Interactive Blogs: Pros and Cons (2015-04-05)
Positive: Involving the readership increases the readership.
Negative: Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one, and most stink. The empirical proof of this is there in the comments section below any blog (or website) that allows comments. This is even true of sites with consistently worthwhile content. I suppose it could be a case of biased sampling, in that the majority of people who use these comments sections to air their views are a special case: idiots with too much time on their hands. Another problem is these comments sections are easy prey for spammers.
My approach: My blogs don’t have a section for readers to post comments. Those who feel they have something significant they wish to share with me, or think I might want to pass on to my readers, can take the trouble to send me a literate email.