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Now readers can leave comments on JohnstonJournal.com articles

JohnstonJournal.com has added a new feature enabling readers to comment on individual blog posts.  This has been a common feature on most blogs for years now -- and several of you have asked us why we have been so slow to add it to our site.

The simple answer is that spam is such a problem on the internet, and well, we just wanted to avoid having to administrate another area; plus we were afraid of some offensive stuff from spammers appearing on our site.  The more complicated answer is that the content management system software we run on our site (Joomla!) came out with the stable version of the software earlier this year.  It was in "beta" before that.  The comment component was a little buggy, and we wanted to wait until a more stable version came out before installing it on our site.

However, as with anyone who blogs, you get to the point where you begin to ask yourself:

"Is anyone out there even reading this blog?"

Comments are one way for the community to respond to things they're reading on our site.  It fosters interaction.  In our case, it helps people feel more connected to this shared ministry, and really does help encourage us to know that people do read our blog.

Ultimately, the balance of pros and cons shifted in favor of the pros.

So I installed and configured a new comment component for this site. Some of you are probably saying, "FINALLY!"  (For those people, you can even go back and write comments on past articles if you really feel like you missed out.)

I am still testing this component, so please let me know what you think -- whether good or bad -- about this comment feature.  And feel free to let us know if you have any other suggestions for improving the site.

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