The blogging manual continues with one of the benefits that spawn from this kind of endeavor, building a community of users through discussion.

Can I get an Amen?

When your blog has found its voice it will eventually start encouraging those who read it to speak up. How do they do that? Through commenting. Many blogging platforms leave this option on by default and unless you’re some sort of dictator who needs the final word on everything, it’s best to leave that option enabled.

Comments can be a wonderful way for people to express their thoughts on your writings and can open up the floor to friendly debate and exchange of ideas. At their best comments can break down the barrier between author(s) and reader to a more personable level. At their worst they’re a haven for trolls and spammers.

When it comes to building a community of loyal readers communication is key so the benefits definitely outweigh the disadvantages. How you deal with those who want to speak with you is a different story. Perhaps some of you are not very good with dealing with other people. You prefer to tell everyone to drink a nice cup of STFU and leave you alone.

You’re entitled to act that way but you’re not going to keep those who comment happy if you ignore what they have to say. If you are not a people person, at least be considerate enough to acknowledge some of the those who took time to let their thoughts be known.

If you’re more of the social butterfly (or needy for attention) type you’ll love comments and it will be much easier for you to converse with your readers and build that much needed trust of those who you most want to reach.

How exactly do you react to what others are saying? What if they don’t agree with your article? Well there’s no need to overboard and start on the attack. You’ll only end up starting a fight on the Internet and we all know what that makes you right? If you don’t know please direct your attention to the image below:

Arguing On The Internet

Okay, maybe that was a little insensitive and mean but you get the point right? It’s better to encourage as close to a mature discussion as you can get. Contrary to popular belief, there are people who do post intelligent comments and want to engage in serious discussions.

If you are managing an idol blog these kinds of people are going be rare finds. The majority of fans are so blinded and permafried by their devotion that they make our young Special Olympian friend above look like Albert Einstein. In those kinds of cases you’re going to have to be very patient and use your best discretion in regards to who you talk to.

Remember that you’re the admin (or at least I hope you are) so if you just can’t bother with the unnecessary drama about miniscule crap that no one in their right mind gives a damn about, you can always lay down the good old ban hammer and wipe out any comments you think will start a flame war.

Don’t let the potential of trolls, spam, know it all’s and general Internet idiocy scare you. Talking to your readers can be an enlightening experience that can bring many other topics to light that you can write about. And maybe you can even convince some of the more sane people who comment to come on board as part of your site as contributors.

In the final installment: The future of your blog

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