State of the Blog: Comment Policy

Resuming my end-of-the-month pontifications on writing & blogging. I appear to have left off back in June of last year [Y’All Connect]. I stopped due to some compelling theory that escapes me at this time. I am starting back up as part of my effort to improve the blog, i.e. “the same, but better” [Hello 2016!]. List of previous SotB.

I use a comment policy that I have suffered under in writing classes. The current victim student brings in copies of a work in progress. Work is read aloud. Student sits down & shuts up. Class dissects, praises, attacks the work for a set number of minutes. Student is not allowed to speak while this is happening. At the end, the student is given a handful of minutes to defend, explain, rebut.

So that is what I do. I post. Having said my piece, I sit back. I allow you, the reader, time to comment, condemn, extol. Even if there is a question, I do not leap in with an answer. Perhaps another reader has a better, different, alternate answer to the one I would give. This happened as recently as last Thursday [SitRep]. I was tempted to respond after Amy posted. Instead, I waited. Anonymous rallied with a valiant defense of me & Milton. πŸ™‚

Of course, should the comment thread be subject to displays of poor sportsmanship, I would wade in with my troll basher. Fortunately, that has yet to be an issue. Y’all have been universally entertaining, informative, & delightful.

Once the dust has settled, usually the next day, I return to sum up. This hasn’t always been my policy. I’ve wrestled with different methods. However, for the last few months, I have been making an effort be sure that I comment at the end of each post.

On an administrative note, the comments close automatically after 30 days. I would prefer to leave them open in perpetuity. However, closing the comments has dramatically cut down on spam. OTOH, the improvement might be due to an unrelated anti-spam measure by WordPress. The world may never know.

If you blog, what works for you? As a blog reader, what do you like?
Gratuitous Cat: Reason

Reason base of tree Jan 9 2016

Categories: Blogging, Writing

7 replies »

  1. I blog. I read blogs. When people comment on my blog I try to respond in a reasonable amount of time. Even if it’s just to say thanks for your comment or thanks for reading my post. Because I see my blog as an attempt to interact with my audience. Not all blogs are meant to be interactive, but when a blog is written that way (they invite comments, opinions or pose various question, even if only in a reflective manner) I will leave the blog if the blogger doesn’t respond to their comments. I think it’s rude. Now if someone happens to be one of those lucky bloggers who gets 250+ comments for every post … well then obviously I’ll cut you some slack. (And bow down to your greatness, because clearly, you’re da Bomb) But you’ll lose me if I take interest in your blog (and subsequently, interest in you) and you keep ignoring my presence. I see comments as a compliment, as your reading audience raising their hand and wanting to participate in your blogging experience. Pass me over enough times and I’m gone. I mean, if you don’t want interactive responses and feedback then maybe you should go write a book or an article. Just my .02 cents.

  2. I always read all the blogs on my list (usually at work). Unfortunately my work computer blocks us from commenting on anything. So unless I’m on my phone or at home I don’t do a ton of commenting. Stupid work computer!

    • Am trying to grasp the idea of a dictatorial office computer. I went freelance before this was an issue. We were happy when the computers worked.

      I was hoping closing the comments didn’t look unfriendly. Stupid spam!

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