This is why I changed from moderated to unmoderated blog comments:
After reading Scott Stratten’s “The Five Words That Kill Your Blog” on his much-read Unmarketing blog, I decided to experiment with changing my blog’s comment setting.
Your comments on Dagmar’s momsense have been unmoderated for about a week now — they show up immediately and allow discussions to progress much more rapidly.
Why did I moderate comments in the past? I actually had to think about that after reading Scott’s article. I’ve just always moderated comments on Dagmar’s momsense.
When I started this blog, I set it up that way because I like to be in control of what ends up on my blog, and I like logging in and seeing a number of comments waiting for me.
But Scott’s article made me rethink that tactic. I personally don’t like it either if I leave a comment on a blog and it says: “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” Which made me wonder how many of my readers only commented once and never did it again after getting a message that their comment is being held.
Ugh, that’s certainly one way to kill my blog.
I have Akismet and WP-SpamFree in place and hardly any spam comment makes it through that screening anyway, so when I think about it, I really don’t have any reason to moderate comments. Plus, I basically approve every comment anyway, good or bad, so why not let the program do that job?
So comment away! I also enabled nestled comments, and now up to 10 people can comment on a previous comment. Please be kind and supportive, even if you disagree with someone else’s view.
I want to encourage more communication among my blog readers, make it more user-friendly, and I’m really looking forward to your discussions.
My Dagmar’s momsense BlogFrog community:
Did you notice that I now also have my BlogFrog community on my blog? I’m really exited about that new BlogFrog development — thanks Holly and Rustin!
Please take full advantage of my community — you are welcome to leave new discussions, discover new blogs, and comment on discussion threads. I want all my readers to interact with each other.
I’m very active on BlogFrog and participate in many communities, mostly in the MckMama and SITS one, and it’s a lot of fun. BlogFrog is a little bit like Twitter in that you can send a question out there and you will get many people responding, wanting to help you out.
Were you ever turned off by the fact that your comments were held on Dagmar’s momsense until approved? I’d love to know.