Why would you write a blog and turn off commenting?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc 10307

I was wondering...

 

Every day I read some really good blogs. And I get to the bottom and I find out I can't leave a comment. The "Comments have been turned off" by the person who published the blog. I find this practice very frustrating. 

1) You took the time to write a blog and earned points for it.

2) I used my time to read your blog post and wanted to tell you how much I liked it, or ask you a question.

3) You can go to Stats and see how many people (other than me) used their time to read your blog.

In an industry and world where time is money, and a valuable resource that we hate to waste, WHY would you turn off commenting? 

I just wonder what the logic is behind it is.

Is it simply because you don't want opinions on your topic? If so, then why write about it in the first place? Is it a time saver for you to turn off comments? Don't you want to know what we thought about the blog? 

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Can someone explain it to me? 

No, I did not turn off commenting.

 

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Gwen Fowler-Brown

Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc
317 South Highway 11
West Union SC 29696
Serving Oconee County, from the banks of the Chattooga River to the shores of Jocassee, Hartwell & Keowee Lakes.

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Contact me about property in Oconee County, Seneca, Walhalla, Westminster, Long Creek, Salem, Mountain Rest, Richland, Sunset and Six Mile, SC.  2nd homes are our expertise. 

The best number to reach me at is 1-800-248-8950.

View our listings at www.CoolMountainEscapes.com

Gwen Fowler Real Estate, reasons for going to work each dayBlue Ridge MountainsOC Spot Monday Holstein

 

 

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Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales
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Hi Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes-- I do know why some folks chose to disable comments!! The posts are client based and they're not looking for others comments, which is fine as it's their blog. Or they don't have the time to comment on others posts so they disable comments as a courtesy to other bloggers. I too thought it was odd at first but not anymore.

Sep 25, 2019 03:35 PM #6
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In addition to what others above have mentioned, on some older posts I've been forced to turn off commenting because of spammers returning over and over.  The only way to stop them is to remove their ability to comment at all.

Sep 25, 2019 03:44 PM #7
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Good evening Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes-- ,

Good question and ZI hope we hear from those who disable comments to let us know the reason.   Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales provided some insight but even when someone is re-blogging I don't understand turning off the comments. Often I like to thank them because I missed it and I always go to the original post to comment. To each their own.

Sep 25, 2019 04:39 PM #8
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For WordPress blogs, some bloggers turn off comments because they get bombarded with spam or worthless comments that do not add value.
Many comments on AR are worthless, only posted to earn points.

For my WordPress blog, I use Akismet and Cleantalk AntiSpam plugins to filter out spam. I also moderate all blog comments so worthless comments and spam are never posted.

 

Sep 25, 2019 06:25 PM #9
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Laura Cerrano
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I guess some people just want paragraphs to reflect everything you need to reflect

Sep 25, 2019 10:49 PM #10
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Nina Hollander
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Good morning, Gwen... this is a question for the ages! It's been asked numerous times in the Rain... I believe that some people don't realize there's a button to push to allow comments. I think, I've heard that the don't allow comments automatically is set and you have to take proactive steps to allow comments. As for the rest of the people who turn off comments, no clue!

Sep 26, 2019 04:52 AM #11
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Scott Godzyk
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I have seen a couple of agents who chose to turn off comments. I did ask one of them and they tol dme they were writing for consumers and not agents. There is another who I got teh just they did not have time to respond to comments or time to comment on others, so they just opt to write. One of my favorite bloggers turned off commenting and i do miss letting him know i stopped by to read their blog

Sep 26, 2019 05:37 AM #12
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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I have wondered this as well in the past, but understand the reasons better from the comments above. Thanks everyone for letting us know, and thankyou for posing the question.

Sep 26, 2019 06:52 AM #13
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Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Thanks for this post Gwen. I have read some of the reasons given in comments, and they are valid. That said, they do not outweigh the benefits of comments 

Sep 26, 2019 07:06 AM #14
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Kat Palmiotti
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I've never turned off comments but can see from some of the answers here that there may be reasons to do so. 

Sep 26, 2019 07:06 AM #15
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Alan May
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Some writers are merely posting for the SEO and points.  They aren't interested in readers opinions, nor do they want to worry about responding to those comments.

Everyone 'rains' in their own fashion.

Sep 26, 2019 07:25 AM #16
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Nicole Nark
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Although I am mostly blogging for the SEO, I love having other rainers chime in on what I am saying! To me, it enhances the experience and makes it even more enjoyable. Although I understand why some people turn off commenting, I plan to continue leaving mine on! 

Sep 26, 2019 09:05 AM #17
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Good article Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes-- I am with you, comments should be allowed or otherwise send it directly to the people they want to connect with.

Sep 26, 2019 09:22 AM #18
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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As some have mentioned here there are reasons why some turn off their comments...I never have. Have a great day!

Sep 26, 2019 09:39 AM #19
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Margaret Goss
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I haven't turned off commenting except for reblogs.

But as some have mentioned, I do understand how certain articles are directed toward clients and the comments just don't add anything to the story.

Sep 26, 2019 12:55 PM #20
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Recently, I read a blog post and saw where the comments were getting heated.   When I went to respond the comments were turned off so I couldn't put in my two cents.    The writer should have control over what happens, right?

Sep 26, 2019 04:01 PM #21
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Marney Kirk
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Gwen, this is a great question, and I am glad I read the comments as to why people have - I appreciate the conversation!

Sep 27, 2019 07:34 AM #22
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I did not realize there could be so many reasons not to allow comments.

 

Sep 27, 2019 07:42 AM #23
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Hi Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes-- Boy I am glad you wrote about this topic and that it was featured!  Hopefully, those who turn off their comments read it. 

To me, there is nothing more frustrating (accept losing a post after spending TIME writing it).  

By turning off comments, we lose the interaction with others. I take the time

to read the blog and want to read the other comments to learn or thank the person. 

This is a social platform for all to enjoy.  I learn from everyone who interacts with a post. The blogger who turns off comments robs us of that interaction. 

Suggestion for those times you may feel you need to turn off comments. 

Explain at the outset that the comments have been turned off and give a reason for it.

This way, we have a choice to continue to read the post or move on to another post. 

Sep 27, 2019 09:22 AM #24
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Hi Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes-- I have noticed that some who post mostly Market Reports or Community Reports turn off the comments, since they are interested in SEO and letting the general public know what's going on, but they don't want to reciprocate comments back to other members who just happened to drop by their posts, since it an easy read, and a quick way to pick up points by commenting on Market Reports. 

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