogs that automatically pulls in their latest posts. (That is why it is called FriendFEED.) You can even create a feed for someone who doesn’t use it yet!

I used the link to my FriendFeed and Twitter Quick Start post in this comment. That post has some great tips on getting started using both and also on finding users to follow/subscribe. (Did you know you can add a different link there after CommentLuv picks up your primary URL?) CommentLuv picked up another post Finding Interesting FriendFeed users to get you started.

Internet Strategist’s last blog post..Finding Interesting FriendFeed Users

Evelyn Lim March 4, 2009 at 9:23 pm

I also scrolled down to see if you have actually turned off the comments to this post….LOL!! Having to respond to comments does take up time but it is precisely what blogging is about – building an interactive community.

Nevertheless, I do think that it may be a good idea to switch off commenting every once in a while. I’ve been less responsive to comments on my posts for the past few days, due to having to take time off for some inner energy work. I was just too exhausted! Not allowing commenting might have helped reduce the workload in the meantime.

Evelyn Lim’s last blog post..Interview On How To Attract Life Balance

Davina March 5, 2009 at 2:07 am

Hi Carla.
Yikes, 500 posts in your reader! I think keeping up with comments also depends on how often you post. Posting once or twice a week gives comments a chance to come in over a longer period of time and it’s easier for you to keep up.

Hi Strategist.
Thanks for the information about FriendFeed. I just popped over to check out your blog. It looks interesting and I’m going to have to find some time to do more reading. Especially about the niche Twitter lists.

Hi Evelyn.
Ha, fooled ya :-) I was thinking about you today — for some reason you popped into my mind right out of the blue. You did a good job at taking care of yourself despite having the comments coming in. Signs of a blogger with good common sense.

Energy work can be exhausting sometimes and then other times it can be invigorating. I experienced that when I used to do reflexology. The healing energy runs right through a person. By the time I was done, my hands felt electric.

A. Lee, from We Are One World Healing March 20, 2009 at 8:47 pm

This is an interesting topic.

What I found is since I’ve ever so slowly have started to move my commenters to my forums (with the idea of closing the comments altogether for ever), is that people have started to email me personally even more….

While I want to help people heal as a priority and will therefore answer their healing questions, it’s too time consuming to do the one-by-one thing for much longer… Also, frankly, I am not the only one who holds answers — by sending me email personal, readers are missing out on the insights of other blog visitors and commenters/forum participants.

A. Lee, from We Are One World Healing’s last blog post..Time Management: Tools, Tips & Techniques

Davina March 21, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Hi Astrid.
Welcome! Sounds like the forum is a good alternative for you to connect with and support more people at a time. I just checked out your site and you obviously have a lot to offer people. Of course people want to work with an expert… but they can easily dismiss their own wisdom and give away their power by depending on someone else for the answers.

I agree, the comment sections and forums do have the advantage where people can help each other out and learn from one another. I hope you find the balance soon.

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