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Comments, Blog Roll Links, And Guest Blogging

Written by George Manty  · July 22, 2009

This past month my wife Jill and I have been very busy with our new business. So much so that it I have somewhat neglected comments, blog roll requests and guest blogging requests. After some careful thought on the issue of managing my time, I have decided to stop accepting blogroll requests starting next Monday. Over the next week, I will be catching up on blogroll requests and doing those which make sense. I find that managing my blogroll takes too much time and at this stage is of minimal value for this blog because of the large number of links that it already has. I will maintain my current blogroll, but after this Sunday I won’t be accepting any new exchanges.

I haven’t decided yet what to do about managing comments on this blog. I have argued in the past that a blog without comments is not a blog, but comment management is time consuming. In fact, it’s so time consuming that one of my friend’s Garry Conn recently announced that he is no longer taking comments on his blog (although I can’t find that post anymore, what happened Garry?). For now I am still taking comments, but I may join the “no comment” crowd in the near future. I would, of course, continue to take questions emailed to me and would try to respond to them either personally or on this blog. Feel free to let me know your thoughts on how to handle comments.

Now for Guest blogging...

I get a lot of requests for people to write guest posts on this blog. There is much value in having guest bloggers, so I will catch up on those requests and get back to people who have been asking about it. If you want to write a guest post on my blog just check out my guidelines and let me know if you are interested.

That’s it for now, now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

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5 Responses to “Comments, Blog Roll Links, And Guest Blogging”

  1. Money Making Opportunity on September 9th, 2009 9:28 am

    Hmmm, I really regretted the idea you shutting off comment in this blog. Is like telling your guess to sit down and relax, but not able to talk. I know, dealing with spammer are quit turmoil, but it’s nothing compare to interaction you had with your readers, right? But hey, it’s your blog, and I am sure you making a thorough thought about it already.

  2. Chris Peterson on September 23rd, 2009 3:48 am

    I understand that time is a rare commodity. But, you know what, you would never have enough of it. Since, this blog isn’t your main source of earning income, you would have to place it in secondary priorities. But without giving it time, you wouldn’t be able to benefit from it at all. Honestly, work a bit on time management & creating some basic standards of work ethic for the blog on weekly basis.

  3. Karolyn on October 8th, 2009 8:29 pm

    I would think that turning off the blog comments would turn some folks away. A lot of people like to comment on the content within a blog, and let the author know how much they enjoyed it. I think that leaving the comments on will continually drive traffic to your blog (in my opinion).

  4. John Glass on November 9th, 2009 5:23 pm

    Karolyn I completely agree with you. If a blog does not allow comments then eliminates the users ability to feel connected and to easily communicate with the blogger. Please keep the comments open.

  5. Make Money From Home on January 25th, 2010 10:22 am

    Fair comment… (excuse the pun)

    Seriously though, why not just outsource the comment moderation. Sure it will take a bit of training, but I am sure there is a suitable stay at home mom or someone out there who would love the opportunity.