Where has the online discussion gone? When I started this blog two and a half years ago there were frequent (and importantly: informative) discussions below the line.
For some reason this seems to have stopped. Perhaps it is because I used to be more active on Twitter and so people from there would keep the discussion going here.
But perhaps not. It seems more likely that people are just discussing things on Twitter, Facebook and elsewhere. Blog comments are in evident decline.
It’s not because of less traffic. So far this year I’ve already got more hits than I got in the entire year in 2013 or 2014. More people are reading, but fewer are commenting. And the quality of the comments is often not overly good. Blame Reddit for increasing traffic and lowering the quality of comments.
So I am considering closing the comments on the blog.
I run this blog in my spare time, so having comments up is a trade off. Maybe I, and other readers, can learn something from a comment. And good discussions are possible. But I also have to take time to police the comments, and read them one by one to make sure nothing libellous appears on the site. It becomes tiring to have to filter out people who can’t read an article and attack you for views you don’t hold.
At the minute it looks as if the time spent monitoring them is not worth it.
Unless someone can persuade me otherwise the comments will likely be down tomorrow…..