Hello sweeties! It's Friday again!
If you're new to Friday Bloggers, feel free to browse through all the past editions: they are valuable and delightful compendiums in which we all share our opinions and experiences, learning from each other along the way.
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.
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!