Book (Blogging) Pet Peeves is a feature where I do a mini-rant about book blogging things that annoy me. Feel free to join in!
I love comments. What blogger doesn’t? I’ve been trying to be better at returning comments for bloggers who have left comments on my blog. Lately I’ve been running into problems on some of those blogs though. There’s no easy way to leave a comment!
There are blogs whose only way to leave comments is to sign into a Google+ account. That doesn’t work for me. I don’t have a Google+ account for the blog and I have no intention to set one up. If that’s the only way to give you feedback, I guess I can’t do it.
Another one I’ve seen is only having Facebook comments. Yet again, I don’t have a Facebook account for the blog and don’t want one. I’m not going to leave a comment through my personal account so yet again I can’t leave a comment on this blog.
I’ve also seen a number of random plugins for comments on blogs. I don’t know what they all are but many of them require you to make a new account (with the plugin) to comment. BAH! Can you see a trend here? I don’t want to make a new account just to comment.
I wonder if bloggers out there know that limiting comments annoys potential readers stumbling onto their blog. First of all, it makes it so I can’t comment on a post. If I’m not able to comment, it’s not worth it for me to follow the blog because I won’t be able to ‘talk’ to the blogger in the future on other posts. I know that they might be limiting the types of comments on their blog to help with the amount of spam they get. Is weeding out spam worth losing potential readers? I guess that’s up to each individual blogger to decide.
My suggestion is to allow the reader/commenter decide how they want to comment. It’s perfectly fine to allow Google+ or Facebook accounts to comment on your blog, I’d just advise you to make sure that’s not the only option you offer. I’d also suggest looking at your blog when you’re not logged it. Make sure commenting is easy to do. I know sometimes the blog hosts make changes that we’re not aware of so we might not even be aware of how difficult commenting can be!
What are your thoughts on the subject?