Call me a stick in the mud, but I have this quaint old-fashioned idea that comments on a blog post should be relevant to the post. :)
This is a blog.
WordPress is not a social networking site.
And even on social networking sites, I don’t like it when people post off-topic comments – unless it’s obviously just a light chatty sort of post, like if I post on Google+ saying good night, in which case light chatty comments are exactly what I’m expecting. But most of the time, I expect people to have the courtesy to stay on topic.
Yes, I have boundaries. And I don’t think they’re unreasonable.
P.S. A tip or two for people who are new to WordPress:
1. If you see someone else’s comment on a post and you’re interested in checking them out, click on their name – it should take you to wherever they’ve chosen to make their name connect to, which may be their blog or their website or whatever. (If their name doesn’t act as a link, that means they haven’t chosen to link it to anything. That’s obviously their choice.)
2. The flip side of point #1: when you comment, it is up to you to set which URL you want your name to link to. If you comment using a WordPress account, you can set the default in your WordPress preferences. (I have mine set to link to this blog.)
Hope you find these tips helpful.
P.P.S. I do also have a “contact” page here for times when people may want to respond to my blog privately. I made a point of adding this because WordPress, being a blogging platform and not a social networking site, does not have a private message feature.