Would you turn off comments on your blog?

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Picking this week's subject for Friday Bloggers was almost a no brainer. The question was inspired, as you probably already know, by Gala Darling's recent decision to turn off comments on her blog. Of course, she is not the first to do so: Jane Aldridge, Leo Babauta, Seth Godin also turned off comments on their blogs some time ago. While this a completely legitimate and understandable decision, it leaves the commenters a little confused.



I clearly remember something that Gala stated a while ago about this issue. And the more I think about it, the more I agree. She said that comments do not make a blog wonderful; in most cases, comments don't add much to the content.

But Gala and all the other power bloggers stated above are already established names, with hundreds of thousands (if not more) unique visitors per day. So, of course, they have a recognizable voice and fans which will not readily leave a blog because they can't comment. (How many of them are heavy commenters anyway?) Plus, large numbers of visitors means being able to sustain other platforms dedicated to talks between readers and fans (forums, Facebook threads).

When it comes to smaller blogs, so few of us can afford this luxury - not if we want to grow an audience and identify our own voice, anyway. Smaller blogs rely on interaction as it happens in the comments section. Some of them are still just validation of course, but isn't a small amount of vanity the core essence of a blogger? Think outfit posts alone.

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Let's take the comments on this edition of Friday Bloggers by storm! It's the perfect opportunity to find out more opinions from other fellow bloggers like you! So tell us...

Would you turn off comments on your blog?

You will find my opinion on this issue in the comments section. Penny for your thoughts!


40 comments:

  1. Here is what I think: bloggers love to have comments on their posts. Remember those days, at the beginning of your blog, when all you wanted was a single commenter to tell you something, anything? Yes, it's about that feeling of validation that Gala mentioned before.

    But what would a blog be without comments? It wouldn't feel like a blog. After all, you might as well write your pieces and keep them on the desktop, especially if they don't have the goal of informing or being useful to people.

    As a small blogger myself, I see comments as a way of interacting with my readers; the possibilities of generating real dialog on other platforms is not a valid option at this moment.

    I would be terrified if, at one point, I noticed my ideas distorting in front of my own eyes because of other external opinions (which is so not the case right now). So, of course, I would reduce the means by which I can get feedback. Fortunately it is not the case now: a blog is a blog because it has comments. For me and in this time and space, anyway.

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  2. No I don't think I would turn off comments on my blog, because I really like comments. I love it to read a lovely word that somebody wrote for me. It really makes my day. Also I think it's very opinion to get feedback from other fashionbloggers, because that gives you the chance to grow into a better blogger.
    xoxo

    http://theonlyfashionprincess.blogspot.com

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  3. I actually get a lot of feedback via comments..
    There are bloggers who don't read my posts and just comment for me to comment back and there are the other ones who actually read them. I know that because of the ranting posts, esp the AW one:))
    And then there are the usual readers who sometimes leave really great and useful comments:)
    Plus: comments are very good way to get more visitors:)
    So no, I wouldn't be able to turn off the comments.

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  4. I wouldn't turn off comments on my blog because the comments let you know if anyone is actually reading your blog. With out comments how will you know if you actually have an audience?

    love&peace
    http://coilymystic.blogspot.com/

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  5. I can completely understand why people would turn off the comments, as a lot of them do not add anything to the blog (I'm guilty of leaving these types of comments, the "I love your dress!" ones...). But I personally never would turn off my comments, because I do get a lot of comments that are useful, helpful, or that really make me think. And I love offering my readers a place to sound off and share their own opinions and thoughts. But see, all my readers are super-sweet - I might feel completely different if I had a few haters leaving mean thoughts every post!

    -Ashley
    http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

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  6. I wouldn't turn them off. I don't write for comments and I'd rather go witjout writing for a very long time instead of pushing content to get comments. I love reading comments from my readers but I would probably turn them off if my blog was like Jane's and 90% of my comments were things like "I love your shoes" or "You're too skinny".

    I think that in a blog like Gala's turning off comments wasn't the best choice for the community, it was the best choice for her. I think she got fed up of receving crticism for every single thing she did (like the whole debacle that went down in an article about her last year) and it was limiting her writing.

