I took everyone, including myself, by surprise when I became a chatterbox in my mid thirties, right after having my daughter. Since that moment I haven´t stopped talking neither on line nor off so having a comment section here in my blog made sense. That being said, I noticed other blogs had decided to shut their comment section.
For example Copyblogger mentioned several different reasons to do so. Their first point was that the conversations weren´t really taking place in the blog, they were moving to the social platforms which is indeed a good thing for bloggers as a potential wider audience is reached there. Plus the commenters who went to great lengths to answer and contribute would benefit from doing so at their own blogs. And then of course, the biggest problems in comment management: spam.
They are not alone in their decision. Matt Gemmel turned his comments off many years ago on the grounds that the commenters were a tiny minority and therefore the contribution to the blog was minimal and Lisa from elembee was happy after a few months because she felt she had more time now she isn´t checking his comments so often.
I do have WordPress set to close the comments section on posts older than 30 days to discourage spammers.
Giada from Crafty Tasty Geeky said she answers the comments she receives immediately, which prompted me to ask her whether that interrupted her daily work flow . It turns out she has a cool system to manage that:
Of course, if I am in the middle of a work meeting or doing something important, I mute my phone and I don’t even look at the notifications. When I’m done, I grab my phone, check every push notification and respond. If a comment needs a broader answer I keep the notification (or mark the email as unread) to remember that I have to answer.
Personally, as I started my new blog I wondered if I should turn my blog comments on or off from the beginning or if there was a “cutting limit” to the amount of comments I should get before turning the comments off. Today I´m still at a point that I can get to answer all the comments and all the answers to the questions I get are later turned into more content to help people out. A win-win situation in my opinion. My readers guide me.