I know the word “blog” is short for “web log,” which is sort of like an online diary. However, it seems to me what makes a blog incredibily powerful is the ability for readers to leave comments. I mean, I can’t imagine posting articles for 2.5 years and never receiving a comment. Comments help keep me on track. Sometimes, they are complimentary. Other times, they let me know when I’m wrong or they point out a mistake in a calculation (yeah, I make mistakes).
The reason I bring this up is that I’m starting to see different “blogs” pop up that are written by gurus. One in particular is Ric Edelman’s blog. I understand his reasoning for not wanting to allow comments. I mean, they can be a pain when all they are is spam. However, I think not allowing comments really takes away from the power of the blog.
What do you guys think? I bet if I shut down comments on this blog, I would lose most of my traffic.