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Would I Be Three Today Without Comments?

Today marks my three-year blogging anniversary! Can you believe it? I remember when I started this blog I didn’t think anyone would read it and here we are now three years later and I have some of the best followers I could have hoped for.

As a blogger, I live for comments. Whether the feedback be negative or positive, I love to know what my readers think. I use the comments to generate future posts, to connect with my readers and to find new blogs when new readers come my way. This is why I love that the comments here on this blog are freely available to everyone without any censorship. Which will turn me to the topic I have been mulling over, the censorship of YouTube comments.

I am sure by now most of you have heard but for those who havent, Google plus has announced that they will now roll out a way for YouTube comments to be censored. Brian Fagoli does a good job explaining the pros and cons in detail, but the gist is the author of the video will have their comments most visible, the author will be able to block certain words if they choose to and they will also be able to block certain users.

Now here’s my dilemma, YouTube comments can be pretty awful. They can be vile, racist and just plain hurtful. But they can also spark a lot of creativity. There are many times when I will see a YouTube comment and it will make me think of the video in a different light. Even if the comment is negative it can do some good. But I do understand that the overwhelming negative comments can deter people from wanting to post or even watch videos. So what is YouTube to do?

As a blogger, I feel comments are the life of our art. Without comments we wouldn’t do what we do week after week. There must be a way to have an open comment system without people abusing that power. I just don’t know what that way is.

Any ideas bloggers? Do you think Google Plus is heading in the right direction? Or do you think there is a better way to moderate comments? Let me know what you think!