The reason most people like blogs is because they are interactive.
Comments on blogs is what keeps many bloggers motivated to continue their journey, and it’s often in the comment section where the post topic really “takes off”*.
Like minded people raise their hand, say “Me, too.”, and/or those who disagree have now found a place where they can voice their opinion.
Bloggers are feeling validated and their readers have a safe haven.
All is well in the world of blogging.
Or is it?
Many bloggers are finding that which gave them the greatest joy (comments), now feels like a burden.
Comments and/or commenting has become so time consuming it begins to interfere with a bloggers real life.
Bloggers are spending so much time with comments, little time is left for writing.
With time being one of the greatest issues for bloggers, many start looking for an alternative.
To deal with his readers responses, Steve Pavlina moved the conversations to a forum.
Many bloggers are now closing comments on select posts, whereas others, uncertain what do do, hang a “Closed” sign, leaving their readers confused, disappointed or relieved.
But, what happens to those readers whose comments we once cherished?
How do they feel when the conversation stops?
When you read a blog post and find the comment section closed, what’s your first response?
If you see the comments are closed, do you read the post, or just leave?
Do you ever close comments on your blog? If so, why?
Would you continue to read a blog if the comments were permanently closed?
*For great examples of how a comment section can “take off”, check out:
Blogger Dad’s post titled,To Spank Or Not To Spank.
Hunter Nuttall’s post, 10 Reasons Japan Is Better Than America which he followed up with 10 Reasons America Is Better Than Japan
Or, Ask Liz Strauss – How do You Inspire Your Readers To Join Your Community