    I love reading and writing comments but I only comment on posts where I really have something to say and not only to say "i love this" or something that doesn't add to the topic.

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  7. I agree with you 100% on this, I wouldn't turn off comments, smaller blogs need to have avenues for interaction and the comments are one of the best ways to do it. Besides, it ends up being a way of getting to know other bloggers and many times you forge a relationship with them, which in the end is what blogging is all about. For bigger bloggers I guess it can be a way of revenue, but for smaller ones it's about doing something for the sheer pleasure of it and if someone has something insightful to share about what you posted all the better.

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  8. I love comments! It really makes my day when I see comments and when I don't have any I actually feel kind of sad. So comments mean a lot to me.

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  9. I'm going to confess, I still need the validation. Squarectomy is still new and my baby, and it makes me so happy to hear that the readers are enjoying what I'm posting.

    If I got to the point where I was as huge as Jane (Sea of Shoes) or someone to that liking, I would like to think I'd leave the comment section open. But I can understand their decisions.

    Love Grace.

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  10. i think that comments are what make blogs more alive. i would not turn it off.

    <3mvv

    themodernvv.com

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  11. I wouldn't turn off comments on my blog, personally. I'm a "small" blogger, and I like the feeling of interacting with people, both on small and larger blogs. I don't think it necessarily adds major content, but I think that it really does make it feel like a community, and it seems like the blogger wants the perks of putting their outfit pictures up (show/party invites, gifts, money,"fame") without any of the commentary that goes along with it. To me, a blog without comments is kind of just like an online magazine. But that's totally my personal opinion, and I know different people feel differently about it.

    http://www.bestofbklyn.com/

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  12. I'm with you Daiane, I can't see myself removing the option to comment on my blog--- for 1, I'm VERY small and new so I wake up every morning and go to bed every night checking to see if anyone left me a comment. It's like my validation that I'm giving my 17 readers( :)) enjoyment. 2nd I like to hear what people have to say, rather good bad or informative.

    www.originalprototype.com

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  13. i agree with everyone one here, i wouldn't turn off comments! i get excited for each and every comment i get, even the small ones that don't really mean much. i like hearing feedback on something i've posted, or having questins asked, etc, it lets me know that people have taken time to read what i wrote...i guess i need that validation still. but i like the interaction with my readers and i've actually made some great friendships this way. the only time i feel like turning off comments is when i get spam comments telling me to check out the latest penis enlargements or whatever, those drive me crazy! but even then i wouldn't actually turn them off, i just delete them
    great topic btw!

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  14. i would never turn off comments ! i love getting them and i guess everybody else loves them too ! I always feel that comments give me great feedback on the things i sud improve, etc. and comments also motivate me to keep blogging becuase it shows that I've got readers that like my blog :)

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  15. i wouldn't turn off my comments because i want to know what thoughts they can share about my post. i know it may sound quite vain but interaction is kinda good for blogs.

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  16. i would, and sometimes i do. as it feel pressured if you don't get the number of comments you want. and also it definitely doesn't link to how good your blog is, as some of the most awful blogs have loads of comments- but that's just because they spend their whole days commenting and get replies.

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  17. Hello, I too, would not turn off my comments. I LOVE the feedback I get from each post. To me, its a fantastic way to establish myself with interaction in the blogging community. I have really made some great friends over the past six weeks with 195 followers....those are relationships I would have never known if I wasnt getting to know each person individually by their daily posts:)

    Have a fabulous weekend!
    Statements in Fashion Blog

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  18. Awesome photos! <3 Love it!!

    Have a nice weekend;)

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  19. This must be one of the most insightful editions of Friday Bloggers to date! Thank you so much! LOVE!

    @Theonlyfashionprincess: I'm feeling you! Each comment I get does make my day too. Opinions from other fashion bloggers are even more valuable because this way we can grow to be even better bloggers. So cheers to that!

    @Nookie: I know, it is nice to get many comments but it can also get frustrating if the commenters don't actually read your post. But yes, lots of great feedback comes from comments, not to mention more traffic.

