My Comments Section

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One of the many wonderful benefits of blogging is the interaction that occurs or can occur between the writer and those who read what we’ve scribbled down in a post.

Often it is that interaction; the reading and responding to comments that our blog followers or those who happen to stumble our thoughts that result in that nervous anticipation of opening an unexpected parcel or present. Will I love it or will it be one of those “things” I can’t wait to return to the store?

Yes, there are those bloggers who write and feel contented and not overly freaked out if no one comments on thier posts. Those writers have said what they’ve wanted to say and life that day moves along as it should.

Most of us, however relish and eagerly anticipate logging on to our blog sites with “Christmas morning eyes wide open child-like wonder” to see if the little icon in the upper right corner(at least that’s where it is for me) has a red dot to indicate that there might be a comment or two waiting to be read with the same level of glee and excitement as I have.

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In her blogging insights series, Dr. Tanya(Salted Caramel) tackles that very question regarding how do us as bloggers view our comments section in the next installment – Blogging Insights #29 – Your Comments Section

She gives us a bit of a glimpse of what comments mean to her.

When I first launched my blog, I didn’t really expect anyone other than my mother and a couple of friends to read my posts. Imagine my surprise when I got several favourable comments on my first few posts. I was over the moon; not only had people read what I had written, but they had actually left feedback. Ever since the comments section is one of my favourite parts of my own and others’ blogs.

Dr. Tanya poses these four questions.

How important is the comments section to your blog?

Do you read the comments on other people’s blogs/posts?

Spam comments and spammers: we all hate them. How do you identify spam comments?

Have you ever “approved” negative comments?

Viewing the “comments section” from my side of the road.

How important is the comments section to your blog?

I feel that the comments section at least for me, is a very integral part of my blog. A machine or tool only does its job, if all of the parts are in their proper place and in good working order.

The “comments section” comprises an important part of the “blog machine.” We all get that there are those who blog and couldn’t give a hoot if no one ever commented on what they’ve written. But this isn’t necessarily directed at them. Blogging as a concept and practice isn’t the same animal as other styles of writing and media interaction.

Part of the allure of blogging is the interaction that can occur and often needs to occur between the blogging and their audience. From my couch, I’ve made the assumption that as bloggers(who by the way are people like you and me), we want to grow both as people and since we’re talking blogging, we want to grow as part of the blogging/writing process.

A good chunk of the growth(both as a person and hence as a blogger) will occur from interaction with our readers and most importantly from those who take the time and effort to leave comments on the pieces we post.

Well thought out and deep comments and I mean those that go far beyond, “great post – loved it” are often the catalyst or spark that causes us to perhaps see the post we wrote from a slightly different perspective. Often comments can challenge us. Sometimes in a good and constructive way. Other times, conceivably not so much.

The comments section of our blogs often can be “friendship creators.” Blogging and hence blogger friendships get created simply by the interaction we can have with one, two or more bloggers over time. Chances are that we will never see and meet them in person, but friendships are definitely forged through the interactions we have with others back and forth in our comments section.

So yes, the comments section of my blog is very important.

Do you read the comments on other people’s blogs/posts?

The short answer is – yes.

Not only are you responding to the post in your comments, but you also have the opportunity to respond to what others are saying as well about the post. Blogging is not just the interaction between you and the blogger. Blogging is a community, so part of that would obviously be commenting within the context of a community – between more than just two people.

Spam comments and spammers: we all hate them. How do you identify spam comments?

I rarely if ever get “spam comments” that show up in the main comments section. Spam comments that come through on my blog go directly into a spam folder, which I go through every few days and delete.

Have you ever “approved” negative comments?

I’ve for sure had comments and opinions that have been opposite to what I’ve had and written about and approved them. Civil discussion on a topic between people who’s views may be different is a good thing. Or at least it should be a good thing. Recognizing that those discussions can “head south” and dissolve into something nasty pretty quick.

I don’t think I’ve had many if any comments that are “negative” or degoratory personally or towards the content of a post. I do remember one from several months ago, that I felt was inappropriate for some reason, so I didn’t approve the comment and just moved on.

I don’t have the time, nor the willingness to give the spotlight to someone who may be simply baiting me or looking for a stage to share their “unique view on life.”

So, there you go.

Once again, a big shoutout and thanks to Dr. Tanya(Salted Caramel) for her neverending work on this “Blogging Insights Series” and specifically looking at how we as bloggers view the “comments section” of our blogs.

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11 thoughts on “My Comments Section

    1. Thanks so much. It was a great exercise in looking at how I deal and interact with those who comment back and forth with me. Soemthing we as bloggers need to think about. Often we can get caight up with what our blog looks like and obviously what we blog about. But, the comments and responding to them is such a vital component our world as writers.

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  2. We seemed to have a very similar take on the last question, though I do tend to be in the camp of those who don’t necessarily blog for the “conversation” of it. That being said, I can definitely agree that blogging would not be nearly so enticing if not for that potential of feedback, and while I’m perfectly content if nobody responds or likes my latest post, I still get that euphoric kid-at-Christmas rush that you so deftly identified when that little orange dot shows up on the bell.

    I can also get behind what you said about the comments section being a “friendship creator”. Friendships are forged through interaction, and in the digital realm, the comments section is where that happens,

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    1. Thanks so much for adding to the conversation. Blogging is quite the different animal as compared to other forms of writing and expression. I think because of that, the interaction between reader and writer becomes an important part of the overall flavour of the blogging world.

      But much like life itself, some love the conversation that develops, while others not so much.

      Thanks again.

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  3. Great post. I think the comments section is extremely important. I always comment when I’ve enjoyed reading a post. I have made some great friends through comments. They can also help us with our blogs. I recently wrote a comment and I got loads of likes and even followers from it. It was amazing. But it was all down to the blogger who posted. So yes keep on commenting!

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    1. Thanks for adding great insight to the discussion. I think comments and commenting on a peice you read can be seen by the writer as a tiny or perhaps larger form of validation. That someone enjoyed by post enough to take the time to write back.

      And yes, I will like you continue to comment on the wonderful posts I read as well.

      Thanks again.

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