PRCA 3330. TOW 3- Why are Blog Comments Integral to Blogs?

January 28, 2010 at 4:25 pm Leave a comment

The Topic of the Week this week is why are blog comments so integral to blogs?

I read a few blog postings on this topic before writing this post.  I started off with Darren Rowse’s post entitled “Blogging with or without Comments?” Rowse poses the question is a blog without comments a blog?

Would a blog without comments just be a writer putting out information to share with a public?  I think that comments make a blog a blog; that writing something and opening it to commentary and opinions is what defines a blog.

Wikipedia’s defnition of a blog is ” blog (a contraction of the term “web log“)[1] is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.”

I then researched blog comments on Google and found that there are several websites dedicated to how you can set up your blog to get the most “foot traffic”.  You can actually edit the area of your blogs reserved for comments so that it flows better and people find it easier to write and leave comments.

I found a blog entitled Janko at Warp Speed and he had shared great ideas about how to design your blog so that readers may leaver comments more easily.  For example, the first thing you could do was decide if you wanted a chronological view or a threaded view.  Blogs usually have a chronological view so that you (the writer of the blog) can scroll down and see the oldest to newest comments.  However, if readers want to continue to comment back and forth with one another over several days, this is not the best way for them to do this.  You should enable a threaded view so that “instead, replies to a specific comment are being shown under that particular comment (or under that “thread”). In this way you can easily follow related comments because they are simply visually grouped.” (janko)

This image is from the Janko Webpage

This TOW however is not to instruct you on how to appease your readers with better spaces on which to leave comments.  The TOW is asking why are blog comments so important to blogs?

I think that that blog comments are necessary to blogs because in most cases, the writers of blogs are putting out their content and asking for feedback.  The writers would like to gain a following to have some validation that others in the blogosphere recognize their existence.

While I think that some writers may just want to have a blog to express thoughts or feelings or to upload photos to share with  family in other states, they too may be looking for blog comments.  Whether it be from a friend or family member commenting on their thoughts or feelings, or a teacher commenting on the latest blog posting for an assignment, I do think that blog comments are integral to blogs.

So what advice would I give someone for writing an effective blog comment? I would tell them to write down his or her reactions to what they have read.  Try not to be  controversial because what you have written will most likely gain a response from another contributer, and also try to be thoughtful.  Don’t just tell the author of the post that you “liked their post”.  Tell them how you felt about what they had just written.


Entry filed under: Pr Writing 3330- Section A, Topic of The Week- PRCA 3330.

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