We eventually become acquainted with other bloggers.
We read each other’s posts, leave comments, and often become cyberspace friends.
Small communities form in comment sections of blogs.
Not so much different than in real life, with blogging, like minded people are attracted to each other. That often become evident in comment sections.
If the blog author joins in the “conversations”, you will begin to see more of their personality.
At first glance, new visitors to a blog can usually tell (by reading the comment section) if they will feel welcome, or feel like an outcast, in the community.
On many blogs, you will find comment sections where each comment is acknowledged by the author. Responses by the author can add value to the post.
Other blog authors will pick and choose which comments they’ll reply to, believing not all comments need a response.
Some blogs have an open comment section and the author rarely “shows up”. Those leaving comments often answer each others concerns/questions, and the comment section may resemble a forum.
On other blogs, you’ll see comment sections that duplicate a social network instant messaging format. A small group of commenters are having an ongoing conversation. You may or may not feel comfortable interrupting their conversation by injecting a comment.
A handful of blogs have closed their comment section. Many of these are great sites that have established themselves as credible and the author has chosen to utilize his/her time providing valuable information, and not dealing with comments. Some have added a forum in place of a comment section.
Blog authors will, at times, receive “slams” or extremely negative comments. Because negative comments can detract from the value of the post, they are often deleted, and marked as spam.
Post topics can temporarily change the dynamics of the comment section. A controversial post may ignite argumentative comments, and add some spice to the comment section. When writing posts of this nature, a blog author needs to prepare themselves to address the differing viewpoints.
Comment sections become an extension of your blog post.
How you handle them is a reflection on you and can establish the personality of your blog community.
Do you “control” your comment section, or do you let it run amok?
Have you ever felt out of place on a blog, based on the comments?
Do you answer each comment, “bulk answer” or pick and choose which comment(s) you reply to?
As a commenter, do you like to see your comment acknowledged?
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