Why I Disabled Disqus Comments

This is a small, personal blog. It does not have a wide readership or generate any revenue.

Originally, I thought the Disqus comments were a fun, free feature to add to my blog. But at what cost to my (admittedly few) readers? Disqus offers a free service, and I have no comments about its quality. But, as the saying goes:

If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product.

Some how, some way, Disqus is using the traffic on my little website for marketing. That means at some point my reader’s privacy will be generating monetary value for Disqus. In an increasingly tracked world, I do not want to be part of the problem.

I am not the first person to disconnect my Disqus comments. If it were a feature that were really valuable to me, I would find a paid service that would gaurantee my user’s privacy. But it wasn’t an important feature, just a fun freebie.

Maybe my real concern should be that I still have Google Analytics on my site…

Published: April 12 2017