Turning Blog Comments Off: Should I or Shouldn’t I? That is the Question
I’ve often said that a blog without comments isn’t really a blog at all. Some of my readers refer to me as their blogging guru, but to me blogging is about the conversation and interacting with my readers - not just a sermon from the mount.
Lately I’ve been reconsidering that notion.
Comments are down again and frankly I’m tired of beating myself up over it. I’ve been through this cycle before, and whenever there’s a lull like this I find myself feeling despondent and not wanting to blog at all.
Of course my blogging has been sporadic this year and I can’t say that I blame you. A lot of my ariticles are not endearing to commenting either because of the very nature of the post.
Ironically my readership and traffic stats are still good. It’s just the comments that are at an all-time low.
If you are a regular reader of this blog you will know that I’ve had my share of personal tragedies, including recurring health and marriage problems.
So at this point it might come down to either turning comments off or not blogging at all because it is just one more negative distraction in my life.
I need to get the negativity out of my life, and if a lack of comments is bringing me down then I feel I have to do something about it.
There are other options such as forcing readers to register and log in to leave a comment. But that seems counter-productive to me and not an incentive for encouraging more comments.
Honestly, I’m not sure what to do because turning comments off goes against my personal belief system. So I’m writing today hoping that you will consider leaving me a comment and tell me if you think it’s Ok that I turn comments off.
Would turning off comments turn you off?
Or is there a better solution?
I really want to hear from YOU. If I don’t get many comments then I guess that will be my answer. Thanks for listening.