Why I don’t have comments

TJ Walker, bestselling author, CEO & Executive Producer of TJWalker Interactive, recently tried to post a comment here on sneezr.ca, but he simply didn’t see a spot to do it. (By the way, I highly recommend TJ’s newest book titled How to Give a Pretty Good Presentation.)

This is not the first time I received this kind of feedback. And my answer is… In short, I embraced my current approach re comments shortly after I read something my pen pal Seth Godin wrote on this topic a long time ago:

Judging from the response to my last post, some of my readers are itching to find a comment field on my posts from now on. I can’t do that for you, alas, and I thought I’d tell you why.

I think comments are terrific, and they are the key attraction for some blogs and some bloggers. Not for me, though. First, I feel compelled to clarify or to answer every objection or to point out every flaw in reasoning. Second, it takes way too much of my time to even think about them, never mind curate them. And finally, and most important for you, it permanently changes the way I write. Instead of writing for everyone, I find myself writing in anticipation of the commenters. I’m already itching to rewrite my traffic post below. So, given a choice between a blog with comments or no blog at all, I think I’d have to choose the latter.

So, bloggers who like comments, blog on. Commenters, feel free. But not here. Sorry. (See the post on Seth’s blog here.)
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