I’ve not been blogging.. much. On the other hand, something that was always utterly fascinating to me is the concept of “comment blogging”, someone who has no self-published blogs, but actively participates and ‘exists’ more distributed-like in the comment space of other people’s blogs.
Often, I have found this to be a missing piece of the pie in blog discussions- there is a lot of emphasis on the blog software, the features, the templates, the “rules” for publishing, writing, feeding, etc, all focused on “my blog” but less so in a key aspect of blogging- interacting and contributing in the activities on other people’s sites, hence “Blogging is a Social Process”.
Now that was a nice thought when written 2 years ago, now we deal with blog comment spam, and I am disappointed to find blogs where I cannot comment back. I understand the decision, but still do not like it. While the humble web link is a key ingredient that makes Google flourish, while tags are starting to find a key niche in adding more connections to the giant social network, the simple act of commenting seems to make a much larger impact to me as a person.
When I get an email notification of a new comment on my blog; I drop what I am doing (well if it is caught by Spam Karma 2, I can let it rot in the bin for a while), but a real honest, human content not offering me pills, porn, or casinos, well it is a ray of sunshine. A human comment, a bare sentence or tow or a multi page treatise, is a human connection.
So while not having much to write this week, I found myself commenting elsewhere. I wish I could say I was more prolific, but just noting this morning I was not writing / bur reading/writing elsewhere, I drudged up a few places I was commenting recently below… too bad there is not a magic tool to track them
- Elluminate for online presentations/sessions
- Blogs n Dogs – 4 day blogging workshop in Banff
- Keepin’ up with Pete
- Contemporary Online Teaching Cases
- Weird scenes inside the goldmine…
- Annotated PDFs: My Interim Document Management Solution
- Read/Write Web Reading (and Writing) List
So how much commenting are you doing? If you feel you are not getting enough comments, are you giving?
The post "Blogmenting" was originally assembled from spare parts of a 1957 Chevy at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2005/10/blogmenting/) on October 28, 2005.