For a long time comments were seen as a form of legitimacy on any site that produced articles or opinion pieces. They allowed people to happily agree with you, call you out, point out your mistakes, or just to disagree with your opinion. Many blogs and online magazines encourage comments as much as possible – they are also community building, the thinking being that encouraging participation brings loyal readership and a sense of interaction with the organisation or person.
Well all that may be true, but…
The legitimacy idea comes from an age before Facebook and Tumblr and Twitter, when everyone and their dog did not have free and easy access to an online forum in which to give their opinion and argue their point. I feel no need to provide such a form here: people who care will laud me or call me out on their own sites just as happily as on here, maybe even both
The community building idea is a nice one, and if I was heading for world domination or even vague popularity via my blog then that would be a clever score for me, but I’m really only putting my thoughts on here as I have them and I’m not really concerned with self-promotion or group hugs in that way.
Finally, with comments comes the responsibility to moderate them, and reply to them. I wouldn’t be happy leaving destructive, trolling comments on the site, and I would be equally unhappy ignoring people’s questions. I’d never get anything done, and the weight of responsibility would not only change how I write (in anticipation of comments), it would probably stop me from bothering to blog altogether.
So, there are no comments. There are many other ways of letting me (and others) know how you feel: your own blog, Twitter, email…
It’s worth noting briefly here that you are unlikely to get hold of me on LinkedIn or Facebook unless we already know each other. I keep those two pretty much reserved for people I know through business, or that I’d be happy to have dinner with, respectively.