Paul of SideGains
"I think it’s a huge shame that spammers spoiled the commenting feature of blogs to the extent where people disable them.
"If I like a blog post and think it’s worthy, I’ll share it in social media. However, as you point out Alice, you lose the potential value a good comment can add to the post itself in perpetuity, if it’s not directly attached to the blog post itself.
"Social media is noisy, and as you say most activity has a very short shelf-life. A discussion thread on a particular blog topic can disappear very quickly in Twitter for example, and if you’re not looking at the right time you can miss it.
"Being able to comment on a blog post when you come across one on which you’d like to contribute to the discussion thread, enables you to bookmark, reflect and add your thoughts in a way that’s not so easy in social media… for me at least.
"I welcome comments on my blog, but then again the spam I receive isn’t such a problem right now, though of course it irritates me. On the other hand, because comment spammers rarely put any thought into their comments, or just submit scraped content from somewhere on the Web, it is at least very easy to spot, remove and block the IP address!"
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