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I have been reading The Piping Shrike for a few months now. He’s a blogger who writes mainly about politics, but in a way I find refreshing because he’s got his own opinions, they’re very well written and he doesn’t seem to be just ranting a party line, as so many bloggers of a political leaning are prone to do (maybe even me?).

Anyway, the other day, I asked Shrike why he had disabled comments on his blog. His response was to say he didn’t think the world needed another forum for wild political arguments. I guess I agree with him.

But the question of the day therefore is – why have comments? What do they add to a blog? To your blog? To other blogs? Leave feedback, preferably lots of it.



  1. A lot of the joy of blogging for me is getting feedback on what I’ve said or done or thought. It’s interactive and I love that – particularly if I’m feeling down or thoughtful and people can help me think the problem through.

    It also has it’s downside – I take it somewhat personally if I don’t get any/only a few comments… moreso if I comment and the author doesn’t reply!

  2. I rarely get comments, so I not sure what kind of joy can be derived from them. But I don’t mind either. I am not 100% commited to blogging. I like commenting on other peoples blogs, but only when I feel that I have something to say.

  3. I’m with dryeyedcrab (who is so uncommitted to blogging that he has not bothered to leave a link!:) in that I rarely get comments, but appreciate them when I do.

    I also like commenting on other peoples blogs, but not only upon the subject matter. I like engaging in a bit of jousting, a little logical scab-picking, just to get the measure of the man (and it is usually a man, women don’t tend to like playing such games).

    To me, that kind of ‘personal’ information is more valuable than their opinions per se, seeing as they allow one to digest those self-same opinions much more readily. For this reason, I have little enduring interest in Mr Shrike. Though undoubtedly intelligent and well-informed, I find his blog dry and onerous since I have not been able to penetrate his ‘fortress’ via comments (I refuse to send private emails for this purpose since that goes against the ethos of a transparent blogging community where all can benefit collectively from the strengths of individuals).

    Of course, by the same token, if Mr Shrike were to read me he may find me distasteful for completely different reasons. However, I will never discover this of my own account since he does not enable comments (which is nevertheless a valid personal choice and I do not begrudge it in any way) and neither do I see comments from him on the blogs I read.

  4. The web is the ultimate forum. You are as open and known as you wish to be and at the mercy of caprice – not that you are ever truly otherwise.
    Writing is all very well and good, but some semblance of feedback and conversation is necessary to keep one from thinking (s)he is shouting to the void.
    Disable comments ? If something is truly offensive, I’m not sensitive enough to worry much about it. “Delete” works well enough for me.

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