Another “blog” that doesn’t allow comments

March 12th, 2006

WISN-AM Early Spin Blog is another “blog” that doesn’t allow comments.

I’m to the point where I’m going to create a disruption at Saturday’s Wispolitic’s Blog Summit by yelling…

“If you don’t allow backtalk, viagra canada buy cialis it’s not a blog…it’s a bully pulpit!”

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  • 1. folkbum  |  March 12th, 2006 at 2:32 pm

    I’ve been trying to figure out how to work that into my part of the program. Of the original panelists, more than half–all but Althouse, Fraley, and Pocan–disallow comments. Owen and I get it to about even. Ranked by size, though, the biggest names are the no-comment ones. Fraley, Pocan, and I combined don’t have anywhere near the traffic of the McProfessors or Sykes . . .

    But for me, developing a regular, participatory readership has been far more rewarding than any other aspect of what I do. I don’t understand how anyone can declare comments unnecessary or, given the state of the technology, unmanageable.

  • 2. sheldn  |  March 12th, 2006 at 3:39 pm

    Did you ever stop to realize that these Blogs are simply advertisments for the person or show. These are people that understand the fragmented media and are using all avenues to drive listeners to their shows which equates to revenues from higher advertising rates or they work for media companies that understand this.

    I agree that the subject Blogs should have to post disclaimer such as Special Advertising Section or No Comments Accepted.

    Perhaps the Blog summit should revisit the criteria for speakers… or might that not accomplish the goal of attracting bloggers to attend. Or maybe it is ok to use the various avenues available to you to drive readership/listenership up. Even if it means aligning with bloggers that do not allow comments.

  • 3. Administrator  |  March 12th, 2006 at 5:08 pm


    Althouse is the biggest blogger by traffic of anyone in the state and she allows/encourages comments.

    And Owen is a big dog, too.

    I’m most interested in how going commentless has effected Texas Hold’em’s traffic.

    Sykes and McBride both have radio and TV to funnel traffic to their blogs.

    But Peter doesn’t.

    I wonder if he’s seen a drop since he cut off the feedback?

    (Have you, Pete?)

    Truthfully, I wouldn’t blog if I had to turn my comments off.

    The discussions are the best part of this environment.

  • 4. Dean Mundy  |  March 12th, 2006 at 8:19 pm

    Now I know what to yell Saturday ;-)

  • 5. Clint  |  March 12th, 2006 at 9:12 pm

    Elliot – that is a good question for Peter.

    I think Jay is responsible for 1/2 the comments on my blog. (I am responsible for the other half.)

    I think that a blog that doesn’t allow comments is similar to a politician spewing thoughts at a press conference, and then leaving before the reporters ask any questions. Or, even better would be like publishing a bunch of pamplets of material and then stapling them to light posts in the neighborhood. People can read them, they have no idea who the author is, where the ideas came from, and they can’t ask more questions from the pamplets, unless they have been hitting the corn-a-hol pipe, then the pamplets might talk back to them.

  • 6. Casper  |  March 12th, 2006 at 9:17 pm

    Join the fight!

    Viva Comments!

    (sorry for the shameless self-promotion)

  • 7. Fuzz Martin  |  March 13th, 2006 at 6:23 am

    A blog without comments is like a radio show without callers. I really believe that blogs without comments should just be called “personal opinion pages.”

  • 8. Larry  |  March 13th, 2006 at 6:57 am

    Some of the more “lightning rod” blogs, like Michelle Malkin’s, don’t have comments due to the trolling that happens when they strike a nerve with the moonbats.

    I usually don’t read the blogs that don’t have comments open. Half the fun of blogging is giving or getting reaction to what people are discussing.

  • 9. Peter DiGaudio  |  March 13th, 2006 at 9:05 am

    Hasn’t had any effect whatsoever.

  • 10. Administrator  |  March 13th, 2006 at 10:23 am

    Thanks, Pete, glad to hear it.

  • 11. Peter DiGaudio  |  March 13th, 2006 at 12:10 pm

    And that trolling was what I was hoping to avoid when I left political chat and went to blogging. In chat, you can put the idiots on ignore — just never figured out how to do that here.

  • 12. Administrator  |  March 13th, 2006 at 12:15 pm

    I understand why people turn off their comments, Peter.
    And I totally believe in your right to do it.

    But my view is that crazy comments just make the people who leave them look foolish.

    Just like with free speech:

    The way to fight stupid speech isn’t to outlaw it…it’s to counter it with more smart speech. ;)

  • 13. Peter DiGaudio  |  March 13th, 2006 at 11:44 pm

    They are on for a trial basis … just deleted my first ad hominem personal attack from some guy in NYC … have no idea how he got there. But it was pure hate … sent him to my blog’s iggy bin!

  • 14. Administrator  |  March 13th, 2006 at 11:51 pm

    Wasn’t that easy?

    If some idiot says something super-offensive just delete his butt! ;)

    Thanks for giving it a try again, Pete.

  • 15. Belle  |  March 14th, 2006 at 11:14 am

    What I like about wordpress is you can get spam filters for comments… you can even set it that comments need approval/moderation before they’re posted.

  • 16. Peter DiGaudio  |  March 14th, 2006 at 1:24 pm

    Blogger has a spam filter but it is just for generic spam. This guy also e-mailed me with the same type of spew. It’s why I posted that “update” item. No matter what my libertarian leanings are, I am not sure I want to be on the same side of anything with them.

  • 17. Administrator  |  March 14th, 2006 at 1:39 pm

    If you really hate it, Peter, turn them off again.

    You’re making me feel guilty.

    I’m not trying to strong arm you into doing something you don’t want to do.

    My rants on this subject always stem from my frustration when I want to post a quick comment on someone’s site to say “that was brilliant,” but they don’t have their comments turned on.

    If having comments turned on makes you miserable, turn the damn things off and come say “hi” to us on our sites. ;)

  • 18. Peter DiGaudio  |  March 14th, 2006 at 2:32 pm

    Oh, I am fine with that. His venom filled attack got its proper disposal in the receptacle. I am a big boy, I can handle those type of attacks. I just don’t respond in kind. Like ignoring them and they go away.

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