For this week, I will be looking at other avenues through which Hurlbut connects with his followers. While most bloggers adopt a commenting feature at the end of each post for audiences to share their thoughts with both the blogger and other followers, Hurlbut however keeps his interaction in this instance private. By this, I mean that audiences are still more than welcome to leave comments, though these are not displayed on the site. The comment section operates more as an enquirey field whereby one can submit their comment, name, email address and website directly to administrators.
Assuming this system works for Hurlbut as it has not been replaced by a regular blog comments section (like on WordPress), I don’t think this is a suitable method for all bloggers. Given that I am a member of Hurlbuts audience, I know that I would be more inclined to interact on this platform if I could see my contribution and have the option to edit or delete my comments. Having the enquirey-like field seems more formal and less social/ engaging.
Personally, this is not a blogging element that I would mimic.