Comments: Interesting Ideas Afloat

Great post Mary!

A couple of comments based on some recent sojourns in the blogosphere: There is, among many, a bias against the notion of conversation in blogs. Many people view blogging as a means to convey information and that conversation does not constitute significant content. To paraphrase one dude (I refuse to refer to him as a gentleman) in the "Who Wants to Own Content?" post on Buzzmachine: blog conversation is for LiveJournal. All the rest is information.

There is the notion that information and conveying information, or pithy editorial commenting on "information," is what blogging should be. If we view how widely linked certain blogs happen to be, there is still more anecdotal evidence to support this.

So, when there is little understanding of the conversational value of blogging, there can be little support for how conversations in blogs (excluding LJ) are searched.

But, as you note, there are indivduals whose comments on various blogs are just as pertinent as their own blogging. At the moment, there's one way around that: sign the post with a hyperlink. Although some blogs do not allow that sort of coding in their comments (and it does take writing out the comment) Another way is to write a post directing someone to a particular blog post to read what you have said.

However, given the shifting mores of the blogosphere, this might be seen as self-promoting and boorish. I'm not sure.

I like Peter Kaminski's ideas on the cocktail party. I wonder, though, if he means he wants to literally see faces, or if he would be comfortable enough with the avatars that some people use in their "about me" profiles. My sense is that people are most uncomfortable when there is no profile and no avatar at all, while others are comfortable with a profile that provides some information as to make the author of the blog a real person without the need for an avatar. If there some information in the 'about me' section of a blog, most people will think the comment is spam...and, perhaps, this could be part of a metric for weeding out spamblogs, as few spambloggers actually bother with any sort of profile.

I'll be writing more on the avatar idea later. :-)


Posted by Tish Grier at August 24, 2005 07:00 AM