Should you moderate comments on your blog?

Should you moderate comments on your blog
Erin Ryan September 19 Lifestyle

A blog is a place where you express your thoughts, opinions or provide tips, suggestions or editorials much like this article. Allowing readers (a.k.a your community) an opportunity to respond is vital since their voice should matter to you as the writer.

Although it is necessary for you to enable the ability for your blog community to have the option to participate in responding to your articles or not, the debatable question is often should you moderate comments on your blog?

My offered opinion on this topic in short is always, yes. However in long form here is why:

Your blog is still yours, and although you incorporate and value your community you still need to maintain the blog as you would a haircut.

In other words, not attending to your comments is much like not mowing your lawn; it looks messy and uncared for, leaving a perception you do not want or need since blogging takes effort.

With that said, you must try to not personalize the opinions within the comments as they will and often differ from the author’s viewpoint. You need to literally moderate like a moderator and allow comments that express different points of view through.

This can be a difficult task but in order to truly embrace your blogging community you need to separate your thoughts and opinions and instead, find a way to disconnect your personal feelings in order to connect with your community’s feelings.

This does not mean you need to approve every comment, instead weed out the trolling, promoting or non-related comments and the occasional spam comment that will by-pass your blogs spam filter. Focus solely on the comments that pertain to the article at hand and allow the voice of your audience be heard.

Equally as important is responding; the comments are sometimes questions, other times simply statements, either way each type of comment can provide you an opportunity to respond. You do not have to feel the need to reply to every comment since it is not always necessary but there is many times in which you should.

A blog must always have the intention to be more than a one-way conversation and the need to respect those who do comment is essential, for if no one reads your blog does it truly exist?

Sure, however it is not performing at an authoritative level, so take the time to moderate and respond accordingly to those who take the time to respond to your articles, enhance your blogging abilities by emphasizing the importance of the voices within your community.

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Written by Erin Ryan

+Erin Ryan is a writer for various Social Media & Tech blogs and currently works as the Director of Social Media for the Internet Marketing Company, Wikimotive. Erin has a keen understanding of the power of Social Media for business and fervently stays up-to-date. Creator and head editor of Socialeyezer She enjoys finding the latest in social media, tech and geek culture. Erin often expresses her thoughts and opinions on TheErinRyan. Connect through Erin Ryan's About.me Profile .
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  • http://www.rawstory.com/ MarkusGarvey

    and un-moderated blog, is the troll and spammers playground…

    • http://socialeyezer.com ErinRyan

      So true MarkusGravey!

  • http://peter.reginald.mobi Peter Reginald

    Great article Erin. I sometimes feel like I should respond to all the comments left on my blog with at least a, “Thank you”. Most times it’s like I’m repeating the same comment reply again and again. What’s you’re thoughts on this?

    • http://socialeyezer.com ErinRyan

      Hi Peter!
      Thanks, I appreciate your feedback :) I don’t think it is necessary to respond to every comment although I completely relate to wanting to say thank you for them at least taking to the time to say something.

      However, I think responding with more than just a thank you is best, if it is something a person agrees or disagrees with. I like the positive attitude for gratitude though. I would also offer a suggestion to use a plugin (if you use WordPress) that auto sends out an e-mail thanking the person and also letting them know that if they asked a question that it will be answered in a timely manner. Thanks for the great question Peter!

      Socially Yours,
      Erin Ryan