I was halfway through part two in my series about monetizing blogs when I became sidetracked with a forum conversation. Without bringing in a lot of unnecessary details, I was visiting my favorite forum for work at home moms yesterday when I came across a thread from a blogger who was rather upset when a commenter disagreed with her. He wasn’t being disrespectful, though she felt he was, and she closed comments for that post because she didn’t want a debate.
I read all the posts with interest. I was very disappointed to learn many of my fellow WAHMs were trashing the person who disagreed and even going to his blog and leaving heated comments. After reading the entire thread I posted about how blogging is about building a community. About how discussions are supposed to happen and people should be allowed, no, encouraged to disagree. Debates do happen and as long as people act civilized, there’s no reason to close comments.
What I found most interesting was that a couple of people didn’t exactly agree with me. Neither of them realized blogging was about community. They felt is was more a marketing tool and comments weren’t really necessary. This goes against everything I believed blogging to be. Am I wrong?
So let me put it to you, Performancing community. Since the majority of you are bloggers, probloggers or wannabe bloggers, what is a blog to you? What is the purpose your blog? Why do you do it and how important is community?
Thanks for indulging me.