When Your Voice Falls on Silent Ears:freedom of Comments

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b)      If posts are outdated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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About lifeofthedifferentlyabled

Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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2 Responses to When Your Voice Falls on Silent Ears:freedom of Comments

  1. Adelaide Dupont says:

    We learn to write comments from the people who have written comments before.

    When I first saw Life of the Differently Abled 11 months ago, there were already the beginnings of a supportive community, and an authentic one.

    I like to write comments when they are fresh in my mind, and quote from the original post if appropriate.

    Great moderating decisions: particularly “if you don’t have time to moderate” (this had happened on the Helen Keller blog circle of June 2010) and “if posts are outdated” (many bloggers and commenters have a limit of about 15-40 days. If the post is enduring, it can be great to see comments from many years later).

  2. I am glad to have a faithful commenter such as you and others adelaide

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