    @Coily Mystic: Well, if you only want to measure the amount of traffic your blog gets, you can just use a stats plugin (Blogger also has a default one now). Plus, I know from personal experience that more traffic doesn't necessarily mean more comments, only if you have targeted readers (other bloggers).

    @Ashley: Oh, I am guilty too of leaving the "I like your dress" type of comment *blush* (on very rare occasions but still).... I am so grateful for the sweet readers I have (just like you) who find time to leave wonderful and helpful comments. Thank you time and again!

    @Julie: You are so right in everything you said! That's the right kind of attitude. You won my heart at: "I don't write for comments and I'd rather go without writing for a very long time instead of pushing content to get comments." at which point I already had a big grin and a YES on my face!
    About Gala, I love the fact she did stand up for her as opposed for the community. It's like sacrificing the comments to give us in return even better articles. That's love!

    @Wicked Halo: Hey, lovely input! I actually can't believe I forgot considering comments as a way of getting to know other bloggers. True fact! How else could we grow our networks and meet new people?

    @ShalidaAnn: If someone takes the time to write me a comment it means the world to me too. So much love! Thank you!

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  20. @Grace: Yes, I need validation and dialogue too! But I agree with you, I would pretty much love to leave the comments section open even if this blog grows as big as Jane's. We'll see when we get there! ;)

    @modern viking vixen: I simply love how you said it about blogs being more alive. Agreed!

    @Brookelyn: I agree, blogs are tools to build communities, with dynamic energy going around them. That energy gets lost if comments are closed. The only thing I'm still curious to see is how blogs with closed comments develop over time. Until now all of them are going strong, mostly like online mags, as you said.

    @C.W.: I know! I do that too actually! Plus, the comments themselves are each one such great motivations to continue doing what you do. Right? I am super grateful. Thank you!

    @Liana: We are on the same boat! I love interacting with everyone in the comments section and I've made so many great friends, not to mention meeting other amazing fellow bloggers! And haha to those spam comments; I get a good laugh when those come in (they are quite rare, fortunately).

    @michelle_: Comments equal motivation for me too: they make me move forward and push myself more and more to provide better content. But I wouldn't write for the comments or specific types of comments. Depending on how insightful and appropriate they are, they do show how much people appreciate the blog. So thank you for your input!

    @ching: Vanity is the essence of blogs, especially if they are very personal, there's no need to be ashmed by that, right? All blogs are personal. Plus, we all need constant feedback. Thank you sweetie!

    @LoliTa: There is a comment pressure, yes! I feel it too sometimes... and it is not good. But comments don't make the blog, they only add to it. And about that certain type of blogs: their strategy is a short term one for obvious reasons...

    @Collette Osuna: Exactly! And we wouldn't have met each other, right? ;) I love to constanly discover amazing blogs. Have a great, relaxing weekend!

    @chaoskontrolowany: Thought you might love them, glad you do! Thanks for stopping by!

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  21. While I understand Gala's point, gosh no! I would NEVER turn comments off on Frock & Roll! Firstly, I love hearing what other people think. Secondly, I love having the new opportunity to meet new people and discover fabulous new blogs via comments that people have left. And finally, the major advantage that blogging has over any other medium is instant feedback - make the most of that, I say!

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  22. I think comments are an essential part of what a blog is: a platform for exchanging ideas. Having a blog without comments is like an orator speaking to an audience and then denying them questions and feedback. It would be equal to talking to the walls. I don't care how big or well known a blog is its still a platform for communication and closing down the paths of communication is just disrespectful to your readers, a blogger should never be above reading comments from its readers, I'm sorry but that is just plain rude. I would never ever turn of comments on my blog, no matter their content.

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  23. I just dont think I could do it! I dont know if it is because I am still a new blogger but I really love all my comments and I love to talk back with my audience. I think I would feel like I was out there all alone if I never heard anything from anyone! I need a little fuel in my gas tank and that is exactly what my comments do for me!
    I loved this post though and I love reading everyones comments and reactions!

    XX

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  24. Goooooorgeous clutches!

    I would not turn off comments on my blog... I moderate all comments, even when I am on vacation!

