Currently I only leave my blog posts open for commenting for 3 months. I figure that I’m not a huge blog and most of the audience reading my posts are pretty timely. My older posts don’t get as much traffic, so it’s unlikely they would attract someone who wanted to comment.
But I do confess that one of the reasons I close my comments is to help weed out spam.
I get A LOT of spam and it’s really annoying because I also get commenters who are accidentally classified as spam, so I constantly need to check my spam comments to make sure everyone legitimate can get through.
I’ve been wondering lately if I should leave my comments open for longer or maybe not shut them at all, but you know when a spammer thinks they’ve hit the jackpot you can get HUNDREDS of comments on only one post. Seeing as I have three years’ worth of posts, I figure trying to catch all the spam would be like trying to catch rain with a tennis racquet.
So, what’s up, peeps? Do you close your comments, and if so, when? How do you deal with combing through spam for legitimate comments? Am I worrying over nothing?