Reblog, Comment Or No Comment: What’s Your Blog Style?

Gratuitous Dexter picture
Gratuitous Dexter picture

Gratuitous Dexter picture…just because I can

I recently re-blogged for the first time. I’ve resisted it up till today, but I can’t really put my finger on why. I suppose it might be because I didn’t want duplicate content, and a part of me still feels that way.

However, I think community is super important when it comes to blogging, and re-blogging is a great way to build community in my opinion.

I was also reading an online debate about whether you should have comments on or off. You can find it by following the link.

Personally I have to agree with the person who said comments should remain on, although I can sympathize with the reasoning of the other guy. Basically, one argued that ‘without comments a blog isn’t really a blog’. He also argued that a blog should allow its readers to have a voice and he names a few other reasons for allowing comments, such as comments giving the blogger ideas about what their audience wants to read etc.

On the flip side, one blogger argued that comments took up too much of his time to moderate and read. He said despite not having comments turned on, his blog has continued to grow and its allowed him to focus more on writing and generating ideas, rather than wasting time reading through fluff comments.

I have to agree that comments are the way to go – at least with my blog. I love reading the comments and visiting other blogs. Blogging just wouldn’t be that much fun for me if I didn’t get that interaction. Obviously, my blog doesn’t have a huge following so I don’t have to wade through thousands of comments per day. I also find WordPress does a nice job of weeding out the spam.

I recently went through my spam folder and found 68 messages that WordPress had thrown in my spam folder. I also usually get one or two per day that I have to moderate by hand. All in all, not a huge chore. Well worth it if it means getting to read comments and interact with people who read this blog.

On top of that, if I see a blog that has its comments turned off, I skip it. I don’t even bother to read it…most of the time. The one time I’ll be mentally persuaded to read their content is if I think it will give me something to think about and/or respond to in a post of my own.

Seeing blogs with the comments turned off reminds me of a relationship where one person gets their say and then walks away. They don’t even want to hear your side of it. They just don’t care.

Screw that. I don’t always comment but I want the option.

So what’s your thoughts? Do you think comments should be turned on or off and do you like to re-blog?

Oh, and you don’t get off the hook that easily. Also, why or why not to all of the above?

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48 Comments

  1. Generally if I reblog I turn off comments to send traffic to the original post. For me, reblogging is a signal to people that they might want to check it out. There’s also the community aspect of it, and encouraging people to take a trip to other blogs is a great way to do it.

    Turning comments off entirely makes blogging too much like reading the newspaper. Some people might be able to get away with it. I know I wouldn’t want to. Being challenged with opposing views is a great way to have one’s thoughts pass the smell test.

    As to why all of the above, because Loki.

  2. I’ve reblogged or taken a few articles and posts using WordPress’ “Press this” function. I do that when I feel in agreement with the post or feel my readership (such as it is) may want to read it too. As a blogger, I know how endorsements from other bloggers make you feel, so in that sense I see reblogging as being part of a larger community by showing appreciation for the work and thoughts of others.

    While I started blogging mainly as an outlet for myself, I do like it when people leave a comment or otherwise give feedback. They don’t have to agree with what I’ve said because I tend to welcome discussion. I like to hear what people think provided they actually have thought about what they’re saying. For that reason, I have comments enabled by default on all posts and haven’t seen a reason to shut them off yet.

    As to why? I suppose Loki is as good a reason as any.

  3. I don’t reblog but if I did, I’d turn off comments because it’s not my post. I also have my comments set to close down after 30 days. And if I can’t comment, I’ll just make a prompt and have my say anyway! I like the comments, it’s fun to interact with the readers. ❤

  4. Blogging for me is a two way conversation, words out, words in. Otherwise its too much like pontificating to an unknown audience, and if I want to do that, hey, Ill call it a diary and keep it to myself.
    On the other side of that, there are times when someone wants a bit of space just to vent, to get something said, and have the option to delete it (maybe) in a day or two, or a week, without getting into the YOYOW thing. Someone takes the time to comment, and a week later the topic is gone, and all the readers have been deleted too.

