Comments on a post. How important are they?
Don't you find yourself at times reading the comments voraciously more than or as much as a blog post? I do!
Most of the time, I start straying around a post just to read comments and if it's a post that's of paramount importance to me, then I linger on to read comments where people talk about their experiences and add more wisdom to the already existing post. There are also times when I have found a comment more informative than a post itself.
Say for example, you read a passage in a newspaper, online, which carries a report on a chronic condition like psoriasis. Most of the time, people cannot find a cure for it. The post may talk about the general things one already knows about the condition but as you go through the comments, mostly from patients who already have the problem or certain practitioners, you tend to find natural methods of treatment and even cures that have worked for them. This part of information may not be found in the post itself and hence you can see how important it is to have after thoughts and comments to read after a discussion. I truly enjoying reading comments and hence always linger around a topic of discussion to grasp the essence of the post. At times I have also found references to important things, places and people just by reading the comments.
So you can see how much time I spend on reading something online and like to see active and healthy discussions taking place. Ofcourse, it's sad when then comment board is misused and you see unhealthy, choicest of slang being hurled about one another's mothers' who are not even in the picture, but oh heck, I guess people like to release their frustrations online too.
But mostly I just wanted to talk about the pros of commenting and healthy commenting on blog posts and reports. I hope everyone uses and finds the platform useful to them.
ps- I just returned from a nice trip and feel instantly recharged. I visited Palani, Kodaikanal, Nithyananda ashram and few other places on the way. I did get an upset tummy because of eating food at local hotels and eateries but all in all, the trip was good fun. And pps- If you want to escape the Indian summer, head to Kodaikanal, the weather is excellent right now :)