01/04/2015

Should We Get Rid Of Our Comment Section?

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If you're a regular Independent Fashion Bloggers reader like me, you probably know why I came up with this very subject today. Lately there has been an article about blog comments and in fact it's a subject that has been occupying me for quite a while. Only some months ago I came across a blog with no comment form and the blogger had also justified her choice to remove the comment form in a really interesting post (honestly you should read this post, she comes up with some brilliant arguments!). So what is my opinion about blog comments and would I remove my comment form?
I have now been blogging for more than 3 years and one thing I noticed is that even though my posts were getting more clicks, I was only getting about one third of the comments I got before. At first I though it was because I didn't comment as much on other blogs as I did before but now, after reading all of the related articles, I noticed that blog comments have become less in general. Also back in the days when I started blogging, the number of comments was a big deal and it was impossible to think that a blog with just five comments per post was really popular. By now what counts isn't the blog comments or number of Bloglovin followers anymore, but what counts is what's going on on a blogger's social media channels. If you have an interactive community that leaves you lots of likes and comments on your Instagram pictures, that retweets your tweets regularly, and that joins your discussions on Facebook, then really nobody cares about your blog statistics or comment numbers. So in fact comments didn't loose importance, it's just the comments which you can find on a blog that nobody cares for anymore. And they have become meaningless in a double sense: 1. Blog comments don't mean success anymore and 2. The content of these comments has become a mishmash of the same old story. At the beginning every new blogger is happy about any positive comment but after a while you don't even register the "nice outfit" comments anymore. And I would even go one step further and say that not only have the comments become trivial, but they can even make you forget about the essence of blogging and steal your precious time. How that? Well do you never feel obligated to check out a person's blog just because they left you a comment? Haven't you been trapped in a yearslong comment back and forth situation with bloggers who may be super nice, but whose blogs you would not necessarily read just for the content? So what can you do to escape from this doom loop of meaningless comments and to finally start interacting with your community? Wouldn't removing the comment form be the best solution? Wouldn't people who really want to say something about your post, also bother to write you an email or tell you on your Facebook page? Would it really be that bad to loose the few meaningful comments you could only get on your blog and nowhere else? But then again so many things have moved from the blog to social media. The most beautiful pictures are now reserved for Instagram, the strongest opinions are being expressed on Twitter, and all the exclusive content is being shared on Facebook. So what is left for the blog? A nice design and a pretty header? Maybe the solution is not moving the comments to social media but to appreciate the blog again as such and to leave comments that are worth the blogger's effort to write the post, and only on blog posts which you really appreciated?
My comment form is still there so tell me what you think! Would you remove your comment form? Where are you getting the most meaningful comments? Would you miss commenting on blogs if no blogger had a comment form anymore?

This article has been translated into Vietnamese by Nicy from Everycloudtech, into Latvian by Nadia Karbowska and into Russian by Sandi Wolfe.

15 comments:

  1. I guess I am old fashioned girl, but I really prefer and appreciate when people leave a comment on my blog comment section. Yes, there are always comments like "nice!"or comments promoting their are own blogs, but they don't bother me that much so that I would consider removing my comment section. A nice, related to the post comment really make me happy and then I want to visit the site of that person without any pressure.

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    1. You're right, a thoughtful comment makes me indeed want to check out the blog of the person who commented because I somehow want to get to know that person!
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  2. Interesting argument, there are certainly a few points I agree with! Lately I think I've become a little over-obsessed with monitoring comments and views I get, as opposed to focusing on the content I produce. I like meaningful comments, rather than those stupid ones where you can tell they haven't even bothered reading the post. Good argument, but don't think I could do away with the comment section just yet!

    Hannah x | hannatalks

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    1. This over-obsessing with comments is something which I know to well...
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  3. I guess that commenting on social media is something that is faster done than taking the time to do it on a blog?Also I think that you feel closer to the person on Instagram/Facebook. I wouldn't take away the comment form though as it still feels good to see that some people take the time not only to read what you wrote but also to leave a comment :)
    x Claude

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    1. You're right about the closeness... Whenever somebody leaves me a comment on Facebook I also know that when I answer the person will get a notification and see my reply so it's easier to develop a discussion. But I guess that's a lack of Blogspot and not a problem of comment forms as such. And funnily enough exactly this post reminded me of how nice it is when people take the time to leave a blog comment because almost all of them were thoughtful and helpful!
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  4. Totally stunning post!
    Have a nice day!
    Angela Donava
    http://www.lookbooks.fr/

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  5. I completely know what you are talking about. I for one read every word that is written on the blogs I visit and when I make a comment it is a heart felt one. I really hate the comments of "nice outfit" as you said. It is hard to keep up with social media though as it seems to change all the time so I still like the comments section in my blog as a faithful backup.

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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    1. So good to hear that there are still people out there who read the whole post! :)
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  6. Well, I am a really bad blogger I guess.. I am lazy in commenting on other blogs; I don't really follow them; I am just there... I read the posts, I recognize the pictures and sometimes I leave a comment or like.. but often it's just a plus action I don't really think the most blogger recognize (only the smaller ones with less follower). The most don't even answer your comment or say thanks.. I hate taking time to leave a comments and there is no fucking receive, so why should I do that and I think blogger with less comments are always the ones not honouring them. I always try to react on every comment - no matter how small it is; because I think it's friendly and shows respect for the reader. And if one blogger is not reacting, the reader stop commenting also on other blogs. The most blogger comment to leave a link to their own page and not to comment for their own opinion.

    Blogs are a kind of old fashioned; checking some social media posts in much faster and takes less time if you are already on Instagram, Facebook & co. you can have everything on one page, just scrolling down instead of opening each Blog by itself.

    Blogs and their comment sections are like newspapers and e-versions; what becomes more famous? Correct, the e-version..

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    1. I don't think it makes you a bad blogger not to comment much because 1. there are lots of other ways of supporting somebody and 2. you're totally right about the "famous" bloggers seeming not to care about the comments people leave them. I can understand that at a certain point you don't have the time to check through all of the comments anymore, but at least the more thoughtful ones should be rewarded with a reply. But sometimes I wonder whether those people really don't care about the comments anymore, or whether they still read and enjoy them...
      And comparing blogs with old fashioned newspapers is indeed really interesting because at the beginning they were the new thing that was starting to replace the newspapers. I think (and hope) that blogs will still be around for a whole lot of time but then again will they still be the place where the hyped stuff is going on?
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    2. Life changes and so media does.. I think, a successfull person in media is one recognizing th "new shit" :D of course, it's hard to quit doing things you love, but changes don't always mean quitting.. As an example: Madonna is still extremely successfull, because her music is changing with the stuff people like and that's what a good Blogger should do: holding the Blog as long as possible but as short as neccessary and switching over to new media. Comments are a signal of activity and if the activity is much higher on e.g. Instagram, focus on that.. ;)

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  7. Interesting article and definitely something I have been thinking about too. I don't want to say that I DON'T appreciate the "nice outfit" comments, but I also don't APPRECIATE them (does that make sense?)

    By the way, I love how ironic the "totally stunning post" comment above is...

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    1. Haha yes that makes sense. And if I wouldn't have gotten that comment above my post wouldn't have been justified, right? ;)
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