If you’ve read me over the years you know I’m a fan of the closed comments.
Ala the now ubiquitous *drops the mic* when employed infrequently it can be a powerful blogging tool.
Are you asking your readers to participate in a hair-brained scheme which is, essentially, giving them an assignment?
Close the comments!
Are you sharing a post about the importance of choosing to get out and LIVE over spending time blogging about life?
Close the comments!
I’m not one to close comments when I blog about the uber-personal, but I’ve seen it done and entirely understand why.
Used sparingly, closing blog comments conveys a strong message to readers.
Go out and seize the day! Life is short.
I’m feeling delicate. I can’t handle any interaction on this topic right now. I’ll be back soon and convo will flow.
I’m giving you an assignment today. Spend the time you’d use to comment and get out & join me!
Apparently I’ve spent a lot of time pondering comments and their impact on our story telling.
It was for that reason the tweet below snagged my attention:
Writing without enabling comments. How liberating.
— Brian Gardner (@bgardner) June 22, 2014
I understood what Brian meant yet, in a rather old school psychotherapist way, I wanted to ask:
“I know what liberating means to me–but what does it mean to you?”
Before I had a chance to tweet, however, someone beat me to it.
This was Brian’s response:
Write to be heard and not discuss.
Oh how I knew precisely what he meant.
For me closed-comment days aren’t ones where I wish to silence others—-they are days when my posts feel complete to me exactly as they are.
This is a rare feeling.
Most days I view my blog as a place to gather.
Somewhere for safe discourse where I, as post creator, merely serve as Blog M.C. (AKA M.C. MizFit).
I see my blog posts as launching pads for the discussions which take place in the comments or over on the Book of the Face.
Closing comments on a regular basis would defeat my blog’s purpose.
Silencing everyone but myself on a consistent basis feels to me as though it would morph my .com into a lecture.
It would transition my thoughts into me talking AT you instead of a place where we can gather to chat about hard topics, support each other and disagree in respectful ways.
- I like to think I’m a crowd pleaser.
- Sometimes I share and no one much responds.
None of the above could happen if my default was to seal my comments and cut you off.
All of this would feel like a monologue if I spilled the contents of my heart and dis-empowered your ability to respond, share or normalize for me.
And, while it would make this misfit inappropriately laugh out loud to now close the comments and *drop mic*—as usual I’d love your insights.
- How do you feel when blogs regularly turn off comments: intriguing writing approach or cutting off of conversation?