Comments In Your Online Community

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Comments can be the best friend you have ever had, or the bane of your existence. The issue comes down to while building your online community, comments are a way to see if your writing has wings.

On the other hand, many of you comments may have moved to Facebook or Twitter. And, you have to lead on your blog and participate in your comment section if you want to maintain some control.

In some ways, blogs ARE like newspapers as they establish a sense of community. Readers feels a sense of ownership. However, there has to be leadership and this goes the same with blogs or things might get out of control. And, campers, it’s your blog so you need to guide where you want your community to go.

And, there are times that it gets a bit tedious, just like in the news business.

The Journalist Iconoclast explains:

Many people complain that comments after blogs are often mean, banal or worse, and if that’s the case, blame the blog author. When comments devolve into a stream of banality, it’s because the blogger has actively chosen to allow a comment ghetto to take hold.

Take control of your comments section and you’ll be well on your way to building a strong community around your a blog. A strong community will drive traffic, make your blog a better product and help you find more topics to blog about.

Watch what is going on and you can build traffic to your blog. On the other hand, you have to give what you want. Do you wants to be linked, then you must link. If you want comments, then you need to make sure you comment.

It’s really that simple.

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  1. Aunt B. said April 26, 2009 | Permalink

    I would point out, too, that the trick is not just “if you want comments, comment.” The trick is “if you want good comments at your blog, comment yourself on your own posts.” If your readers know that you are reading what they say and will respond thoughtfully, they tend to write more thoughtfully, which then makes hanging out in the comment threads more enjoyable for everyone.

  2. Trace Sharp said April 26, 2009 | Permalink

    Very good point, Aunt B. You do that very well I might add by participating in the conversation.

    Thanks. 🙂

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