I know. I keep adjusting my strategy. I keep going back to what things used to be like. You might think that what I’m doing is all wrong, and you might be right. But, at the moment I’m going with my gut feeling. I told you, just a few weeks ago that I was testing a new direction in blogging. Basically, what I was doing was that I closed the comments on my blog.
The reason I closed the comments was that I just couldn’t keep up. I had tested many different commenting systems, and ended up using Disqus, because of all the spam I was receiving. First, I spent weeks removing bad backlinks in the comments (more than 1600), then I was looking at the old comments, and I the quality of many of the comments was really low. I had accepted all comments, it was all my fault, but it did something to me.
I got tired. It made me don’t want to spend as much time removing and adjusting. I just want to keep moving towards my goals. I want to do things that makes me happy.
Why yes and why so soon?
First, when I announced that I was closing the comments on my blog, I received several messages on social media, with questions to why. Then, after many discussions, most people told me that it was great that I was doing the thing that felt right for me.
I told people that this was just a test, that I was going to keep doing it for what was left of 2014. I thought that doing this for more than a month would be enough to understand if it was worth continuing with. But, just a few days later, I started receiving more e-mail than usual. I am using SaneBox, so email is not a big issue anymore. But, I was receiving questions and feedback based on what I had been writing – more than usual.
The feedback made me think. I was doing things because I was tired of removing broken links and bad backlinks. I had closed the comments because of “old” low quality comments. I realized that I wanted to focus more on creating good content and build relationships. That’s it. Removing all the negative things from my blog was a big issue to me, and making decisions when I’ve been working all day and night, is not a good idea.
I have opened the comments, and I have re-installed CommenLuv Premium. I’m checking for broken links every week, and I’m not accepting every comment anymore. I’m still here, doing my best to answer every question, because I believe in building strong relationships and to always look for opportunities to help others.