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I’ve been wondering lately if I should allow comments here. This is actually the second time I’ve posted this piece. I pulled it the last time.

At first I used WordPress more as a content management tool. しあわせ started as a static website. I can’t remember why I decided to shift to WordPress actually.

This is just hobby stuff really. I spend rather than make any money on it. I’m not even sure why I’m shouting into the void of the web about these various topics. Something to do I guess. The 21st century equivalent of writing manifestos on a wall.

But I saw a video of a presentation by Liz Strauss at WordCamp Dallas and I think her call of “C’mon Let’s Talk!” inspired me a bit.

I’ve sporadically commented on other blogs. Mostly I prefer bulletin boards for discussions such as JapanesePod101 or BigHeadedMan Club. I always try to comment on friends posts on mixi and always reply there.
Maybe it’s because I’ve been commenting on HaikuGirl’s blog and I read a post on commenting at WeblogTools that I’m pondering opening comments.

My concerns might be
1. Is commenting suitable for the post. I don’t think a lot of what I write needs commenting on. How do you comment on a post about what films are upcoming for instance.
But sometimes in comments there can be extra useful information and discussion.

2. Spam Hopefully Askimet will catch it, but it’s boring to deal with spam. When I look at places like MySpace and YouTube the comments are … spammy. I might need to keep comments for people who can be bothered to register. I need to think of an incentive to register for that matter.

3. Quality of comment. At the risk of offending, I’d want some quality beyond hi there. (and pingbacks what the hell are they about?) I’d be tempted to have draconian comment vetting. Which might mean people don’t comment. But while I’m all for free speech, this is my kingdom, you can start your own blog should you feel the need to rant.

4. No one comes to play This is a very minor blog. I consider 100 visitors in a day really good, but don’t drop below 30 most days. When I got linked the other day from 2ch I got a big spike, I was once stumbled on and got an enormous spike (for me).
But if comments are open and then there are none, it’ll feel like tumbleweeds blowing through! My teacher Chika-san had this feeling maybe on her class site. There must be around 100 students but few comments or participation.

So this post is open to comments.
And when I have the time I’ll open up my other posts.

The policy is Play nice, Help each other, Don’t make a mess. Just like kindergarten really.


10. April 2008 by ロバート
Categories: other • 残り | Tags: | 6 comments

Comments (6)

  1. And I may as well make the first comment.

    In anticipation of all those like minded people who might be reading my blog and finding it useful.


    What do you think, will comments make this a better place?

  2. Personally, I love receiving comments on my site. Whether it’s “hi there, I’m still reading” or something more informative – when I see that email in my inbox telling me I have a new comment I always get very excited! :D

    I have found that Akismet is SO good that it even occassionally catches ‘spam’ comments which are actually comments from my friends, but I’d rather have it that way than a rubbish spam filter which doesn’t catch the spam. I have never had a spam comment go live on my site to date.

    As for ‘vetting’ the comments… well I guess that’s your own choice. Personally, I like to leave it and see what happens. It’s a bit like teaching – at the end of the lesson we usually have a ‘freer’ or expansion section, where the student can use their own ideas to practice the structure. Sometimes they say crazy things, or get off topic… but it’s always interesting! ;)

  3. To be honest I don’t expect many comments.
    So tumbleweeds rather than anarchy is what I’d expect.
    So I’m probably concerned about nothing.

    And I’d probably be very grateful for a hi there or two, truth to tell.

    I’ve dialled down the settings, to make it as easy as possible for anyone to comment. Askimet and Bad Behavior can look after any spam, not that I really expect any.

    In the end comments will make it seem less like shouting into the Internet void.

    thanks for saying hi. (^^)よろしくね〜

  4. Robert,
    This blog is great and I think allowing comments will just make it even more interesting and useful. When I first started reading I thought it was a shame I couldn’t comment, now I can. Thanks! :)

  5. こんにちはロバートさん。

    I just came across your site recently and I’m still catching up on your posts, but let me congratulate on and thank you for a fantastic piece of work. Your site is a great resource for Japanese learners.

    As for comments: Why not? It’s nice to be interactive.(・ω・)


  6. Thanks for dropping by and I’m glad you like the blog Anonさん、

    Davさん、thanks for the compliments.
    I looked at Spinshell. Next time I’m in Tokyo I’ll be able to find more to do!

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