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Commentless Blog

written on August 18, 2011

I promised to write more about this, so here we are. Why I decided to get rid of the comments altogether? Make no mistake this isn't some infamous Justin Bieber fan blog or something along those lines, yet a couple of my ... How should I put it ... Ah, controversial posts caused quite a lot of buzz mostly coming from trolls and wannabe fan boys.

The value of these kind of conversations is just low to non-existent and it raises the very elemental question, does it worth having comments at all?

Dude where are my comments?

It's not that bad, people can still get in touch with me via Twitter or the good old e-mail; sure there are other mediums to consider like Hacker News, Reddit or even Facebook when it comes to sharing a new post and get in exchange more or less instant feedback.

The benefits of a commentless blog are numerous, but the most important thing is that you'll start writing down what you feel and the way you feel, without looking at things from the commenters perspective and trying to figure out how to please them so they'll all clap and applaud you like you were some Stalinist masochistic tyrant.

On the other hand, because the instant comment, comment, troll, troll, comment, comment approach won't work, the possible readers and/or commenters will have to think more before hitting random keys and masturbate on your page in a quite obscene manner. We are mammals for a reason, aren't we?

Secondary Benefits?

There's more to this right? One could perceive it as educating your readers which is not far from the naked truth and in my opinion it is a perfectly logical and valid argument.

Some indirect benefits of this commentless paradigm would be:

  1. if they approach you via Twitter, their rant will be limited to a paultry 140 characters; which can be quite daunting if you are a troll and might just give up altogether
  2. if they approach you via e-mail, you can privately go back and forth and depending on the nature of the conversation, occasionally you might even find yourself having fun

Closing

Again, I can't stress this enough, this is nothing like the maintain appearances at all cost communist type of rationale, all it means is that you'll focus on what matters; the content makes the blog and not vice-versa.

Google Plus

Just as a side note, I want to mention that Google Plus is an excellent content centric system, on G+ content does matter and that's what it makes all the difference, that's why people enjoy posting semi-post like content. (i.e Linus Torvalds, Eric. S. Raymond)

Think about it for a split second, what do you enjoy more?

Twenty semi-naked-drunken-escapade-florida-state-university-whoring-out-last-night photos on your wall (feed) or a well written piece of text (e.g: random thoughts, points of interest) between 200 and 400 characters?

I'll let you reflect on it and answer the question for yourself; as for me, I'm pretty sure you know the answer already and it needs no further tackling in any direction whatsoever.