When I first started writing this blog it was mainly something I wanted to do for fun. Since I love food so much I really wanted to share recipes, give reviews on restaurants and products. I had no idea at the time that there was a huge world of bloggers who also love food as much as I do. It’s really interesting to read reviews on other restaurants and read the opinions of other people. I also was astounded by the amount of traffic I receive as well as I originally thought it might just be friends and family writing, boy was I wrong.
J assisted me in setting up the site as I am not really computer savvy and I was given the option to have my readers “comment” on my posts. I didn’t really think twice about this as I thought it would be an important part of my blog. I really want people to add their 2 cents on whatever it is I wrote about. I also added a “contact me” section to my site for people who want to stay anonymous as well and it’s worked out well so far.
Recently I was told that I shouldn’t allow people to use vulgar language on my site as it reduces credibility and takes away from the professionalism of my site. I had to look through my comments to see what vulgar comments were being used in the past and personally it’s not as “vulgar” as I thought. I didn’t edit the comments and I don’t think I will either at this point. So I went one step further and went through the comment sections of other bloggers and even newspapers such as the Vancouver sun and the Province. All the sites allowed for comments and I must say that there were lots of weird comments, offside language and interesting opinions. The only site that removed anything was the newspapers but it seems as though it had to be pretty offensive to be removed.
So I want to hear from my readers. Should I edit comments or remove them if people step out of line? Or do you think allowing comments gives a broader view on the subject I am writing about?
PLEASE, leave your comment (no vulgar language please) and tell the world if you like the comments or would you rather just hear from me?