There’s more than a few of them out there, especially in the new-age/hippie sectors.
I call these bloggers “Chicken Bloggers.”
So what is a chicken blogger, you ask? Simply put, a chicken blogger is a blogger who is too chicken to enable comments on their blog. There’s a number of reasons why this can be:
- The blogger is too scared of trolls
- The blogger is too scared to have their statements questions/put into debate
- The blogger is afraid that someone else will steal the show in the comments
- The blogger doesn’t want to enable discussion.
There’s a whole slew of other reasons, most of which involve being afraid of additional voices. My belief in terms of the LOAers and new agers that do this is that they don’t want anyone presenting facts/logic that contradict the spew that they want to drop on people. Similar thoughts go to political bloggers and bloggers that post things they know will piss people off.
Are you afraid of the truth?
Too bad. The whole point of blogging in my opinion is to allow for a two-way connection between author and writer. That’s why the comments option is enabled by default. Not enabling comments basically makes your blog no different than a newspaper. There’s no point in reading your blog if I can’t communicate with you.
Even if you don’t enable comments on your blog, what’s to keep someone from writing on their OWN blog, linking it to yours via a backlink and tweeting it out to the masses. Even if you block backlinks, you still have social media and Google to worry about. You have silenced nobody, and have now given someone else their own voice on their own work, when it could have been fought out on your own site on your terms.
You also look high and mighty when you do it too, like your opinion or thoughts are what’s correct, and nobody else can correct you or offer an alternative opinion. Yeah, it may be your site, but you definitely are not God’s gift to your niche.
Furthermore, you also keep people from starting discussions on your posts. Blogs are supposed to make people think. When people think, they discuss their thoughts. When people discuss (civilly), everyone wins.
Or are you afraid of something else?
Do you block comments because you’re afraid of trolls? If so, just delete them as they come. If you use a commenting platform like LiveFyre or Disqus, you can ban them from commenting on your site as well. Heck, for really popular blogs, your fans will make quick work of the troll for you, leaving no need to delete the post. Instead, you can just leave it there as a proverbial head on a stick.
Hate spam? That’s what Akismet is for. It comes with WordPress installs for a reason. It hooks up to a massive spam filter that’s pretty damn accurate.
Enable your comments people. That’s what it’s there for. Not enabling comments is for chickens.