I’ve just read a post on a blog that has comments switched off. I noticed this particularly because the topic was one that could cause some questions, debate or discussion.
This made me wonder why someone wouldn’t want comments on their blog posts. I came up with these:
- I’m worried that comments could be offensive or cause arguments.
- What I’ve said is final/right. It shouldn’t be questioned; there is no room for debate.
- I want to tell you what I think but I don’t want to hear your opinion.
- I’m too scared that someone might disagree with me.
To me, out of these, the first one is a fair concern, however, you’ve always got the option of moderating comments.
If numbers 3–4 are the reasons, then you’re not willing to be questioned, challenged, or to learn.
If you want to speak with authority, then you need to show you’re willing to back up your argument by allowing for questions and discussion, and be willing to hear alternative points of view.
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Originally published at teachupsidedown.narelo.com on March 12, 2016.