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?