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Blogging Chat: Do You Ever Turn Off Comments?

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Comments can be a great thing about blogging, but they can also be a source of stress. In this week’s blogging chat, I wanted to talk about whether people ever choose to turn off comments on their blog.

First off, if you want to turn off comments on individual posts, that’s in the post settings down at the bottom section called Discussion, and there’s a tick box to allow comments. To change the settings for your whole site, go to My Sites > Settings > Discussion and turn off “Allow people to post comments on new articles”.

I’ve never contemplated turning off comments for my site; I think if it was bugging me that much I’d probably just take a blogging break. There’s been the odd time where I haven’t allowed comments on individual posts, mostly when I expect that I would get sympathetic comments and I feel like that would annoy me. When I just don’t have the brainpower to answer comments, I’m usually still okay with getting them, and I just respond with emojis rather than words.

When bloggers I know stop allowing comments, I don’t have any issue with that (a couple of them did recently, which inspired this post); however, I think if was deciding whether or not to follow a new blog, I’d probably be less likely to start following a blog with all comments turned off. I think the issue there is that comments are a way to get to know a blogger better, and if I already feel like I know someone reasonably well, whether I can comment or not on individual posts is no big deal.

So now it’s over to you. Do you ever turn off comments, either on individual posts or your entire site? And how do you react if you come across someone else’s blog that has comments turned off?

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61 thoughts on “Blogging Chat: Do You Ever Turn Off Comments?”

  1. I have, in the past, turned off comments on individual posts and I’m pretty that might happen again in the future. Some posts generate generic comments, like a birthday post, so yeah, turn them off. People will feel compelled to say Happy Birthday – why make them do that. Then there are self-pity posts – yes, you needed to get that off your chest, perhaps even let people know what’s going on with you but again generic ‘Aww, I’m sorry’ comments. I don’t need to read that and no one needs to comment to that effect. turning off comments can often be a favor to your readers LOL

  2. I had considered turning off comments on a few posts over my blogging past; but, I have never followed through with that idea. I am glad that I did not do so. I enjoy the interaction. I love emoji’s; therefore, an emoji only reply is a delight in my eyes!
    Great share Ashley Leia. Thank you!

  3. Johnzelle Anderson

    I don’t get many real comments on my blog (but the spammers love me). I think if it was a new blog, I’d not follow if there wasn’t the option for engagement. Of course, I’d rather comments be turned off if the blogger has no intention of responding to comments (despite including a call for action in the post 🧐).

  4. I don’t turn off comments, although I wouldn’t rule out turning them off if I wanted to write something that I thought would go down badly, perhaps something really political or maybe really personal. But, being conflict-averse, if I was that worried about something, I probably just wouldn’t write it.

    I also find I only want to read blogs, and often other things, where I can comment or interact in some way. I’m used to internet communication being two-way now (although I can remember when it wasn’t) and find it vaguely rude and off-putting if someone posts something and doesn’t allow replies (as is often the case with professional blogs) or even if they allow replies, but never respond to them and I feel they don’t read them.

    I do sometimes read some blogs on The Times of Israel website, but not as often as WordPress blogs, partly because I don’t think I can get them to appear in my WordPress reader (although I haven’t really experimented), but also because the comments on those blog templates are only through Facebook and I won’t use FB, so I can’t reply.

    1. Oh, I think I turned off comments on an old post once or twice if it was getting a lot of spam, but that’s a slightly different situation.

  5. I don’t turn them off. I think I would switch to having to approve them if I was getting comments that I don’t want on my blog.

  6. As I am still trying to grow my readership, I see comments as vital to interacting with my readers and attracting new ones. I honestly am less likely to read something with comments turned off. This is because my time to read posts is limited and I’m interested in fostering conversations and connections-comments are where those happen.
    I do think if I wrote something about a very intimate or controversial topic, I may consider turning off comments as a way to protect myself.

  7. So now it’s over to you. Do you ever turn off comments, either on individual posts or your entire site? And how do you react if you come across someone else’s blog that has comments turned off?

    I have utilized the ‘turn off comment’ thing once or twice. Both times it was because I wrote something that I was conflicted about sharing, and didn’t want to start an argument via comments with folks. If someone has turned off their comments, that’s okay. It is frustrating if there is a really good post and the reader has something to say though. It also could convey that the blogger is only in it for what they get in terms of writing. The interchange and chat from comments is at least half the fun IMO..

  8. I have turned off odd comments on posts whether from the start before I published the post, or later down the line, for different reasons, depending on the post.

