Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, English professor at University of Maryland, blogs about comment blogging a different mode of effective participation in the blog world simply by using the comment space of other weblog. Kirschenbaum cites how François Lachance effectively is part of the world of blogging without his having his own blog.
I take his point, and think I can predict the range of theoretical positions such a “blog” (should we call it a comment blog?) might be said to occupy: this is blogging in the margins, distributed blogging at the interstices of the discourse network. François appears on no one’s blogroll, his entries are not tracked by blogdex or weblogs.com or similar sites. He is an utter non-entity in the standard ecological renderings of the blogosphere, yet he unquestionably has a presence “here.”
This is precisely, and even more eloquently stated, the point I tried to make in the BlogActing: (blogging is a social process) section of our BlogShop– that blogging is more than writing and publishing your own- it is reading, reflecting, contradicting in the comment-space of other blogs.
<tiphat>tip of the blog hat to jill/txt for a pointer to this one</tiphat>