This week I have been visiting a lot of blogs. Of the 350 I visited I kept tally of those that allow you to comment and those that do not. I also kept track of those that allow you to comment and notify you of a reply.
The stats are in and 56% of the blogs did allow for comments but of those 56% only 10% of them allowed you to be notified of a reply. I was a little shocked by both stats personally and though it would be closer to 90% allowing comments and 50% or more for a notify of reply. Personally I think this is a missed opportunity by bloggers to build there communities.
For example, I was reading Seth Godin’s blog and wanted to comment on one of his topics. I didn’t see the ability to do so, so I email him. Amazingly enough he replied as to why he does not allow comments…
“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.”
This got me to think why those 44% don’t allow comments.
So I through this out to you the readers. Should commenting be allowed on blogs? and why?