by Seth Godin
Judging from the response to my last post, some of my readers are itching to find a comment field on my posts from now on. I can't do that for you, alas, and I thought I'd tell you why.
I think comments are terrific, and they are the key attraction for some blogs and some bloggers. Not for me, though.
First, I feel compelled to clarify or to answer every objection or to point out every flaw in reasoning.
Second, it takes way too much of my time to even think about them, never mind curate them.
And finally, and most important for you, it permanently changes the way I write. Instead of writing for everyone, I find myself writing in anticipation of the commenters. I'm already itching to rewrite my traffic post below.
So, given a choice between a blog with comments or no blog at all, I think I'd have to choose the latter.
So, bloggers who like comments, blog on. Commenters, feel free. But not here. Sorry.
I still don't get it.Why would any blogger think they have to "answer every objection" or "point out every flaw in reasoning" that they get in comments?
I never write "in anticipation of the commenters".While I like Seth, and consider him to be a smart marketing writer, I just don't get his avoidance of candid conversations with his readers.
But many good bloggers do not allow comments: Doc Searls, Evan Williams, Chris Locke, etc.
What do you think? Do blogs absolutely need to allow comments? Are the objections to comments valid?
I think it's mandatory to have comments enabled, but then again, I can see how a blogger might want to just post his thoughts, like footnotes to a book, which is how I think of Seth's Blog.