New blog comment policyPosted by Jolenta Averill, Broker on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 at 8:30am.
I'm against censorship as much as the next person but I've really had to do a double-take lately at the sheer number of insipid, vapid, and gratuitous comments I've been getting on my Madison WI real estate blog. I'm not referring to comments that any of my site visitors and clients have posted, of course, but the comments posted by other bloggers merely looking for backlinks. You know the kind of comment I'm referring to; the ones where you're showered with compliments about a post or your blog or website in general without referring to anything specific and without adding anything of any real substance to the conversation. So at the suggestion of my good friend and Davis CA Realtor Carloyn Gjerde-Tu (and at the risk of ruffling a few feathers in the blogosphere), I decided to put together a short blog comment policy to clarify under what conditions I will approve comments going forward. Please feel free to comment if you think this list should be expanded.
Blog Comment Policy
- I will no longer approve non-useful (ie purely gratuitous) comments on my blog.
- I will no longer approve comments that do not add meaningfully to the conversation.
- I will no longer approve comments from people who do not enter a valid email address (causes emails to bounce in my inbox).
- I will continue to reward people with do-follow links who contribute something meaningful to the conversation.
- I will do a better job of engaging the people who comment on my blog (responding to your comments).
Please understand that it takes an enormous amount of time and energy to maintain an active blog and that, despite the fact that I love to get compliments, praise, and accolades about my writing as much as the next blogger, if that's all I ever hear it's not only exceedingly boring for my subscribers but ultimately, counter-productive for me, the primary author of the blog. After all, it's not by resting on my laurels that I'll be able to take my writing - and my blog - to higher and higher levels but through thoughtful critique and purposeful examination of what's already been published.
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