Copyblogger Have Switched Off Comments … Is This the New Direction of Blogging?

By Ali Luke

A couple of months ago, I won a place at Email Summit as a result of leaving a comment on Copyblogger … so this post caught my eye:

Why We’re Removing Comments on Copyblogger

In it, Sonia Simone explains that much of the conversation about Copyblogger’s posts has moved to social media sites, writing:

We couldn’t quiet the conversation around our content if we wanted to — and we definitely don’t want to! But we have terrific outposts where those conversations can live now.

Of course, there are plenty of other high-profile blogs that don’t have comments — Seth Godin and Steve Pavlina come to mind.

But Copyblogger’s always been one of the few blogs I read where the comments are invariably insightful and engaging. In fact, this is (counter-intutively!) one of the reasons Sonia gives for closing them:

If you’re going to put the work in to articulate your thoughts, to make an intelligent argument, and to bring something fresh to the conversation … you should be putting that work into your site, not ours.

Now, I love reading and answering your comments on DailyBlogTips, and we certainly have no plans to turn off comments here. But it’ll be interesting to see whether other blogs follow in Copyblogger’s footsteps.

What do you think about this? Is a blog still a blog without comments? Would you ever switch off comments on yours? Let us know … in the comments. 😉

 



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37 Responses to “Copyblogger Have Switched Off Comments … Is This the New Direction of Blogging?”

  • Julie

    I wrote a post about this on our blog at work (http://coschedule.com/blog/blog-comments/) and my approach was why having blog comments was still a good idea. The ironic thing is that I found myself having an easier time writing about the cons of blog comments.

    I’ve been blogging for over 12 years, and maybe I’ve been burned in the comments too often, so that might explain why the cons were easier. But I still like blog comments. When I’m on a blog post I liked and have some thoughts to add, and scroll down to find there are no comments, I feel cheated. The blog ends up feeling like a megaphone, with no chance to interact. Comments sections can get ugly and ridiculous, that’s true, but I’d sure miss them if they were the new thing to get rid of.

  • Jobi and Fisher

    I think it depends on the blog. I am working on a new website that is for a product more than anything, but I will have some short blog posts on it to keep up with information and updates on the product.
    I plan to have social links rather than comments because I think the word will spread much faster and about the product.
    I have one blog I will keep comments on, and another blog that is informational and local and I get as much or more interaction on it from retweets.
    Copybloogger is one I blog I save for later if I am short of time and I rarely comment. I read the comments but not always depending on my schedule.

  • Twynkle Loves

    Although I do understand that moderating comments can become tedious, I still think comments allow readers to be more involved and share their thoughts. No point having a one-sided conversation when you as the blogger also expect people to show interest in your views.

    Abigail @ TwynkleLoves.com

  • Rosemary-teacher-Charlotte, NC

    I hate to wade through the inane, the self-promoting, the irrelevant, and the hateful comments, as much as the next thoughtful person, but the comments ARE a conversation in the best of times, and for that, I turn again and again to bloggers that interest me – professionally or personally. Sometimes, I contribute my notion or a resource, but more often, I benefit from the shared knowledge, the differing point of view, and the links to other resources on the topic. Bloggers teach me, entertain me, warn me, inform me, and so much more. Comments to the topic enlarge the moment.
    I intend to become active as a blogger myself. I plan to encourage many readers and commenters because I want to have the conversations that ensue when people get together at a table or bar somewhere, in a living room or classroom, or out leaning on a fence. I’m going to have an “if you don’t follow my guidelines, expect to be deleted” policy. Closing the door on comments is so discouraging to human exchange.

  • Warren

    You know, this has been a thought I’ve been going back and forth with on my own blog — should I close comments? Although my blog is still new, it’s therefore easy for me to moderate comments. But when it does become big someday, and it gets overwhelming, then I may have to hire a VA to moderate the comments. Or close them altogether.

    But I think without comments, it just doesn’t seem like a site to connect with others anymore. Of course, it always depends on the site owner’s purpose for his/her site and how valuable those comments are to the readers.

    Cheers!
    Warren

  • Maureen Shaw

    For me, it’s all about the conversation with my readers. I’d never turn my comments off.

  • sanjay vidyalankar

    I enjoy it after some time and it is nice to interact with your blog.. commenting is nice for different types of user about articles..

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