Removing Blog Comments: The View So Far

Shockwaves.

That’s what this post by Sonia Simone sent through the Copyblogger community.

The post, you’ll recall, announced our decision to remove blog comments and gave the reasoning for why we decided to do so — reasoning that some accepted at face value, others parsed for hidden meaning, and the rest ignored before ZOMG’ing to their social account of choice to share the headline.

Agree or disagree, trust or question, the one constant was that everyone had a reaction.

Now almost three weeks later, it’s time for us to react to the reaction.

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Eulogy for a Blog

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Dearly Beloved,

We gather here today to honor the memory of our friend, Web Log.

That was his birth name.

Most knew him simply as Blog.

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Why We’re Removing Comments on Copyblogger

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Would you ever consider taking comments off Copyblogger?

When the question was posed during our editorial meeting, my immediate reaction was, “Absolutely not.”

I wasn’t even interested in considering it, because I like conversations. I enjoy seeing what people think of different posts. I like the quick view of what people react to (positively or otherwise), and what seems to need more explanation.

While the comments on the big CRaP websites are mostly pretty awful, I’ve always enjoyed managed comments on real content blogs. Conversations, after all, are typically more interesting than monologues.

But the team and I got together and talked about it. And as we talked, I started to see it differently.

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6 Tactics That Turn a Blog Into a Business Engine

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Somewhere, a business owner is writing a blog post.

She writes the headline first, pens a killer introduction, and makes her point with 892 carefully crafted words.

Satisfied, she hits “Publish” and waits for fortune to arrive with a roll of $100 bills in one hand and a book deal in the other.

This is the legend of the lone blogger who climbs the mountain of success one post at a time.

I’m not going to debunk this story.

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How to Know When Your Web Design is Done

Pamela Wilson Authority Intensive

My eyes were starting to lose focus.

It was 2:00 in the morning. My hands were coated with pastel dust. An inch of cold coffee sat in the mug next to me.

I stared at the drawing I’d been working on. I took a step back and tried squinting, then I moved in close and looked at the details.

Was I done?

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A Rabble-Rouser’s Rules for Writing Kick-Ass Closing Paragraphs

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Phew.

You’ve nearly finished your blog post.

You’ve gathered your most useful tips. You look forward to your readers’ comments. This might be your best post ever. Yay!

But you can’t hit “Publish” yet … you still need to write a final paragraph.

You stare out of the window for inspiration. You reread your post. Nothing comes to mind.

Sigh.

What more is there to say?

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