I was away from the keyboard or this post would have been done yesterday!
Over the weekend, I had posted a Response to Spammers blog post. It was just a fun little poke at the spammers that make running a blog so interesting…
As I do, the link to the blog post also appears in my Facebook timeline and it generated a couple of interesting replies.
Of course, they’re both right. They have their own blog and they can make it be whatever they want it to be.
Your blog has a personality that comes across with every word you type, phrase you use, image you elect to show, opinion you share with others. But your blog’s personality doesn’t stand alone. Yes, you’re the initiator of words, thoughts, ideas, concepts, and yet there’s another side. It’s the commenter, liker, resharer that makes it more than just a collection of words. You send a message by the way you handle replies.
As the configurer of your blog, you can handle replies however you want. It’s the personality and the experience that you wish to extend to your visitors. You could:
- leave the blog wide open to replies;
- accept no replies at all;
- preview all replies and make the ones that you like go public;
- use a third party utility like Disqus to potentially have better control over spammers;
- use a CAPTCHA to make sure that it’s a human typing the response;
Each option definitely sends a message and, ultimately, defines a personality to your blog. It sends a message of trust, reliability, functionality, usability, …
What do you think? If you’re a blogger yourself, what options have you chosen? If you visit blogs, how do you feel about ones that implement one or more of the above options?
And, for Doug’s moment of inquiry this morning, what do you think is the personality of this blog?