    From my own blog I’ve removed (but saved) exactly two topics, partly because they were being hit daily, constantly, with spam–web crawlers from around the world; no comment, nothing that falls under the moderation umbrella, just hits. hundreds and hundreds. Looks good on paper, all that attention, but it felt like a lie to have all those fake ‘hits’ from .ru and .de and .xyz…

    I love comments, the feedback is what keeps me posting, even on days or weeks when it feels like heads are nodding politely around the dinner table but the only sound is shallow breathing =)

    And while I understand that someone doesnt want to wade through 1100 mindless “oh damn Im sorry” posts every day it still makes me wonder, why post at all, if you can’t hope to respond within the next six months?

    I’ve never reblogged, no idea why, but if I find a site (like this one) that I like, I’ll post the URL in my “Blogs I Follow” list.

  5. Comments on for me, its the only way you can get feedback and when I write a post i am interested in what others think. Personally it doesn’t matter if someone has comments on or off. I read what I want to read if they don’t want comments that’s up to them. I re-blog occasionally but only when I feel I should share or that it is important I share.

  6. Comments, for sure! Feedback is my favorite part of blogging. I feel very uncomfortable just blasting out my thoughts with a take-it-or-leave it attitude. That seems very arrogant and disrespectful.

    By the way, more pics of Dexter (they make me happy)! What a cutie. I reaallly need to get a dog but I’m renting and they won’t allow it. It may be time to move. Ha.

    • Haha! Dexter makes everyone happy. He gets free stuff everywhere he goes.

      I’ll definitely be posting more pics of him soon.

      That’s true that it does seem a bit arrogant to do that, and if you don’t want interaction, why bother posting at all? Why not make your blog private or write it down in a journal?

      I guess you might want people to read it, but it seems like a bit of a waste to me.

  7. Blogging without comments? How boring! I love comments and feedback, and atheist humor is some of the best around. Without feedback I don’t see a reason to blog or read other people’s blogs at all…for me it IS about the community. I leave my comments open forever because sometimes people will comment on really old posts, and I like to meet them and hear their stories. My commenters (many of whom also comment here) are incredibly smart, insightful, and funny. They make my day!

    Reblogging is a bit trickier with the comments, because sometimes I don’t catch that it’s a reblog, and get confused as to who the actual writer is. I think it’s ok to leave both comment sections open…usually I try to comment to the original author, but if I miss that, at least I can leave a comment on the reblogged page. I haven’t reblogged much on my blog (yet) but I like it when other people do it…it introduces me to new and interesting people I might have missed. Some people are such fabulous writers and have such a good message, it’s good to get the word out (Jon’s guest post on your blog was awesome, and I was happy to meet him.)

    • A dog joke:

      There was a young girl who wanted a puppy for the longest time. Her parents knew that she was not very responsible so they refused for quite a while. When the young girl turned 5 the parents agreed to give her a chance and they got her a puppy.

      The young girl looked after the puppy for a while but after a few weeks she began to neglect it. The parents spoke to her about the puppy’s care on several occasions. Finally they warned her that if she neglected caring for the puppy one more time, they would have no choice but to give it to someone who would care for it.

      This worked because the young girl took it to heart and did not neglect the puppy’s care again. She did such a good job in fact that one day her father found her brushing the puppy’s teeth with a toothbrush. The father was quite surprised and asked his daughter what she was doing. She said, “I’m cleaning puppy’s teeth daddy. But don’t worry, I’ll put your toothbrush back when I finish….…just like I always do!”

  8. “Blogging just wouldn’t be that much fun for me if I didn’t get that interaction.”

    I couldn’t agree more. I love reading the comments, and I have learned a lot because of them. People are often leaving links to studies or articles, etc. I enjoy getting to know people, and I think the community here rocks.

