Even a cursory glance at blogs will reveal that allowing people to write a comment on a blogpost is entirely optional, left to the decision and preference of the blog author. The comment section is an option on blog templates and settings. There is no rule book for bloggers, no official guidelines stating the obligations of people who decide to start a blog. Most blog hosting platforms only ask that a person agrees to the terms and conditions. Some blogs have comments, some don't, and that's fine. There is no obligation for a blogger to allow people to leave comments. It's not just comments that are optional, most parts of a blog are optional and left to the decision of the blogger, for example:
- Having a public profile with avatar
- Allowing people to 'follow' the blog
- Offering updates via email
- Allowing everyone to read the blog, or only other bloggers, or only those who have signed-up
Even when it comes to comments there are several settings as to who can comment and whether comments are moderated. There are benefits to not having a comments option:
- No time wasted with trolls
- No time spent moderating comments
- No time spent playing comment ping-pong back and forth
- No danger of people writing personal attacks, swearing etc
- No danger of people placing harmful links in comments
- More time to write another blogpost
- More time to do other things generally
Not having a comments option is pretty useful for:
- Busy people who have lots of other things to be getting on with.
- People regularly on the move who don't want to be slowed down.
- Bloggers who may want to moderate the time they spend blogging, and not having comments prevents the blogger from being drawn back to the blog when they'd rather not.
Comments off for this one ;-)