    1. I don’t think I’ve ever turned off comments after publishing, but there have been occasions where I’ve deleted posts because I could tell from the comments that the post wasn’t coming across the way I’d intended.

  9. I’ve never turned off comments. If I do, it’ll probably only be on an individual post that’s getting hateful comments or has people fighting in the comment section who won’t stop when asked. I’ve been lucky enough to avoid anything like that so far.

  10. 🙂 I do things a bit differently where comments are concerned; I set them to be closed automatically on articles that are 21 days and older.

    Why?

    Because spam-bots and human spammers tend to target older blog posts.

    As a result of my action, I have seen a significant reduction in spam.

    You probably know by now that I love comments and view them as being vital in the area of sharing our opinion on the topic that we perused.

    Do enjoy the rest of your day (or night). Ashley.

    1. That’s a wise approach, I think I’ll do that as well because I have been getting more and more spam comments on older posts. Thanks for the tip!

  11. I have never turned off comments. But I rarely get comments. Until you started reading my blog, it was once in a blue moon. I do have it so I have to approve the first time a person comments. But I don’t know that I did that. If so, I have no idea how. 🤷‍♀️

  12. I’ve only turned them off on poems that I don’t want people to waste their time trying to be polite and interpret. I contemplate turning off comments on other things because I get very nervous about what certain people will say. Sometimes I want the freedom of having no comments so I won’t be afraid. But generally speaking I value my commenters and have made a lot of good friends, so I prefer to keep them. It would be good to turn off old posts because of the spam issue, but sometimes I get legit comments on ancient posts and I like those, so I just deal with the spam.

  13. I always allow comments. I’m still building a following, but I like it when people engage me. As far as other people turning off comments, I just feel it’s their blog, they can do what they want, but I feel that it IS a good way to learn something about the writer, and often about the other commentators.

  14. In the few instances where I was receiving well-intentioned comments that made me uncomfortable (eg. people thinking they were supporting me by putting down the friend I mentioned in the post, people speculating about my health), and where I didn’t feel like the solve was moderating the comment, I decided to take down the post rather than close comments. I’ll stress in these cases that the uncomfortable comments were coming from commenters I already “knew” and that I knew they meant well, but I just really felt uncomfortable with those particular comments. To me, it was a sign that the post wasn’t really conveying whatever it was that I wanted to convey, so I preferred to just take the whole post down.

    I can’t imagine closing comments on a post. I have a pretty high tolerance for spam and negative feedback, and I don’t write anything that would attract trolls. Either it’s a comment worth responding to or it isn’t, but I haven’t yet felt a need to close comments.

  15. Although comments are sometimes more stressful for me than writing the actual post, I feel like if I turn them off across the board I might as well not do blogging at all.

  16. I am a keep the comments coming type of blogger. But if I posted controversial topics, I may be inclined to turned them off. I do not see a point to blogging without the interaction from followers.

  17. I toyed with this notion on the Guy blog once around 2019 because of the banality and inaneness of some of the generic comments but it seemed pointless as a behaviour because then you would miss out on the genuinely great comments!?

    I opted in one instance as you may recall by turning off the LIKE function as in visibly to me on the blog.

    Comments are the very soul of writing a blog.

    However l have seen variations on the freedom to comment on various blogs – l guess it comes down to one main thing – don’t bloody write something you don’t want or welcome comments or discussion to especially on a non-private blog.

    Sure l know there are trolls and those who disagree, but l suppose it comes down to the commenting policy as well.

    I have come across blogs with comments switched off and l find that very frustrating and usually unfollow or simply no longer read from the blog.

    1. It doesn’t seem like WordPress is a particularly attractive place for trolls; I rarely see trollish comments either on my blog or other people’s. Maybe it’s because trolling on WordPress means investing more time in reading, even if it’s just skimming, compared to social media platforms.

  18. I haven’t turned off comments. Haven’t really thought about it.

    It makes me sad sometimes when I can’t comment on a post because it’s like I can’t talk to a friend anymore.

  19. I haven’t had to turn off comments on the blog post itself, but I did need to turn off the comments on the Facebook post I shared it on. People were making some pretty cruddy comments without ever reading the actual blog post.

  20. I have never turned off comments and it bothers me when someone has their comments turned off, especially if I have a positive comment for them. However, I wouldn’t unfollow or not follow someone if they have their comments off. After all, it’s their right to turn comments off. Maybe they got trolled in the past and can’t handle it.

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