On this blog, on my personal blog, and on past blogs, comments have meant everything to me. They serve one purpose; they show that we have an interactive audience, a reader base. If we didn’t have this fan base (if you will), we wouldn’t be blogging, we would be writing a journal…a diary even. But having two different types of blogs requires two different types of analysis for this question.
In a personal blog, and most of us have them, it does serve the purpose as a journal. A document and testament of our lives as we grow, something unlike a paper journal that will stick around for centuries. It will be readable by our children’s children’s children. But we just write what comes to mind, about whatever is on our mind. Most of us rant, talk about our hobbies (weight loss, fashion, sex, etc.); some of us use poetry and fiction to document a mood. But there we are pouring our soul into a post knowing someone will read it, but you don’t care because you feel better. You enjoy comments because they allow someone to say “I’ve been there” or “I’m here for you” or “OMG you’re an awesome friend”. They can be character building. They can be ego boosting. The can be tear-jerkers. And yes…they can be detrimental. Much like trolls across forums, if you allow anonymous comments on that personal blog of yours, people will troll it too. You can be hurt by them, you can cry over them; these aren’t slandering your opinions on a game…these are degrading who you are.
So comments on a personal blog: Give or take. I write for myself and it is nice to know people care, but its okay not to have them.
However, the reason this question was created was because we are WOW bloggers. We all write about a common factor. Regardless of topic or focus, it is still about WOW. We all have different reasons for blogging but generally it is to share our thoughts, opinions, and experiences in the game in an outside community. Most of us highly publicize these. We rave about new posts on twitter, join programs and forums like Blog Azeroth or SAN, some of us would even post links on the armory if we could. Comments help guide us. They give us direction and encouragement we need to keep going.
I don’t get many comments, I haven’t quite broke 100 in almost 3 months, but I would love to. I love knowing what my readers think. If I am a crappy writer, perhaps I shouldn’t apply for wow.com again (PS. Thankfully, no one has said this :)). If I have errors or links don’t work, I want to know about it. If my post was moving enough for someone to let me know they agree/disagree, I would love to hear about it. I blog to share experiences, I encourage people to share theirs with me in comments. I stand to learn a lot about different things from comments. They don’t change what I write about per-say, rather they give shape, definition, and purpose to future writing. After all, comments are criticism (and usually constructive at that)…and as a writer (or any kind of artist), you have to be willing to take it. I have enjoyed getting to know readers of this blog. I have enjoyed watching the reader base grow. I welcome their interaction with me.
So comments on a WOW Blog: I would go so far as to say necessary, in my honest opinion.
Given light on the comment nature of this blog, I would like to take the time to pose a question to readers. I am considering a Tuesday “column” so to say. I want it to serve as a hash up of all things wow. It will include link love for the past week, goals and/or experiences, news that is supposed to be dropping (ie. Paladin preview date change!), achievements, screenshots…overall just a random “musings” post for the week. I was considering calling it “Tuesday Thoughts” or “Tuesday Musings” or something. So I am asking for your input. I figure most of us will be down Tuesday mornings (EVERY Tuesday the closer we get to Cataclysm) and I would like to post and like to network to other sites for more reads and share some other fun WOW things.