Tuesday, April 10, 2007

DON'T BAN THE COMMENTS

I've commented before about why blogging has become such a huge phenomenon. Today I read that some higher-up bloggers are talking about banning comments on blogs. "NO!", I yelled at my computer screen. Blogging has become the new confessional, the coffee klatch, the water cooler.
As a homeschool mom, pastor's wife I have so appreciated this outlet of blogging: 1) I open up to complete strangers about my joys and angsts-there's something non-threatening about that; 2) I speak, somewhat, intelligently (as much as I am grammatically able) about subjects that perk my interest; 3) I'm able to indulge a secret desire to graphically design something (still learning here); 4) I have conversations with people on subjects that wouldn't be covered in my right-now physical community.
Now the comment section has been my joy and bane. You know how it is...you write a post, edit then publish and wait. Wait, wait, and wait. You check your site meter to see how many people have visited, where they're from, how long they were on...you check to see if there are any comments and almost, just almost, the success of your day can be measured by how many comments you've received (my husband and I keep a running tally on who gets the most comments - we're tied). Yeah, it's a bit pathetic but I think we're all in the same boat. Insecure, looking for acknowledgement, ready to be challenged, that's why we blog...get our voice out there and hope that someone is listening and wants a conversation.
So I hope these upper-echelon bloggers don't ban the comments. I don't know what I can do about it. I'm just a lowly blogspot blogger, still working out how to add page elements.

P.S. I just read the NY Times article - some bloggers want to ban anonymous comments because, for certain high-profile, politically-charged bloggers, they can be nasty and threatening. So there is a point. Worth discussion. But I still don't mind receiving anonymous comments --- Hemps?

6 comments:

Courtney said...

here's one to push you ahead in the tally :)

Marti S. said...

Blogging can be pretty satisfying, can't it? And I like comments, too. Though I wish I could go in and edit them as I do when I see things in my postings that could use a bit of tweaking...!

Valerie said...

Is there any way you can get your blog "out there" more. What you are "saying" is so relevent and presented in such a down to earth manner. I think you need to market yourself to a wider audience, and I know you would become far more successfull (if that's one thing you are interested in). How would you go about doing this?

Keep on keepin' on!
Valerie

celticpole said...

You flatter me Valerie, whoever you are. (You're check is in the mail)

Suzanne said...

I agree with Valorie....I do pass you blog address along to people I think might have an interest.

Nairobi Paul said...

This "big people" bloggers - they may not read their comments anyhow. But it's nice to know they may read what we write!

I am glad I'm small enough to be able to read every comment (excpet maybe when someone comments on a week- or month-old post.)