Leave Seth Alone


Every six months or so somebody says something about Seth Godin‘s blog and the inability to comment. Laurel Papworth is the provoker this time with a very interesting post and an even more interesting discussion in the comments.

Hilarious video content with poor acting aside, Seth explains his reasoning…

“I think comments are terrific, and they are the key attraction for some blogs and some bloggers. Not for me, though. First, I feel compelled to clarify or to answer every objection or to point out every flaw in reasoning. Second, it takes way too much of my time to even think about them, never mind curate them. And finally, and most important for you, it permanently changes the way I write. Instead of writing for everyone, I find myself writing in anticipation of the commenters. I’m already itching to rewrite my traffic post below. So, given a choice between a blog with comments or no blog at all, I think I’d have to choose the latter.”

I think that sounds reasonable. And, if you don’t want to define his blog as a blog simply because it does not allow comments, then so be it. He’s still writing the most interesting, thought provoking and remarkable content in the industry.

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  • Laurel Papworth
    Posted at January 20, 2009 7:17pm, 20 January Reply

    OMG that is brill. You are a LEGEND!

    PS He’s still wrong though 😛

  • Zac Martin
    Posted at January 20, 2009 7:22pm, 20 January Reply

    Heads up everyone, I am not this scary in real life. And I don’t wear eye liner. =P

  • Kate Kendall
    Posted at January 20, 2009 7:25pm, 20 January Reply

    Zac, that is the funniest shite to ever come out of the Australian blogosphere. I think you have a second career calling! Thumbs UP!

  • Ross Hill
    Posted at January 20, 2009 7:29pm, 20 January Reply

    You were doing well until that last sentence 🙂

  • @anggraham
    Posted at January 20, 2009 7:32pm, 20 January Reply

    So funny. Nice one.

  • Craig Wilson
    Posted at January 20, 2009 7:35pm, 20 January Reply

    If only Baz had called Zac instead of Nic for his flick, then Aus would be as great as this is mate…but he didn’t and it ain’t.

  • Scott Kilmartin
    Posted at January 20, 2009 7:52pm, 20 January Reply

    too funny…love a bit of scared [purple] cow tipping

  • classymarketing
    Posted at January 20, 2009 8:01pm, 20 January Reply

    ahahahahahahahahaha nice one Zac!!

  • katherineliew
    Posted at January 20, 2009 8:56pm, 20 January Reply

    Hahaha AWESOME.
    The policy’s interesting because it goes against ‘have conversations’…
    But maybe the way to lead a tribe is to be apart from the rest!

  • brighita
    Posted at January 20, 2009 9:34pm, 20 January Reply

    bahahahaha! That is the funniest thing I have seen in a long time!

  • MrTruffle
    Posted at January 20, 2009 9:56pm, 20 January Reply

    hehe who’s seth?


  • Katie Harris
    Posted at January 20, 2009 10:04pm, 20 January Reply


    Love it.

  • Kate Richardson
    Posted at January 20, 2009 10:23pm, 20 January Reply


    I think the eyeliner should stay

  • Kylie Flavell
    Posted at January 20, 2009 10:40pm, 20 January Reply

    Zac, this is f***ing great. I want more.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at January 21, 2009 1:10am, 21 January Reply

    loves it

  • Matty Soccio
    Posted at January 21, 2009 9:41am, 21 January Reply

    You are truly lord of the Tube. Seth would be proud…

  • Jye Smith
    Posted at January 21, 2009 12:03pm, 21 January Reply


  • lucio ribeiro
    Posted at January 23, 2009 6:46pm, 23 January Reply

    Zac, serious! This is great, LOL
    You are legend mate!

  • J4JeffR
    Posted at January 23, 2009 7:28pm, 23 January Reply

    Hiya Zac.
    Great. Brilliant! Love the gonads, the gumption.
    Keep up the challenge.
    Jeff R

  • The PR Warrior
    Posted at January 24, 2009 12:10am, 24 January Reply

    Hey Zac, I’m glad I got to shake your hand today BEFORE Hollywood beckons and you won’t want a bar of me 🙂

  • katiechatfield
    Posted at January 24, 2009 8:45pm, 24 January Reply

    this is rockstar stuff Zac- noice, very noice.

    BTW- I think you could carry off MORE of that eyeliner

  • Matt Moore
    Posted at January 26, 2009 8:57pm, 26 January Reply

    Young Zac, I was touched by your defence of The Dark Lord of Online Marketing, Godin from the Headmistress of Social Media, Papworth. Touched but chilled to the marrow. I fear it will only be a matter of time before Godin lures you into his tempting world of buzzword-driven bookettes, Tri-state area restaurant case studies and annoyingly well-written blog posts. I pray for your social media soul and may WOMMA have mercy on you.

  • Tim Beveridge
    Posted at March 3, 2009 11:44am, 03 March Reply

    Nice. Very funny.

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