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?