How to blog – Boing Boing
A habitual mistake of successful bloggers is to react to criticism from commenters and peers. First, we write about something in a certain way that builds an audience. Then the audience reaches a threshold at which criticism loudly presents itself. Then we make the critical mistake of thinking the critic represents the audience.
It’s hard to figure out how to respect a largely invisible readership, but the first step is respecting whatever you did to earn it.
In fact, you shouldn’t bother hosting comments on your own site at all if you’re starting out now. Times have moved on: the web itself is the comment form. Everyone has their own venue, so you don’t need the hassle of providing and maintaining one for them.