Whinging Wednesday (Joining Blogs to Leave Comments)

More and more I’m encountering blogs that ask you to join or sign in before you’re allowed to make a comment on their post. Now, I’m not the most learned blogger out there, but surely this does more harm than good.

Why do I have to be an exclusive ‘member’ of any blog? I follow quite a few, and make an effort to support them by way of commenting on their pages. I don’t understand the idea of insisting that your readers join up before being able to contribute. I see my reader’s comments as an honour to me, not the other way around.

Whenever I remember, I determine whether or not ‘joining’ is required before I try to leave a comment. Nevertheless, I do forget in the heat of the moment and feel like kicking myself for wasting my own time when I get to the ‘submit your comment’ panel, only to be confronted by a message that asks me to sign in or join up.

Yesterday, I had to make a comment I thought was very important. When I got to the end of the comment panel and realised the site was ‘one of those’ I decided that I would after all join up, just so I could leave my comment. I started to fill out the dreaded form. Name, address, email address, country, postcode, annual earnings, Hold on! They want to know my annual earnings!

No way.

I left the site. That was the last time they’ll see me. I’ll take my comments elsewhere, thank you.

And what bizarre question has someone asked you lately?

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Simon November 11, 2009 at 5:56 PM  

Good for you lass,I totally agree.

Walter November 12, 2009 at 12:49 AM  

I share your complain. In fact I'm annoyed of those blogs. We visit their blog to learn something, not to force us sign up. :-)

Anne Lyken-Garner November 12, 2009 at 11:50 AM  

Simon and Walter, thanks for the visit.

I think that if we just move on without signing up, a lot of blogs that ask you to sign up and leave your personal details would stop doing it.

Ching Ya November 13, 2009 at 9:41 AM  

This practice will only bring negative impacts for their sites. If they do appreciate readers' opinions, they need to review this prob asap. The longer it takes, they will have to suffer from the consequences.

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Anne Lyken-Garner November 13, 2009 at 10:25 AM  

I'm glad I'm not the only one who sees it like this, Ching Ya. I think it's a disgraceful practise.

apples November 15, 2009 at 10:25 PM  

I'm with you on this one - if I have to create an account they can just forget I was ever there.

Usually when I write something, whether it's a post on my blog or a comment on someone else's it's just whatever is in my head at that precise moment. If I have to create an account, the thought will be gone.

I've lost quite a few blog posts that way when I've been far from a computer :)

Roy Bowles May 7, 2011 at 11:47 AM  

100% Agree!

Get it said....

selfishyayun May 15, 2011 at 4:43 PM  

i dont like blog with register, it look like a great blog... oh no, if you know some blogger set blog to moderation...but i am not.
my blog is auto approve, and i believe all people like my blog...
so every 1 article i get 50-100 comments...

Rina As August 6, 2011 at 3:07 PM  

blogs that require us to register first, if we want to leave a comment, this is usually very stingy. I will not comment on a blog like this and prefer to just read her posts.
Nice share...

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