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.

Presumably François has in mind something like this. 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 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.

tip of the blog hat to jill/txt for a pointer to this one

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Macrobius' Commentarii in somnium Scipionis, Marginal diagram gloss, Walters Manuscript W.22, fol. 8v
Macrobius’ Commentarii in somnium Scipionis, Marginal diagram gloss, Walters Manuscript W.22, fol. 8v flickr photo by Walters Art Museum Illuminated Manuscripts shared into the public domain using Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication (CC0)

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.