To Comment or Not Comment? Short or Long Postings? Questions for Our Readership
For several years blogs have been a seamless way to communicate ideas and spark debate. Many debates now carry on thanks to social media, where folks can share what they read on Facebook and Twitter. Meanwhile, comments on blogs have been in decline, although they still thrive on sites like Huffington Post, and of course are in their lowest form on Yahoo News. GreenGoPost.com is seriously considering eliminating comments from our postings. Part of the issue is spam; despite the upgrades and firewalls and plug-ins, the wave of spam, sometimes threatening, usually irritating, is a constant housekeeping issue. The truth, however, is that I judge an article’s resonance by the number of times it was been Tweeted or posted on Facebook. To that end, this site has always prided itself for its devotion to articles, not quick postings that rant and rave. Time is limited, and there are countless developments that we want to share. Therefore, the past few weeks, I have written more postings that are shorter to cover more news. Most blogs operate this way, but we are conflicted--so much of what is going on in the debate over energy, food, and sustainability is worthy of deeper analysis, not just a quick rehash. In an ideal world, we would like to provide both. So we ask our readership two questions: First, should we even bother with comments? Second, what approach is more useful: more quick postings on what is occurring around this world, or fewer but more thoughtful articles? Feel free to comment or Tweet your responses, or contact us directly.