Do you HAVE a comment policy?
I have never seen the point of a feedback system on a personal style blog.
Whether people are telling me that they love my shoes, or that they admire my photography, or that they think I’m too skinny, or that they want me to stop smoking, or that my blog is a reflection of the cupidity of our generation, or that my life is going to be a vacuum of tragedy ….none of those comments are ever going to affect the content I produce for Sea of Shoes.
And I totally agree with her. 100 comments like “oh, I love your outfit” or similar add nothing to a blog in my opinion, except maybe allow the blogger to say she gets x number of comments on her blog. Negative comments do nothing either – as Jane continues to mention, it’s scary how many people take the time to delve into her private life and feel the need to tell her she’s doing it wrong. That has to affect her in some way; it’s hard to hear that from people who really don’t “know” you – but for some reason, they must continue to butt in.
So I actually applaud her for making this move – it’s empowering, and allows her to reclaim her blog as a place for her to post her outfits, and random stuff she finds interesting, without subjecting herself to the nastiness of random strangers. And no, just because she’s chosen to put her life out there on her blog doesn’t mean she “deserves” the public scrutiny that she’s getting – neither do “celebrities” – they are NOT role models, they are entertainers and we should not be concerned with their private lives. That’s what Jane is essentially – she’s a source of inspiration and entertainment. That’s all.
For me personally, comments are validating and a way for me to interact with my readers more intimately. I accept most comments unless they’re blatant “advertising” or if they contain a link to the commenters blog in the body of the comment. If I get a simple comment like “i like that” and the commenter’s web address is for replicawatches.com or something, it’s automatically deleted – I could choose to de-link it instead, but that’s not right. I don’t want comments just for comments’ sake; I’m interested in value.
How do you deal with comments on your blog? Do you have a “no-delete” policy? Do you accept every comment that comes in, whether it’s valuable or not? Do you feel like your visitors have a “right” to leave a comment on your blog?
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