Figuring out whether or not you will moderate your comments section is a very important decision that many bloggers have to make. After all, the comments section is where a large majority of the visible action regarding your blog occurs. Because of this, it’s important to make sure that you approach blog comments responsible.
So what are some pros and cons of moderating comments?
Well, let’s start with the cons. Moderating comments takes a lot of time, as you’ll have to approve of each one as it comes in. This means constantly checking your email for notifications of comments. Wading through all of these notifications, especially if you have an extremely popular blog, can seriously take away valuable time that you could use to do other things to improve your blog, such as creating content or seeking advertising revenue. Moderating comments also tends to cut down on the immediate back and forth play of a fruitful discussion, which can stunt the intellectual growth of your readers.
And yet, there are definitely pros to moderating comments. By moderating comments, you can keep your comments section clean of spam and, in extreme cases, unhelpful or even rude comments. You can also better control conversations on potentially divisive topics. This will help keep wildfires and flame wars from starting up and going on unchecked.
Really, as a blogger, you should determine the kind of community of commenters that you have, and you should examine your own time resources, as you decide whether or not to moderate comments. It really comes down to the kind of community of discourse that you’d like to foster around your own blog.