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.