No Comment? Is it time to redirect reader feedback?
I’m at a crossroads on a webcomics issue that I’ve taken for granted since the very first comic I ever posted on the Web.
Do I really want to host reader comments on my site?
On one hand, there’s the obvious: Hosting reader comments on-site means an increase in pageviews, an increased sense of belonging for the readers, and a quick conduit for calling attention to minor errors or typos. Plus, it’s words on your site — and that’s good for SEO.
On the other hand… well… reader comments can get downright discouraging. They can be a negative effect on your creative well-being. And, sometimes, they can get out-of-hand, offensive and inappropriate.
Is it worth it?