Dagmar’s Momsense Now Features Unmoderated Blog Comments and BlogFrog Community

by Dagmar Bleasdale on February 15, 2011

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.


{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Kevin July 22, 2011 at 6:11 PM

I’ve recently made the move to unmoderated comments on my site as well. My spam filter catches most of the junk, and readers do feel a bit more free to post and converse!


Jim July 12, 2011 at 4:48 PM

I think unmoderated comments is how most blogs should be. I work for a company (http://www.salespider.com) that encourages communication and having everything moderated with a stronghold just isn’t the way to go when it comes to online advertising. Luckily, we understand that and apparently so do you.

Keep up the good work!


jennifer May 8, 2011 at 5:18 AM

I think it’s great that you do not moderate the comments. it is nice for people to comment and then immediately see what they wrote and allow others to respond.


Panoramas April 5, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Captchas are still necessary, although I aggree there is no reason for a moderated blog these days.


Kathy Morelli February 19, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Unmoderated seems to be the way to go! I dont moderate my comments anymore either!


Angel February 18, 2011 at 5:41 PM

I say vote NO to Captcha :)
Lovely blog sweet lady! I found your blog via Ashley Sisk’s page. Love it! I can’t wait to come back & learn a little about you :]
~Angel http://www.livinginaperrytale.com


Dawn February 17, 2011 at 4:33 PM

It doesn’t usually bother me TOO much, but who knows when the blog owner will get around to reading her moderation queue? With my WP blog I DO have it set that the first comment someone makes is held, and after that all approved commenters’ comments go right up. (And they come to me by email and I approve when they come in.) I growl about Blogger blogs that don’t allow Name/URL. I always leave my www. in my comment, because my Google profile doesn’t go to my blog. If they don’t like it, they should allow Name/URL for commenters! :)


WeeMason's Mom February 16, 2011 at 4:39 PM

I never think twice about it. I regularly comment on blogs who moderate their comments and that is fine with me. I MUCH prefer that over evil Captcha.


Stacey February 16, 2011 at 3:43 PM

I only moderate the first comment someone leaves, but I’ve also thought about unmoderating. I may have to give it some more thought!


Holly Hamann February 16, 2011 at 4:48 AM

Hi Dagmar – congrats on your BlogFrog community, so exciting! So glad we could help and if you ever have any suggestions for how we can be better, please let us know!

Holly (BlogFrog)


Dagmar February 16, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Thank you, Holly!


Marni February 16, 2011 at 4:16 AM

I prefer unmoderated comments, on mine and other’s sites. Especially when there is giveaways. I can’t figure out how to change mine though. I thought I did, but then I had troubles. You have encouraged me to look into it further. Thanks!

My WW is up and I have a giveaway too. Come over and say hello, won’t you? http://marnisorganizedmess.blogspot.com/2011/02/wordless-wednesday-83-one-year-ago.html


I Thought I Knew Mama February 15, 2011 at 11:26 PM

I’ve been wondering if I really need comment moderation also since I read that same article.

This might be a silly question, but to run Akismet, you need an API key, right? Is there any way to get one where you don’t have to pay Akismet for it each month?


Angela (Toucan Scraps) February 15, 2011 at 10:55 PM

I have to have comment moderation on mine, I get loads of spam – most of it is targeted spam rather than general spam so filters don’t pick it up.


Clayton Thomas February 15, 2011 at 10:55 PM

I never liked moderating comments either. It seems to slow things down in the end. Anything inappropriate would be taken down by me eventually.

Tantrums, Troubles, and Treasures


Robin February 15, 2011 at 6:33 PM

It never bothers me to see “your comment is awaiting moderation” I assume it makes the blogger happy to log in or check their e-mail and see comments waiting for me as it makes me very happy! Is there a way to get notifications otherwise?


kelly @kellynaturally February 15, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Nested commenting would be great! i have to figure out how to work that into my blog. But, yes, I agree moderating comments does tend to kill the conversation. Glad you updated it! :)


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