Seth Godin’s last post includes the option to post comments! I’m heartned by this gesture. In Seth’s most recent post, he cites that bloggers should “Include comments so your blog becomes a virtual water cooler that feeds” as way to drive traffic, and community.”
But the irony is that Seth’s own blog does not support comments. Until recently that is. I don’t know if Seth will continue this moving forward—but I encourage and applaud the gesture. As a young and impressionable blogger myself—when I see something like this, it’s, encouraging—there is a certain authenticity to the move.
Seth’s been getting some flack recently on not supporting comments. Mack Collier recently had this to say on the Viral Garden:
“Seth Godin is really hard for me to get a fix on. He will sound like a genius for a handful of posts, then leave a stinker like his infamous 'we're talking too much' post about how bloggers need to post less (interesting viewpoint for a guy that leaves multiple posts a day). And don't even get me started on him not allowing comments...”
And I recently had a brief e-mail discussion with another prominent blogger asking if Seth’s blog was actually a blog since it didn’t allow for comments. She said “no”. The whole thing made me question what a blog is supposed to be.
So, Seth is “walking the walk”—at least with this latest post. I hope that the blogging community is supportive of this. It’s one of the things that makes blogging so fantastic—we can call people out—but we can also give “Atta boys”. Atta boy Seth—we are all watching you.