Blog comments should be immediate and easy

Writer2121_012310This is just a mini-rant for something that has been bothering me for a while and since I just hit it again on a site it’s time to speak up.  I believe that one of the greatest values that a blog provides is the exchange of ideas with the readers.  For this to be effective it must be simple and quick for readers to enter a comment.  What bugs me are blogs that force readers to register before they can leave a comment.  Now before you go off on a tangent I understand why sites go this route, I truly do.  But I can’t tell you how many times I have read a post on a blog and had something important to add to the conversation, at least from my perspective yet was confronted with a registration process before I could do so.  If you’re like me you don’t have any free time to begin with and you certainly don’t have any to waste with a registration process just so you can add what very well might be the only comment on that blog you’ll ever post.  So you probably do what I usually do and in fact did just now.  You leave the site without adding to the conversation.  Somehow I don’t think that’s what the author wants to happen.

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