Let’s take back the comments section!

Screen Shot 2014-06-28 at 17.57.54Remember when we all left comments on blogs? I looked at some of my old blog posts from 2007-ish, and they’re full of discussions, friendly notes, silly pictures, and occasionally spin off into random banter. I have made friends via blog comments, and found interesting other blogs through the links left by commenters.

Now, all conversation about blog posts seems to happen externally – mostly on social media – and blog comment sections themselves are either empty or filled with spam. Very few of my posts get comments anymore (although I did get this really nice one from a museum in Chile!)

It’s easy to blame others for not leaving comments, but be honest, when did you leave a friendly blog comment yourself?

That’s why I’m planning to spend the month of July actively leaving comments on blogs again. I’ve started a pledge on PledgeBank where you can indicate if you want to join (pseudonyms allowed!) and several people are on board. There’s also a FAQ on my personal blog. Join me!

(And if you want to write blog posts rather than comments, I also recently revealed my secret for keeping track of writing ideas.)

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4 responses to “Let’s take back the comments section!

  1. This is a really good idea, and I absolutely agree with you. Where did the worthwhile discussions go and why do people only bother to post spam? Really liked this article 🙂

  2. What a great idea 🙂

  3. MOAR SF REVIEWS 🙂

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