While a blog author may serve or prompt the main course, I find that it's often the people who post comments that add the seasoning.
Steve Pavlina explains why he's removed comments from his personal development blog in order to maintain his focus and to preserve the quality of his blog in general:
... I want to maintain certain standards of quality for the blog. If I’m going to support interactivity, then I want to do it right, which means doing more than just approving every comment and then ignoring it. Because of the topics discussed, a lot of comments are questions. Should I simply ignore those questions? That’s something I’ve already had to do on many occasions even though I felt the questions were intelligent and deserved an answer. I feel that if I’m going to support comments, then I should participate in that interactivity rather than simply ignore it.,
I think Steve raises some good points and, given my current backlog of comments on my own blog, this is a timely topic. I was almost convinced to follow Steve's example ... until I realized just how much I've learned from the comments on blogs.
I've decided to leave comments enabled. Please know that I greatly appreciate your comments; please consider this an acknowledgement and a thank you - in advance.
Thanks for visiting my blog!
PS. When I have time, I still enjoy reading Steve's personal development blog. He covers many topics of interest to me. While I don't always share Steve's point-of-view, (isn't that the point of blogging?) I respect and admire the way that he approaches each subject and how he explains how he's reached a particular conclusion. Equally interesting to me, is to occasionally read through the comment threads to see what others are saying and how Steve responds. I'll miss the discussion on Steve's blog. Although I did not comment regularly, I enjoyed lurking via RSS.