Yep you did read that right. For the last few months I have been debating turning off the comments by default, in a similar manner to John Gruber, Jason Kottke and many others. The debate has ranged from many different angles, but in the end always returns to the same conclusion, and I just wanted to tell you a little about that.
When I started blogging I always envisaged having a blog that’s popular and has a lot of people read and comment on the posts. Over the two years I’ve been blogging, that desire has waned a little, well a lot. Yes, I would still like to have a “popular” blog, but that’s not why I blog. I blog for me, it’s my hobby, but I also blog to try and tell people about Jesus and how my faith in HIm affects and changes my life. It’s a personal blog that covers a few different interests in a bit more detail (but often not as much as I would like) and keeps a collection of links which I find interesting and that I would like to share with other people. I like to think that I do this reasonably well, not amazingly but I do enjoy it, and that’s what counts. Right?
Generally it hasn’t bothered me that I don’t get streams of comments, in fact I only just have more comments on this blog than I do posts. But, occasionally I write something which I think will bring comments and interaction and it doesn’t. It’s this disappointment I am trying to avoid. I enjoy blogging, I want to keep it that way. I don’t want to continually feel disappointed that no one is commenting on a post that I thought they would, nor do I want people to comment because they feel obliged. If people want to get in touch, and please do it’s great receive a response to something I wrote, I want it to be genuine. This little fact is what’s tipped the balance finally, and it was helped by a recent email from Wess Daniels.
I received an email through my contact page from Wess, because the comments weren’t working on a blog post. It made the thought behind it, much more personal and special and meant more to me and made more impact on me than I think a comment would’ve done. So with that I am closing the comments on Electric Weekend (but the contact page is still there!).