the long awaited post
1. Decide if you are going to enable comments on your blog
This may seem logical or not depending on your blog. It may be appropriate to turn off your comments in the following situations:
a) If you don’t have time to moderate
In my opinion, if you have time to moderate your comments how do you have time to blog at all. Moderation of comments only takes a few moments and can really enhance your blog.
b) If posts are outdated
If posts are of a timely nature, then leaving the post up may be an interesting read but it most likely wouldn’t be appropriate to keep the communication open. In this case you can also turn comments off for that post.
2. Bridging the communication gap
When I started this blog, I wanted my readers the most flexibility to be able to share their thoughts and feelings and thus creating a community of people who have a common interest in my topic.
3. So how does one increase comments on their blog?
By enacting these simple steps you can be well on your way to increasing the two sided conversation within your own blog
a) Make commenting as accessible as possible
Eliminate the need for people to register to your site in order to leave a comment, by making somewhere for people to leave thoughts without the added steps of registering in order to do so; I have noted that people are more apt to comment.
b) Have comments posted instantly
Whenever possible allow comments to be posted instantly without moderation. I have set mine to moderate some words I deem objectionable, comments with links in them or “strange or special” characters
4. Keep the conversation flowing
Your role as the blog administrator is to keep your readers engaged and one way to do this is to reply to ALL comments. Engaged reader will most likely come back looking for more content
5. When comments go wrong
If you find your blog is experiencing problematic comments you as the administrator can remove them, I would then suggest it be in your best interest to write a comment policy because I have had no problems on my blog in the last year and a bit I haven’t had to write one thankfully
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