Why I Recently Enabled Blog Comments #relationships #blogging

Why I recently enabled blog comments, after much thought.

I’ll be honest here.

I’ve had a million blogs over the years.

Well; at least a few dozen.

Despite that… I’m no blogging expert.

Sure; I can install wordpress in 3 seconds and configure it look really sexy in a matter of minutes…

And even implement some really cool JavaScript code to randomize banners, insert cool randomize buttons, and an array of other cool stuff to make the blog look neat.

But that’s just because I’m Mr. Computer Science.

I’m not Mr. Blog it all.

And… For the longest time I struggled on whether or not I should enable blog comments.

I figured; I have enough people replying to my daily emails, do I really want blog comments?

Well… here’s the truth.

I think all bloggers should have open blog comments.

It doesn’t matter what your rationale is.

Maybe you don’t have enough time to contact your subscribers?

Maybe you want to SEEM like you don’t have enough time?

Maybe you want to minimize availability? (In order to seem more valuable).

Maybe you’re afraid of comment spam?

The fact is… I’ve done thorough research on enabling blog comments over the years.

The arguments AGAINST ENABLING BLOG COMMENTS don’t hold water.

And I honestly REGRET having blog comments turned off for the 7 or so months that MrComputerScience.com has open.

The fact is?

I’ve missed out.

I’ve missed out on hearing what my readers have to say.

I’ve missed out on hearing whether my content is good, or is bad.

I’ve missed out on letting my readers promote their own work. (Yes, I encourage people to comment and leave backlinks to their blog).

And worst of all… I’ve missed out on you.

Building my relationship with you.

A blog can’t hold on its own merit.

It needs the interaction of its readers.

It needs the relationships that only commenting can provide.

And I’ve been foolish to ignore that for this long.

The funny thing?

Is that usually I’m stubborn.

I’m stubborn to a fault. Stubborn to my own detriment.

Fatally stubborn.

I’ve struggled with the idea of enabling comments for a few months now.

But I was always too lazy. Too stubborn. Too afraid. (That either nobody would comment, or my comment spam would increase 10 fold).

Now that I’ve enabled them… I feel a sense of relief.

I know I’m doing the right things for all the right reasons.

And I’m PREVENTING myself from doing the wrong things for the wrong reasons.

Anyway… If you’re wondering if it’s best to enable blog comments?

My answer is an astounding YES! Enable Blog Comments NOW!

Because if you don’t… You’re leaving your readers bereft.

Bereft of interaction.

Bereft of promotion.

Bereft of the ability to create RELATIONSHIPS with your precious, invaluable readers.

And worst of all; you’re leaving yourself bereft of the ability to get valuable feedback about your work.

Feedback that would be otherwise impossible to obtain.

Feedback on your thoughts, your service, your content, your writing style, and your products.

You’re leaving content on the table that’s otherwise impossible to obtain, and content that’s the most precious for anyone who’s a content marketer.

Content that’s created by the most valuable asset a content marketer, information marketer, Internet marketer, blogger, or entrepreneur will ever have.

Content that’s created, derived from, maintained, and envisioned by the most important thing in your universe.

The opinions of your readers.

And that my friends… Is more valuable than anything I’ve ever written.

Just my $.02.

Stay cool

Mike DeVincent

MrComputerScience.com

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Mr. Computer Science,

    What a FANTASTIC post! :)

    I’m very happy that you’ve decided to open your blog comments. Otherwise, I would not have been able to leave THIS comment and connect with you. :)

    I’ve just recently published an in-depth tutorial on my blog about the effectiveness of blog comments and how to do it the RIGHT way to drive traffic and build relationships, emphasis on the RELATIONSHIPS part.

    You most certainly have the right idea here and you seem to know exactly how valuable relationships are. So I’m certainly glad for that.

    This is my first time visiting your blog. I actually found you through Ms. Ileane Smith’s tribe on Triberr. From what I’ve read so far, you’re content is awesome, your personality rocks and shines brightly through your writing style, which is always a plus. :) I’m glad I’ve found you and I’m glad to be connected with you now.

    I’ll be sure to share this piece with my social circle and share it on BizSugar.com as well. Look forward to connecting more with you soon! :)

    Ti

    • Mike D says

      See what I mean?

      Without comments I’d of never known that you agree with me.

      You’re living proof that comments help relationships.

      Blogging without relationships… What’s the point?

      :)

      I thank you for your kind words, and I’ll check out some of your stuff.

      Stay cool

      Mikey D

      Mr. Computer Science

  2. says

    Hi Mike,

    Good to be over at your blog from Triberr :)

    I think it’s a very wise decision to enable the comments on your blog because they are literally the lifeline of a blog I’d say. Yes, you miss out on all the interaction, whether the positive or the negative if you don’t have comments on your blog. I guess you already experienced that.

    Just as Ti mentioned above, that had it not been for the comments, perhaps we wouldn’t have really met. :)

    When you are in the Blogosphere and visit each others blogs, you only have the comment section to convey your feelings about the post. That is exactly how relationships are built, with time, if you frequent each others blogs, isn’t it?

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead :)

    • Mike D says

      Harleena, thanks for the response.

      :)

      I’m ashamed to say that I kind of felt like I was “past the point of no return”; I had blog comments turned off for so long… I felt like there was no way to come back.

      All I could think of was all the great content I wrote in the past, with disabled comments.

      I felt like I had already missed out on so much dialogue with my readers… Which lead me to keeping the door closed.

      It was an ongoing failure on my part.

      :D

      But… You can always change for the better right?

      :)

      Thanks again.

      Stay cool.

  3. says

    I’m glad that you decided to enable blog comments. If you hadn’t I wouldn’t be able to tell you how much I like this blog post. It was very well written and I enjoyed reading it very much.

    Also, by sharing how you felt maybe someone else might have the same thoughts and they too might turn on blog commenting. So, you are encouraging a lot of other bloggers as well. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

  4. says

    Hi Mike,

    Lovely write up and yes! Having comment enabled is a great way to know what is happening to your blog. For example, recently had some issue with my site where some images wasn’t showing.

    Thank God for comments where I was like “really?”. So, yes. Comment is a good way to know what your readers are thinking about your site and many more lies within it :)

    Have a great weekend mate.

    Reginald

  5. says

    Hi Mike,

    Found you blog via Triberr and I have to say great write up. I used to be like you and not have my blog comments enabled. Now though I love it when people stop by my blog and comment.

    It makes a blog look a lot better. I know from experience I don’t stick around a blog that doesn’t have any comments.

    I have met some really great people by taking the time to stop by and comment on their blog. So you’re right about the relationship part.

    I have learned things from people’s blogs that I don’t think that I would’ve ever learned by myself. Awesome write up and hopefully this makes people who currently don’t allow comments on their blog, to open them up to for people to start commenting.

    Have a great day.

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