    Fun theme for a post, darling!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  25. i would not turn off the comments on my blog because i love making new friends through blogging! when you're constantly writing on someones blog and they're writing back its like a conversation with a friend (and probably someone who wouldn't have met if you weren't blogging)

    also it really brightens up my day when i get a really sweet comment :)

    stayfabulous,
    zarna
    http://zarnasrunway.blogspot.com

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  26. I love getting feedback on my blog. and it helps me discover more blogs to visit! don't think i would do that!

    http://quenchfab.blogspot.com

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  27. the comments they leave on my blog make my day.. even if they're just the "i love your blog..follow me.." stuff like that. it doesnt really matter to me. i do get some suggestions too which i think is good. when you try to be friends with some, you cannot just talk and talk and say whatever you want. you also will have to listen to what they have to say. and i think it somehow works like that in blogging and commenting :)

    http://barestudy.blogspot.com

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  28. I love people who take the time to comment on my blog, I find really amazing people that way and I always visit their blogs in return to see who they are. It's fantastic!

    http://www.joannefaith.com

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  29. I would not turn off my comments because I am meeting the people who visit my blog and enjoy hearing their feedback, good or bad. Commenting on each other's blogs is how I am making my blogsphere friends.

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  30. hahah really? It's the same with me, except my clothes are all buckled up on my chair.. gotta love being sooo organized ;p

    anyways I wouldn't turn it off either.. mainly cause most of them the time I have the feeling.. Nobody's reading! That your just writing for air..

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  31. I really appreciate your Friday blogger FAQ and answer sessions. It inspires and makes me think. And for this topic, I am a fan of comments, interactions and discussions. So I go for it. later, FashionLifeCoach

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  32. I really think feedback's always important and it's like you said, smaller blogs rely on interaction. But is it only smaller blogs? I suppose that sometimes it gets tiring not being able to answer all the questions from the comments but that's understandable. For me, not being able to comment on a favourite blog, is a little annoying. And it happened.

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  33. I don't think I would ever turn of comments on my blog, I love to hear other peoples thoughts and opinions on my outfits, it makes me feel good and is a great way to interact with other bloggers, I don't really understand why someone would turn them off to be honest, I mean it's not like you have to reply...

    Great post by the way, very interesting! xxx

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  34. My favorite part of blogging is interacting with my fellow bloggers and getting to know them on and off the blog (through Facebook, Twitter, etc...) So no. I don't think I'd turn off commenting. For me, it's the best part of the blogging experience!

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  35. I'd never turn off comments on my blog! they make blogging worth it. I take pictures and save them in my external hard drive, I write diary. So why would I write a blog if not interacting with my followers at all? I like to hear their opinions, and it's also a great way to find new amazing blogs! As I always check out the blogs of people who comment on my blog. x

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  36. Foarte interesanta sectiunea aceasta. Legat de intrebarea asta, raspunsul este " Cu siguranta nu" Ador sa citesc comentariile celor care-mi viziteaza blog-ul, nici nu as fi atat de motivata sa continui sa postez daca nu as primi feedback. I feel like a kid on Christmas day waiting to unwrap my presents de fiecare data cand vad un new comment.
    Cat despre bloggeritele care au decis sa inchida comentariile, ai dreptate, oricum nu erau prea "vorbarete" si atata timp cat au succes nu vor sa se amestece cu "masele". Pt ele nu conteaza parerile oamenilor tot ce vor e ca traficul pe blog sa fie mare si sponsorii sa le platesca in continuare.

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  37. My favorite part of blogging is interacting with my fellow bloggers and getting to know them on and off the blog (through Facebook, Twitter, etc...) So no. I don't think I'd turn off commenting. For me, it's the best part of the blogging experience!

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  38. I love getting feedback on my blog. and it helps me discover more blogs to visit! don't think i would do that!

    http://quenchfab.blogspot.com

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  39. I'm with you Daiane, I can't see myself removing the option to comment on my blog--- for 1, I'm VERY small and new so I wake up every morning and go to bed every night checking to see if anyone left me a comment. It's like my validation that I'm giving my 17 readers( :)) enjoyment. 2nd I like to hear what people have to say, rather good bad or informative.

    www.originalprototype.com

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