Most bloggers like getting comments, but what kind of things do you like to see (or would rather not see) in the comments section on your blog?
To me, it doesn’t make much difference how long a comment is, aside from the odd time that it’s a comment by someone I don’t know that’s not really on topic and is longer than the actual post itself. Some spam comments are absurdly long, but I delete spam comments regardless.
Unless there’s a good reason for the comment to include a link, I would generally mark comments with self-promotional links as spam. Another blogger had mentioned that they edit comments to remove links, which I’ve done a few times, but generally I just get rid of the comment.
Speaking of spam, I delete generic “great post” kinds of comments if the URL of whoever left the comment is clearly a spammy site, like if it contains buycheapusedautoparts. I also delete pingbacks. I have them enabled, because I like to know when people have linked to my site, but there are a fair number of spammy types who reblog to get the pingback notice in the comments, which serves as a backlink to their blog.
Performative comment liking irritates me. By performative, I’m not talking about regular readers who are actually engaged. I’m talking about people who are clearly putting on a show of some kind.
Debate is okay, and disagreement is okay, but sometimes I’ll shut it down in my comments to avoid it if it’s looking like it would get really drawn out. If there’s a mildly trollish comment that I choose to leave on but ignore, and then other people start to poke that troll, I’ll usually shut that down. It’s not that there’s not a place for that, but I don’t want my blog to be that place.
I do really enjoy, though, when commenters start chatting among themselves. Community is a good thing, and I would like my comments section to feel like a cozy living room. And by cozy, I mean comfy, and feel free to show up in your pyjamas.
I also like introducing bloggers to other bloggers who have the same illness or are interested in the same issues, although I probably do that more on other blogs’ comments than my own. I also like it when people “meet” on my blog.
Another thing I like is that when I ask at the end of my weekend wrap-up posts how other people’s weeks went, there are people who feel comfortable enough to share how their own week has been. That’s cool.
So that’s some of the things that I like to see happening on my blog. What do you like to see, or not see, in the comments section on your own blog?