I like comments. Most bloggers do. Comments provide feedback and remind us that there really are real live readers out there and that we do not blog in a vacuum (though this blogger will blog over vacuuming any day). We who blog are like anyone else; we like to know what we do resonates and comments are one way to provide that gauge.
Of course, comments can be tricky things, particularly given our (okay, my) propensity to measure our (my) effectiveness by the rise and fall of the comment count. You know you’ve done it. I sure have–poured my heart into what I perceived to be a deeply meaningful post only to have little or no reader response. When that happens, I sometimes begin to question my word skills as well as the whole point of the post.
Yes, I really am that insecure sometimes.
Unlike some bloggers–who have their own reasons–I allow anonymous comments. As I said, I enjoy the feedback so I want to be able to encourage the posting of comments whether one is a blogger or not. I have non blogging friends who read and actually comment from time to time and I want them to continue to do so. Actually, please do so! Any (civil) comment you would like to make concerning my thoughts and ramblings here is welcome.
However (and you knew there was a caveat coming), I’d like to ask that you refrain from using the comment section for sparring, particularly if you do so anonymously. I encountered one such incident recently here at Lisa writes… and though it could be considered mild in comparison to what I’ve seen on other sites, I’ve since deleted the whole exchange. See, it’s my blog. I can do that. Really, it’s the beauty of having your own site: you can post what you want and you can delete what you want. Anonymous jabs, particularly anonymous jabs that specifically target another commenter, will be deleted.
Just keepin’ it real. And respectful.