Do Comments Add Value To A Blog?

Do you comment on blogs? Do you read blog comments? Do you think comments can add value to a blog?

Dave Winer doesn’t think comments are necessary and may even hurt a blog. Joel Spolsky takes it even further calling comments an infringement on the freedom of expression of the blogger. Rand takes the opposite point of view and sees comments as incredibly valuable. I side with Rand here, though I will offer the it depends caveat and also say that both Dave and Joel make some very valid points.
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SketchCasting

Do you find you sometimes have a hard time expressing what you want to say with words alone? Are there times where being able to show even a primitive sketch could get your point across so much more effectively and easily? If so then SketchCasting may be the thing for you.
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7 Ways To Rejuvinate Your Blog

You know how it is. You sit down to right something for your blog and nothing comes out. You don’t even know where to start or what topic you should be writing about. A few things come to mind, but you feel like you’ve already said everything you can about the subject. Maybe you end up not writing that day or you publish a post just for the sake of publishing. Sometimes you have a hard time generating ideas for your blog. It happens to all of us at one point or another. Lucky for us we have Darren Rowse who’s just finished a series on rediscovering your blogging groove.
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How Do You Want Me To Handle Comments?

Matt McGhee posted the comment policy he uses on Small Business SEM in response to questions from his readers. I think Matt’s policy is generally a good one, but I wanted to ask what you thought and also ask how you’d like me to treat comments here.
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How To Increase Comments On Your Blog

Does your blog feel empty due to a lack of comments? Are you wondering how to get people to interact with you?

Blogging is a conversation. It’s a dialog between you and your readers, but in the beginning when you first launch it can be hard to get people to comment leaving your blog feeling somewhat empty. An empty blog can be disheartening leaving you wondering if anyone’s reading or if you should spend your evenings doing something else. Fortunately there are a few things you can do to encourage participation and comments.
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