I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Going Commentless

Yep you did read that right. For the last few months I have been debat­ing turn­ing off the com­ments by default, in a sim­il­ar man­ner to John Gruber, Jason Kot­tke and many oth­ers. The debate has ranged from many dif­fer­ent angles, but in the end always returns to the same con­clu­sion, and I just wanted to tell you a little about that.
When I star­ted blog­ging I always envis­aged hav­ing a blog that’s pop­u­lar and has a lot of people read and com­ment on the posts. Over the two years I’ve been blog­ging, that desire has waned a little, well a lot. Yes, I would still like to have a “pop­u­lar” blog, but that’s not why I blog. I blog for me, it’s my hobby, but I also blog to try and tell people about Jesus and how my faith in HIm affects and changes my life. It’s a per­son­al blog that cov­ers a few dif­fer­ent interests in a bit more detail (but often not as much as I would like) and keeps a col­lec­tion of links which I find inter­est­ing and that I would like to share with oth­er people. I like to think that I do this reas­on­ably well, not amaz­ingly but I do enjoy it, and that’s what counts. Right?
Gen­er­ally it has­n’t bothered me that I don’t get streams of com­ments, in fact I only just have more com­ments on this blog than I do posts. But, occa­sion­ally I write some­thing which I think will bring com­ments and inter­ac­tion and it does­n’t. It’s this dis­ap­point­ment I am try­ing to avoid. I enjoy blog­ging, I want to keep it that way. I don’t want to con­tinu­ally feel dis­ap­poin­ted that no one is com­ment­ing on a post that I thought they would, nor do I want people to com­ment because they feel obliged. If people want to get in touch, and please do it’s great receive a response to some­thing I wrote, I want it to be genu­ine. This little fact is what’s tipped the bal­ance finally, and it was helped by a recent email from Wess Daniels.
I received an email through my con­tact page from Wess, because the com­ments wer­en’t work­ing on a blog post. It made the thought behind it, much more per­son­al and spe­cial and meant more to me and made more impact on me than I think a com­ment would’ve done. So with that I am clos­ing the com­ments on Elec­tric Week­end (but the con­tact page is still there!).