    Sometimes I will write a post because I just need to blow off steam — rant — release the pressure-cooker valve. I generally keep those private.

    I don’t do a lot of reblogging, mainly because of aesthetics, uniformity on my home page, but I do ping a good bit. My life has been richly enhanced because of the people I’ve met in the comment section on blogs, who’ve become very good friends.

  9. I actually get very few comments in my posts unless I feel like writing something controversial (which isn’t often any more), so I like getting them. I don’t often reblog, I think, because I just prefer to write my own original content, but I haven’t really thought about it.

  10. I stopped by again to actually read the debate you linked to about commenting vs not commenting, and I’m a bit stunned. Some of these bloggers seem to take themselves a little too seriously. I guess if blogging is your *job*, then so be it. All the blogs I read though are about real people and their interesting lives/thoughts/opinions. The idea of not appreciating comments from new bloggers “because they’re only looking for attention” seems very harsh to me. Maybe they’re looking for support for a similar issue and were hoping to meet you?

    Of course my blog has only a small following, and I’m not in it for the money or the exposure. I tend to get a lot of comments (approx 100 per post these days) because my readers are a chatty bunch, but many of these comments aren’t on topic (though they’re hilariously funny or otherwise informative). Maybe I’m just different than most bloggers in my laid back approach. It was surely eye-opening to read that debate and see how some people manage their blogs more like a business.

  11. Occasional reblogs. Comments on. I try to remember to turn comments off for reblogs though, credit and conversation should go where it is due.

    Though it does turn me off when I come across a blog with blocked comments or one where every comment ever must be approved, I try to remember that the blogger probably has a good reason to do so and it is their space anyway. I don’t quite understand the rationale of setting up a public blog if you don’t want to interact though. To each their own, I suppose.

  12. If I reblog an article it is usually because I feel that my readers will like what that person is saying. But, I also have learned to disable the comments. I feel like when I share another’s work it isn’t really a part of my blog, but a suppliment. Like a commercial, or an insert. Since it isn’t my original work I prefer that anyone who has a question or something to add address the writer – I am not in a position to defend or comment on the writer’s intention. Sometimes reblogging is a way of supporting your community and helping writers that you enjoy build their blogs too, and blogging is as much about relationships as it is about creativity. 🙂

  13. I don’t have any restrictions on my comments now, but in the past, I would leave comments waiting for moderation because some people would post things that either had nothing to do with what I was blogging about, or were just attempts to gain my followership.

    I don’t reblog yet because I’m fairly new to wordpress. I want to establish my identity as a blogger through my work now. When or if I do gain a larger audience, I will start to reblog if I see work that I admire.

  14. Another cute dog 🙂 I think comments are super important. Interactivity is a fundamental part of being in an online space…it’s what differentiates a blog from a book. The conversation needs to be fluid and multi-directional. That’s how Big Ideas can evolve and collective movements can be launched.
    And i agree -It’s also more fun! 🙂

  15. I absolutely think comments should be turned on because blogging is, to me anyway, about interacting with people.

    I get that people don’t want to be bothered with comments and that moderating and replying can get overwhelming and take up a ton of time though. To each his own I guess, there really isn’t a right or wrong way to blog.

    James

  16. I usually ask before I reblog (on the other hand, I don’t care if I get asked on mine or not)

    I will close comments on reblogs and posts where I am extremely depressed. Never unilaterally.

    I find other blogs to follow through comments and interactions on my blog and the blogs I follow; rarely because of a new follow. I think the comments are really that important.

  17. I don’t reblog generally. It’s only if I have something lengthy to say that’s too long for a comment, or if I want to spin off the original post into a related topic, that I’ll do a reblog to start off my new post. And in those cases, since I’m adding my own thoughts, I’ll always leave comments on.

    In most cases the blog that I’m citing already has a lot more followers than I do, and often a lot of the same followers, so there’s not really any point in my just doing a straight reblog anyway.

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