Danny Sanchez enters the long-simmering debate of “is it a blog without comments.”
Web managers and newspaper executives should take note. Newspaper folks sometimes think theyâ€™re hip to the Web by simply publishing or contributing to a blog without understanding that it is a much more interactive format.
WithoutÂ the interactivity provided in the comments (and actually engaging readers), a blog becomes just another publishing platform, an easy way to produce regular pages with plain information on them. And thereâ€™s nothing really new or hip about that, is there?
I left this comment:
For a long time, blogging was sold to newspaper people as â€œitâ€™s just another publishing platform.â€? But thatâ€™s not really true. Good blogging, real blogging is a conversation.
That said, you donâ€™t need to have comments on your blog posts to have a conversation. Instapundit, for example, is a master at conversational blogging without comments. And Iâ€™ve seen many blogs with comments where the blogger is not engaging in conversation at all â€” posting and ignoring subsequent comments.
The critical skill journalists need to learn isn’t how to use the tools of the digital era. It’s how to have a conversation.
I guess I agree. If I see that a blogmaster never responds to comments left for him or her, I quickly find myself not reading any longer. It just strikes me as rude.
Well, then, S.R., I guess I better respond to this comment. :-)
Blogs without interaction are dead. But there is a fine line. Some folks think attacking persons beliefs or values in the comments with smartass statements is interaction when all it does is alienate the commentor. I published a comment on a blog and was picked apart in minutes by bitter people with nothing better to do than wait around to prove how smart they were by totally disagreeing with me in a way that was very unflattering to them and to me. I logged off and said “its over,” and never returned.
I think you said, “The net is about co-operation not confrontation…” and I agree. I’d rather keep any potential confrontations face to face.